The World’s Wrath

Source: Film Review: ‘Apostasy’ – Variety

Daniel Kokotajlo

pic source: YouTube screen capture

The roaring continues. The Christian Bible told us that the world’s wrath, that is to say its anger and hatred, would come and then be followed by God’s wrath. I only know that God is not like the world (of wicked humankind) that is opposed to him, so I don’t know exactly how his wrath, and Armageddon, will look. Will it include violence? I wouldn’t say no. The violence is already there, Isn’t it? Maybe God simply arranges to have the violence perpetrated by self-modified people turned against them, the same way he does with Gog and Babylon the Great. (And if God can save Noah and his family out of the flood, then he can save loyal believers out of anything the anti-God crowd, in its madness, unleashes, including nuclear weapons.) Gog is another name (meaning ‘darkness’) for Satan. Babylon the Great, a Bible phrase, refers to worldwide religion that God does not approve of and which actually opposes him and his plan of salvation for imperfect humankind, preferring instead human plans like the United Nations, which, of course, involves working with the ‘kings’ of the earth, which means the secular and political realm of this godless world.

Gog –

“The word of Jehovah again came to me, saying: “Son of man, set your face against Gog of the land of Magog… Say, “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “Here I am against you, O Gog… I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with all your army… I will call forth a sword against him on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. Every man’s sword will be against his own brother… And I will certainly magnify and sanctify myself and make myself known before the eyes of many nations. And they will have to know that I am Jehovah.”” (Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39)

Babylon the Great –

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me: “Come, I will show you the judgment on the great prostitute who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality and earth’s inhabitants were made drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality… The ten horns that you saw mean ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they do receive authority as kings for one hour with the wild beast. These have one thought, so they give their power and authority to the wild beast. These will battle with the Lamb, but because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them….” He said to me: “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues. And the ten horns that you saw, and the wild beast, those will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire. For God put it into their hearts to carry out their one thought, Yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished. And the woman whom you saw means the great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation chapter 17)

Jehovah, in other words, will give his enemies, who are also enemies of normal, un-self-modified people, enough rope to hang themselves.

“But the lawless one’s position is by the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and wonders and every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth in order that they might be saved. That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may all be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Guy Lodge and Molly Wright

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I did not, initially, read all of the top of post linked-to article for the simple reason that I knew it would annoy the crap out of me. Now, The statement, in the Variety article, that this blog post is riffing off of is where I stopped reading, temporarily, in order to post a comment, which readers are invited to do. When I found that the site would not accept my comment, that’s when I decided both to discontinue reading and to publish this blog post. You are free to disagree with my decision.

An excerpt from the top of post linked-to article, by Guy Lodge, follows:

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“Not endorsed by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” say the closing credits of “Apostasy,” and while you see the practical need for the caveat, it could hardly be a clearer statement of the obvious…

Wright, in particular, must serenely shoulder the bulk of the film’s weight before a sharp, elegant structural fillip at the midpoint that drastically rearranges the human stakes in Kokotajlo’s finely magnified script. As 18-year-old Alex, the dutiful youngest daughter of devout Witness Ivanna (Siobhan Finneran), she’s presented as the wholesome future face of an organization that feels increasingly isolated and out of time in their corner of contemporary Manchester. It seems a symbolically pointed detail that the community’s shabby Kingdom Hall is located by the onramp to a freeway, cars rushing past in long shot as the lives inside stay obstinately stationary.

Yet while Alex does everything Jehovah supposedly requires of her, attending all services and submitting to the passionless courtship of Steven (Robert Emms), an old-before-his-time church Elder, she’s made to feel a constant spiritual deficit due to the life-saving blood transfusion she had at birth — viewed by church authorities as a unholy impurity.
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My disappeared online comment (including typos) in response to the top of post linked-to article follows:

“…she’s made to feel a constant spiritual deficit due to the life-saving blood transfusion she had at birth — viewed by church authorities as a unholy impurity…” There’s something very wrong with that statement. Which tells me that the creator of the film has an agenda. The prohibition on using blood (a symbo[l] for life in the Bible, rationally) is set out in the Bible, both main sections, clearly. It’s not mysterious. God is the Source of life, period. Humankind, including humankind that wants to disappear and replace God, is not the Source of life. We can show our loyalty to the Creator by simply observing his commandment to not eat blood. Why does one eat anything? You are sustaining your life by eating. So, Will you show – when the opportunity arises – that you actually believe in God and that he is the source of life and that he has a plan of salvation for imperfect (sorry to report) humankind and that he alone can save us from death, Or not? It’s not complicated. When you know what’s involved, and have already committed yourself to God (which God-haters can characterize as death, if they wish), then, when you cave, when push comes to shove and you (supposedly) need a blood transfusion, you have, by definition committed an act of apostasy. You have gone against a belief that you embraced and full[y] hold, knowingly and willingly.

If there was some sort of magical effect of getting a blood transfusion that made one who got one unholy, that would render a lot of people who get transfusions before knowing God, or against their wishes or in other ways that don’t involve apostasy, doomed. That may be Hollywood/CIA/Pentagon’s narrative, but it has nothing to do with reality.

I was a Jehovah’s Witness. I am no longer. I don’t believe that organization has God’s blessing. I have many reasons for that. The latest involved my simply [simple] request, put to a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses standing outside a TTC station here in Toronto, about getting a couple of books from them. They are books I had but lost. They said sure, took my name and number and said that someone would come by with them, which never happened. As Jesus said, “Let your word ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’ and your word ‘no’ mean ‘not’ [no], for what is in excess of that is from the wicked one.” In other words, Dishonesty and being false to agreements comes from those whose behavior God, whose self-given name is Jehovah (however you want to pronounce it), does not approve of.

But I still say that there is no other Christian organization that will teach those who are interested [in] what is in the Bible [as well as The Watch Tower Society]. I don’t agree with some of the Witnesses’ teachings (big and small teachings), but I do think they’ve mostly got it right.

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