A faithful reader emailed me this article from CNN's website about how the movie Avatar is making people depressed because of the picture of a utopia called Pandora that the movie depicts. One viewer said this:
"Ever since I went to see 'Avatar' I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na'vi made me want to be one of them. I can't stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it," Mike posted. "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in 'Avatar.' "
This is tragic, but also insightful. It's not hard to imagine why people yearn in the depths of their souls for a perfect world. We yearn for that because we were made to celebrate our Maker and Redeemer on a New Earth, one in which the entire cosmos is healed from its present corruption and decay and transformed into the perfect theater of God's all-satisfying glory.
So now I want to see Avatar, knowing that no matter how beautiful Pandora is, it will not make me depressed. It will only make me eagerly await the New Heavens and New Earth that is our inheritance in Christ.
Has anyone else seen this movie yet? If so, what did you think?