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"Dark Knight' Kindles Joker's Judgment, Justifying Satan's Sinister Soul Search"

By Ramesh C.Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"The Dark Knight" (2008)

Picture and source from the site http://www.imdb.com. The movie is rated PG-13 for sequences of extreme violence!  Run time is 152  minutes!  Now playing in theaters as of  July 18, 2008!

Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Heath Ledger - The Joker
Aaron Eckhart - Harvey Dent
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth

*"The Dark Knight"


 “The Dark Knight” is about Batman
(played by Christian Bale) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart) working with Gotham’s crime unit to rid the city of its crime wave, especially the Joker (played by Heath Ledger) who makes the citizens of Gotham cringe in fear. To complicate matters Batman also has to deal with Two-Face.

“The Dark Knight” is an electrifying action-packed blockbuster thriller that presents an unexpected Gospel centered message throughout the movie and  will keep you glued to your seat, making you want to watch it over and over again. The script was very well written for the role played by the Joker.

“The Dark Knight” is a dark movie filled with violence, corruption, and sacrifice. It also addresses issues such as trust, betrayal, loyalty, revenge, selflessness, compassion, death, sin, and honor.



Biblical Connection I:
They showed even the WHITE KNIGHT of Gotham City can be turned if the circumstances in that person’s life were to change. This is exactly what happened. The White Knight was Harvey Dent, the District Attorney who was untouchable when it came to being corrupted by the criminals through bribery or extortion until his only love was taken away from him. Now, this White Knight became a vigilante killing anyone that was responsible for what happened to his girl friend after being influenced by the Joker who was responsible for the killing of his girl friend.  Eventually, it cost him his very life.

This showed me no matter how good we are seen by others even to the point of being seen as a saint as Harvey Dent was, in our humanity we are bound to fail when what we love the most is taken away from us without having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Without that personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we will be influenced by Satan and his ways, the question is not if but when.

Dent was so moralistic in his actions but his morality was based on the earthly love of his life and when that love was taken away, his morality was shattered too when he let himself be influenced by the Joker. The Joker is the one that put all the negative thoughts in him polluting his mind. Instead of doing everything to get justice for the citizens of Gotham, Dent resorted to retribution. The Joker succeeded in his overall plan to corrupt Dent and take away the moralistic goodness in him by taking away the love of his life because Dent was still self-centered no matter how much good he wanted to do.

‘The Dark Knight’ shows the plight of humankind no matter how high of a pedestal someone is put upon without having Jesus Christ in their lives. Dent in his humanity could not bear the sight of losing the one he loved and also losing half his face. He had set his mind on dealing with corruption and putting away bad guys until he was personally affected by the bad guys. Now, this made him go after those who were actually good guys in the movie.

That is what Satan does in our lives too. In the movie, the Joker was a personification of Satan. The Joker hated everything that was good and wanted mayhem, destruction, death, and sorrow wherever he went. He wanted the world to destroy itself including the people of Gotham. He knew he had succeeded with Harvey Dent who became Two-Faced.

We all live on earth and Satan has made the earth his battleground to influence humanity for destruction, revenge, and death. Satan only goes after those who are seen as good by society to show others that he can corrupt them too. He did exactly that to Dent by taking away who he loves and what he loves through the Joker. Dent definitely fell through because he did not have that personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

This reminded me of character from the Old Testament named Job. Job was seen as a loving person who would never turn away from God. Satan saw that and knew he could turn Job away from God if God were to allow him to take away who Job loves and what Job loves. This is exactly what happened to Job. He lost everything including his family and also his body was decaying. But Job handled the situation differently than Dent handled it.

Job did not let Satan influence him negatively or those who came as friends. Instead, Job’s response was ‘The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the Name of the Lord’. Job had a wonderful relationship with God that Satan could not touch.

The Dark Knight showed me no matter how good people think I am, without Christ I will be nothing and am nothing. Without Christ in my life and my relationship with Him, I can be turned to the dark side too by circumstances if those circumstances are not given to the Lord Jesus but allowed Satan to influence through them.

So, the first biblical connection I took away from the ‘The Dark Knight’ is that no human being apart from the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives can be good at all. Their goodness becomes like filthy rags when the right buttons are pushed. With Christ, as Job’s faith in the Lord helped Him endure, we can too.

Negative things do scare me and it is that scared aspect or anything we put above Christ is what Satan will love to use to bring us down. I pray that I am always focused on Christ no matter what is happening around me and my love for Christ can be genuine based on who He is and why He came instead of what I can get out of Jesus.

I don’t want to be influenced by Satan no matter what is happening around me as Dent was influenced by the personification of Satan through the Joker. The Joker was not just eerie but plain evil as Satan is.

Dent only did what his human condition made it possible to do. The human condition is governed by the sinful nature and that sinful nature can be easily influenced for darkness by the dark side unless the Light is turned on and the Light extinguishes the darkness.

Jesus said, ‘I am the Light of the world, if you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness but living light will flood your path!” (John 8:12, NIV)

Jesus wants to be the Light of our world and in our lives so we won’t be stumbling through the darkness in our sinful condition because His light can flood our path. For that to happen, we need to do what Job did and have a personal relationship with God unlike Dent.  For only through Christ can we really be good because He will work in us and transform our lives no matter what is happening around us.

I want that and so should you! I believe the Joker acting the role of the personification of evil in the movie killed him in real life too. We all need Jesus for only Jesus can help us and protect us from Spiritual Warfare of the enemy.

We need to realize we cannot save ourselves but only Christ can save us from the enemy.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18, NIV)

Biblical Connection II:

When Harvey Dent who was supposed to be the White Knight of Gotham who could do no wrong was influenced by the Joker and became evil, his sins were not exposed to the citizens of Gotham. Instead, the citizens of Gotham were told to honor a fallen hero. This was because the citizens of Gotham had put hope in a man who they believed could deliver the city from corruption and destruction so the commissioner did not want to disappoint because he knew all morality and what is good would fall if who they saw as good actually became evil.

This again shows that when we put our faith and hope in mankind apart from the Lord, mankind will only disappoint. Dent disappointed and so will we apart from the Lord.  Yet some people continue to want to put their hope in mankind instead of on the Lord. That is what the commissioner did. He still wanted people to believe that Dent was good and died a hero when in fact he became evil and died by his own hand which tried to kill a young child. If his hand and gun was not on the child then he would have lived. To make Dent the good guy, Batman actually took the blame. Now Batman’s actions have profound implications biblically too.

Biblical Connection III:

To absolve Two-Face of his evil status and guilt when he died, Batman decided to take the crimes of Two-Face upon himself so Two-Face could still be seen as good by society as Harvey Dent. Now Batman faced the punishment for all the crimes that Dent had committed when Dent was influenced by the Joker. Now the commissioner and everyone hunted Batman down.

This reminded me of what Jesus Christ did for us while we were yet sinners. To absolve us of all our sin, Jesus Christ went to the cross and took all of our sin’s punishment upon Himself even though we were the ones influenced by Satan. Our sinful acts were taken by Jesus so He could forgive us and give us hope, so when God looks at us, God does not see the sin in us but the hope we have in Jesus Christ who cleansed us by His precious cleansing blood as we turn to Him.

Harvey Dent was seen as the good guy by the citizens of Gotham not because he was good on his own but because Batman took the blame for all the evil and made Dent be the good guy.

In the same way, when we are seen as good, it is not because we are good but because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. Jesus loves us so much that Jesus went to the cross, taking the shame of our sin upon Himself, was crucified on the cross as His precious cleansing blood wiped away all our sin, was buried on the third day, and came back to life to save when we turn to Him.

Biblical Connection IV:

When Batman took the blame for Two-Faced, we see the same people that loved Batman turned against him and used a hammer to break the sign of Batman that shone bright in the sky.

This reminded me of what the people of Jerusalem did to Jesus when they used a hammer to crucify Jesus on the cross. Those same people were the ones that loved Jesus and shouting, 'Hosanna', Hosanna, Hosanna' but later turned against Jesus. Jesus had taken the blame for humanity’s sins and paid the price with His life. Jesus is still the Light of the world and no hammer can take that away.

Biblical Connection V:

’The Dark Knight’ showed me that all of us have a Two-Faced in us. We can be seen as good by the world but yet bad by the Lord because the world’s standards are different from God’s standards. There is a reason God says, ‘all your good works are like filthy rags’. That is a profound statement and it shows that God’s standards are so high that we cannot reach them apart from the good work of Christ in us.

It is by grace we have been saved through faith and not of any good works lest we boast.

Jesus came to take our Two-Faced nature and restore us to what we should be, a whole person being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to do good works through Him who works in us. Jesus came to give us Salvation.

Biblical Connection VI:

There were officers on the force who were trusted by the commissioner but they betrayed that trust for a little money. They were influenced by the Joker to turn in Harvey Dent and his girl friend to him. According to them, they just brought them to a place and did not think anything would happen to them. Yet, there greed for money and betrayal cost both of them dearly. Those who were trusted caused the greatest harm because they opened the door of their heart to a little evil.

This reminded me no matter how many good things we do it only takes one betrayal of trust to destroy everything that was built. In other words, if we even allow a small temptation to fester in us and give into it, it will affect the whole of us. This is what happened to the two detectives who were the most trusted. They allowed a little temptation of extra money from the Joker to cloud their judgment and turn in two people fighting to save Gotham.

We will be no different than them no matter how trusted people see us if we allow Satan’s temptation no matter how trivial it seems to get to us and give in. When we give in to Satan who is the absolute personification of evil there is, we have put ourselves in such a bind that as it caused the death of those two detectives, it could cost our own death too. The death may not necessarily be physical but it could be spiritual. To ensure that does not happen we need to be influenced by Christ and His ways and not of the devil. Jesus alone can help us in that.

Biblical Connection VII:
The Joker wanted human beings to destroy each other and he figured he could make that happen so he planted bombs in two boats that were across the sea. Now, he told each of the crew that there is a detonator available that they can use before midnight to blow up the other boat so they can be saved. The twist in all this was that one boat had supposedly innocent civilians in it and the other boat had hardened criminals in it. Either of the crew had the opportunity to blow up the other crew.

The innocent civilians wanted to blow up the crew that had hardened criminals in it because they felt they were better than the criminals but the criminals were not as eager to blow up the civilian crew yet some of them were. As the minutes ticked and midnight was approaching soon, each of the crew knew they might die and be blown up by the other. I thought it was so profound what happened next.

One of the criminals went to the detonator and threw the detonator away in the water so none of the other criminals could get their hands on it and blow up the innocent civilians. He made a comment that this should have been done a long time ago. He realized that it was not up to him or them to take the lives of those in the other boat.

This reminded me of the Thief on the cross. The thief on the cross realized that he was there for crimes that he had committed but Jesus had done no harm or crime. The thief acknowledged his sinfulness before Jesus and Jesus accepted him into paradise.

In the movie, the criminal acknowledged that he was a criminal and had no right to take the life of others seen as good so he was willing to have his own life and the others on his boat to be taken away by midnight by the innocent civilian crew. He realized his own sinfulness and when he did that, the power of Satan or Joker’s wish decimated.

Now the innocent civilian boat was saved from destruction. But while all this was happening in the criminal’s boat the people of the innocent civilian crew did not know whether the criminals will detonate the trigger or not by midnight. The innocent civilians by a greater majority were willing to blow up the criminals boat before they are blown but no one wanted to pull the trigger so one man said, ‘if no one wants to get their hands dirty then I will’ and went to the trigger. As he was about to detonate the trigger, he had second thoughts and put it away.

This reminded me of Jesus’ interaction with an adulterous woman and the Pharisees. The Pharisees wanted the women to be stoned to death because of her sin.  They were about to stone her but when Jesus said, ‘He who has no sin cast the first stone’ then all of them slowly left one by one. She was alone with Jesus and Jesus asked her has no one has condemned you? She replied, ‘Yes’. Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I; Go and sin no more.’

After midnight struck none of the boats blew up and the Joker saw that his plan to have human beings destroy themselves failed so he took it upon himself to make the lives of those citizens miserable and destructive but Batman intervened and saved both crews. The Joker had failed.

This also showed that neither boat crews saw themselves as the good guys but realized they had their own sins and could not become the judge of others. This is the first step in becoming right with God is to acknowledge what a sinner we are and that we cannot save ourselves. Only God can save us! Both crews on the boats did not try to save themselves but the saving came from an outside force.

Batman defeated the Joker to save humanity on both boats. This reminds me of what Jesus Christ did to save me and others when we gave our lives to Christ acknowledging we are sinners in need of a Savior. Jesus became our Savior and also our Lord when we turned to Him asking Him to be in control of our lives.

If not for Christ who came to save and if not for our dependence on Him, we will give into Satan’s attacks. So, we need to always be focused on Christ and what He can do for us for in Christ we can do what is right and battle the forces of evil defeating Satan. Jesus defeated Satan by going to the cross to save us. The day will come when Satan will completely be defeated as prophesized in the Book of Revelation.

I shared only 7 Biblical connections I saw but there are more in the movie that I hope you will share with me.

Questions to Ponder:
1. What did you like most about the movie and why ?

2. How is the Joker a personification of evil similar to Satan?

3. What are the things the Joker did that remind you of how Satan operates and how can you avoid Satan’s operation in your life?

4. Why do you think Harvey Dent the White Knight became evil and what could have prevented that?

5. Why do you think Batman took the blame for Harvey Dent’s evil actions and how does that remind you of what Jesus did?

6. What was your reaction to the two boat scenes in the end and why?

7.  How can you battle Satan, the personification of evil as you live your life?

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