I felt compelled to make a post about the latest episode of Lost, Ab Aeterno, mainly because of the religious content; there’s SPOILERS ahead. In this eppy, we get to see Richard’s backstory, and his run in with a Catholic priest. It highlighted several things that are worth commenting on, theologically speaking, and this just gives the chance:
1) God can and does forgive people for murder. In the show, the priest refuses forgiveness on the grounds that Richard doesn’t have time to perform acts of penance. This is especially emphasized since it was “murder” that Richard had committed; folks, one sin is just as heinous as the next.
2) Forgiveness does not hinge on works, but rather faithing on the finished work of Christ. The priest made it abundantly clear that his refusal to forgive Richard was again based on the fact that Richard did not have time to commit acts of penance.
3) We are instructed to forgive others as God has forgiven us. The priest showcased the attitude that Christ despised; an open-hearted individual truly seeking forgiveness turned away by someone who would fully expect to be forgiven if the roles were reversed…and more importantly, if the priest had been a believer, he was already forgiven, so we should also forgive.
4) We do not have to go through a mere human being to receive forgiveness, in fact we are instructed that Christ is the mediator betwixt God and man; we go through Christ directly to the Father. Poor Richard (in the fictional show, of course), is left thinking that another mere man can refuse to forgive sin, and hence he remains unforgiven. Only God can forgive, and Christ died so we could go directly to Him. Once we faithe on Christ, all our sins are paid for.
5) As previously posted on my site; the Devil is not in Hell at present, and He’s not “in charge” like some king of Hades. Several references in the show hinted at the fact that the Devil was in charge of Hell.
That’s enough for now…