#956 The Dark Knight Rises.
by Erin Napier
So basically everyone in the religious community goes on and on about the symbolism in Batman relating to events from the Bible, but I never examined it on my own. Seeing the movie tonight and discovering it for myself was so completely eye opening, I felt God in my very presence, bearing down on me, on my heart, so that it couldn’t be ignored or coincidence. This movie that’s reaching masses and masses of people, people who don’t know God or who have no relationship with Jesus, is the most mainstream topic in the news right now that could profoundly reach people if they knew the actual events on which it was based.
Obviously, superheroes like Batman are silly. But people are silly and they enjoy silly things like superhero movies. Sometimes God uses the mainstream to reach us without beating us over the head with hellfire and brimstone. This is the kind of ministry Ben and I are most interested in. Like Ben said in a journal he wrote, “When it comes to Christian music, though, let’s face it, we are the only ones who ever hear it. The girl who is sitting at the coffee shop feeling lost isn’t going to hear God in Chris Tomlin. The man at the bar who has lost everything isn’t going to hear God in Hillsong United. Only the found are hearing those songs, not the lost. They might, however, hear God in Johnny Cash’s Hurt. They will probably find Him in the Avett Brothers’ The Weight of Lies.”
The story of Batman was God-inspired by the author of the comics and the director who created these movies. The allegories are no coincidence. Commissioner Gordon even says such to Detective Blake, “You are a detective now. There are no coincidences.” I’m absolutely not a minister, I have no degrees in theology or anything, I have what I consider to be a casual knowledge of the Bible compared to my parents-in-law and husband, but this is what I know:
If you’ve not seen the movie yet, don’t read any further!
He shows grace to the undeserving.
He shows Selina Kyle grace, even when she fails him, even though she does not deserve it. She even says, “you trust me after what I’ve done to you?” and he says he was disappointed but he believes there is more to her than meets the eye. That she’s capable of more than she thinks. She is representative of humanity, constantly failing, irreparably broken, but God continues to love us and show us grace. He’s not angry in the beginning when she steals his mother’s pearl necklace, and he gives her a literal clean slate through the software that erases her sins from the judicial system.
Stabbing in the side = The movie makes a big deal of Miranda stabbing Batman specifically in his side. Jesus was stabbed in His side on the cross.The Exodus = Batman even uses the word ‘exodus’ when he tells Blake to lead the people out of Gotham City, his people, to safety, then Selina clears the way (parts the sea) by blasting the debris from the tunnel.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!