Christian Themes In Pop Culture

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It is hard to imagine that movies, music, art, literature and other aspects of pop culture are influenced by different themes in Christianity. Whether it is Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia sacrificing himself to save his kingdom; or Harry Potter defending the wizard and muggle world from the devilish Lord Voldemort; or Superman possessing God-like powers; or Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings bringing together a fellowship of men, elves and dwarves through his prophetic and benign character, one can find many connections in different films to aspects of the Christian faith. The list for films with a Jesus-like character is endless but a personal favorite is the story of Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars series. Anakin’s attributes …show more content…

Chancellor Palpatine, who happens to be the infamous Sith Lord Darth Sidious, manipulates Anakin into thinking the dark side of the force could save Padme. Anakin eventually becomes Sidious’s apprentice and was given the name Darth Vader. Anakin Skywalker, the “Hero with No Fear” and the “Chosen One” was gone. His decline to the dark side marked the beginning of the great Jedi purge, also known as Order 66. In reference to biblical texts, Darth Sidious offers Anakin an opportunity to save Padme from death in childbirth through the dark side, which can relate to Satan’s offer to Jesus in the garden and desert. Unlike Jesus, Anakin falls to sin and desire. One may even argue that Anakin falling to the dark side of the force and betraying the Jedi is similar to Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus and his disciples, which ultimately lead to the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Padme loses the will to live after giving birth to Anakin’s children. After hearing of Padme’s death, Vader embraces his role as the Emperor’s apprentice and lead’s a life of evil and …show more content…

Vader meets his son in combat and reveals his true identity, as Luke’s father. Now, Luke plans to redeem his father by turning him back to light side. In a duel on the second Death Star, Luke and Vader battle in front of Darth Sidious. After defeating his father and refusing to join the dark side, Sidious attempts to kill Luke by electrocuting him. Moved by his son’s faith and love, Vader destroys the Dark Lord, and ultimately fulfills the Jedi prophecy as the Chosen One. After making peace with his son, Anakin becomes one with the Force. In reference to Christianity, the events that occur during Luke’s altercations with Vader on the second Death Star relate to Jesus’s sacrifice to save humanity. Sidious is sin and Luke is the human race. Sin was destroying humanity until Darth Vader, who is Jesus in this case, destroys sin. Vader sacrifices himself in order to save his son. Vader’s sacrifice relates to Jesus’s death on the Cross, because it symbolizes a sacrifice to save humanity from sin and evil. At the end of Episode Six, Anakin Skywalker appears as a ghost to his son, similar to Jesus appearing to his disciples soon after he was raised to the heavens. Anakin died to save the Galaxy from evil just like Jesus died to save humanity from evil, and both of their deaths were seen as necessary steps to achieve

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