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The Shack (movie)

posted Mar 16, 2017 22:51:54 by Dawn
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I encourage everyone to see this movie, especially if you struggle or have struggled with your trials.

It deals with the subjects of Love, suffering, fairness, judging, forgiveness, good, evil, trust, sacrifice.

Go with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.

Disclaimer, bring tissues. I had to resist the urge to weep. Truly an awesome movie. 2 hours and 10 minutes.

“I can work incredible goodness out of unspeakable tragedy, but that does not mean I orchestrate the tragedies.” Papa, The Shack
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JanacyHorsley said Mar 16, 2017 22:53:01
LOVED this movie.... bring LOTS of tissues... I brought two and ran out...
Faith in God includes Faith in His timing ~ Neal A Maxwell
MikeBarbS said Mar 16, 2017 23:11:38
My daughter has been begging me to see it with her!

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DiAnnaMcDowell said Mar 17, 2017 02:17:03
What an inspired movie! It's all about healing. I've already gone to see it twice. The second time, I took a co-worker who is having some personal challenges. (She loved it) There is so much symbolism and truth in it. I have been to years of personal development trainings and counseling. The truths in the movie and different processes in it reminded me of what I've learned and am still learning from those trainings over the years. I left the theater two nights ago with a light heart and saying out loud, "I love my Jesus!"
Dawn said Mar 17, 2017 02:25:30
I felt that way too Dianna! It was a second witness to me after my talk on the atonement a few weeks ago. I heard the word TRUST over and over again as I prepared. That's what it comes down to. Do you trust ME? Don't you know I love you? LOOK AT ME.
Isaiah said Mar 17, 2017 02:45:20
I saw the trailer and it
looks like a movie I'd really like to see,
but I have some concerns after listening to this.

"Why You Shouldn't Watch The Shack"
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:13
MelClaridge said Mar 17, 2017 03:40:29
I saw the movie twice. And, to be honest, I had mixed feelings about it. Yes, there were some very profound moments in it, and even some truth. But there was also a lot of false doctrine that troubled me. After talking it out with my wife, I was able to settle it in my mind: as a movie with a good message about forgiveness and trust and letting go, it was actually very good. I had to remember it was an account of a man's NDE and how interpreted his experience. As a movie that presented this message as a substitute for the "real" answers (Christ and the Atonement) it bothered me. My concern was that I've seen much of this new age-y type of feel-good "doctrine" that people are grabbing onto instead of the real thing. Why look any deeper or search any more if I can just do the easy thing - just forgive, accept Jesus, maybe read a book or see a movie, and I'm done.

Hopefully some people will be touched and moved to action by the movie - others will see it as heretical. I hope people will see the movie for the good in it, but realize they can't stop there. There is so much more! And I guess that's where we come in as latter-day saints.
David.Clark said Mar 17, 2017 07:17:52
I've not seen the movie or read the book. I watched the YouTube video that Isaiah posted, so that is my only point of reference. If I understand correctly, in the movie, God the Father is a black woman, Jesus is a carefree hippie, and the Holy Ghost is an Asian woman. If this is true, I'm kind of left scratching my head on this movie... 🤔
Formerly known as Alabama LDS
Isaiah said Mar 17, 2017 15:53:22
My comment below is more about what we choose to see
than about this movie so no offense.
My point in posting all this is that maybe we should all
be more selective and careful about what we choose to see
and just how it can really effect us,
sometimes more that we know.

I haven't seen the movie or read the book so I don't
want those that have and like it to think bad of me
thinking I'm judging this movie without even seeing it.
I think that I'll probably watch it.

But It's just that in many many movies, just as in life,
we are forced to accept the bad with the good,
sometimes at our own detriment.
Maybe this movie has some important truths to be learned,
but I guess the question is if the good things out weigh the bad. ?
And if there IS things in the movie that might make you see or accept
principals and doctrines contrary to the church, then
is it worth it ?
As many have stated before that satan will tell a hundred truths
to slip in a lie.
Maybe that doesn't apply to this movie but I had a similar discussion
years ago with church members about the movie 'Hunger Games",
and they just kept on saying I was "missing the point" and
"how great the underlying meaning is"
and this is what I had to say:

"Watching children hunting and killing other children,
no matter what the underlying meaning is,
is abhorrent and appalling to the Lord
and should be to us."

"After seeing last weeks National news of children
trying to kill another child; and finding out that
the movie "Hunger Games" was one of the
most popular and liked movies by our LDS youth,
No wonder that one of our greatest prophets
of our Book of Mormon warned us about the
iniquity of the children.
Yes, even some of our children; members of the church.
The scriptures below show and tell of this."
(Ether 2:9,10)
9 “And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.
10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God.
And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.”

I was SHOCKED and sad when I saw this.

Many defending this movie talk about "missing the point" and what the movies "were about". The real point here that many are missing is it's not about that, (how great the underlying meaning is) it's about what we are subjecting ourselves to see (visually), how it effects us, and how detrimental it is for us. We have become numb to it so we think it's no big deal but it is. We've all grown up learning from the MOVIES that it's okay when the good kill the bad and we root for them. So watching a child slit another child's throat is okay ? because they were bad or maybe they were good. Does it really matter ? It's just like watching a movie that has a great meaning to it but all through it, it has very explicit , graphic, extreme hard core sexual scenes. Would you then let your children watch it ? We don't think of it that way because violence and killing is everywhere in our society, our news, our movies, our world and unfortunately in us; from the influences like WATCHING THIS MOVIE !

How those of you can defend this movie -
pure unadulterated garbage; or any movie even like this ,
defending it like your defending GOD, your religion, or
as if your mother was on trail, is INCREDIBLE !
Yes, there is good in everything;
maybe also some good in this movie but
going through a garbage can, getting
covered in s### to just get a few pinnies
or even dollars is stupid; and in this case,

Do you really think that by seeing the movie
it's going to do you more good than bad ?
We've all become to numb to violence
and killing. For this you accept this movie.
But killing or watching it and defending it
even if you justify it by saying there is
a reason for it, to me is like spiting in GOD'S face.
Killing is wrong, for what ever reason.
We are all made in the image of GOD
and are Heavenly Father's children.
Please come to know this all you
daughters and sons of GOD.

I still believe that watching violence on this scale, children hunting and killing other children, or for that matter any violence is bad and wrong. We have become numb to violence because it's everywhere.
It's NOT okay that we learn that to kill is okay if it's justified.
THOU SHALT NOT KILL..... No matter what the supposed underlying meaning is it's much more harmful than what good you get from watching it, and effects us deeply. It's equal and I believe worse than seeing pornography.

Standing for truth and what is right is great, but watching children hunting and killing other children is sick, and made me sick and feel very very sad and almost want to throw up and is something that I'm sure our Heavenly Father does not wish we EVER would have to see.
Thanks but no thanks that's all I will say about this."

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"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:13
ErinGarrett said Mar 17, 2017 18:18:02
@ Isaiah Thank you for expressing your feelings. I have never watched the Hunger games and this confirms why. I rarely even watch movies anymore because of the underlining subliminal messages, violence or offensive nature of it. It's amazing that the more we take out of our life, the more spiritual acuteness we have.
AdelaSmartMaxfield said Mar 17, 2017 18:33:15
Isaiah, I absolutely agree with what you said about The Hunger Games. I am glad I'm not alone. Thank you!
MichaelClaridge said Mar 17, 2017 20:17:32
I watched the movie, I love movies, I watch a ton of movies. But lately, I’ve been struggling with a very difficult decision: do I continue to see through the glass darkly or do I grow up and put off the childish things?

I have realized more and more that most of what I truly desire in my life requires I willingly let go of the Telestial world, and that unfortunately includes most, if not all the movies Hollywood is putting out. Very few wouldn’t offend the Spirit, and so very few are OK.

So which is it Michael, do you really want these greater gifts and blessings, or do you want to continue to straddle the fence with one leg in the Telestial world and the other striving towards Zion? Sooner or later you’re going to have to decide. The Lord is not going to allow you to keep doing the splits.

I think that’s the decision we are each faced with, especially those who hear the call of Zion and want to be part of the Remnant. Which is it, which do you really want, and really, no amount of negotiating is going to make the decision any easier. You can’t have both, they are diametrically opposed lifestyles.

So which is it Michael? Make your choice.
JaeleneStarr said Mar 17, 2017 22:07:24
Years ago I started the book "The Shack", but could not get through it. It just did not set right with me.
BeckyG. said Mar 17, 2017 22:10:17
I haven't watched movies in YEARS, and just recently started watching TV again (where I saw the commercial for this). It looked like something I would like to see, but hate the idea that it might be inappropriate.
I listened to the link above saying "don't watch it" I wonder if that person is knit picking a little too much into the metaphoric content.
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Dawn said Mar 17, 2017 22:23:07
Wow. I said go with an open mind. I guess that's all I'll say. No, there is much that is not lds doctrinally correct, and the atonement is subtle. The discussion about that happens in the cave.

But there is MUCH that is BEAUTIFUL about this movie. It was very well done. And I for one will support every movie that attempts to promote Christianity, however imperfectly, when it is clean and has a good message. But that's just me.
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Dawn said Mar 17, 2017 22:29:30
I forgot to post the link.
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