The central character of is River Tam. We discuss the possibility of psychic powers—is it demonic? Daniel loves watching the fight scenes, and practicing River’s moves on his kicking bag. Simon and River Tam’s relationship can remind us of the definition of greater love.
[Jesus said,] “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John [15:13]).
We discuss the idea of professional prostitution as embodied by the “Companions.” A worldview apart from God can present such things as prostitution as just another type of occupation. It’s brought out that Companions serve both genders, which also brings in homosexuality. As Christians, we should not judge others because of their sin, because the only difference between us and them is that we’re forgiven.
Is a world with sin—a utopia—possible? The Alliance attempts to regulate how people should think, and then, when that doesn’t work so well, they attempt chemical control. So a utopia equals controlled emotions, and mindless people. Eve discusses the dove emblem for peace as a symbol of a world without man, because of the symbols origin in the historical global flood of judgment. The only way to create a world without sin is to remove the sinner.
This brings up a discussion of the reavers. Totally savage, they represent the consequence of attempting to control man’s behavior without changing his heart:
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them (Romans [1:21]–32).
This is a portrait of unregenerate man. If you approach this from a secular, naturalistic, evolutionary worldview, what is wrong with the Reaver’s behavior. People who aren’t Christians are not necessarily like Reavers, but this is the condition of man when you totally remove God.
Utopia cannot exist in a government form. The only way that people can live together in love is when Christ is the head.
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