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HOW HOLLYWOOD REFLECTS JESUS

  • By Jeannie Ramos
  • 02 Jan, 2018
This moment of spiritual reflection is brought to you by Christ in Culture.
Here is why Hollywood movies, novels and comic books often reflect the story of Jesus.

It's impossible to live in our Jewish-Christian culture without being influenced by the death and resurrection story of Jesus Christ. Even if you think you are beyond it, you aren't; if you think you aren't writing about it, you are.

Consider how even nature tells this death and resurrection story. Fall brings death and spring brings life. If you were in a culture that knew nothing of the Jesus story, you would still write about it in your stories. The great dying and rising god myths of the ancient world are common everywhere in ancient history. The world dies in fall, and winter is death, and in spring everything has a resurrection. These pagan myths are reflected in the Jesus story.

Intended or unintended, all things speak the story of God. God is the creator; we bear God's image, and so does the creation. So, I think it would be impossible, even without the intention, to write something that doesn't reflect God, or the God story. Consider the resurrection of The Bride in Kill Bill. Or, consider how many death and resurrections Superman has had. The third act of most stories begins with an all is lost moment, a symbolic death moment, followed by a symbolic resurrection finale, where the protagonist over comes the antagonist. This is true of nearly ever Hollywood movie, comic book and novel ever produced.
All of creation bears the mark of God.

The Bible says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes—God’s eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made.”

In the book of Genesis, we read that all humans were created in the image of God.

“You are gods”, Jesus once said.

The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.”

This is how and why Hollywood movies, novels and comic books often reflect the story of Jesus.

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