Lost, Christianity and the murder of Jeremy Bentham
I’m not one of the people who thinks the show is based completely of Christian lore. However, one must admit that the shows lays on the allusions pretty heavy. The references to CS Lewis, the Christian author (Charlette Staples [CS] Lewis) and The Chronicles of Narnia, a novel where one of the characters represents Christ and His sacrifice (as represented by the Lampost) are enough in and of themselves. Next, add the show’s battle between science and faith and the episode 316. There is a science station underneath a chapel and Ben even explains the story of Thomas and the resurrection.
Anyway, as of now, the show seems to be pointing to Locke as some sort of savior. He must sacrifice his life to save his friends. As far as Christian tradition goes, Christ had to die in order become the savior and a leader of mankind. Christ’s nemesis is Satan. In an effort to prevent Christ from inheriting his throne, Satan has Christ killed. Little does Satan know that by killing Christ, he has actually made it possible for him to fulfill his mission (be resurrected and mankind to be resurrected as well).
Ben is the show’s Satan, Locke’s nemesis. He doesn’t want to let anyone other than him control the island. In order to prevent Locke from inheriting what should be his, Ben kills him. However, in doing so, Ben has actually provided Locke with the means to take his throne on the island. The same way that Satan paved the road to Christ’s throne by killing him, Ben provided Locke with the means to return to the island.
This was just something to come to my mind. Once again, I don’t think the Christian allusions drive the plot, but you have to admit their significance. I have a feeling that Ben will tell Locke he killed him to save him when he wakes up, you know the whole “I always have a plan” thing.