Inception and the Power of Ideas

***SPOILER WARNING***

I could write pages and pages about the different theories and thoughts I had when watching the film but for this particular post I will focus solely on the power of ideas.

Cobb (Dicaprio’s character) explains to Ariadne (Page’s character) the power of ideas.

“What’s the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules.”

He later discusses that an idea can change who a person becomes. It affects every part of them.

Ideas are dangerous. They affect everything we do or say.

Almost two thousand years ago a man called Paul shared an idea with a church in Colossae:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Paul was transformed by an idea. The disciples were transformed by an idea. I am transformed by an idea.

It is not about words or complex theology or right intellectual understandings, but about images.

Jesus, the image of the invisible God.

In a couple of weeks I take up the post as youth worker for South Beach Baptist Church in Saltcoats. I am reminded that the young people I see will not be captivated by words or musings. They will be captivated by images. by ideas.

Ideas that transform the way they see the world. The way they act.

“An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules.”

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