Hollywood has had numerous big hit films that we all know and love but would you believe that some of them are actually christian themed films? Movies like Toy Story, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Inception, and many more! These films were loved by millions of people but many would not believe or realize that these films have christian themes for their favorite movies. I myself am shocked that so many films I love and enjoyed have christian themes and messages hidden in them.
Toy Story was one of the most popular films in the 90s with a story about toys who are alive just wanting to be played with and loving their owner Andy, when new toy Buzz Lightyear is introduced the toys go on an adventure that will take them on one wild ride. This film actually has biblical themes to it specifically overcoming pride which is specific to Woody and Buzz’s relationship, at the beginning of the film Woody is threaten by Buzz and the change he brings, but as the film progresses on both he and Buzz must work out their differences in order to return home to Andy and the rest of their friends. The film shows how pride can be an issue when you are unable to accept change. Woody isn’t the only prideful person in this film with Buzz believing he truly is a space ranger, and not a toy, constantly doing things that put him and Woody in jeopardy such as trying to fly, or shoot a laser at their adversaries with them all failing and only making things worse. As we all know the film ends with the two accepting each other and getting past their pride and ultimately becoming the best of friends.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is one of the most popular film series ever made and also one of the highest grossing series of all time but it too shows biblical themes throughout the films. The main character Frodo must over come his temptation of the ring, knowing that it can and is corrupting him the longer he has it, the entire series we see Frodo’s will to resist the ring slowly become weaker. Frodo’s will and strength dwindle as the ring corrupts his innocence and mind, this can be a reference of how we as christians must resist the temptations that Lucifer presents to us in our lives and how it can corrupt us. Gollum is the result of what happens when you give into the ring (lucifer) and shows how it corrupt not only your mind but your body and spirit. During the series we see the constant moral battle of Gollum versus himself as he argues with himself on whether or not to kill Frodo and Sam and take the ring for himself or to help lead them into Mordor (watch the youtube video to see how he tries to defeat his inner demon/evil side). His inner demons ultimately win as he tries on multiple occasions to kill the Hobbits and turn them against each other even though he constantly tries to stop his bad side from taking over. A good verse from the bible that accurately depicts this is 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. The film represents a big theme of christianity which is temptations, showing us that giving into those temptations can have dire consequences.
Christopher Nolan’s movie Inception was a mind bender, that even after the fifth or sixth time watching still picking up on new clues and theories about the films ending. With its a dream within a dream within a dream plot, the film takes some pretty crazy turns as the viewers try to keep up, but what is the biblical theme you might ask? Well in the article I found Romans 8:5-6 is the answer which states ” For those who live according to flesh set their minds on things of flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” This goes along with the idea that we ourselves have ideas that can change our lives and lead us down the path that God had intended for us fi we follow them. The film follows a group of people who instead of stealing an idea attempt to plant on within the mind of the man who hired them competition. I think that the film shows the importance of how our ideas and beliefs can really change the outcome of our lives and make significant impact on our decisions.
These are just a few Hollywood films that have Christian themes and beliefs hidden, and there are many more which you may not be aware have these themes in them!