Blog Post 11 Question 1

Psalm 82 states “I said ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler. Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.” This statement carries a lot of connection to the events that happen in the movie from which this quote is included Of Gods and Men. The first portion of this quote explains that each person is holy and children of God. This is seen throughout the film as the monks develop a sense of purpose personally as well as a sense of spiritual duty to those around them. The monks dutifully remain to assist those they were called to aid, even in the face of danger which is seen in the second half of the passage.  

God can be found in many places throughout the film. However, He is mostly seen in the characters of the film. For instance, despite being of a different religion and at great odds with Christianity, the leader of a terrorist organization sort of befriended the monks of the community. He even provided protection to them after speaking with Christian about the importance of Christmas night and the birth of the “Prince of Peace.”

This film exposes points of conflict among the monks and their religion, the corrupt military, and the radical Islamists. In a sense, this movie is centered on those differences and how certain individuals react to those differences. Some men react violently and negatively when exposed to other religions thinking to protect their own, while others (the monks) work through these differences to help their brothers and sisters in this world. 

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