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Avatar: A Spiritual Connection?
By Allen J Epling   
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Last edited: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Does the movie AVATAR suggest a possible connection to religious beliefs of the separation of the spirit and the physical body?

I am very selective of any product I watch coming from Hollywood (some call it UNHolywood), because of the liberal bias and antichristian sentiment prevalent with most of its leading spokespeople. Once in a blue moon they, accidentally, stimulate some of my neurons with a hint of a suggestion that there may actually be some truth hidden in one of their movies.

One of the latest, 2012, while it contained many falsehoods and much speculation, was based on predictions of a disaster of biblical proportions in 2 years and I wrote a post on its possibility.

 I was surprised by another recent product, Avatar, that I watched just last night, (mostly because it was so popular and I was curious), to find myself stimulated intellectually about one of its basic suggestions. The movie portrayed the warlike, materialistic, humans as the bad guys destroying the habitat of an innocent, simple, but morally sensitive, race of aliens who worshipped, and tried to preserve, the natural beauty of their planet. I found myself rooting for the aliens.

What I didn't expect to find was the premise and basis of how the leading character would interact with the aliens. That idea was what started my neurons firing.

I have long advocated that we are a physical body inhabited by a spiritual being that is not of this world, but of another place the bible calls the Kingdom of God. My theory of how this happens is that the spirit enters the physical realm by interacting with our body's brain at the quantum level where physical laws become blurred. It is there, that I believe the spirit enters the host, our body.

The movie Avatar proposed the idea that a person, by laying down, enclosed, in a full body console, and subjecting himself to some kind of electronic, wireless connection, could feel, sense, and experience every sensation of another, artificially grown body that looked like an alien, and would in every sense of the word, experience what it was like to inhabit that body. The subject of the movie feels in every way that he is actually in the other body. What happens when the alien body dies? The character's connection to the alien body is broken and he awakes in his real body.

I wonder if we already have such a connection?

I Corinthians 15:38 says, "But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. ...verse 44, "It is sown a natural body: it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."  Is it possible that we have spiritual connection to another body, a spiritual one, in Heaven, and when we die, our spirit returns to it, just as the character did in Avatar? Perhaps that is what happens in the rapture, we simply leave the physical body and return to the spiritual one. To the ones "left behind" it would appear that we had died.

My grandchildren (and children) are enthralled about the WII gamebox and how they can manipulate it simply by waving a wand in the air and pressing buttons. There is no physical connection to the game itself because everything is wireless. We are seeing that everything can be controlled remotely today with a wireless connection.

What is next? A body console we lay down into and connect remotely to a robot that sends visual, sensory, and other information back to the console so that we actually feel we are somewhere else?  I don't know how soon we will have such things but they are possible and are coming. The movie Avatar suggested to me just how possible, and how near, such a connection could be.





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