A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 2)

BEWARE: Contains spoilers!

            Toward the end of the movie, two ferries leave a dock—one is filled with civilians, the other with convicts. The Joker’s voice is heard on both ferries through an intercom and announces that their vessels will explode at midnight. However, one group will live if they decide to push a button to blow up the other ferry first. Of course this stirs up a lot of panic as the people on each ferry decide what to do. In the end, all the passengers refuse to blow up the other boat. They choose the side of good. Mary Baker Eddy says, “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, –whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed” (Science and Health, 340:23). Wow! Look what happens when we choose good over evil! The unity between the convicts and civilians, of men and women,—of all groups present, is very apparent as even the most fearful individuals choose good.  

            Now we can’t forget the Batman, who is the symbol of good in this movie! While the ferry passengers make their decision, Batman battles the Joker until the villain is left powerless, hanging upside down high up in the air. Even though the passengers on the ferries couldn’t see this battle between good and evil, they trusted in the supremacy of good. The battle between Batman and the Joker could be seen as how God fights for us. Of course as a Christian Scientist I know that He doesn’t see mortal conflict. However, I also know that God loves us dearly and cherishes each one of His children. And since God is all-powerful, He naturally defeats evil (or the Joker), and He naturally proves His love for us each day in tangible forms.

            Interestingly, Batman never gets the credit for saving the city of Gotham. In fact, he humbly volunteers to become the figure at which people can point the finger. When we allow ourselves to be caught up in fear and chaos we usually blame God. But, like Batman, God is not, and never has been, the cause of evil. He continues to protect and love us, no matter what. When we realize this and fill our thought with the reality of being—that God is the only power, and He is good—evil vanishes. When the passengers refused to give into the Joker, everyone—not just one boat—was perfectly safe and protected.

The last bit will come tomorrow!

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