Sharing God's Story with Disney's Frozen – Caught in a Curse

Today’s post is  from the Sharing God’s Story with Disney’s Frozen bible study.

This movie based bible study uses Disney’s Frozen and therefore contains  spoilers.

Be sure to check out our Frozen page for more ways to share God’s story with Disney’s Frozen.

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Review: Our hearts are frozen; scared, selfish and evil.

The reason we have frozen hearts is because all of us, like Arendelle, are under a curse.

So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned. Romans 5:12

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Why is Arendelle under a curse?

What is the curse?

Who caused the curse?

Who is affected by the curse?

Can those affected free themselves from the curse on their own?

What are we told is the only thing that can “cure the curse? (Think back to when Anna and Elsa were young.)

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Arendelle is under a curse. Even though the curse was caused by one person (Elsa), everyone in Arendelle was affected. In a fit of anger and fear Elsa uses her powers and unleashes a curse over the entire kingdom. Because of Elsa’s actions, the entire kingdom is frozen. Boats are stuck in the frozen waters and visitors are now trapped and unable to leave. Because of Elsa’s actions, the entire kingdom is frozen, and everyone is affected.

The same is true for us.

Because of the actions of one man, Adam, we too are also all under a curse.

So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned. Romans 5:12

Disney’s Frozen is an excellent parable of the biblical curse. And let’s be honest, the curse is a hard thing to discuss.

Read Genesis chapter 3.

Because Adam disobeyed God, the whole world was cursed; first the serpent, then Eve, and finally Adam, which also affected the entire world.

First God cursed the serpent (Genesis 3:14-15). As you read these verses look for hints of hope.

The Lord God said to the serpent,

Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the wild beasts and all the living creatures of the field! On your belly you will crawl and dust you will eat all the days of your life. And I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; her offspring will attack your head, and you will attack her offspring’s heel.

Did you see it? Did you see the dramatic foreshadowing? Right in the middle of the curse, there was hope!

Eve’s offspring, the Son of Man, will attack (some translations say crush) the serpent’s head!

Someday Jesus, the Son of Man, will ultimately defeat the serpent.

Even in the curse, there is hope!

The same is true in Disney’s Frozen. When Anna is first injured we are told that ”Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.” Even in the pain, there is a promise.

After God cursed (punished) the serpent God punished Eve. In addition to increased pain in childbirth, there will now be tension in her relationship with Adam.

A lot has been written on this topic and I am sure we won’t all agree. So I will simply state this; sin negatively affects personal relationships.

sin negatively affects personal relationships.

Regardless of what you think this part of Eve’s curse means I think we can all agree that sin affects relationships. Not just with others, but also with God.

Now Adam’s curse is the one most like the one in Disney’s Frozen. With Adam, the whole world was changed (just like all of Arendelle was changed).

Genesis 3:17-19:

Cursed is the ground thanks to you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, but you will eat the grain of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat food until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.

With Adam’s sin came the world as we know it, not the world as it was or as it should be, or as it will be. Just like in Frozen.

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Always winter but never Christmas.

Because of Elsa’s actions, the whole kingdom was changed. Just like with Adam. Because of Adam’s actions, the whole world changed.

While all of this is tragic, Adam’s actions changed the world in at least one more way.

Romans 5:12:

So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned.

Adam’s actions introduced sin to the world. And this world has never been the same.

(If you are doing this Reel Parables movie bible study with kids, ask them to recall something that they think is tragic and will never forget. For example, the death of a pet or a loved one, the first time a friend hurt them on purpose, etc. These are easy ways to show them that the world is cursed, bad, evil, broken, etc.)

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Because of Elsa’s actions, she was separated from her sister and then from the entire kingdom. And notice that this separation affected everyone. The merchants were trapped in Arendelle and separated from their homes/loved ones. Anna was separated from her sister, the only family she had left.

This is just like Adam. Because of Adam’s actions, he was separated from God. And because of Adam’s actions we too are separated from God.

Because Adam sinned, we all sin.

And remember, sin affects relationships.

It affected Elsa and Anna’s relationship.

It affected Adam and God’s relationship.

It affected Adam and Eve’s relationship.

And it affects our relationships even today.

Not only with each other, but also with God.

But like with Elsa, we too can return to God and be restored to Him.

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