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Movie Review: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Tracy and I went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and it was very well done, from the special effects to the directing to the acting. The one thing I noticed was that the lion and the events had very deep Christian similarities.
 
Warning: spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen it and don’t want to know about some of the events that comprise the ending you probably shouldn’t read on. Go see the movie. If you don’t mind the spoilers, I encourage you to read on and think about what I have written below as you watch the movie.
 
The lion was a wise teacher and he sacrificed himself willingly for the treachery – the sins – of one of the children. The two girls wept over him but as they turned to leave there was an earthquake and a breaking sound. When they turned the stone on which evil bound and killed the lion was cracked and the bounds were broken. The lion then appeared with the sun blindingly behind him looking quite majestic. When he returned and defeated the witch that had spread evil over the land he stayed for a short time and left. Those who knew him sell said one day he would return, just as Christ will return one day.
 
One of the boys was much like Judas and doubting Thomas, though all of the children but the youngest had doubts at first. Unlike Judas, however, the boy did not kill himself but more like Thomas was forgiven and set at peace.
 
I didn’t really know if the similarities were intentional or coincidence, or even if they were intended were just ripped off from the New Testament. After all, the history of Christ and his teachings is, as such a movie is entitled, the greatest story ever told. This morning in church there was information about the movie in our bulletin and they were even showing the movie in our church later this week. While www.narniaresources.com dances around the issue (leave it to Disney) an article published in Christian News and even Disney as cited in the article confirm that in 1961 C.S. Lewis sent a letter to a reader confirming that the lion does, in fact, represent Christ.
 
Think about this and Christ’s sacrifice out of love for us when watching the movie. It is a good movie with a great message.
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