Lost Ends Up Lost in Syncretistic Gnosis
May 24, 2010 Leave a comment
The “television event of the decade” ended with what is, in my opinion, the cheesiest and empty theme it could have possibly had. As it turns out, as many had speculated, the entire storyline was Jack’s (and the other Oceanic passengers) afterlife – or the season 6 alternate reality…? Either way I was disillusioned. This was all fine and good. We were led about with notions of alternate realities, time travel, other worlds, and so on. All of this was also interesting and even within the realm of possibility. However, what isn’t within in the realm of possibility is the overall message of Lost – all paths lead to “God.”
I noticed back when we were in season 2 or 3 we were dealing with some esoteric notions that were likely of a occultic and gnostic flavor, and with mainstream Hollywood and TV, this is nothing suprising. We are bombarded with this on a daily basis, as we are being indoctrinated via pop culture into any and every religion other than what is actually biblical.
The real-life basis of the Dharma Initiative was the Stanford Research Institute, and if you are aware of its studies and background, you knew Lost was clueing you in early on. The next real clue to the gnostic nature of where Lost was going was the fake video hyping the final season, which included gnostic and Masonic imagery as found here below.
Once I saw this, I knew where we were going, but I was hoping it might not end up there. The show closes with Jack entering a “Catholic” Church from the backdoor, and inside the priest’s private chapel, we find images of all world religions. We see a “star of David,” a crescent and moon, a cross, Hindu gods, various and sundry idols, and other religious paraphernalia. So the Catholic Church has now become the vehicle of universal syncretism, it appears. Jack meets his dad, who tells him that it was all an afterlife and Jack then enters the sanctuary where everyone is also “saved.” In other words, all religions are, at base, true, and the specifics in this life don’t matter. Jack’s dad then walks into the light, and all others are then bathed into the impersonal, universal light.
No personal God, no biblical religion, no 1st Commandment of serving no other gods than the one true God of the Bible. Rather, it is the generic one world religion of humanism where we make our own destinies and are our own autonomous gods. The solution to this is simple – all roads cannot lead to the one true God, because all of these “paths” are contradictory. Some of these religions, like Hinduism, posit a multitude of false deities and principles and powers. What about Satanism? Is it another “path”? The idea is impossible and irrational.
Reality is, ultimately, personal – not impersonal, because ultimate reality is the one true God as revealed in the Bible. It is the reality created by the Personal God of the Bible and as taught in Christian history. It is the God who beckons:
“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning…” -Joel 2:12
And who commands against the false gods of the nations:
“3 Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.” -1 Sam. 7