Christian Worldview Perspective, Christianity

Making Choices

The Movie “Passengers”

(SPOILERS AHEAD)

 

If you haven’t seen the movie “Passengers” yet and are planning to do so, then you may want to come back to read this after you’ve seen it. You’ve been warned!

The movie takes place on a starship (the Avalon) that is on a journey from Earth to another planet (Homestead II) for the purposes of colonization. This journey takes 120 years so people aboard the Avalon are in a state of hibernation. One of the hibernation pods malfunctions and awakens a passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years early.

Jim Preston eventually comes to the realization that he was awakened too early, that he is the only person awake, that he is unable to put himself back into hibernation, and that he is going to spend the rest of his life alone on the ship. With his only company being the android bartender, Arthur (Michael Sheen), Jim eventually grows weary of being alone. After more than a year passes, he reaches rock bottom; he contemplates suicide by opening an airlock and hurling himself into space. Instead, Jim makes a choice to wake up another passenger, Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), after noticing her in one of the hibernation pods and learning about her through her passenger profile.

Jim sabotages her hibernation pod, but allows Aurora to believe that her pod malfunctioned just like his. Jim now has an amazing companion to keep him company during the journey, but he has sealed her fate and has essentially given her a death sentence since she too will never make it to Homestead II alive.

 

A Choice of Morality

I liked the premise of this film. Jim Preston struggled with the morality of his decision. The moral choice would be to leave Aurora in her state of hibernation and live out his life alone; the immoral choice being to awaken her—taking away her choice—sealing Aurora Lane’s fate by dooming her to live out the rest of her life on the Avalon. Jim listened to the devil on his shoulder. His choice was made from a place of pure selfishness.

I can certainly understand why Jim Preston made this choice. He was alone, miserable, and suicidal when he finally came to his decision to awaken Aurora. He didn’t want to be alone. He didn’t want to be miserable. He sincerely believed he would be better off with Aurora as his companion even though it would immoral to make this choice for her.

As a God-fearing man, I hope that I would make the moral choice in this situation, but I can certainly empathize with Jim’s attitude of self-preservation. And to be perfectly honest, if I had a choice to spend the rest of my life alone with Jennifer Lawrence, it would certainly being a tempting proposition (she should be so lucky).

 

Choices have Consequences

Our lives are filled with choices. We make them on a daily basis. Even though we are free to choose any way we’d like, we are never free from the consequences of those choices. Jim Preston made a choice. He chose to take away Aurora’s choice. Later on in the film, Jim discovers a way to put her back into a state of hibernation. Aurora then chooses to live out her life with Jim. So, we could say that it worked out for him in the end.

Some of the choices we make have more dire consequences than those faced by Jim and Aurora on the Avalon. One choice in particular has eternal consequences—whether or not to accept the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.

 

Questions That Need Answers

I sincerely believe that there are some very important questions that require our fullest attention. These questions being:

  • Does God exist?
  • If God does exist, can He be known?
  • If God can be known, has He made Himself known?
  • If God has made Himself known, how has He made Himself known?

Our answers to these questions and what we believe about the existence of God will affect every decision we make throughout the rest of our lives.

In his letter to the church in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote:

Romans 1:20 (NIV) For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Essentially, Paul says that God’s creation provides us with all of the evidence we need concerning God’s existence. In fact, he says that this evidence is so convincing that we have no excuse for unbelief. These are pretty powerful words.

The Bible also tells us that God can be, and has made Himself, known to us:

Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV) In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, (2) but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. (3) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

The resurrection, of course, provides us with the ultimate piece of evidence. The Creator of the universe, incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ, came into His creation, gave Himself up to torture and crucifixion to defeat sin and death once and for all, died, was buried, and rose to life three days later.

 

Concluding Thoughts

How are your own belief’s affecting the decisions you make? Have you considered the consequences of those decisions?

Until next time; may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him!

 

Thanks for reading! God Bless!

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