Theology & Culture: Mr. Black is Right

Posted: March 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

Do you watch Lost? If not then this post won’t make much sense.

The island on which most of the series takes place is apparently a place where good and evil are locked in an eternal struggle symbolized by Jacob (good) and Mr. Black/the smoke monster (evil).  Mr. Black is trying to get off the island in order to infect the whole world while Jacob is struggling to contain him.

Jacob and Mr. Black apparently have lived together on the island for some time debating whether human nature is essentially good or evil.  I’m pretty sure that given the show’s arc, Jacob will appear to win the argument before the season ends but should he?

The Bible holds a pretty low view of our essential character.  Let’s ask a few questions and take a look at a few passages:

Most of the people I know think that if we look deep enough into ourselves then we will find our true selves, which are good, right? What does the Bible say?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
   and desperately sick;
   who can understand it?

But once we are confronted with goodness then we flock to it, right?

John 3:19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and  people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

But we have the ability within us to break free from evil, right?

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin (have you sinned?)

Yet, we come to a point where we seek for God, right?

Romans 3:10-11 as it is written:

   “None is righteous, no, not one;
   no one understands;
   no one seeks for God.

There are a lot more relevant passages but you get the point.  I’m afraid that according to the Bible Jacob is wrong and Mr. Black is right.

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