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What Indiana Jones taught me about faith

April 20, 2010|By BRIANNA DORSEY / Pulse correspondent
  • Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) prepares to take the "leap of faith" in the 1989 film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
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All of my life I have grown up in the church. I was practically born in the church.

Both of my parents have always been extremely active in the church. My mother has taught many children in her Sunday school classes and has planned beautiful banquets for the church. My musically inclined father has led singing in the church for as long as I can remember.

Faith in God has always been evident in my parents' lives, so I think that led me to have a false understanding of faith.

In my younger years, I thought faith was something that was handed down to me. I just assumed it was something genetic, just like the fact that I have black hair because my parents have black hair. I thought I had faith because my parents had it, so I wasn't too concerned about my faith.

As I got older and started to learn more about God, I realized I was lacking something - faith. I began to understand that faith isn't something that's handed down from generation to generation. It's something that only can be felt from inside. I began to realize that I was understanding more about faith, but I didn't comprehend faith completely.

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I remember watching "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" a couple of years back, and while watching that movie, the idea of faith clicked.

In the movie, there's a scene where Indiana Jones has to make it across a canyon with a raging river hundreds of feet below.

On the map that Indiana Jones had, the spot was labeled "The Leap of Faith." There was no bridge between the canyons, but Indiana Jones still jumped because his map told him to.

He had no idea whether he was going to fall into the river below or fall on some unseen bridge and make it safely across to the other side. Luckily for Indiana, there was an invisible bridge.

I see the Bible as the equivalent to Indiana's map. The Bible tells us what to do and where to go in our lives, but we have to just "jump" and believe. You can not see God, but you have to believe.

Brianna Dorsey is a senior at Heritage Academy where she is class president and editor of the school newspaper, Eagle Echoes.

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