Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lost Finale: A Case For Christ

Before I dive right into the case for Christ as presented in the Series Finale of Lost, first let get to my extreme dissatisfaction with the conclusion of this show.  It is true that the writers did present a suspenseful and emotionally gripping show.  I have no doubt that the finale will win an emmy, as will Mathew Fox for his acting in the show.  However, I watched this show for 6 years to uncover the island mysteries, mysteries that increased year after year.  What the final season has managed to do is solve very few of these mysteries and solve them in an inconsistent way.  If you divide season 6 into two parts, you have purgatory and island tasks.  Of course, the happenings on the island are supposed to be the driving force of the show.    What the writers and producers did was make the island sequences nothing more than a series of challenges from Amazing Race.  The purpose of protecting the island and destroying the man in black did not live up what had been built up to in the previous seasons.  Why in season 1 did Locke, who was “special”, think the smoke monster was beautiful, only to have it become the most dangerous thing to humanity.  That is a huge inconsistency.   In the end, Jack put the stopper back in the drain of evil and the TASK was accomplished, then he dies.  But nothing was resolved.   Who was the man in black and Jacob, and Jacob’s mother.  Who is the 4 toed statue and who built the temple.   Why was Walt the most important thing and suddenly written out of the show.  And for that matter, why was Aaron nothing more than a baby despite his importance in season 1.
Nothing was truly resolved.  But wasn’t the purgatory rememberance moment beautiful.  It was touching to see these characters find peace after they had been through so much together, but that wasn’t the real point of the show.  If the ultimate resolution of the show was to show how a “community” (puke) can find their way through purgatory and finally move on to the after-life, then what happened on the island was inconsequential.  They may as well picked random strangers to for the sideways purgatory scenes.   You must separate the idealistic portrayal of purgatory from the remainder of the show in its examination. 
My wasn’t it beautiful to see them all move on.  Even old Ben Linus will eventually move on after he has worked a few more things out.   Murderers, adulterers, thieves, and blasphemers.  It didn’t matter how they lived their life so long as they eventually made peace with it in purgatory.  Adolf Hitler may as well been sitting beside Ben still working on his issues.  Remember Ben killed all the dharma people with poison gas.  And so now I get to my main point, how this series finale is a case for Christ.  What this show portrayed is a common belief in transcendental, humanistic, eastern mysticism in which you can eternally ponder yourself into the next state of being.   The purgatory in the show allowed each of these people, regardless of any action or choice they made while alive in reality, to achieve the same state of after life as anyone else.   Essentially, once they become good enough or mentally balanced enough in purgatory, they can move on.  The fundamental flaw here is that it negates the value of the choices we make while alive.  God has given us one life to live (pardon the pun).  What we do with our time here on this earth is what determines how we “move on”.    The problem with internalization and good deeds is that it is a subjective criteria.  Who determines the level of internalization or good deeds required to move on.  How can one have any assurance that they have reached this point.  What is the incentive to reach this point if you have an unlimited number of existences to get it right.    By a humanists definition, why would they even need a purgatory if they were able to justify to themselves (since there would be no God) every action they ever took.   There are no absolutes.  If we are all trying to achieve a direction, but there is no absolute destination or route, we are all LOST.
God is not a writer of a television drama.  His resolution does not leave any mysteries.  His direction and path are clearly defined.  God loves us more than island Jacob.  God does not want us to live aimlessly in endless existences trying to achieve nirvana.  God is our creator and our judge.  As he judged us with the fall of Adam, he alone will judge us again at the end of time.   He does not leave it to us to judge ourselves or one another.   To atone for our sins, he sent his son to die for us to cleanse our sins once and for so that who so ever believes in his death and resurrection and repents of their sins shall receive eternal life.  God gives us a choice, to believe in what Christ did, or to reject it.  An absolute choice.  A yes or no answer with an absolute destination.   There are consequences and rewards for what we do with our lives.    As the lyrics to Amazing Grace say so well, "We once were Lost, but now am found"  


Kansas Bob said...

Maybe one of these days I will catch Lost on Netflix.. after Burn Notice.. if it ever gets on the streaming version.

I am with you on the essentials of the cross.. each of us have been given a gift of faith.. what we do with it says more about us than about God.

Kansas Bob said...

Here is a quote I found about the series:

"Ultimately, 'Lost' was a show for the anxious, uncertain, post-Sept. 11 nation we have become. We've had to accept ambiguity as a fact of life, and we seek answers and closure, though none may be forthcoming. We're leery and skeptical about science but riddled with doubt about faith. To the extent that 'Lost' was about the journey and not the destination, about the drive to solve riddles rather than the solutions themselves, it was the show that best explained us to ourselves."