Dr. Strange did not appeal to me initially as a movie I wanted to watch. It was more the combination of my cousin recommending the movie and the fact that new cinemas were recently constructed near my neighbourhood (and me having discount tickets!) that I decided to bring a small group of friends with me to see the show.
- References to astral projection
- References to Chakras
- Magical / mythical powers used and glorified – similar to those of Harry Potter
- Some blood and surgical scenes
With all the mythical scenes, there are some truths and life lessons which can be gleaned from the film and discussed in a youth group.
- Pride comes before a fall.
Dr. Strange was at the pinnacle of his career. He had all the money and accolades, he had a job he loved and even a woman at his heels. However, two scenes of humility really opened the door towards his transformation. The basketball scene where he speaks to the man who could not walk, but now is fully capable. The man is about to walk away, but Dr. Strange lifts his two shaking hands before him and begs for answers. Dr. Strange unveils his greatest shame to a stranger who recognises him at this point. He knows that this is the only way he can get help. And he receives grace. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The second scene is when he walks into the building where his transformation begins. The “ancient” tries to explain the solution for him, but he is in total doubt and pride until she astro-projects his body out into “the universe” or places outside his own body. He is then fully willing to be taught, but she throws him out of the building and patiently waits while he begs to come back in for the next 6-7 hours.
2. We are built for so much more
There is a scene where the main “bad guy” of the film tells Dr. Strange how everyone came to the ancient “to be healed.” To get better, but then it seems they are all re-directed to a fight so much greater than themselves. He feels the ancient “uses” them for something they never wanted in the first place. It is then the choice of the individual to either use his “powers” for himself or join the fight to keep peace on the earth
I find churches are a lot like this analogy. Many come to church seeking healing and restoration. And though we do find these things in different ways, God calls us for so much more than that. We’re called to also “put on the amor of God” (or the cloak of levitation), to “fight the good fight of faith” and to be aware of the “devil who roams about like a roaring lion.” Sometimes people come to church expecting it to be a hospital of types, when really, you are joining a whole new kingdom, the Kingdom of God. With everything that comes with it. Dr. Strange asks the Ancient how he can get from where he is, a normal man, to where she is, someone who can control powers and magic. She asks in return, how did you become a surgeon with the ability to help your patience heal? He replies “with many years of study and practice.” We should see our christian walk as the same. With many questions and things to learn, the depth of what we can achieve can take many years of study and practice, but the rewards will be worth it.
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