Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Friday, December 02, 2011

"Limitless" and the Limit of Human Potential

[This post is not necessarily a recommendation for the movie Limitless; as you may glean from the following reflection, there are some pretty rough elements in the film. SPOILERS FOLLOW.]

In the movie Limitless, a man takes pills that allow him to access the full potential of his mind; he is given a much sharper awareness of the world around him, he has photographic memory of anything he encounters (so that he can remember anything he has ever read, learn languages simply by hearing them, etc.), and he is able to analyze problems and find solutions immediately.

If you were given such mental abilities, what would you do with them?

For the main character in Limitless, the answer to the above question quickly becomes obvious; he seeks to seduce as many women as he can, gain as much money as he can, and eventually win as much power as he can by seeking election as the President of the United States. Even with super-smarts, the very best goals people can think of-- apart from God-- boil down to sex, money, and power. The bad news is that these can never satisfy. The good news is that there is One who can.

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