Scully and Mulder are back on the big screen with an unexpectedly twist. Since the series finale of The X Files, six years ago, fans have been anxiously awaiting a new release. "The X Files - I Want to Believe" hit American audiences with...aliens, of course. Right? Well, that's what spectators were all expecting, but instead they experienced a very real twist for a sci fi sequel...faith, love and trust.
The movie contains strong references to religion, with themes of faith, love and trust threaded within the plot. Independent, strong-willed Dr. Scully, a former FBI agent, works at a Catholic hospital. She becomes emotionally attached to a young patient suffering from a terminal brain condition. Scully wrestles with the tension between her knowledge that God is an all loving Creator and the reality that this sweet boy is suffering from a very real, very fatal disease.
This new X Files movie deals with real issues that exist in a real world. We live in a world where death, disease and destruction coexist alongside our deep desire to experience faith, love and trust. Why do these three longings, faith, love and trust, tug at our thoughts and feelings?
At the core of every individual, lies a deep need to know that there is something or someone greater than them - a faith in the spiritual dimension of life that will provide meaning and strength.
Every person, young or old, desires to be loved unconditionally for who they are. And humans long for safe, deep relationships where they are able to trust others. Because we are created in the image of a God who is relational and desires to be in relationship with us, these three longings flow out of the core of every human being, whether they recognize them or not. Did you know that our Creator imbedded deep within us a knowledge of Him when He formed and molded us in the womb? It's true! Read it for yourself:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. (Jeremiah 1:5).
Our Heavenly Father loves us and chases after us with a purpose. He desires us to know Him and He desires even more for us to know the abounding love that He has for us - His perfect, unconditional love.
This movie, "The X Files - I Want to Believe" can be a great launch pad for sharing your faith in the one and only Creator who already has given all his children a glimpse of who He is - Jesus Christ.
Here are some open-ended questions to help get you started in sharing your faith:
Ask your friends if they have ever stared into the heavenly expanse and gazed at the beauty around them and had a gut feeling that there is someone or something out there that is greater than them. Tell your friends of a time when you sensed the immensity of God.
Listen, and then ask your friends if they have ever had an experience where they sensed God. Do your friends want to put their faith and trust in the One and Only True Creator? If so, they will know what it is like to be loved by the most powerful, passionate Father of all - through the grace and mercy He extends through Jesus' work on the cross.
So today, step out in faith and love and help someone you know come to a place of trust in Creator of the Universe, the Creator of them!