The Princess Bride is 25? Inconceivable!

Was it really twenty-five years ago that The Princess Bride movie came out?* This is a movie filled with lines you can still hear quoted (usually by the same people who can recite entire scenes from a Monty Python movie):

“Have fun storming the castle!”

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

“Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!”

“Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world … except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe.”

Even the most innocuous looking lines carry special significance for fans:

“As you wish.”

But there is a one-word line that fans will always come up with when talking about this movie:

“Inconceivable!” Poor Vizzini the Assassin, he just couldn’t understand why his perfect plan wasn’t working out.

Inconceivable Scripture

The Bible is full of things that are inconceivable. It’s quite open about them too. It’s as if the writers were saying, “I know you won’t get this, but I’m going to talk about it anyway.” Here are a few examples:

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15.)

“Say Paul, could you describe God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ?”

“No, I just told you it’s indescribable.”

“Oh, yeah.”

“Oh the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33.)

“So Paul, how about a little help understanding God’s judgment?”

“What part of ‘unsearchable’ don’t you understand?”

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25.)

“Hey John, Paul’s being a bit vague on a few points. We thought maybe you could write out for us everything you know about Jesus and then we can take our time reading it over?”

“I already gave that a shot, and the world doesn’t have enough room to store the books even if there were someone who could write it all out.”

“Oh, OK. I guess I’ll go try Paul again.”

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21.)

“Paul, we wanted to ask one more thing.”

“Go ahead.”

“Is God really able to help us?”

“[Sigh.] So when I said he could do more than you can imagine, did you think I meant that you can imagine something he can’t do? Let me put it this way: the idea that there is a limit on what God can do for his people is INCONCEIVABLE!”

Knowing Enough

Does this mean there is nothing we can know about God? Not at all. Just because the fullness of God is beyond understanding doesn’t mean we can’t know him as our Lord and Savior, Friend and Counselor, Redeemer and Healer, and so much more. We learn all we need to know about him in his word, the Bible, because:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17.)


*I had read The Princess Bride years earlier and was positively giddy at the prospect of watching the story on the screen. The movie is faithful to the book in many ways, right down to characterization and using dialog lifted straight from the page at times. Yet the main point of the movie is very different from the main point of the book. Movie: True Love Wins. Book: Life’s Not Fair.**

**Yes, I am a Princess Bride nerd.

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16 Responses to The Princess Bride is 25? Inconceivable!

  1. Don’t you mean, “Movie: Twue WOVE wins” ?

    (I’ll try to come back and leave a longer comment if I get a chance today.)

  2. janehinrichs says:

    Such a great movie — so full of good stuff. What a great moral too — true love wins. And it does it in the end (as God’s word shows us).

  3. Jeannie says:

    Tim: Thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

    Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t think they ex–

    a a a a a a g g h h h h

  4. Aimee Byrd says:

    I like how Francis Schaeffer put it: We cannot have exhaustive knowledge of God, but we can have true knowledge of God.

  5. Inconceivable! You keep on using that word, I do not think you know what it means… :0

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