Friday, October 13, 2006

Of Clarifications and Retractions

Having checked this site, of an apparent expert on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, I need to clarify an item or two from yesterday's post.
Dracula apparently could walk during the day, but he could not exercise his supernatural powers during that time. Sorry.
Apparently, though, he did have to be invited in. (See discussion in the comments portion.)

There is probably a sermon illustration here somewhere, about what we know to be true, and what we merely think is true. I don't know how often I've heard people say things like, "I know that's what the Bible says because I saw it in a movie/ on television/ heard a preacher say it." And I have certainly been known to use clips from movies of the life of Christ in sermons or lessons, but it is amazing how that can color your perspective of how Jesus or another person intended a comment. Was that person being sarcastic? Were they angry? Were they sad? Did that person really repent? By the same token, it is easy for me to get an idea in my head of what the background information of a text or image is, and assert that I know for a certainty that THIS is what they were thinking, when the Bible doesn't supply that information.

Insert inspirational comment about reading and meditating on Scripture regularly here.

4 comments:

Gregory said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Allen.

I was losing sleep.

Allen said...

I figured you were. I know I was.
Am I a little obsessive about getting the facts just right? Perhaps. It's a side effect of grad school, I think.
Yup, I think I'll blame them for my issues. It's the American way!

Gregory said...

We hold these Truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Right to Blame Everyone But Themselves.

Oh, and that pursuit happiness thing, too.

Allen said...

Drat! Just realized another mistake in the Dracula review. Though the wooden stake is the traditional weapon against vampires, and was the end of Dracula in the 1931 movie, he was destroyed in the novel by a bowie knife through the heart and the removal of his head--not a wooden stake.
Either method would be lethal to me, I'd guess.