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In Castaway, Can Humans be thankful?

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기사입력 2015-12-08

 

▲남가주복음의 빛교회(Gospel Light Church) 유건형(Daniel Yu) 목사.     © 크리스천비전

 

   A few years back, one of the movies that drew our attention was “Castaway”, starred by Tom Hanks, that seems to have modified a classic novel, “Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Def-oe”, in the modern sense.  

 

   In the movie, He was a president of FEDEX, parcel delivery service company and got caught in an airplane crash on crossing the sea. He was fortunately left only one survival, but cannot but be ended in an uninhabited island. In the uninhabited island, what he has to do is to learn how

to survive by himself.

 

   In his struggling to gain the skill to live alive, he found a Wilson volleyball in a wooden crate.

Tom Hanks became befriended with the Wilson volley ball and started talking to the ball.

Throughout its movie, it seems to give a message  that humans can be satisfied with talking to

an impersonal being in an isolated life and that there is no reason for Humans with the volley

ball to  feel the pain of agonizing situation that looks  the absolute despair.

 

   In such a lonely vein of life, needless to say, Humans, however, are meant to seek for some

divine help. Nonetheless, in the movie, there is none at all. Can Humans be meant to live a life, without having one single plea for help with any infinite, absolute existence being or with God for divine help in the hopeless environment?

 

   In this day and age, a large number of movies and cultures, such as Castaway, intend to give delusive, false influences on the structure of the mind of people in our current society.

 

   On the contrary, in its original novel which is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Robinson found the Bible in the wooden crate, instead of the Wilson volley ball, that changed his lonely life

into thankful heart, for He was starting to read the Bible and found one particular scripture which had struck not only his heart and mind, but also his whole being was Psalm 50:14-15 through

which he has encountered God personally. In 1880,Charles Spurgeon referred to this scripture as Robinson Crusoe’s scripture in one of the sermons he preached.

 

   Surprisingly, this scripture that touched Robinson’s heart starts with “thanks offering to God”(14). It would seem to say that regardless of its circumstance, his heart became thankful heart as soon as He met God. How can it be possible that person who lives in a despaired life can be thankful ?  It is unthinkable responding. Such responding moves even further up to sincere prayer to God.(15).

 

   When he encountered God through the scripture, Robinson Crusoe confessed that at this

very moment, for the first time in my life, I prayed in the true sense, according to the comfort

given from the scripture, since until then, I have never recognized who I am and acknowledged Him as God who listen to my prayer.

 

   Although the story of Robinson Crusoe is a fiction, we can see that there is extremely huge

differences between “Castaway” and Robinson Crusoe in concerning of Humans, because  the view of understanding of the man in the isolated situation is reflecting on its current cultural

influence.  The movie, “Castaway”  gives significantly a chance to think of how  the cultures in

which we live understand and define what Human beings are.  To illustrate the point, consider

the two understandings of culture. Human’s mind might well be exerted by cultural influences.

 

   One is a sensate culture in which people only believe in the reality of the physical world that

is being able to experience, such as secular, scientific, empirical. In this sense the culture has influenced on the understanding of self to be empty. ”The empty self seeks to be filled with consumer goods, food, experience, politicians, romantic. And the experiences are meant to not only bring about a significant absence of community, tradition, shared meaning, but also a lack of

personal conviction and worth. It embodies the empty self as a chronic , undifferentiated emotional hunger.

 

   The other is an ideational culture that accepts a reality that is consisting of God, the soul,

immaterial beings, values, purpose. In the two understandings of culture, the movie, “Castaway” could be perceived as a product from the sensate cultural understanding. The movie eliminates a point to indicate that humans can be likely to give thanks by encountering with God in a

desperate circumstance.  Instead, it puts the Wilson volley ball in place of the Scripture and

shows that the trend of current culture is likely to replace transcendence with material,

consumer good.

 

   Hence, Human who is depicted of being satisfied with consumer good, such as a volley ball

is described as mindless, meaningless and non-rational. Such a phenomenon occurs

from the different understanding of human than what the Scripture understands. Our view of human origin profoundly shapes our understanding of ethics, law, education, even sexuality.

 

   Cumulatively, this mistaken ideas create a mistaken interpretation of human beings.

In conclusion, most importantly, the Scripture says that God creates humans in His own image, forming physically in a lump of earth and spiritually imparting a living spirit from God, himself into Humanbeing.

 

   It proves conclusively that body is formed from an earth, but the soul is not formed. The soul

is imparted from God, himself. Thus, The human’s worth cannot be reduced into a being that

can be satisfied with a material thing, because humans are composed of the complexity of body and soul.  Human is, so to speak, soulish body.  The soul is the center of life.

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