In CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, we are reminded to have the mind of Christ whenever dealing with something strange and unusual so that mercy can shine through and stave off even the fiercest monsters. Join us as we discuss these Christian themes and so much more on the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast.
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- 00:00:00 – Introduction and Previous Episode Recap
- 00:03:40 – Movie Discussion
- 00:28:00 – Listener Feedback and More
- 00:44:10 – Christian Themes in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Key Texts for Creature from the Black Lagoon
Let these passages be your guide as you watch CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON with your fellow gill-men and gill-women.
Proverbs 14:12 KJV
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Matthew 5:7 ESV
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Philippians 2:1-5 CEB
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus…
The Mind of Christ
The remains of an amphibian humanoid have been found in South America. Dr. Carl Maia has never seen anything like it before, and he needs help figuring it out. He then turns to his friends and fellow scientists Dr. David Reed and Kay Lawrence. They are a pair of ichthyologists who also happen to be romantically involved. Their consensus is to return to the Amazon and try to recover more remains. The only problem is that they need money and a lot of it. Fortunately, David knows a guy.
His name is Dr. Mark Williams, and he’s Reed’s boss. Financially minded, he always proclaims to consider the cost of such expenditures. The others, however, know Williams’s pressure point: notoriety and publicity. The three scientists use potential fame and glory to lure Williams into affirming the expedition, and their scheming works. Williams agrees to fund the expedition, and the journey back to the Amazon goes off without a hitch.
The world of this play is turned upside down when the crew returns to the dig site and finds the guards’ maliciously mauled bodies. As they try to figure who or what could have done such ghastly things, the question arises as to whether or not the expedition should continue. Dr. Maia and Dr. Reed are all about going home to regroup, rebuff, and appropriately arm themselves. Williams, however, stubbornly insists on staying in the wilderness and finding the monster. Since money gives him his power at this point, Williams wins, and the expedition continues.
It isn’t until a few more crew members are killed by the monster that Williams considers turning back. Even then, he takes so long to make up his mind that the monster traps them in his lagoon. In this new crisis and at knifepoint, Williams finally relents and gets his priorities in check. Unfortunately, as he is helping Reed remove logs from the makeshift dam, he is viciously mauled to death by the Creature.
In his own mind, Williams was doing the right thing. He didn’t see anything wrong with being the way he was. He was simply operating under his own morality. Of course, his morality did not include loving his neighbors as himself. Williams’s morality, then, was a path that seemed right at the time but, in the end, led to death.
Dr. Reed and Kay, however, more aptly espouse the mind of Christ. Their focus wasn’t to hoist a dead monster on display; instead, they wanted to showcase it in its natural habitat. They valued its life when Williams wanted it dead. In their valuing of its life, David and Kay loved the creature as themselves. Such is the mind of Christ, and may we all have that mindset.
Mercy Shines Through
Love isn’t the only thing that David and Kay show the monster by letting him live. It’s technically a form of mercy.
After the Creature has taken Kay to his underground lair, everyone else who’s still alive follow suit. They come armed and dangerous and ready to fire. David runs in first to stop the monster, but the latter gets the better of him. The Creature raises David high into the air and is about to finish the attack until the others cover the monster with a barrage of bullets.
The bullets stop the Creature from killing David, and the Creature turns toward his attackers who keep firing to kill. David and Kay, however – even though the monster almost killed them – urge their friends to let the monster go. Again, they never wanted the monster dead in the first place, and even this new crisis did not make them waiver in that decision.
It’s a very brief glimpse, but it is a true glimpse, nonetheless, of what true mercy is. The Creature wanted to kill them, yet they wanted him to live. They didn’t want to see him hanging in a museum but thriving in his own natural habitat. I’m positive this even leaks over into the definition of grace, but for now, let’s just stick with mercy.
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