The Crown Has Ecclesiastes Episode on Netflix

The Crown Has Ecclesiastes Episode on Netflix

The Crown Has Ecclesiastes Episode on Netflix

I have been a big fan of the Netflix series called, The Crown. There was much I did not know about the present-day English Monarch and this series was informative and compelling, as well as the great acting and photography, as it moved through the 20th century.

I have always been a fan of history, so this show was right up my alley. It follows the lives of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip from the beginning and how Elizabeth became the Queen of Great Britain. 

Much of the history of the Crown is very compelling because of not only what is going on behind the castle walls but also, what is happening to England and the world in general. 

How all this turmoil affected these people who, for the most part, did not want this position in life, how it has made their lives a goldfish bowl, with everyone watching their every move.

The Netflix series seems…

…to have gotten much of the historical facts correct even though they may have embellished a bit. So much was going on in the 20th century with the two world wars, which put enormous stress on these people, their relationships with each other, the rest of the people in England and, the leaders of the world. 

At the end of season two, I was looking forward to season three with much anticipation. I had heard how they had made one episode about the first moon landing by the United States in July of 1969 and how it affected Prince Philip. 

I got much more than I bargained for.

The Crown Has Ecclesiastes Episode on Netflix

Tobias Menzies, right, has assumed the role of Prince Philip.

Without giving to much of the story away I will put it into context about what the Ecclesiastes Episode means. The book of Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament is like no other book of the Bible! It can strip away much of what we consider important in our lives and make them seem meaningless. 

Ecclesiastes is written from the perspective of a King who has sampled everything in his life and found it empty and void. Chapter one starts with him writing “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” The rest of the book goes on in a dark perspective from there. 

Ecclesiastes can seem very depressing until the book tells you and you fully realize that without God, all of life on this planet is meaningless. You live a few years and “poof” it is gone. Life is but a vapor.

Episode 7 of Season 3 is Called “Moondust”

It’s about Prince Philip and his fascination with the 1969 moon landing which is at the heart of the seventh episode, which “The Crown” uses to explore the duke’s midlife crisis.

Here is a man that has done and been a part of many things in his life that most people can only dream of. He does not understand what is missing in his life until after he meets with the astronauts from Apollo 11 at Buckingham Palace. 

Because Prince Philip was in the military in Great Britain and a pilot himself, he thought he had a lot in common with these three astronauts. The Prince thought these men could give him some insight into life itself because they had done something out of this world. 

The Crown Has Ecclesiastes Episode on Netflix

He was very disappointed with the meeting.

The astronauts had no special understanding of “life,” just because they had walked on the moon and viewed earth form this cold, desolate place that was void of all color. They wanted to know more about Prince Philip’s life and, what it was like to live in Buckingham Palace.  

What I found interesting was how the show sandwiched the astronauts meeting between two meetings that he had with new pastor. Dean Robin Woods had just taken over at the small church that was set up for the people that lived and worked at Windsor Castle including the Royals.

With one of the empty cottages on the property, Pastor Woods started a renewal center called St. Georges House for the exploration of faith and philosophy. It was at this location where Prince Philip met him and about eight other ministers that were in search of something more in their lives.  

The first meeting did not go well.

He accused the ministers of being weak men and in need of grabbing life up by its bootstraps and “get on with it” like the astronauts did. You could tell Phillip had been agitated in his life before the meeting. 

Right after the disappointing audience with the astronauts, is when he had his Ecclesiastes moment. He met once again with Dean Woods and the small group of men and apologized for what he said at the first meeting. He then proceeded to spill his soul to the group of men on how he was feeling about his life. 

He had realized that he had lost his faith and all life seemed meaningless. He wanted help.

The words he used in the episode were very powerful, coming from a lost man who had everything and no place to go for answers. Turns out that Dean Robin Woods and Prince Philip became lifelong friends for over fifty years after this.

I was not ready for this program to go…

…into such a deep philosophical and emotional direction. It came as a surprise because I do not find many programs on Netflix or other TV shows that will ask such heavy questions for people to ponder. Ask they did, but they also kept it highly interesting. The script was powerful and so was the photography.

Since I am deeply involved in Christian Apologetics, I understood what was happening to Prince Philip and the ministers that he met with. These are deep questions that humans have been asking since the beginning of time. I have been here myself. 

I believe God buries these questions in our souls to be asked at different times in our lives. We have need to connect with the creator of the universe that goes beyond simple human understanding.

Are we alone? Is this all there is? Is life meaningless?

How would you answer those questions?

 

The Crown Has Ecclesiastes Episode on Netflix

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The Kingdom of Randy

The Kingdom of Randy

The Kingdom of Randy

Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Randy, who, because of extreme emptiness and loneliness, decided to set up a kingdom to try and fill this empty world.

It seemed like a very dark and kind of scary place, so he decided to fill it up the best he could with various temples and shrines and gardens.

He had a temple to Pleasure; it included all the pleasure of sensuality, sex, fantasy, taste, drink and thus that alter the senses.

He had a temple to Self-Respect; pride, feeling good about one’s self, competition no be better than others and achievement. He set up a temple to Love and that illusive dream of finding another person to fill the void.

There were a number of temples to control, power, happiness, and golden things to fill up his kingdom with. But the gods of the temples were not kind and actually very dangerous.

Some took control.

Randy sat on a broken throne in rags, with a broken crown. The kingdom he built was dark, scary and filled with the stench of death. He blamed all the Kings and Queens that had the same kind of kingdoms around him. He was blind and became more self-deluded.

He lost control of his kingdom, but he continued to lie to himself that “Everything will get better if I just find that magic idol.”

The Kingdom of Randy

The Kingdom of Randy

 

One day a message came from far away that a great King wanted to visit Randy’s kingdom. The emissary from this great King made it very clear that the King had no intention of coming unless He was invited.

It was completely up to Randy. No pressure, no force, no threats. This King did things differently.

Randy thought about it and even though he was fearful, decided to go ahead and extend an invitation. Maybe this King would bring him a present of some sorts, maybe something happy to brighten up the kingdom. Maybe some paint. Maybe a few soldiers to help control things.

Well, the day arrived that the foreign King arrived. He brought with Him his councilor, best described as something like a shining ghost. He could move through objects, and more importantly move through people.

He also brought a host of 10,000 soldiers, which was actually exciting because Randy only had soldiers he had painted on cardboard. He never saw anything like this.

 

The King was less intimidating than he expected…

…actually very humble and kind with an ever-present smile. Randy knew this King had special powers he didn’t understand.

A tour of the kingdom was requested, and Randy was really scared about the condition of the place. He had no idea how bad it really was until the King and His entourage moved around.

They were filled with light, and the light shone on the crumbling temples and broken idols. He saw filth, sadness and decay. Nothing was as it seemed to him.

One by one, each temple was exposed to the light, and Randy grew more and more alarmed at the true condition of his kingdom. Then, they kindly King brought in a mirror from His Kingdom, and for the first time Randy looked into the mirror.

What he saw brought a bucket of tears, as he had no idea how ugly he was. He was dirty, wounded, bleeding, covered in bruises and sores. He cried, “Oh my God, who could ever save anyone like this?”

He fell to his knees in despair without hope in himself or his broken kingdom. But then, the kindly King lifted him up, held him close and whispered in his ear, “I love you. I can help you heal. May I take over your kingdom?” Randy couldn’t believe his ears.

There was this great King who could create a new kingdom in Randy. He simply said yes. That’s all it took.

Just a simply yes.

The Kingdom of Randy

The Kingdom of Randy

 

And then the work began. One temple at a time came crashing down.

Great fires burned up the many idols. The King’s water was brought in to irrigate and plants started growing with real fruit unlike any that Randy had ever tasted. Each day the light in the kingdom grew brighter and brighter.

Soon there were adventures as the great King taught Randy about the real truth and how things were run in the His Kingdom. Randy’s healing and training took many years.

He had a tendency to think about the old idols, but the new King would remind him gently about those old things. The King always gave Randy a choice about things. He wasn’t pushy. So Randy grew to see the wisdom in turning it all over to the new King.

Near the latter part of Randy’s life, he discovered he was growing to love his King more and more, even to the point that he couldn’t bear to leave His side.

He was becoming his life total.

The story was shared about what it cost this King to do all of this for him, and to this day, he still ponders a love that causes a many to lay down his life for a friend.

Randy became a friend of King Jesus, his Heavenly Father.

 

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Solomon Moment with God

Solomon Moment with God

Solomon Moment with God

If I had a Solomon moment with God what would I ask for?

II Chronicles 1st chapter.   

Selfishly and with complete honesty, if You Oh Mighty God , were to come to me in a communication of Your choosing, and ask me what I wanted more than anything else on earth, and that You also would grant me that deep heart desire (and I acknowledge that my wants can be motivated incorrectly by my flesh or influenced by the world or the enemy).

I can honestly say to You right now, that I want to be possessed by Your Son, Jesus Christ. 

I want to have the deepest possible love relationship with Him, so intimate, so fulfilling that nothing else in the universe would hold any appeal and to have a secret place with Him.

To know His presence and out of this love relationship His good flowing out of me, my life for Your higher purposes and glory.  

Solomon Moment with God

That I would be transformed from my closeness with Him, to see Him as He is.

To gaze at His beauty, to be spellbound by His infinite character attributes, to enjoy Him every moment, to see what He does and follow and obey. 

I am already in outer darkness when I am away from Him.

Nothing else really matters. My existence doesn’t matter.

It is all vanity and vaporous. 

This is what I would ask for, to feel His heartbeat.

 

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Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

You can find Part 1 here: Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 1

In Part 1, I defined, from my point of view, ‘Free Will’‘Evil Intent of My Heart’‘Sovereignty’‘Omnipotence’ with Grace coming next in part 2.

So how did these concepts and ideas frame my conclusion that “My Free Will and Evil intentions of my heart brought me to an understanding that God is good in all He does?”

GRACE 

The answer is GRACE, which I understand as “Unmerited Favor”, “Undeserved Love”, “Something I cannot earn”. That undeserved favor, love, and gift lie a key to it all. 

I call that the moment in the closet. 

A moment that I believe everyone in Humanity has. That day when we are all by ourselves, alone, in our private place with nothing but our thoughts and desires and questions. 

It is in that moment of angst and pain and confusion God shows up. 

He was there all along…in creation, the cry of newborn life, the smile of a loving friend, an endless night sky or the dawning of a new day. He, the Omnipotent God of this universe, was in it all. That private moment the ultimate question comes to us. “Am I going to choose to believe and trust Him, or am I going to trust my limited finite mind and Deny and fight Him?” 

This I know to be the ultimate question for myself and all humanity. It defines everything about us and ultimately directs our every decision and direction of life. 

We are either created by an Intelligent Designer outside of ourselves or we become the god of ourselves. 

How can it be any other way?  

We either accept the idea that we were created, or we become our little deity that runs around “thinking” we either know it all or can figure it out. The latter of those two is what brought me my greatest fear and insecurity! 

Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

 

I came to understand how frail, and finite and in so many ways unable to navigate this thing called life. But put in the framework of the idea that there is a God who created me for communion and purpose with a desire to love me and see my potential to love was the ultimate answer. 

It humbles me and brings me peace knowing that I don’t have to traverse through this life on my own or in my strength. But instead, I have a God who created me and loves me and cares for me and fills me and wants me to live and breathe and move with Him. 

What a great peace that has brought to me. 

Not that I am any less of a Man by submitting to God. May it never be! Instead, I have become a complete Man, whole and with purpose. 

As it has been said there was a hole in my heart that needed to be filled and the only thing that could fill it was God. He came to me in the person of Jesus who by taking on this world and living a perfect life also took on the debt of my evil heart and paid the penalty for sinful actions and justified me through His death on the cross and my acceptance of Him as my Savior and Lord.

This has been made perfect for me in the fact that I have a Free Will to either accept or reject God and His provision of Rebirth and Salvation through Jesus. I also know now that this is the source of all evil in the world. 

For since God is love…

…and embodies all good and we have a will to choose Him then the opposite of that has to be hate and all evilness when we choose to reject Him. 

Once again, I see this in my own life and will refer to my two daughters who love me. As a father, a child’s love is the ultimate gift that can be given back to me. But the love my daughters have shown to me came by their own free will. If I could force that love would it have been love?

If my children had chosen not to love me would I, as a good father, pursue them and try to have a relationship with them so that they may love me?

Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

 

The answers are obvious! 

Of course, real love cannot be forced. And being a loving father, I would pursue my children and attempt to have a relationship and bestow my good love upon them so that they would love me. 

It is this understand of these two principals which can translate to all human communion with one another that I came to see why God gave me a Free Will and why he allows Mankind to choose Him or reject Him. 

As much as it pains me to be in this imperfect world and all its ills, I don’t have to be of this world anymore. I don’t have to be my own little god who does everything for his own desires and narcissistic purpose.  

Instead, I can submit to an omnipotent God who is all good and pure love. In that reality, I can be patient, kind, gentle, humble, hopeful, and caring for my fellow man. I can endure with and care for those in need or who seek truth and I can do it without fear of failure or need to succeed. 

In the end, for me, it is not about my status or accomplishments. Instead, my hope and purpose for life are to be the Gospel of Jesus through my life and the way I live. 

This is not to say that I still don’t have questions, or struggle with life. On the contrary, not a day goes by that I don’t find myself at odds with myself or this world. The difference now is I have a foundation and an understanding that I can and do continually turn back to.  

Because of that, I have found true peace and joy.  

I will close with a prayer that has brought me much peace and continues to speak to me. It is the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi. What I love about this prayer is that it empties me of myself and all of my selfish desires and will. May all who read this find true peace and true joy as well in the one true God. 

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow charity;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

 and Where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

To be understood as to understand; 

To be loved as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive. 

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 

And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. 

Amen.

 

Free Will and God’s Goodness Part 2

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Best of All Possible Worlds?

Best of All Possible Worlds?

Best of All Possible Worlds?

This is one of those questions that you have to unpack and think about before answering. You may have to ask further questions to get a better handle on what is being asked.

Most people’s initial response is a resounding NO.

Or…

…O my God no, as if we are trying to convince God Himself with this half question half answer. How can life on this planet be the best of all worlds?

Sometimes this question can catch people dead in their tracks. Something seems off about it. Of course, this not the best of all worlds. What are you thinking? God could have done much better…

…Right??

The question was first asked by German Philosopher Gottfried Leibniz in 1710 in an essay on the origin of evil or solving the problem of evil. He was trying to account for suffering and injustice that exists in the world. 

Leibniz used Christianity to back up the validity of his essay. He said: “Once we understood evil and good, it gives us the ability to produce the “greatest possible good” out of all the goodness. Evil fuels goodness, which leads to a perfect system.”

That may be true in part but unless God adds another ingredient into the mix, good and evil are not possible.

Best of All Possible Worlds?

Free Will

 

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Free Will:

1.) Voluntary choice or decision.

2.) Freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention.

So, if you add Free Will into the conversation everything changes.

Two words. 

Best of All Possible Worlds if There is Free Will?

God could have created a world without Free Will but then humans would have been like robots only doing what was required of them and never making decisions for themselves. Never freely interacting with the creator or each other.

What kind of life would that be?

Would that life be worth sharing anything with? Would that life be worth living? Would you be even aware of anything?

Let’s say you designed and built a beautiful fancy car and then decided to travel all over the country visiting landmarks. Sure, you drove this car to all these locations but were you really sharing this trip with it or was it just along for the ride (pun intended).

Did it tell you how much it enjoyed that beautiful sunset at the Grand Canyon? Or did you still feel alone and wishing another human just like yourself was there to share this site with.

Best of All Possible Worlds?

At the Core of Free Will is Chaos 

Disorder, disarray, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, madness, havoc, turmoil, upheaval, anarchy and lawlessness are just a few words that describe chaos.

Has history not shown that all those words describe the human condition?

When God the Father was discussing making humans with the Holy Spirit and the Son they must have thought it was worth the pain and suffering for the billions of humans that would have to live on this boot camp of life on planet earth but also what it was going to cost the three of them. 

The Son in the form of Jesus would have to be born, walk this life like all humans but then be tortured and murdered so that sin could be wrung out of Free Will. 

God the Father and the Holy Spirit had to turn their back on Jesus for a time as He incurred this pain. Maybe the first time ever. Of course, they knew they were going to have to endure the crucifixion from the foundations of this world. The pain all three must have experienced must have been beyond description.

God wants to share His kingdom and all His blessings with ALL of mankind for eternity but He is also a righteous and just God. He can not allow man and his sinful, rebellious nature into heaven. If He did heaven would turn into Hell in a heartbeat without God creating such a place.

All these angry souls…

…that have denied the work of Christ. Individuals that are selfish and have lived lives without a thought of another humans welfare through their life times. People only living for earthly profit and temporary gain. All these souls suddenly showing up in a location not of their choosing through their life times of breathing air.

It would be considered spiritual rape. Forcing them to be somewhere they do not want to be. They would be angry beyond all description. They would rebell in the worst way wanting to hurt other souls and God Himself for eternity. This is NOT the heaven I want any part of. Not the heaven I have laid up treasure for.      

Now when you ask the question with Free Will part of the equation “This the Best Possible of All Worlds?”, what will your answer be? 

With that last piece of information I think most people would have to say IT IS the best possible of all Worlds.

How could God have designed it any other way?

 

Best of All Possible Worlds?

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