Benjamin…black or white?

OK, this is going against everything I have believed about Benjamin Linus since season 2, when he was still, good ol’ Henry Gale, but I cant help but believe Ben did the right thing by Killing John.
Im not saying Charles Widmore is a good or bad guy. Hell, they all seem evil in there own way at this point, but Bens evil always seems to have some sort of purpose. Honestly I dont know if Ben knew John was supposed to come back to life on island or not, but it is beside the point.
The point actually being, with all the emphasis on religion and faith, how in the world, would a man killing himself seem in the eyes of a god, or a the Christian God for that matter. Whether Jacob is a god like figure, or someone trapped between space/time dimensions, it is irrelavant. You cannot deny the rebirth of a religious perspective on the show. The story of Thomas, so much taking place in a church/temple of some sort. I have speculated religious coverup in other theories, but this to me, shows a sign of Ben at least believing in a god.
WAS HE PRAYING IN THE LAST EPISODE, RIGHT BEFORE HE TOLD JACK THE STORY OF THOMAS? If not, he sure has a funny way of being comfortable while waiting.
I think Ben saw what John was about to do, or even just knew what he was about to do, and knew that it would anger the higher being, whether Jacob or God.
Just like in many religions, where suicide will prevent you from going to heaven, Johns Heaven is the island, and maybe Ben just knows that if it happens like that, they will not be able to return.
Or maybe Ben is just a prick and needed some info, I think somewhere inside there is a good motive, there is just no way to achieve his goals without…sacrifice.
And I know, why would it make a difference how he dies as long as he dies, like in religion, it just does.

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Abbot Enheduanna Schwarzschild Name meaning: -Abbot: Father defined by or in religious connotation/definition. From the beginning, Lost was riddled with religious tone and it was obvious it would play some sort of role. Seemed fitting to start here. -Enheduanna: Mesopotamian High Priestess and the modern civilization’s first recorded poet. I created the name after season 1. John explaining backgammon history to Walt spawned the idea that the island may have a link yo the beginning of civilization and maybe even time itself. It was “poetic” and important to add this to my pseudonym. I needed the mother of poetry in modern civilization to match the religious “Father” in my first name. -Schwarzschild: Reference to Karl Schwarzschild and Schwarzschild Black Holes. Smoke monsters, hatches, and curing paralysis doesn’t point to black holes…but the sci-fi elements ran deep and obvious. The wheel moving the island and transporting Ben felt like it got plucked from my imagination. A.E.S.

18 thoughts on “Benjamin…black or white?

  1. the made a few religious hints and clues during the show but I’m convinced ( and it would definitly be awesome ) that in the end it all comes down to physics 🙂
    for example they can’t die even outside the island because they now formed out of some strange form of matter or stuff like that 😀
    and this purpose- and destiny-Talk is only because they’ve got to get back according to the laws of nature….blabla

    Don’t know , we’ll see but I
    definitly would be dissappointed if Locke is some
    kind of religious figure or reincarnation

  2. AES, I think the connection you make about religion and suicide is a vital one!

    Alpert does tell Locke, he is going to have to die, but never mentions suicide as being an option.

    Matthew Abbadon tells Locke that death is a choice. That indicated to me, he may have been guiding Locke away from suicidal notions.

    I need more time to think on this one, so I will return with more thoughts.

  3. AES, I touch on your theory of why Ben killed Locke on my “Why Ben Killed Locke” theory. I think you should check it out and compare what you think to some other possibilities I have listed, including the “death as a choice” that dabs touched on.

    As for Ben, I agree that he has a reason for being evil, and he is still sticking to the “kill hundreds save thousands” motto.

  4. AES, The one thing which is key in your theory, is Ben had to prevent Locke from taking his own life.

    Placing the religious emphasis on, when a person takes their own life, they can not be resurrected and/or perhaps reincarnated.

    That, this act places them in a position of ‘not being right’ with God.

    Ben killing Locke, therefore changes those rules. It places Locke, in a favourable position to be resurrected.

    As always, nice work!

  5. AES, One other point I’d like to make, was Ben’s sincere plead to Locke.

    Regardless of whether it was self serving or not, I do believe it was sincere for the reasons you stated.

  6. Okay, with thoughts formulated, I am ready to attack this subject with fervor. lol

    Thanks for always challenging me to think outside the box.

    I hope everyone reads this theory and gives consideration to an element which has not been addressed in this fashion.

    While we are so consumed with the very mystery of Lost and all of its elements and characters, I think we may have missed out on one very obvious connection!

    We know how special ‘the island’ is, and so does anyone else who knows about it. But, how would the outside world view this place where miracles virtually happen?

    A place where imagining something becomes a reality. Where you are still able to see your family, dead or otherwise. A place where travelling to the past and perhaps the future are possible. A place where you can be physically healed and redeemed of your past misdeeds. These are a few of the miracles we know, ‘the island’ has to offer.

    I think this information would send the outside world into a proverbial tailspin!

    Some would cry ‘The Garden of Eden’ had been found, while others would want to deny its very existence and cry Heresy.

    Think, of the consequences this would create, for organized religion. And, think what the consequences might be, for all of those, who are opposed to it!

    Perhaps, we have focused too much attention on the money, power and greed aspects, when the answer might be much more simplistic. Yet, much more deadly, in terms of its consequences.

    What secret religious organizations might want to keep ‘the island’ secret from the world, and from those who might wish to exploit it. Much like The Priory of Sion, who has kept religious secrets for centuries.

    The very knowledge of ‘the island’ proposes many dangerous risks, if shared with the outside world.

    I believe we have to take a much closer look at the ramifications of the religious aspects of the show.

    Perhaps, this is what the warring factions are trying to keep secret. The island’s very existence!

    And, they are willing to kill in order to keep it that way!

  7. That also could lend to the war between Bena and Widmore. I think there is a theory that Ben believes the religious aspect of the island and Widmore is more interested in the scientific aspect of the island. Seems very much like the age old debate between creationism vs. big bang belief.

  8. Agree fully, remember my post on the secret organizations.
    There is also something that Ben or Richard says to John about thousands of people flocking to “smalltown, USA” (cant remember where) to see the virgin marys face in “something” imagin what they would do if they knew about this island.
    Not the exact quote, but something to that nature.

  9. AES, I remember your theory and our discussion well.

    I needed to sort through all of it, to draw a conclusion which made sense to me.

    You are soooo right! Richard used that quote to John Locke back in Season 3! Good memory, on that one!

    I think we can now proceed, safely down this track!

    Please give this further thought, and expand on it for me, when you get a chance.

    I am a ‘believer’. lol

  10. You might be right A.E.S. about the suicide angle, But I am not so sure this view is fitting in now. Some Christians debate that suicide is a forgivable sin. They point to a scripture in the Bible that states there is only one unforgivable sin and that is Blasphemy (basically not believing in Christ as Savior). My point being there is debate on this subject among Christians.

  11. I did not get to finish comment just wanted to add. That I think your right about Ben not wanting him to commit suicide, but I cant figure out why. My guess is that the ultimate sacrifice would be to take your life to aid the Island. But Locke was not aware. Crazy scene man, that ends with Ben saying ” I will miss you, I really will” as if he can hear him almost. Scratchin my head and throwing hands in the air.

  12. As a cautionary note:
    The Priory of Sion was a hoax. It has been de-bunked. The authors of Holy Blood Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code used a hoax as a basis for all their fictional writings.

  13. Wow, forgot about this post.
    Andre, it does detract from some of my points and theories :]

    I would think a debunking would be the perfect cover for a secret society. Wouldnt doubt if a society member would issue the demeanor. The less people would think one exists, the better. At least in theory.

  14. AES, There is one point of interest regarding the debunking of the Priory of Scion, and other similar organizations.

    Most of these groups eventually evolved into The Free Masons. The Free Masons have an Agenda in the modern world.

    1. To detract people away from organized Christian religion.

    2. To control the Financial systems of the world.

    3. To control the Educational systems.

    4. To control all Media organizations.

    5. To control government.

    Books, such as The DaVinci Code, are prime examples of the types of cover-ups, these secret organizations attempt to promote!

    BTW, Leonardo DaVinci eventually became a high ranking official of The Free Masons! So, you are absolutely correct that a ‘secret society’ would go to any lengths to protect their ‘real agenda’!

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