What is our reaction when bad things happen (aka., Harvey Dent)? Similarly, what lies beneath? Are we really committed to Christ (and/or justice) through thick and thin, or only as long as we understand everything?
I"m actually submitting that as an illustration for my preaching class. :)
The Spritual truths behind the Dark Knight are more debates - or to put it this way, in order to stop a criminal or malevolent force against society, would you be willing to kill in order to do so? If so, which people are you willing to kill? Would you be willing to kill murderers only, or are you willing to kill people who drive 5 mph over the speed limits because they broke the law? The Spiritual Questions, in other words, of the Dark Knight are more about limits and realism than they are about absolutes.
I think the most amazing scene of that movie is when the prisoners quickly decide they will not blow up the other boat of innocent people, despite what the innocent people will probably choose. It shows something about human goodness. It also brings up the idea that we jump to justify saving ourselves, we look for excuses to push over the "unwilling" to benefit ourselves. That's something we see a lot in our lives. But how do we know what they (the criminals in our lives) are really thinking about us?
I think Batman chose to be the guidian in the shadow,. Everyone thought he was guilty yet he's not, he SACRIFICED himself for the people and protect them. Though the people hate him, he still wanted to save them and being a hero that no one knows. That's like Jesus when he saved and loved the people even though they hated him and didn't think he was their protector and saviour.
Bruce Wayne/Batman is a strong image of Christ. At the end of the film, Batman takes the fall for all of Dent's madness/violence/murder because he does not want Harvey Dent to bear the shame of it since it would ruin Dent's reputation and sink Dent's ability to create hope for the city.
Commissioner Gordon says at the end, "He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him, because he can take" - much like Christ, (as Chris Tomlin has lately quoted in his song 'Jesus, Messiah') "He became sin who knew no sin," Batman takes on Dent's sins so that the city may be saved. And Batman is also the most righteous and purest-hearted and most self-sacrificial of all the characters in the film.
This isn't however perfect for 2 reasons:
1) Because Batman's action are required to create a lie as teh mechanism of salvation (Harvey Dent ends up being the savior of Gotham) - Jesus did not die to preserve a lie, but to have Truth as the saving mechanism (way truth life, truth shall set you free)
2) Batman/Bruce Wayne is an imperfect person - he exhibits uncontrollable rage when interrogating The Joker for instance.
That said, I think The Dark Knight is a great touchstone to illustrate a Christlike sacrifice, at least as a starter to really explaining the gospel.
@jmgbme@xanga - you have some talent on distinguishing the important facts of this movie straight to the point grade A WOOO haha. anyways but yeah you should have your own televisional preaching cuz you know what we need to know !
@xKPxGaMjAx@xanga - LOL I'm not sure one observation qualifies me to have my own tv preaching show, haha. I thought I was just basically pointing out the obvious. Thanks for the compliment, though. I'm very flattered. :)
I think the movie portrayed the harsh reality of how sinful and depraved humanity is. There are many people who try to live by laws, or moral standards, but living by rules is never enough. It will not justify them. There are always trade offs with rules. like how the chief of police was actually corrupt because he wanted to protect his family. It just shows that any one who is seemingly "good" can be pushed to a limit where their true nature shows, such as is the case of Harvey Dent. The only one that was able to be good was batman, and he had to suffer for it.
Which shows that Christians are meant to suffer. How can we follow Christ without scars or pain?
I just read a book by Timothy Keller, called the prodigal God. It shows how many Christians are like Pharisees in today's world. The do good things as a means to get good things in life, as a way to control God. To say to God, I do these things, therefore you have to be good to me. But when God doesn't do the things they expect, they rebel, they doubt God, or they are hard on themselves because they feel they are never good enough. It's not about rules folks. It's about being good for the sake of being good. it's about loving God the person and not just his gifts.
Batman portrays this well. There are none who are good. those who want to be good, need to sacrifice. like Jesus. we do this because we understand that it's the best way, the right way, and the way that leads to glory and immortality. Because it is our purpose, it's the way we were suppose to be. the way of Love and honor. And to see things this way, you need to be born again, your heart needs to be continually transformed by the gospel, so you can delight in the cross as a most magnificent, beautiful thing that it is, and to look at the world in it's emptiness, deceit, money, sex, fame, and say No thanks I'd rather have God.
We will never be good enough to justify our salvation. It's only because of the blood of Jesus. And this should bring us to our knees in fear, but make us rise again in love and obedience.
Religion is "I do good things to earn heaven" Jesus is "Because Jesus died on the cross for me, I do good things"