June 5, 2007

Room 1408

Well, I just heard about this new film coming out. It’s a Stephen King flick, you know - it’s that 1408 Movie. There is a lot of supernatural elements in anything associated with Stephen King, and this applies to the 1408 Movie as well. Here’s a synopsis from their website.

Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin, (Cusack), only believe in what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs the concept of an afterlife. Enslin’s phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, “Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms.” Defying the warnings of the hotel manager (Jackson), the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Another bestseller may be imminent, but Enslin must go from skeptic to true believer - and ultimately survive the night.

Do you believe in the supernatural? I sure do. Not ghosts and stuff, but the Biblical description of the supernatural. We all have a soul, and that soul doesn’t ever stop being aware once we are conceived. The question is, where will your soul be aware after your body dies. According to Stephen King and others, it can get trapped here on earth by some “unfinished business” or rage over meeting a violent end. According to the Bible, your two options are either Heaven or Hell. Heaven is not for good people - it’s not for nice people. It’s for forgiven people. That forgiveness comes through the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. You see, we are all sinners, and the penalty of sin is death, (which I’m sure is a main theme of the movie). Jesus, being God, never sinned, so His death was not as a punishment for the bad things He had done, (He was tempted, just like us, but He never sinned), but His death was for our sins. So the price has been paid. And the proof of that is when Christ was resurrected from the dead, to live forevermore. If you accept the gift of eternal life from Jesus through repentance (admitting you are a sinner) and faith (believing that what Jesus did on the cross is enough to pay for your sins), then you go to Heaven. Otherwise, you don’t. And, like I said, the only other option that the Bible leaves for souls without a body is Hell. And that’s not a place you want to go. I’d rather be stuck in room 1408 with whatever evil spirits that Stephen King dreamed up than to go to Hell.

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