Catholic movie review: Prometheus and the Christian God
June 18, 2012 Leave a comment
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.