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Avatar Causing Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

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Pandora: The Fictional Utopian World in Avatar

Disclaimer: I have not seen the film Avatar.  Here is a link to a story about audience members who have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, due to the fact that they cannot live in the utopian Pandora.   My initial thought was this is completely pathetic…  it is just a movie promoting pantheism (or perhaps panentheism) while bashing American imperialism.

However, on second thought, there is something more profound here.  It is not new or revolutionary for humanity to long for peace, prosperity, and flourishing life.  The people who are feeling these ‘side-affects’ are really longing not for Pandora.  They are longing for the Shalom that God will usher in at the Second Coming of Christ.  These people are longing for the fullness of the Kingdom of God where everything is made right, everything is made new, and there is no injustice.  Its the same longing for the end of winter in Narnia, the destruction of the ring in Lord of the Rings, or Christian’s journey to Mt. Zion and the Celestial City in Pilgrim’s Progress.  There is a palpable intensity to living in this broken world.  The reality of fallen creation can be bleak and depressing and promote both anxiety and despair.  All of man’s attempts at utopia have failed:  communism, capitalism, pantheism/panentheism/Walden’s Pond, communalism…  We need the reality of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, making peace through his propitiatory sacrifice the wrath of God towards the sins of man.  We need Christ’s church to do her work throughout the Earth.  We need Christ to return and establish the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Come quickly Lord Jesus.


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  1. Good thoughts bro. I recommend you see it (as long as you can overlook the strong themes). It certainly exposes our desire for something greater than what we experience here and now. I pray that it invokes people to pursue something Greater, and in that pursuit they find Christ.

    As far as movie experiences go, it was incredible. Spend a few extra bucks and see it in IMAX 3D.


    January 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

  2. Very well said. Love the sentence comparing the similar imagery in Narnia, Middle Earth, and the Celestial City.

    John Gjertsen

    January 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

  3. Christs church is one of the roots of all suffering on this planet!!! Christianity didn’t understand Jesus’ message!!!!!!!! They was just used it!!!!!!!!! Stop waiting for something in the future for it will never come …open your eyes and see that the peace you are waiting for, coming from Christ, is already within you. from the very first day of your life (so your holy bible says: the kingdom of heaven is within.) WAKE UP!!!!


    April 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

  4. Wow. You think they are pathetic! Second coming? All things right? I wonder who it is that holds fantasies.
    I was in the church for over a decade. I am not ill informed. But I also used my own mind which if you adhere to that father of jesus god you would have to admit was a god given mind to use.
    Too many followed the written word and did not even hear jesus speak. Let him who hath ear’s to hear hear.
    Question would you read. Question what jesus said, not is he nuts, I mean, “Why did he say THAT?”
    “it will not come in such a way that man will look there and say see……. The kingdom of god is within you.” so then where is god? in who? which of us is not god made? so if not god made, than satan can make as well? a creator as well? THINK MAN!!


    April 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm

  5. I saved you the trouble of approving my comment, you may want to read this, it has some basic christian 101 advice in it for you if nothing else.


    April 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  6. Hello, I have removed the blog to the link above here. Also I am Randy, the one who commented above this too. Anyway. I will just resign to leave this page without my opinion.
    Sorry if I trashed your idea’s and ways and that which you hold dear. To each his own. Hopefully we all, including me, won’t judge.


    April 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm

  7. Hello, you are partially insane. You critique people who want to live in the virtual yet very beautiful world of Pandora,yet you realistically expect the second coming of Christ, to save you in all its glory and to give you everlasting peace and love.


    July 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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