Wonder Woman and the gospel?

I finally saw Wonder Woman this week. My expectations were low simply because it was a DC movie and there isn’t a track record of good movies based in that universe. So I thought it was great while others may not have thought so.

In the story they told I saw our sinful nature, spiritual warfare or at least deception and redemption for mankind. I am sure there were many others themes that I missed or couldn’t do justice by. So, I’ll stick to what stood out to me.

I don’t want to get into a deep discussion about Greek mythology so I will only reference the parallels to my Christian faith that I see. Near the beginning of the movie young Diana is told a story by her mother who said:

“Zeus created man in his image; fair and good, strong and passionate. He called his creation man and mankind was good. But Zeus’ son grew envious of mankind and sought to corrupt his father’s creation. This was Aries, the god of war. Aries poisoned men’s hearts with jealously and suspicion. He turned them against each other and war ravaged the earth.”

Does this sound familiar to anyone? God created us in his image and then the devil deceived Adam and Eve into disobey god. Then sin entered the world and we have basically been screwing things up every since.

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. – Genesis 1:27, 31a

It’s not like we can claim we don’t know any better when we do evil things. The sin they committed was eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They then knew the difference between good and evil and since we inherit that sin so do we. Because of our sinful nature we choose to do evil given to our own devices. We have a choice.

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:4

They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them…Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. – Romans 1:19, 28-29 NLT

We do have a choice but without Christ we will always choose sin and evil. We have something else against us, the devil. He whispers in our ears egging us on to do evil. Planting ideas and thoughts. This is what Aries tells Wonder Woman:

Mankind stole this world from us. They ruined it day by day. And I, the only one wise enough to see it was left too weak to stop them. All these years I have struggled alone whispering into their ears ideas, inspirations for formulas, weapons. But I don’t make them use them. They start these wars on their own.

And Jesus tells us in John 10:10:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Aries gives Diana this big grandiose speech about how he is so smart and is doing the world a favor by ridding the world of mankind. And there is this moment where she has to make a choice between siding with Aries or to protect or help mankind. I love what she said.

Ares: They don’t deserve your protection!
Diana Prince: It’s not about deserve, it’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.

What I love about this is that this is exactly what Jesus did when he gave his life for us. He saved us from our sin and death. We are no longer doomed to life apart from God and enslaved to sin. He set us free.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin. – Romans 6:6

Since we are no longer slaves to sin we have the power to choose to do right if we follow the spirit. This choice can’t be made in our own power, our flesh. We have to remain in Christ to make the choice to follow the spirit.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. – Galatians 5:16-17 NKJV

“Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 ESV

Thank you for saving me Jesus!

Last words of the movie:

Diana Prince: I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. I’ve touched the darkness that lives in between the light. Seen the worst of this world, and the best. Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they’ll go to for love. Now I know. Only love can save this world. So I stay. I fight, and I give… for the world I know can be. This is my mission, now. Forever.

 

 

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