Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Book Review: Thr3e

I just finished reading Thr3e by Ted Dekker and wanted to share my impressions with you while they were still fresh in my mind. I read the book over the last two days and I have to say that I feel like I wasted my time. I was really enjoying it until about over halfway into it and then the plot turned and it became a totally different book and I couldn't believe that the author was actually going in that direction and when he kept going in that direction I wanted to throw the book down and go do something else. But I couldn't, I felt compelled to continue and when I did I was stunned by the sheer stupidity of the ending.

The book is a psychological thriller about a seminary student, Kevin who is tormented by a psycho who wants him to confess his sin. The psycho rigs Kevin's car with a bomb and then threatens to blow it up in three minutes unless he calls a radio station to confess his sin. The psycho gives Kevin a riddle to help him figure out what his sin is but Kevin can't solve the riddle or think of anything so he ditches the car and it blows up but doesn't injure anyone.

Kevin returns to his home to discover that the psycho had been there and wants Kevin to continue playing the game until he understands what he is to confess. The psycho wants Kevin to bring in his childhood friend, Samantha to help him solve the riddles. Is the psycho someone from their past? Kevin's troubled childhood is explored so that they can find the answers to the riddle and discover who is the psycho.

The underlying theme of the book is the conflict between good and evil in the soul of man. This passage is at the heart of the story:

Romans 7:15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

It hints at the sin that Kevin is to confess (don't worry, I didn't give anything anyway by telling you that). There is much discussion about the nature of man and you can tell that a Christian wrote the book (though they don't spend much time talking about grace or the gospel).

As I said the first part of the book is great, it grips you and there is great interest in the story and even when I suspected the direction the book was going in I still found it interesting and gripping but when it was clear that the author was taking you down an even wackier path than you originally suspected I felt cheated, like the author had set up a game of three card Monty. It was a rip off. The author completely deconstructed the story that he took so long to construct. It was an amazing act of destruction. You just sit there in stunned disbelief that the author would think he could get away with something this ludicrous.

Needless to say I'm not recommending the book even from the car wreak type of interest you might have in trying to find out why I disliked the book so much. Don't bother. If you want to know what ticked me off so much, email me and I'll tell you. Or you can rent the movie and waste two hours of your life instead of a couple days like I did.

BTW, I'm stunned that they actually made a movie out of this book. I can't believe that an audience would appreciate such a plot device that was this unbelievable, especially given the fact that the lie would be more obvious when it's put on the screen.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

LA Times religion reporter loses faith

If you haven't read William Lobdel's story of his loss of faith after years of covering the priest sex abuse scandals, the treatment of Mormons who leave the church and the prosperity gospel of TBN, go read it now because it's pretty powerful stuff.

It can be hard reconciling the teaching of Christ and his sacrificial death to the actions of the church. I remember being disappointed time and again by the actions of Christians when I was a baby Christian. How could they be so selfish when Christ was so selfless? I've since learned that we are still sinners who need to be reminded constantly that we have been bought with a price and we are a new creation in Christ. Remembering that will help us to appreciate the struggles of others.

But it is also important to remember that there are many who call themselves Christians but are not. Jesus warned us of this:

Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' 24 "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Putting our trust in those who call themselves Christians is like building your house on the sand. When they fall you fall with them. Putting your trust in the word of God gives you a foundation on which to build your life in Christ. That is a much surer foundation and one that will withstand the winds of doubt.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Westminster Bookstore Sale

They are having a great sale on some of the Biblical Theology books. Go check it out and buy something so that I can get me kickback :-) I need to buy a book and I'm waiting for one more coupon to do so.

BTW, I really recommend The New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. It is very helpful and I use it when I'm studying a particular book of the Bible or doing a word study.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Shoe House, the Amish Farm and my Grandma

I spent some time with my Grandma last week in PA. I used to spend part of the summer with her and I think she still expects me to do that now :-) She will be 90 in the fall and I love her a lot so we took a few days off from our very busy summer schedule and went to visit her. It wasn't meant to be a sight-seeing trip but I took her places that I thought she might enjoy (something fun for my daughters as well).


We visited the Shoe House in Hellam which was built in the 40's by Colonel Mahlon M. Haines to advertise his shoe business. He never lived in it but used it for honeymoon couples. If you are ever in Lancaster county, take a drive over and check it out because it really is a cute attraction and not that far away (about 20 minutes west on Route 30). It's amazing how many rooms they were able to fit into this little house. There is the honeymoon suite which consists of a living room, bedroom and bathroom, a kitchen with a dining nook and pantry. and a maid's room with a bathroom and a second bedroom.

There was also a very cute little dog shoe house that was built at the same time as the house.


After we did the tour and bought our souvenirs, I asked my grandma what she wanted to do next, what would she like to see that she has never seen before? Can you believe that she's lived near Lancaster all her life and has never seen an Amish house? So, we drove to Lancaster and had lunch at Panera Bread and had the broccoli cheddar soup (I love their soup). My grandma has never been and she really enjoyed it. It's great to be able share my favorite places with her.

The Amish Farm and House was right next to Panera Bread so we didn't have too far to go. It's weird that it's located right next to a Target and a strip mall. It's a nice attraction if you want to get a feel for Amish culture and understand why they do what they do. Here are some of the picture I took of the house and farm and the one room school house.





After we finished touring the farm, we went to Kitchen Kettle in Intercourse. I love going there and tasting all the jams and the dips but I usually just buy the blackberry jam. I bought some funky earrings and we walked around until we got hungry and then we drove over to Shady Maple which is one of those buffets that are popular in Lancaster county. It was huge, I couldn't believe how big it is and how cheap! It only cost $13 each. The food was OK. I was able to get broasted chicken which I haven't had in years.

After dinner we went to the gift shop and I was shocked by how huge it was. It was like a small department store. They had everything you could possibly want: quilts, furniture, paintings, candles, toys, pocket books, jewelry, flowers, etc. It was tchotchke heaven. When a gift shop is that big, I get overwhelmed and I have no desire to buy anything.

By this time you might imagine that my grandma was pretty tired. We had been on the go all day. So I took her home and traveled back to NJ. It wasn't the best planing in the world because I traveled west to take her home and then had to travel east back to Lancaster to go home. Kind of stupid! But I didn't mind because I know how blessed I am to be able to drive my grandma home at all :-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

5 things I dig about Jesus

Someone tagged me for this meme on Reformed Chicks and I finally posted it a couple days ago. Check it out here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Is Harry Potter a Christ Figure?

There has been some speculation that Harry Potter is based on the story of Jesus in the Gospels and that Potter is set to die in the last book to save the world from the evil Lord Voldemort.

Gamblers wealthy or odd enough to wager on fiction have put down money with bookies. The prevailing bet? Potter to die. (In Seven.)

His death will be a noble one, it is prophesied in the blogs, a death both sacrificial and necessary to save the world from the satanic Lord Voldemort.

I agree with this line. I also expect Harry's death to show that his character's path is modelled on the Gospel accounts of Jesus, and, more significantly, that the link between him and wizardry-school headmaster Albus Dumbledore is patterned on the most essential relationship in the Christian Bible – that between Jesus the Son and God the Father.

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In any case, here's why legions of Potter fans are betting Harry will die, according to AFP. They believe Book Seven will reveal Harry's body is a "Horcrux," an object that mystically helps Voldemort survive. Harry's letting himself die or be killed, the theory goes, would thus help defeat Voldemort.

In death, then, he would save the world.
The problem with this comparison is that salvation was not obtained by just the death of Christ but by his resurrection as well. Christ became the "firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:20). We can expect life after death because he experienced life after death.
Romans 4:25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

2 Corinthians 4:14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Ephesians 2:5-6 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
We walk in newness of life because he was raised from the dead:
Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 7:4 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Peter 1:21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
If Potter is to be a true Christ figure, he would have to be bought back to life after death and I think that would make the Potter readers very happy.

Some good news from Feedburner and Blogger

You can now redirect your Blogger feed to your Feedburner feed (or another feed) much easier than before (you had to change the html in your template):

If you host your content on a Blogger blog with a blogspot.com address (or use Blogger's “custom domain” feature), you can now redirect your native Blogger feed to your FeedBurner feed (quite easily, might we add). Gone are the muggy, languorous days of wrestling with "autodiscovery" tags in foreboding corners of your Blogger template code or hacking through this tangled discussion thread for a glimpse of configuration clarity. Starting right now, you just log into your Blogger account, select Settings | Site Feed, enter your FeedBurner feed address and click "Save Settings." Zap! Pow! Kraaakkkk! Now you've got the complete picture of how your content is being consumed out here, out there, out everywhere.

Why is redirecting so important?
We're glad you asked. By redirecting your feed, you can get a true picture of how many subscribers you have. Some of you might even see a few more subscribers magically appear, though results will most certainly vary. Why so? Sometimes, publishers inadvertently fragment their feed audience by offering more than one feed address on the blog itself or within their autodiscovery tags (the method by which feed readers automatically detect the address of your feed for syndication purposes). This results in some subscribers not being counted, and no one wants that in a world where everyone should count for something. By redirecting your feed, you can consolidate any straggler subscribers and greatly improve your ability to effectively measure your audience.
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Monday, July 16, 2007

Walmart to sell Jesus action figure

Ugh!

The company targets parents who would rather their children play with the faith-based toys rather toys rather than other super hero action figures, the report said.
There are Christian parents who would rather their children play with a doll that represents their deity instead of Superman? They would have the representation of their Lord and Savior be subjected to all the indignities that children put their dolls through, so that they can avoid buying them a Batman toy? They would have the King of kings and Lord of lord reduced to a child's play toy? That is preferable to a Spider-Man doll?

What if the Jesus doll becomes a favorite? Those of you with kids know what I'm talking about when I say that they are the toys that really get beat up from use because the kids take it everywhere. What if the Jesus doll were to be loved and adored by the kid? "I love you, Jesus!" How doesn't this violate the first commandment (how doesn't it violate the first commandment by it's very creation)? Now, there may be some Christians who think that it might be nice to foster the love of Jesus in a child by using a doll but what does that say about how these parents are teaching their children to view Jesus? Where is the awe-inspiring aspect of his nature? Dolls by their very nature infantize those things that they represent, how does a doll inspire the awe and fear of God?

If you have to get a Bible doll, get the Samson instead. At least he had super human strength and if you get the Philistine dolls as well, the kids can pretend that they are fighting. Who needs the Transformers when they can have Samson instead?

Update: I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote this and didn't include the second commandment which deals specifically with graven images. Sheesh, why didn't someone mention it? How embarrassing!

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Do you want to hear about my blessing?

Sarah, my 15 year old is on a diet and decided that it would burn off calories to do housework so she cleaned the living room and the refrigerator. When she told me that she would clean out the refrigerator I told her that other moms complained about their teenagers but she was a blessing to me and gave her a kiss. My in-laws are coming tomorrow and I've been decluttering and the house is pretty messy, so any help I get is welcome!

BTW, I'm decluttering in preparation for the fall. I figured if I had less stuff, it would be easier to keep the place clean while I spend all my time on the road or studying. If we can just maintain order, I can cook and keep the kitchen clean, Sarah does the laundry and Samantha sweeps and unloads the dishes.

Along with decluttering I decided I was sick of the way my kitchen looked so I bought new hardware for the cabinets in the kitchen. I replaced them all myself! I'm quite proud of myself :-) I also bought new artwork for my bedroom. I'm not much of a decorator and I'm a little embarrassed to tell you what hung over my bead for the last 11 years. A picture my daughter painted when she was 4! That's it for artwork (for the bedroom at least -- I'm a little better in the rest of the house). I've been looking for years but haven't found anything I liked until this week.

I also bought a cheap bookcase for the bedroom for the books I have to read in the fall for seminary and I got a 5 drawer organizer with canvas drawers and a set of drawers with a shelf for the closet. Now I actually have room for my clothes. I also took out all my clothes out of the closet and threw away everything I haven't worn for awhile. So much easier to find stuff now! And now I can put my clothes away after Sarah does the laundry instead of live out of my laundry basket (I've always lived like a teenager).

My daughters also organized their rooms as well. I bought them shelves to put their stuffed animals on and a hanging organizer for their closets. We finally got rid of a lot of kid's stuff. My 11 year old has wanted to get rid of her Beauty and the Beast bedroom set and replace it with something more teenagery and was really happy when we found her sister's old bedroom set. With the shelves and a new mirror and a new lamp I was able to update her bedroom for less than $100. Now she loves her room and hangs out in it like her sister does.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Episcopal Priest suspended because she's also a Muslim

The Episcopal priest who called herself "both a practicing Muslim and an Episcopal priest" has been suspended for a year. Originally her bishop had accepted her dual faith but it turns out that he isn't her bishop. Her actual bishop isn't so open minded:

The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, a local Episcopal priest who announced she is both Muslim and Christian, will not be able to serve as a priest for a year, according to her bishop.

During that year, Redding is expected to "reflect on the doctrines of the Christian faith, her vocation as a priest, and what I see as the conflicts inherent in professing both Christianity and Islam," the Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, wrote in an e-mail to Episcopal Church leaders.

Redding was ordained more than 20 years ago by the then-bishop of Rhode Island, and it is that diocese that has disciplinary authority over her.

During the next year, Redding "is not to exercise any of the responsibilities and privileges of an Episcopal priest or deacon," Wolf wrote in her e-mail. Wolf could not be reached for immediate comment.

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Some wonder how a Christian can also be a Muslim when the two faiths are so diametrically opposed. Christians worship the Son of God and believe that while God is one, he is also triune. They believe that Jesus is God incarnate (in the flesh) and that Christ died and was raised again and is seated on the right hand of God the Father and he shall return to judge the living and the dead. Muslims believe that Christ was a prophet and not the Son of God, that he isn't God incarnate and that God is one. How can two different views of God be reconciled so that someone can think they are a believer of both?

It's easy for liberals like Redding, who don't believe in the historic doctrines of the Christian faith and don't believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible:
Redding's views, even before she embraced Islam, were more interpretive than literal.

She believes the Trinity is an idea about God and cannot be taken literally.

She does not believe Jesus and God are the same, but rather that God is more than Jesus.

She believes Jesus is the son of God insofar as all humans are the children of God, and that Jesus is divine, just as all humans are divine — because God dwells in all humans.

What makes Jesus unique, she believes, is that out of all humans, he most embodied being filled with God and identifying completely with God's will.

She does believe that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, and acknowledges those beliefs conflict with the teachings of the Quran. "That's something I'll find a challenge the rest of my life," she said.

She considers Jesus her savior. At times of despair, because she knows Jesus suffered and overcame suffering, "he has connected me with God," she said.

That's not to say she couldn't develop as deep a relationship with Mohammed. "I'm still getting to know him," she said.
If you do not take the Bible literally, then you can create any kind of Christ you want, even a Muslim Christ. Ignore the things that Christ said about himself, ignore what Paul said about him as well. Also, ignore what is said about Christians in the Koran and only focus on what feels good. Then you can reconcile Christianity and Islam.

When we base what we believe is true on our feelings, then we leave ourselves open to whatever strikes our whim at the time. Muslim, Christian what does it matter if it makes us happy, if it makes us feel like we've had a religious experience and has drawn us closer to God?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

This is what Christianity looks like

Joe Carter struggles with being a jerk even though he's been a Christian for 30 years:

How is this possible? How can I be a Christian for over three decades (since the age of six) and still be such a jerk? The only response I can give is that if I wasn't a Christian I'd be much, much worse. As Evelyn Waugh--another Christian who recognized he was a nasty chap--once said, "If not for my faith I would be barely human."

While true, that answer seems a bit of a cop-out. I don't like being a jerk and I don't like making excuses for my nasty behavior. So I attempt to be nicer, more likable. I pretend to be genial and gregarious in the hope that I'll eventually become less of a jerk.

But it doesn't work. The more I pose and pretend that I'm something I'm not, the more I appear to be a hypocritical jerk.

The main problem is that I go about it all wrong. Instead of trying to be more likable I should focus on being more loving. As C.S. Lewis once noted, "Christian Love (or Charity) for our neighbors is quite a different thing from liking or affection."
Carter's post is a window into one of the biggest struggles that Christians experience: how to love others more than we love ourselves. How do we love the unlovable? How do we love those who tick us off or who annoy us? Those who make our Christian smiles slip, those who push our buttons until our true self shows?

We do this by:

1. Understanding who Christ died for: the unlovable. Sinners who were at enmity with God:
Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience- 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God loved us and sacrificed his Son for us when we were in rebellion against him. It's helpful to keep that in mind when someone causes us grief. How can that grief compare in anyway to the sinner's (our) enmity against God?

2. Understanding who we are now that Christ died to set us free from sin:
2 Corinthians 5:13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
As we learn who we are in Christ by reading Scriptures, we struggle with what that looks like in our lives. We understand that Christ has died to set us free from the guilt and bondage of sin to be bound and obedient to God. But it's not easy, it's a struggle, one that will continue until our true self is revealed in Christ. We live now in the hope of what we have been promised. That should motivate us to strive to become what we already are :-)

3. Realizing how our obedience reflects our love of God. If we loved God, we would be obedient to him and love others as he loves them and commands us to:
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Yeah, I know this is a struggle but it's what we have been called to do. We need to remember that we aren't saved for our own sake, or for our happiness but for Christ's sake:
2 Corinthians 5:15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised
And while we are keeping all that in mind, we should remember this always:
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
BTW, go read the rest of Carter's post and if you like it, digg it. I think it's worth being dug.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day!

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Click

I watched Click tonight. I found it to be a strange movie. It was a mixture of the crass and the profound. The message of the movie was clear: appreciate the time that you have with your family, don't take your life for granted. Appreciate the many blessings that you have and don't wish away the bad times or the boring times. Stop going through the motions and really live life.

It's the story of a man played by Adam Sandler who goes through life wanting to excel at work and working hard to earn a promotion from his jerk of a boss. Wanting to give his kids the things that he never had. Being taunted by the kid next door who brags about the things that he has that Sandler's kids don't have. He wants to get to the good times and when given the opportunity to control his life using a universal remote control and the ability to fast foward to the good part, he does it and lives to regret it. When he fast forwards through his life, he doesn't remember it and he's on auto pilot living through it.

He decides to fast forward to his promotion and finds that he loses a year of his life and that his relationship with his wife is strained and his kids have grown but what's worse is that the universal remote control adapts to his usage and fast forwards thorough the parts he has fast forwarded through in the past: promotions, avoiding illness and arguments. He comes to understand the things that he values and he isn't happy with the life that he chose. His preferences reflect a life consumed by his work and he lost out on sharing his life with his family.

In some ways it's a bitter sweet comedy because you know people like him who are only interested in getting ahead. Who don't appreciate their live and are walking through it on auto pilot, not really living. Just existing.

I wish that I could recommend the movie but the crass outweighs the profound which is really too bad because the movie would have been much better if the focus wasn't on cheap laughs but held up a mirror to the viewer and helped them to examine their life so that it would be worth living.

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