Have you ever seen the television series, “Lost”? I just got through watching it for the second time. The first time I watched it, I was completely confused. I didn’t watch it on TV in the States when it came out. I watched it on Korean TV. When you watch things on TV with other people, sometimes, you miss episodes or you miss important scenes because people are talking to you. The first time I watched “Lost,” when I got to the end, I thought it was completely crazy, but it is because I hadn’t understood it because of the interruptions. This time, I have been at home alone a lot lately, and it is on Korean Net Flix. I just finished it in a few days, going from beginning to end. I finally understand what was happening. It is a giant allegory for Christianity. You wonder why I say this, so here is why.
First, when they all land on the island, they say, “Everyone gets a second chance on this island.” There were a lot of possibly bad people or people who had done bad things in the group, and they needed a second chance to show that they weren’t that bad. If they had done something bad, they were struggling hard with their past. They wanted and needed a second chance. That is exactly what Christianity gives us, a second chance. In Christianity, we choose to do better.
There was also a classic struggle between good and evil on the island that was supposed to have begun centuries ago, possibly the beginning of time. When we become Christians, we begin to struggle. We work hard at trying to do the right thing, but sometimes stumble. However, when we stumble, if we get back and up and keep trying, we are forgiven. These people on the island spend the whole show forgiving one another and trusting one another.
Christians take care of one another. That is what the people on the island did. If one person got themselves in trouble, the rest of them went after that person and helped them out. They worked with all their hearts to make sure the others were okay. Desmond, the Scotsman, was always having problems. He almost lost his mind because life was so hard on him, but he always ended up bouncing back because he had a constant. He had the daughter of one of the old men who had been studying the phenomena on the island for a long time who could pull him back in and ground him. I have seen pretty young women have so much influence over some guy who had trouble trying to do the right thing so many times. These pretty young women marry these guys who can’t stay away from drinking like Desmond or who happen to want to smoke pot, etc., and they are able to change these guys though love and patience.
If they got off the island, they always ended up somewhere in the Middle East out in the desert, but Charles Witmore, the old man who had been studying the phenomena for a long time was always there to pick them up and put them back on the right path. He knew things the rest of them didn’t know just as the old people in the church know things that the rest of us don’t know. They understand where we are, and if we go off by ourselves, they pick us up and put us on the right path again.
Hugo sees and talks to dead people. Hugo understands things that the rest of them don’t. He is like the new Christian who has a sense for what they are doing. Perhaps he is the person who reads the prophecies and understands better than the rest of us.
Even the priest on the island needs a second chance. Is he really a priest? In the church, each and every one of us are priests. Without Christ, we are very flawed, but with Christ, we all become priests. The priest was a smuggler whose brother died because he tried to smuggle drugs inside of statues of Mary, the mother of Christ. If we don’t take care of our brothers in Christ, they will die a spiritual death. If we try to keep the drugs or whatever other vice we have like the young drug addict even though we have become Christians, people will push us away like Claire kept doing with the young drug addict/rock star. We will have to prove ourselves again and again.
That young rock star’s song is speaking to us if we listen. He keeps singing over and over again, “We are everybody.” We all have a second chance, not just the people on the show “Lost.” We can all go to church and clean ourselves up so we can end up in Heaven when we die. They were in Heaven at the end. All their attitudes had changed. Hugo thought he was lucky instead of cursed. Everyone was smiling No one was sad. They were all ready to move on to a better place.
They have to have a savior if it is about Christianity. They question all the way through the show is, “Who is the savior?” Is it John Locke? Is it Jack? Is it Ricardo? How about the two brothers who have been on the island since the dawn of time? Is one of them a savior, or perhaps one is a devil? John Locke, Jack, and Desmond all three gave their lives for the others. There seem to be many savior metaphors. Hugo is ready to give himself too, and Jack can see it because he gave him the water to drink to become the protector at the end. The truth is, none of us can “drink of the cup” that Jesus drank of. We can sacrifice for one another, but Christ is the only one who could die so the rest of us can live.
All Christian stories need Koreans. Korea represents a country that has really grabbed a hold of Christianity hard. There is a church building on almost every street corner here in Korea. Sa-eed is important too because he is from the middle east. People always think about people from the middle east being Muslim, but Christianity came from the middle east, and there are many ore Christians still there than the rest of us realize.
I could just keep going on with the metaphors and symbols, but this story is clearly a giant allegory for Christianity. After all, at the end, they all made a church building where they could meet. This group of peope is a church. The same people who made “Lost” also made “Once Upon a Time.” It was easy for me to see the parallels between Christianity and what was happening in “Once Upon a Time.” They even came out and called Emma the “saviour,” and the show is full of them forgiving bad people who try to do better like the Evil Queen. She even tried splitting herself in half trying to get rid of her evil part, repentance, but she couldn’t get rid of the other part, she had to learn to forgive herself and control herself. In “Once Upon a Time,” they even simulated the portatrait of the Last Supper and put Emma in the middle where Christ was in the famous painting. It was obvious to my daughter and I as we were watching that “Once Upon a Time” was about Christianity. If the people who made “Once Upon a Time” made “Lost” too, there is a good possibiity that I am right about “Lost” being a giant allegory for Christianity. I understood it better the seond time when I watched it all.