The “Reel” Deal

By Hannah Muñoz, the punniest Rope Contributor

Hah! A pun! So I’m not talking about a fishing reel, for all you fishermen out there (but I’m pretty sure I could come up with another “reel” post concerning fishing …  so stay tuned!!), but I am talking about a movie reel, or movies in general.


Recently there’s been a few big-time movies produced. Mockingjay Part 1, the third in a series of The Hunger Games; The Battle of the Five Armies, the finale to The Hobbit trilogy …  and I’m sure there are other movies that will be big hits “coming soon to a theater near you!” But the point of this post isn’t to inform you of which movies you should be sure to see.

We live in a society that likes movies, maybe even loves movies! And that’s not a bad thing. Movies are great entertainment and they (sometimes) tell great stories! But they’re just that. Stories. A large majority of the movies produced today are fictitious. And these types of movies provide us with a temporary “escape” from our current situations in life. I’m not saying movies are bad and we shouldn’t watch them. But it’s important to take the stories we hear, whether they’re from books, movies, or even word of mouth, and decipher which ones are true and which are false.

The most important story of all can be found in the Bible. While there does seem to be a separation of several stories (Moses, Joseph, Adam and Eve, and Jesus), the stories connect to show God’s plan from the beginning of time until the end of time.

I use the term “story” loosely. In fact, many church leaders refrain from saying “Bible stories” because it conveys a message that these lessons are no more than fables, meant to teach children how to act.

It’s important that we accept the “stories” or lessons in the Bible as true and without exaggeration.

I think that the making of Bible stories into movies is both a good and bad thing. They open the door to conversation with unbelievers but they also encourage the idea that the events that took place in the Bible are just the result of a good imagination. If you chose to watch these movies (I for one, LOVE The Prince of Egypt and am looking forward to the new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings) make sure that you don’t blindly believe what the actor and directors do and say. Read the stories in the Bible and know that God offers us the true story.

Hannah Muñoz is a regular contributor to The Scroll. She also is the digital editor for The Alabama Baptist/TAB Media. She graduated from Samford University in 2017 and is a member of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham.


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