Because I decided not to blog last week, I missed sharing my reaction to LOST. Nutshell: it was a good episode. I’m not very different from all the other LOST fans: seeing Richard’s backstory was quite satisfying.
The bottom line is this: Richard agreed to serve Jacob as his representative to the men and women brought to the island. In exchange, he was given the gift of eternal life.
My friend Rebekah has already expressed some of the same reservations I have after watching “Ab Aeterno.” I won’t repeat what she’s already written (it’s good–you should read it), but I’ll share just a few brief notes. 1st, If Jacob is supposed to represent God, then he’s definitely not the God of the Bible. The one in LOST seems to be lacking a few defining characteristics, like the ability to forgive sins. (Jacob gave Richard the gift of eternal life, but he has to stay in his sin. Doesn’t sound like God to me.) #2, the free will / choice / destiny / fate theme seems to be going in an anti-Biblical direction. #3, Jacob said in this episode that he wanted people to choose to do the right thing, that he didn’t want to tell them what to do. But we’ve seen plenty of times when he’s told someone what to do. Maybe he’s changed his mind since 1867.
I still love the show; I mean, I’m not going to quit watching just because it’s not following my particular brand of theology. However, I’m not going to try to figure anything out. I don’t think it does any good to ascribe certain actions and characteristics to Biblical people because nothing is a perfect match. (Watch tonight’s episode totally prove me wrong.) I’m just going to enjoy it!
With that in mind, I’ve decided to “live blog” the rest of the season. Instead of my proofread, over-analyzed reaction-recap, you’ll get my (somewhat) unfiltered reaction to what happens as it happens. And I’ll probably post it as soon as the show is over.