God, Reconciliation and How to Train your Dragon - John Van Sloten

January 16, 2011

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to search for God’s truth as its found in Dreamworks’ animated film, "How to Train your Dragon."

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Ephesians 2:14-22, TNIV

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:4-10, TNIV


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January 28, 2013
yea I agree with rachel. it depends on how you look at it. Im a Christian cartoonist and only slip in religion hints and imagery in one of my cartoons. But to some people it could be satanic and others nothing at all. Sometimes this stuff is all in good fun and storytelling without intentional religion messages. Interesting video though
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March 14, 2012
@3adhmihaykel That depends on how you interpret the film :) Satan does indeed take on the form of a dragon,but think of it this way: the large dragon that is killed at the end of the film is Satan, while the other dragons represent gentiles/non-christians. It is our duty as Christians to "train" them in the ways of Christ so that they will not remain captive to evil dragon.
This video was very enlightning :) It's amazing that this film can been seen as an allegory, even if it is secular.

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September 08, 2011
false, the dragon means satan, it's how to train your satan, the satan would drow lines for you (style of life) that you should follow, and then he would improve your place in the society, but in the end both of you will fall in hell exactly as in the film. don't you see that the dragon is a reptile shapeshifter. it's lucifer

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