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Last Wednesday night, the girls and I started attending Bible Study at our church. We’ve been wanting to attend for awhile, but have always had scheduling conflicts. We’ve worked around those this year, and were able to start right as a new study on the End Times was beginning. Turns out there must be a lot of people interested in the End Times, as over 30 people showed up (as opposed to the normal 10-12).
We started the study by focusing on death – what the world, in general, thinks about death, and what the Bible has to say about death. One man asked a question that stuck with me – “If you could love forever and never die, would you?”
Right away, the movie “Tuck Everlasting” popped into my head. I posted a quote from the movie on my blog sometime back and that quote has been running through my head ever since:
What struck me is the fact that this movie was certainly not based on Christian principles, yet it is so clear throughout the movie that eternal life is not something to be envied. The Tuck family, who had accidentally stumbled upon a “fountain of youth” has been stuck at the same age for over 80 years. And there hasn’t been anything magical or wonderful about it. One son lost his wife and children as a result of it. They have had to hide themselves away from society out of fear.
Winnie Foster stumbles upon this family and is intrigued by them. When she finds out their secrets, she is tempted to drink of the fountain herself. Angus Tuck (the father) explains to her what life is like for them. Directly preceding the quote above, he says:
“You can’t have living without dying. So you can’t call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be . . . “
You can’t have living without dying. That is so true; yet there’s something about dying that we humans find so scary. Maybe it’s the fear of the unknown. But, if we claim to be Christians, what happens when we die isn’t unknown at all – and it certainly shouldn’t be scary.
Ashley and I pulled out our copy of Tuck Everlasting and watched it again last night. I was a little more in-tune to the storyline and the quotes, having death and dying on my mind anyway. Once again, I was struck by the theme and the lessons that are portrayed in this film. If you haven’t seen it, I’d really encourage you to watch it. It’ll certainly make you think twice about life and how you are living it. (Pay close attention to the end!)