Christian Themes In Guardians Of The Galaxy | Finding Christ In Cinema

In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, we see a team at first divided by evil, selfishness and hatred finally come together and grow in love – just as the Church should.

This image is of the movie poster for Marvel Entertainment's Guardians Of The Galaxy, and shows the five member team.

From Him The Whole Body Grows

In Marvel Studios’s breakout hit Guardians of the Galaxy, we see a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac. At first, they hate each other, and every one of them is using the others for selfish gain; since that isn’t love, it may as well be hate, even if the subversive kind. Thankfully, something clicks within the team, and they realize that life isn’t just about them anymore. Unlike before, they now believe in something beyond themselves and therefore act upon that new understanding: that others are just as important as themselves.

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. – Eph. 4:16

The Body Grows In Love

This reminds us of what Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, about the body growing in love and fitting perfectly together (Ephesians 4:16). As individuals, they couldn’t do much; but as the unified team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, they saved the world. While each had his or her own gifts, it took the whole group fitting together perfectly to defeat Ronan the Accuser (aka the Satan). And once they became that one, unified group, they were able to then grow together and deepen those perfect ties that bind. If that isn’t a picture of how the Church should work within itself, I don’t know what is.

Christian Themes In Guardians Of The Galaxy

In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.

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  • None the Wiser

    I just saw the sequel, and it is very much an expression of the same ideas in Christianity, specifically that of the doctrine of condescension. The uniqueness of Christianity insofar as world religions go, is its inversion of the directionality of apotheosis. History offers no shortage of men who desired to become God, transcending limitation and death to author the destiny of the unfolding of human existence in an otherwise meaningless Universe, yet Christ was the God who became Man and accepted limitation suffering and death, even the Ultimate Futility of these three in his death cry, “my God, why have you forsaken me?” The Christ is he who has the powers of God, yet accepts the limitations of Man. In Guardians of the Galaxy 2, that is Peter Quill. Incidentally, “Peter” means, “stone”, (which was given to the apostle Simon by Jesus) so his name means, “that which is written in stone” (Simon Peter was the most prominent of the apostles during Jesus’ ministry and is often considered the first pope)

  • gArcade

    Hi. I’m actually pretty shocked by this. I found the movie to be very Satanic, and the sequel even more so.
    First of all, all of the Guardian characters “Do what thou wilt” which is the slogan of Satanism. They kill and steal with no moral consequence. Any time they make a decision that seems to be made out of love, I would argue that it is really out of desire to not be alone.

    And that’s just the beginning. In the first one we learn that Peter is not man, but part Angel – this is the angel Lucifer, which is confirmed in the sequel, where we are shown many Satanic themes, infanticide, eugenics, etc.

    I believe these films portray Satanic beliefs while very cleverly masquerading as Christian themes on the surface.

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