Friday, June 08, 2007

What Is the Meaning Of The Pirates?

I watched the Pirates 1 & 2 on DVDs last week, and then the latest one in the cinema on Monday. After watching it, I asked myself, were there spiritual implications or religious ideas of the films?

After thinking through it, I understood that there were a number of spiritual issues portrayed in the movies, such as hell, fear of death, fear of judgment, and eternal life. The movies talk about the different ways that people 'imperil' their souls (both explicit and subtly implied). Hell & publishment were portrayed as a fate worse than death. One insight is that it's extremely important for us to guard our immortal soul because, eventually, we will give account for it. I reckon these movies represent a great opportunity to ask about the state of people's souls, and what our response should be to God's tremendous gift.

I am reminded to take care of my soul, respond to God's gift of eternal life and His amazing grace and unconditional love. There is no possession in this world valuable enough to warrant risking my soul. Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" It's true that nothing physical on earth will make the final journey with us anyway.

What do you think?

4 comments:

Ross McPhee said...

Kitty, I've only seen the first Pirates of the Carribbean, so when I get around to seeing the other two, I'll do so with the spiritual issues you mention in mind.

In my younger days, the Superman movies were among my favourites. Even though it wasn't intended, when I watched them again years later on DVD, I was surprised that the first, second, and fifth films almost have a Biblical subtext to them.

This link is worth looking at:

http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/Vol7No1/unholy.htm

Kitty Cheng said...

Ross, it's been very interesting for me to watch movies like the Pirates & Spiderman episodes lately, as I have never been a person who liked watching movies like that (my favourites are drama, comedies, documentaries and lovely stories), but like you said, I find it interest to have discovered Biblical subtext to these films.

The unholy and biblical subtexts about the Superman movies according to the link you gave sound very interesting to me, I guess I should get around to watching the Superman movies as well:)

audrey` said...

My last movie was Titanic!!!
It was so many moons ago.
HaHa!

How are you Kitty dear?

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Audrey, Titanic was a very romantic movie wasn't it?

I am well thanks. But have been quite busy with life, ministry, work and business.

How are you?