I find it amazing that so many movies have aspects of the gospel. Doctor Strange is one of those movies even though it is dealing with the metaphysics. Despite this we can draw some parallels that apply to our lives as Christians.
In the movie, when they first met, Mordo, a master magician who helps train Strange when he first arrives in Tibet, tells Stephen Strange to “forget everything you think you know”. In a way, this is what we have to do when becoming followers of Christ. Jesus flips everything this world says and believes on it’s head.
The world says to do whatever it takes to get ahead. Put yourself first. The bible says to think of others more highly than yourself.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4
The world says if you aren’t rich, famous, highly intelligent or a somebody then you are nothing. The world says if you don’t have a perfect body you have no value. The bible says God uses the things the world thinks are unimportant to do His work.
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. – 1 Corinthians 1:27-28
There is a point in Doctor Strange’s training where he is getting in his own way. After telling him he needs to surrender, the Ancient One says “The Mystic Arts involve drawing energy from dimensions and channeling it for your own use”.
Obviously we don’t control God, the spirit realm or the universe. But in order to follow Christ we need to surrender our wants and desires to Him. Even Jesus Himself tells us this.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. – Luke 9:23
The statement by the Ancient One about drawing energy points to the fact that we are in a spiritual battle. While we can’t control God, our prayers and what we choose to focus on have a very big impact on what happens in our lives and the lives of others. And it reminds us that we have to have an active relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – 6:18
It always amazes me when I see the message of the gospel in movies that are obviously not thinking about Jesus. It is nice to see God’s hand in things. Even in Hollywood.