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A Tale of Two Movies

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“Letters to God” and “You Don’t Know Jack.”  Two movies dealing with death, yet each has a different viewpoint. 

In the first movie, a young boy is ill with a cancer of the brain and chooses to live.  The second movie, coming soon to theatres near you, is about Dr. Jack Kervorkian.  He is the man who invented a machine to assist people with their own suicides, and who within the last few years, completed an eight-year prison sentence.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I would take the time to do so.  While a very simply made / acted movie, it did have some good messages.  Without giving too much away, I liked the fact that this little boy wrote letters to God, whom he considered to be his best friend.  I also liked the verse they used, 2 Corinthians 3:3, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”  How we live our lives, how we react to difficult circumstances, how we live our beliefs, are “readable” to those around us.  What kind of story are we telling?

I also think I may just sit down and write my own letter to God.  What would you write?

Now … back to Dr. Kervorkian.  In a movie review, he was quoted as saying, “religious people are horrified by me. They will not be using my services.”  Speaking from a state of current good health, I am 100% certain that
I would never use his services, either.  But I’m pretty certain even in very poor health, I wouldn’t be giving him a call, either.  I’ve been involved in a life-support removal decision before, and I realize that is somewhat different than what we’re discussing here.  Granted, it’s a choice to end life, but unless the patient legally stated his / her wishes, the decision to end life is being made by someone else.  Here, we’re talking about a personal choice to end your own life.

What do you think?

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