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SS#5: Lost

12 Jun

A few years ago, Rochelle & I were introduced to the TV series ‘Lost.’ We didn’t start watching from the very beginning, but started viewing (somewhat religiously) soon afterwards. By the start of season 2, we were hooked.

The show was mysterious to say the least. Explaining everything that happened on (and off) the island was sure to be a challenge, so when ABC started advertising the last season of ‘Lost’ as the season of answers, we were relieved. Unfortunately, these ‘answers’ came, but not as easily as we were hoping. Honestly, I felt that the only way I could truly understand the reasoning behind some of the things on the show was to watch the episode that aired right before the new episode of the night, as it contained snippets of explanation.

A few years ago, I had heard a few theories as to the overall explanation of ‘Lost.’ Most of them had the common theme of the island not being real. After all, have you ever seen an island that jumps through time? The theories ranged from all of it being a dream of Hugo’s to the island being some sort of purgatory. While I was curious about the reasoning behind the series, I didn’t let it overwhelm me from taking in what was happening on the show. However, now that I know what the series was all about, I’m confident that had I known what it was about at the very beginning, I would not have watched it…at all.

Whoa…strong statement, right? Why? It has everything to do with how the writers ended the show. The last season did something different than past seasons: instead of flashes that showed the past or the future (as in other seasons), it had flashes of, what I liked to call, a parallel universe of what life would’ve looked like had the plane not crashed. Towards the end of the season though, we realized that this parallel universe somehow was able to gain knowledge of what happened on the island. So that was a bit confusing. The very last episode explained the entire show: it was all about Jack Shepherd.

How so? From what I grasped (thanks in part to Jimmy Kimmel and a few radio shows that took place a day after the last episode aired) was that Jack was indeed on the plane from Australia but during an episode of turbulence…died. The events that we saw on the island took place (somehow) during that period of turbulence. From a certain aspect, I can understand that. It’s said that when you go through a dramatic experience that you’d “see your life flash before you.” Instead, Jack saw the life he might have had. I won’t start debating whether the island was some sort of purgatory, because, quite honestly, there’s no scriptural proof for a purgatory to exist. So I won’t go there.

So you may be wondering why I wouldn’t have watched it if I knew what it was about. Simply put…the writers (like the world) believed that you just have to be ‘good’ in order to enter heaven & that all world religions will get you to the same place. Don’t believe me? Check out the room that Jack & his father met right before heading out to the sanctuary. How many religions were represented in that room? We were led to believe that every one in that sanctuary was invited into Heaven, but not once did we see any true converts to Christ (the only TRUE way to Heaven). “How intolerant!” you might say. Ummm…exactly!! Truth, by it’s very definition, is intolerant of anything else. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be true!!! I have yet to hear anyone say that 1 plus 1 equals 2 is intolerant. Why? Because it’s factual truth. Entering Heaven is the same. Just as 1 plus 1 equals 2, so is the only way to get into Heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior and embracing Him as the only Way to salvation. There is NO other way. All other world religions are from Satan and are a lie. Should we expect less from the master of lies that whatever he says and preaches is also a lie?
Expose the lie, insert the truth…that’s how we combat the dealings of Satan.

Did you notice that right before Sayid ‘remembered’ the events that happened on the island, he was told by Hugo that he was a good person? And all but one character (Ben) got in (to what we assume is some sort of Heaven) after they “let go”, but they apparently didn’t have to go through any type of judgment that scripture says will happen after we pass on from this world.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. [Romans 14:10-12, ESV]

So, as you can see, I was very displeased about what the show ultimately ended up being about. As it turns out, the passengers of Oceanic flight 815 weren’t the only ones that were ‘Lost’…the writers of the show are lost if they truly believe that being good and believing any religion (as long as you’re sincere) will get you into Heaven…and so is anyone that believes this lie.

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Posted by on June 12, 2010 in My faith, Soapbox Saturday

 

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