Reviewed by: Temah Kern (guest reviewer)
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God, or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God… Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”
—2 Thess. 2:3-4; Revelation 16:16
The Bible talks about the end of the world as we know it numerous times starting in the early Old Testament and on to the end of Revelation, never once contradicting itself or changing the story in a way that will confuse the reader what is to come in the future—it is pointblank. The Bible clearly lays out what Armageddon is and how God’s people are to react to it; however, in 1998 the movie industry has not only twisted the Biblical prophecy of this final battle, but it also blasphemes God through strong humanistic implications that humans alone can save the world from destruction, whether it is God’s plan or not.
From the first words of “Armageddon” it is obvious that this story is not told for Christian viewers. We hear about how the Earth was formed millions of years ago and how during that progressive evolution a meteor six miles in diameter crashed into the Earth, killing off the dinosaurs. Once again we see an example of how the theory of evolution is being slung at us whether we like it or not. Evolution and Christianity cannot coexist in a believer; the believer must choose (See Exodus 20:11, Job 40:15-19, Genesis chapters 1 and 2, and many more).
Even if we were able to endure the offensiveness of the evolution that is presented throughout the movie, the knowledgeable Christian will soon be appalled by yet another infraction. Another asteroid is going to crash into the Earth. It is compared to Armageddon in the Bible but is sadly misinterpreted. God never says that Armageddon is the end of the world; instead He explains how it will be the final bloody war between good and evil at the end of the Tribulation period. The victory of good will then usher in the millennia where Christ is the King over all of the heavens and the Earth. Then will come Judgment Day and the end of all evil in the world.
The movie is insulting all Christians by saying that the asteroid is an act of God, but someone has to stop it. So whom do they choose? A combination of NASA officials and a drilling team. They are going to the asteroid to conquer it, and they only have 18 days. As soon as this story line is laid out, the idea of saving mankind by means of force over God is inevitable. The Bible teaches that all of us sin, that only through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection can any human overcome that sin, and we must turn to God because in His wisdom we can be sure that our future is secure; however, the movie “Armageddon” does not even mention the fact that only Christ can truly save us. Granted, the movie did mention praying a few times, but James warns people of the danger of only believing in one God and not acting on that faith by confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord and following His commands (James 2:19).
The entire overtone of the movie was to change what God had proclaimed will happen, to defeat what God has set into motion. This theme of humans defeating God’s plan is carried on to an even deeper level that Christians sometimes over look. Some ungodly principals have been so ingrained into our society that sometimes we don’t even consider them a factor. However, such things as rebellion, disrespect for parents, parental guidance (or the lack thereof), bad language (including the Lord’s name in vain), and premarital sex are especially offensive in this movie because of its already revolting overtone. God strongly speaks out against such behaviors in the Bible and encourages us not to submit to them either. (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:1, James 3:9-12, Exodus 20:7, I Thessalonians 4:3-7, Galatians 5:19-21, and many other places throughout God’s word).
Throughout the course of this movie these practices, along with many others, are not only considered to be acceptable, but they are actually promoted. As Christians we should cringe at this because we know that God condemns them. This negative undertone enhances the humanistic overtone that ruins all chances of enjoying this film.
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing… They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty… in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires… By the same word the present heavens and Earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men”
—2 Thess. 2:5-9; Revelation 16:14; 2 Peter 3:3,7
God has explained for us how we are to live today and what will happen tomorrow. The movie “Armageddon” takes God’s word out of context while it coveys ungodly principles and ideas for the correct way to live; Christians need to recognize these factors and bring them into the light while not only shunning them, but also using them to discredit sin and bring glory to God:
“We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me”
—I Timothy 1:8-11