experience, fear, final judgment, horror films, imago Dei, judgment, Phantom of the Opera, Reformed Theology, Scripture
And now, for something completely different…
Someone brought my attention to this video…I found it very interesting and wanted to make some brief comments on it.
So, I think something else could be added. Why exactly do people fear the aliens coming and exercising retribution for all the things we’ve done wrong?
The short answer is, that sort of judgment-scenario is evidence of the imago Dei; the stamp or image of our Creator. We understand “doing wrong,” even if we try to rationalize it away…and while we want other bad people to get what’s coming to them, we fear getting what’s coming to ourselves.
So really, scary movies are scary, at least in part, because we fear God’s judgment on some basement-level in our being.
PS: How does something like Phantom of the Opera work? It takes place in a city. Or does it? I mean, the basement of the opera house isn’t exactly an urban setting…maybe it’s the surrogate wilderness!
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