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Prometheus provides an alternative mythology to Genesis. And there are some references to Christian theology. Notice the Christmas tree and the Crucifix. And the Crucifix is seen again and again in the movie as a sign of faith or its loss.
Let us focus on Prometheus and Christ. Prometheus gave up his life so that the evolution of man can start. Christ, on the other hand, gave up his life to save mankind from sin, and on the side of Christ flowed the water of life and his life-giving blood. Prometheus (it need not be the same person) slept in a tomb and was resurrected from sleep by the humans. Christ was buried in a tomb and rose from the dead by his own power. Prometheus has human DNA. And so is Christ. But the similarities ends here.
Even though the whole ship is filled with runes of the ancient tongue, Prometheus can’t talk. And he refused to talk to reveal himself. He could have said, “Why did you open the Stargate?” Or “Remove the sandals from your feet because the place you are standing is holy.” The humans attempted to communicate with him, but he just killed them. That was disappointing: a god who can’t reveal himself. Just like the idols of Israel: they have mouths but do not speak. But the Christian God reveals Himself: “I AM WHO I AM”. He gave the Ten Commandments. He sends prophets who proclaim: “This is the word of the Lord!” And in the fullness of time He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word Made Flesh.
God is our Father. If God is an alien, then the bond uniting the whole human family breaks down. Heaven becomes harsh inhospitable planet for the human crew that seeks to finally meet its creator. Sexual intercourse becomes sterile. The child in the womb becomes an alien that should be aborted. The only way to conceive a new life is to destroy the old one. And even in human relationships, father becomes emotionally distant from his daughter, the automaton becomes valued as a son, and compassion is dulled even in sight of a bloodied and suffering woman.
But God is a loving Father and that is what the Parable of the Prodigal Son teaches us. Jesus promised us that He will prepare a place for us in heaven. And in heaven, God awaits for the homecoming of his beloved sons and daughters. And when He sees us from a distance, He will run towards us, and embraces us as His long lost children. He will give us robes to wear, put rings in our fingers, put sandals on our feet, and announce a feast. As Jesus promised, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. A society built on the vision of God as a Father results to families and communities bound by love. The swords will be beat into plowshares. The lion will lie down with a lamb. And death would lose its sting: it would be true immortality when the soul reunites with the body in the Resurrection of the Dead.
Prometheus is a bleak movie for Atheistic Materialism and Scientific Darwinism. Is Prometheus the God atheists and Darwinists longed for? David, the android, says it best:
David: Why do you think your people made me.
Charlie Holloway: We made ya ’cause we could.
David: Can you imagine how disappointing it would be for you to hear the same thing from your creator?
Like David, humanity without God will be humans without souls. And even if humans attain eternal life, it would be one long and dreary life of a disembodied head watching the sands and stars.
From the Business World:
Since the controversy over Poleteismo exploded, the CCP’s Visual Arts Unit has been fielding calls from people requesting that Kulo be shut down. “The CCP will not be party to any censorship or suppression. Let it be a point of discussion,” said Ms. Flores, adding that she has seen works at the CCP that were “really, really, really more provocative and disturbing.” (Jose Legaspi’s installation in the Small Gallery, for example, which included a modified Pieta showing the Virgin Mother vomiting on the dead Christ.)
Poleteismo is an old piece first shown in 2002 at the Vargas Museum of the University of the Philippines. Mr. Cruz wasn’t thinking of the Reproductive Health Bill when he conceived Poleteismo nine years ago.
Versions of the installation have been exhibited elsewhere, most notably in 2007 in the lobby of the Loyola House of Studies (LHS) — a seminary inside the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University — as part of Tutok: Nexus, a group exhibit organized in cooperation with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), “an association of religious priests, seminarians and lay people committed to the service of the Filipino Church and the Filipino nation.”
If Catholic clergymen had kept quiet, if Archbishop Oscar Cruz hadn’t called the exhibit “sickening,” if he hadn’t called the artist “sick,” if he hadn’t advised the artist to see a psychiatrist, if he hadn’t implied that the artist’s sexuality was abnormal, if Bishop Deogracias Iniguez hadn’t called for a boycott, then Mideo Cruz’s Poleteismo could have gone unnoticed by the larger public.
When they find it in one of the alcoves of the Main Gallery, they will see multicolored plastic piggy banks stuffed inside a case usually reserved for religious statues; and Christ the King with a bright red clown nose, his right hand replaced by a Mickey Mouse glove, and his head crowned with Mickey Mouse ears made from a Coke can.
Hanging behind a divider is a cross with a bright red penis thrusting out from the vertical bar. And on the walls, a multimedia collage composed of a confusion of images and objects: there are ads, political paraphernalia from Fernando Poe Junior, Gilbert Teodoro, and Barack Obama; there are religious posters of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, and the Holy Family; there are handouts, pamphlets, and stickers; there are rosaries, penis ashtrays, crucifixes, condoms, and Christmas lights; there’s a lot of stuff.
“Thereís nothing there that you won’t see in Quiapo,” said Karen O. Flores, officer-in-charge of the CCP Visual Arts Unit.
Are u a Catholic? If u are, is Jeremiah Book also included in ur Bible? If yes, we know u believe that Jesus died for our sin, but, can u explain this verse, Jeremiah 31:29-31, w/c says that ‘everyone must die for their own sin’??
One more, u said “Mohammed never talked with Moses and Elijah.” (August 30, 2010, in this thread), well well . . . didn’t u know that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once lead a prayer with the previous prophets behind him (pbuh)? Wew! Careful with ur words buddy.
Posted by Quirino M. Sugon Jr on July 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Thanks for the correction. I don’t read the Quran. I won’t argue with you on the Quran. Let just talk about the Bible.
If you were thrown overboard on a ship and you do not know how to swim, you shall surely sink and die. Now, in case somebody throws you a rope to pull you out of the water, you can only be saved if you hold on to the rope. But if you still do not hold on to the rope, you shall surely sink and die.
The salvation offered by Christ through his death is the rope of salvation. Those who cling to Christ and believe shall be saved. Those who refuses to cling to Christ shall die on their own sins and suffer the fires of hell.