Monday, May 19, 2008

Prince Caspian and the Bible


Of all the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian probably has the least spiritual aspects. In the book the Old Narnians are trying to reclaim the land that is rightfully their’s. The Talmarines took it from them. It is like the Israelites trying to get their land back after they were driven out. But the Israelites were driven out because of their sin and the Old Narnians were just kicked out. Also in the book Lucy was the only one who could see Aslan. The others didn’t believe her when she said that Aslan wanted them to go another way. They could not see Aslan because they didn’t have the faith that he was there. Lucy is the youngest so it’s like how you have to be like a child to get into the kingdom of heaven. (Luke 18: 16-17)

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me. Truly I tell you, whoever will not receive the kingdom like a little child will never enter it.”

Slowly the others see him. When we don’t have faith that God’s there, we can’t see Him. When we don’t believe we are blinded from the truth. (John 3:21)

“But those who live by the truth come into the light, so that they might plainly see that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

There might be more but I don’t remember them.
The movie has some that I don’t think were in the book. The theme of the book and movie with the Old Narnians trying to reclaim their land is the same. Also that Lucy is the only one to see Aslan. She sees him and turns around to tell the others. They don’t believe her and she ends up following the group instead of Aslan. We tend to do what other people say to do and follow other people than God. Later she apologizes for not following Aslan. One thing that really stuck out to me was when the White Witch appeared. Earlier in the movie Nikabrik says that he would join even the White Witch to get Narnia back. The two strange creatures come and show the White Witch and tell Prince Caspian if he gives just a drop of blood the White Witch could be released. They slice his hand with a knife and try to push him over to the White Witch so his blood would set him free. Luckily Peter and Edmund show up to help. I got the feeling while watching that scene that Peter and Prince Caspian were being tempted. Caspian seamed to resist it more. But I personally saw a look in Peter that he was tempted for some reason. She was talking to him trying to tempt him so she could be free (probably not to do any good anyway.) Luckily Edmund comes in and destroys the ice structure that the White Witch is stuck in. Since the White Witch was similar to the devil in the last movie, she is probably good and tempting people to go against what they know is right. Peter knows she is evil. After Edmund destroys the White Witch, behind where she was in the stone table area, there was an engraving (or something) of Aslan behind her. Peter looks at that. At that point I think he realizes that he was being tempted by the White Witch and should have realized what the right thing was then. The devil tries to tempt us and sometimes we give in to temptations. But we need to know that God is the right way. Also the White Witch was covering up the engraving of Aslan in the wall. So she tried to block him from seeing Aslan. That part was slightly disturbing but really good. Also when Lucy finds Aslan he tells her that he need her help. She doesn’t think she is brave enough. But Aslan knows. He said that if she was any braver that she would be a lioness. I thought of a certain verse whenever I heard that. Philippians 4:13.

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

These are just my thoughts. There probably are more, but here are some that really stuck out to me. I might have forgotten all the details. I loved this movie. Not only was it a good movie, but it has spiritual aspects.

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