Narnia a Teaching Tool?

By: Laurie Ott
By: Laurie Ott

December 9, 2005
The four Prevensie children find themselves with a huge responsibility when they wander through a wardrobe only to find a fantasy world on the other side. Friday afternoon, I watched Narnia with Rodger Murcheson of First Baptist Church of Augusta and found the world of Narnia can teach us all something about ourselves.

The movie begins with the seemingly impossible, children finding their way into this magical world through the wardrobe. Roger Murcheson of First Baptist Church of Augusta says the movie can be a teaching tool for churches.

“CS Lewis was writing a story for children. He was trying to enhance and enliven their imagination, and if imagination is teaching, then he would be pleased this was trying to awaken people’s faith and let it happen naturally,” Murcheson said.

Lewis said the story is a supposal of what would happen were Christ to enter a world like Narnia, depicting him coming as Aslan the lion. Though Murcheson warns not to read too much into it.

“In this movie, we saw the sacrifices many Christians attribute to Christ, so yes, it’s difficult not to see Aslan in that way, but that would lessen and make smaller to only equate Aslan to Christ,” Murcheson said.

The bigger lesson, says Murcheson, is on the question of finding one’s own faith.

“If we go digging and hunting with our intellect often we’re sadly disappointed, faith and God are all about us, and sometimes we discover it by accident,” Murcheson said.

First Baptist Church is filing an entire theatre on Saturday, they have 440 tickets to Narnia and they’ll be taking some children from Urban Ministries with them.

If you’ve seen some of the clips of Narnia in the trailers and you’re a parent, no doubt you’re asking which children should see it. I have a 5-year-old and after seeing it today with Rodger Murcheson of First Baptist Church of Augusta, I’ve decided it’s just too intense for my daughter. Murcheson agrees some of the scenes might frighten young children and has already cautioned his congregation.

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