I will say this: I had heard from various sources that there were some pretty strong Christological messages in the film, so you better believe I was watching very closely for those. True to the rumors, they were there; the movie was PACKED with Christological themes. Given that, I thought I would be remiss if I did not mention it here on my blog.
Actually, I think Thor himself should take over. After all, he’s the character in question, he probably knows the Christological implications of his story better than anyone.
Thor? The floor is yours. (spoiler alert)
My name is Thor Odinson.
I am the first born biological offspring of the All-father, supreme god of the universe, who rules all of creation from his kingdom on the sort-of-planet Asgard.
However, I am not the only son of Odin All-father. There is also my brother, Loki, who unfortunately became a malevolent, deceiving usurper and led a rebellion against my father, after which he was cast out of Asgard.
One day I was sent to earth as a mere mortal, even though I had become a hero, even rising to godhood, prior to my sojourn from my father’s kingdom. Luckily my stay on earth was short-lived, and I quickly ascended back to godhood because of my righteousness and self-sacrifice in the face of my brother’s treachery. I earned my salvation by behaving in keeping with the will of All-father, Odin. Now I serve as an example for mankind to whom I was sent.
One cool thing about earth? I guess it would be the human girlfriend I picked up. Best part: she can rule with me in Asgard forever if she becomes my consort. Thumbs up! Oh, also the music. “You can’t touch this!”
I am a warrior. I am the savior of earth. I am crazy-good with a hammer. I am the god of thunder.
My name is Thor.
And I’m a Mormon.
Whoa! Didn’t see that one coming, did you?
Yes folks, it’s true: “Thor” is packed with Christological overtones and implications… if you happen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Otherwise, not so much.
There are a couple of morals here. Number one is, don’t let the reviews section of the local paper tell you what’s Christological and what’s not. Number two, just because someone gives his life for others and comes back from the dead does not a Christian parallel make. The gospel is wrapped up in the WHY and WHAT DOES IT ACCOMPLISH questions of Christ’s death and resurrection, and frankly it does not mesh with the answers the Thor movie gives. Number three, pray for our Mormon friends for deliverance from their bondage in what is a false religion.
If you have questions about the difference between what the Bible teaches, and what Mormonism teaches, take a look at these two short explanations written by Dr. James White.
There is also a link in the sidebar I’ve added to the Mormonism Research Ministry for those interested in more in-depth study.
And to my Mormon friends, please do just one thing for me: look at the links I’ve provided and ask tough questions about your positions on the issues. Goodness knows I’ve done this with Christianity (real, Biblical Christianity), and continue to do so to this day. Please respect the issues enough to look into the truth about what you are being taught with all sincerity and earnestness, and seek to find out why it is we orthodox Christians do not consider LDS to be valid. I suggest you start here.