I had a hot date last night.
Actually, it was a little chilly in the restaurant, so Bob (gentleman that he is) had me put on his jacket. After dinner, we went to our town’s local Century 6 for a quick game of foosball in their arcade room, then entered with several others into the Marvel Universe to watch yet the next installment of the Avengers.
Yeah, we’re old. No apologies.
And no spoilers here, so don’t worry if you haven’t seen it, not that I’m recommending it, (because I’m not). I’m sure there are plenty of critiques flying around anyway so folks can do their own research if so inclined. As with any of these flicks, there are elements both worthy and otherwise. The take-away for me might be a little different, however—it seems like even Hollywood admits (whether or not they realize it) that when you set yourself up as God, you end up destroying life instead of giving it.
Thanos is a really bad guy, the quintessential, hyper-super-villain. He does more than tie the damsel to the railroad tracks; he does it to the whole universe. It’s a superb perversion of the biblical concept of life from death, since this self-proclaimed protector thinks there are too many beings for the universe to support, so his plan is to kill off about half of us, but randomly, so that it’s “fair”. This is his divine mission, bringing more life to those who remain. (Naturally, he’s not one of the random.)
Thankfully, if you listen closely amid all the explosions in space, there is a short conversation between this erstwhile savior and his adopted yet defected “daughter” when she says that she had been happier with her own parents, despite their poverty. Before Thanos off’ed them along with half of her planet, that is. His concept of life from death really just ends in death—of the soul and heart, as well as the body.
And God is about life. Always.
In another screenplay, the concepts of Life and Death are also superbly contrasted in chapter nine of Proverbs. In fact, they are seen as two women, both vying for our undivided attention, both calling from their respective domiciles, both with enticing offers:
Wisdom has built her house…
She has prepared a great banquet,
mixed the wines, and set the table…
“Come, eat my food,
and drink the wine I have mixed.
And her counterpart, Folly, has done the same:
The woman named Folly is brash.
She is ignorant and doesn’t know it.
She sits in her doorway
on the heights overlooking the city…
“Come in with me,” she urges the simple.
This is a drama being played out like no other, 24/7. There is no stopping up my ears, either; will I choose Door #1, or Door #2…??
Thanos is waiting behind one of them, so I’d better choose wisely.
Proverbs 9:1-2,5,13-14,16 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.