Excellent thoughts: http://bobbixby.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/miserable-means-miserable/
Les Miserables –‘Law vs, grace’ depicts this critique well. Paul’s writings are misundersttod (2 Pet 3:16), so grace is pitted against torah.
The critic here (Bob Bixey) has put himself through the miserable experience 3 times. so, if not entertaining or worse, why is he putting himself through it again & again? No doubt, he has polished his perspective.
Some believers only see torah observance as cold, ‘works oriented’ path to salvation -not relationship or love.
Why read more into this story than what was intended?
Yehoshua said, if you love me keep my commandments.
He did not come to do away with Abba’s torah (life’s instructions) but to magnify it, bring it to its right context (Matthew 5:17-21)
Lina, thanks for your comment. Your desire to love the law and to express that love is wonderful. My sense, however, is that the critic is not attempting to simplistically say that law is cold, but that he identifies with the sin of turning the law into a cold works oriented pathway. You are exactly right to intimate that the Law of God is an expression of love, and that our keeping it is an expression of love. True, we should not read into any human creation, such as this movie, more than what is there, but even something that is not expressly Christian can point out our own sin or hypocrisy. In fact, I would go even further and say that the through the progression of the characters in the story we begin to see a love and respect for righteousness and a disdain for a cold human law. Granted, the author, Victor Hugo, may have had other things in mind, but that does not preclude us from learning more about ourselves. This is what I think Mr. Bixey was attempting to communicate.
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