INTERSTELLAR: For God So Loved The World | FCC 71

Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epic Interstellar illustrates the kind of love that transcends time and space. In this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema, we compare that kind of love to God’s love for us.

For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:03:20 Interstellar Discussion 
  • 01:10:45 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 01:22:45 – Well-mannered Frivolity
  • 01:29:45 – Lightning Round 
  • 01:31:50 – Upcoming

Cooper needs to have faith in something, and as the everyman protagonist of this film he lets us, as the audience, see in him as that character, our own need to have faith in something. The two people in whom Cooper believes he can have faith are Dr. Brand and Dr. Mann, but it turns out that those two people have put their faith in a lie.

Unbeknownst to the Endurance crew, Dr. Brand has already solved his “equation of gravity,” and the results that he gets indicate doom for the human race. No matter what the findings of the explorations, Plan A will not work. He sends the crew on the mission anyway, and after some time on Dr. Mann’s planet they realize that it was all, as Murph called it in the video, a sham.

This image from INTERSTELLAR show Matt Damon as Dr. Mann.

This proved that Cooper should not have put his faith in Dr. Brand, Dr. Mann, and any of their schemes because they were founded on a desperate lie. He should have instead put his faith in love Not only the love that Dr. Amelia Brand felt for Dr. Edmunds but also the love he had for Murph.

While inside the tesseract of Gargantua this idea of love transcending time and space finally clicks for Coop as he successfully communicates his fatherly love to the grown Murph via the vessel of gravity. The “ghost” she thought was haunting turns out to be her own father expressing his love for her and his desire to help her even if from afar.

This perfectly sums up how God’s love is extended to us. It’s the type of love that transcends time and space and yet is still too familiar for those who wish to follow God. It’s the type of love that means laying down your life in order to save someone else’s life. It’s the type of love God showcased and demonstrated while He let His Son die on the cross for us, thus extending that never-ending love.

This image from INTERSTELLAR shows Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey.


Key Texts

Psalm 118:8

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

John 3:16-18

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.


Finding Christ In Cinema is the show where we discover Christian themes in movies past and present. Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. Brought to you by the Great Commission Transmission Network. View the complete show notes, including links to articles discussed, by clicking here.

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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. He has his M.A. in Theatre Arts and is always looking for a way to use good stories to soften people’s hearts.

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  • Philip Heard

    You guys did a really good job with this one, and I now think Interstellar warrants a second viewing for me. First off, the score is indeed excellent, and my favorite thing about the film- maybe second favorite after Anne Hathaway being in it.

    One thing I get from the Interstellar is how Cooper felt the call to go on a mission that set him at odds with his daughter, and how he had the discipline to follow the call and fulfill his mission. For a Christian, sometimes following God can set us at odds with our loved ones, yet when we are convinced God has a task for us, and there is no conflict with it in the Bible, we need to be obedient. Here’s one of Jesus’ hard sayings:

    Matthew 10:35-39(NKJV) “For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

    Also, Cooper was willing to risk his life for the mission, and found life in the end- not just for himself, but for the rest of humanity.

    Thanks for the show guys! #muhweeladgimli

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