Christian Hollywood Rorschach – seeing Jesus in every single show, movie, or fictional character
Obviously, there are a few movies or fictional characters which do run very parallel to, or draw upon, Jesus Christ or some other Bible character, such as Superman (also known as Kal-el), or Neo from The Matrix movies. If you wanted to compare Kal-el to Jesus and Moses, or Neo to Jesus, I could see how you arrive at that point.
However, I have observed in the last five years or so that Christians have started reading Jesus (or some other Bible figure or biblical principle) into about every other new movie or TV show, warranted or not, even if it’s based on only a mere, tiny smidgen of similarity.
Here is the latest example:
You have got to be joking. The SHIELD agents are supposed to be based on, or have a bunch of stuff in common, with Jesus’ twelve apostles? I don’t think so.
About a week ago, I also glanced at a review on Christianity Today in regards to the remake of the 1970s horror film “Carrie.” The author was wanting to draw biblical points of reference from that movie; there was supposed to be some kind of hidden Christian message in “Carrie,” according to the Christian movie reviewer.
I’m sorry, but I do not feel that every single film, character, show, plot, or fictional character has been drawn from the Bible, or has been based on a biblical character, whether Jesus, Moses, Noah, Peter, or whomever.
I’m not saying it’s wrong to notice similarities, but sometimes Christians go overboard with it.
I wish Christians would stop trying to find Jesus examples in every single movie and show, the way kids try to see animal shapes in every fluffy, white cloud.
Oct 30, 2013, here’s another very similar example, a Christian author who sees God in monster stories:
- How Monsters Point Us to God Our uncanny fears tell us about ourselves, and are signs of something more.
Paul Pastor [ posted 10/30/2013 9:52AM ]
Update. If it’s not Jesus, it’s some other Christian that Christian reviewers claim to see. Another example: