|Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester|
What troubles me about Supernatural is not the demons and the ghosts and the overall creepiness of an anti-Claus. This may shock you, but I'm not scared of ghosts and fake demons. That adrenaline rush is fun! What worries me are the angels.
Supernatural brought in the Godsquad (Dean's nickname) in the 4th season and they are about as un-angelic as you could possibly imagine. They're arrogant, manipulative bullies that don't mind one bit that humanity is caught in the middle of a war between angels and demons. God is non-existent (or the angels haven't seen Him in forever).
So, what I'm left with is a show I still love that headed down the wrong religious track. Until today, I never realized gnostic theology is included in my beloved Supernatural. I mean, I knew it was heading towards Crazyville, but I didn't realize it had gone quite that far.
- Gnosticism emphasizes the evilness of the human body. The physical body is putrid to gnostics, all that matters is the spiritual element.
- Another belief is that there is God the Father (a good if non-existent entity) and the Creator who is an evil bully.
- Jesus was a man who was possessed by the spiritual entity, Christ.
- Demons have to possess humans in order to have a physical form.
- ANGELS have to possess humans in order to have a physical form.
- God is non-existent, resulting in some angels who don't believe in Him period and others determined to find Him.
- The angels and the demons are in the middle of a family feud because they are the SONS of God.
Whatever happened to my television show? I look back at the beginning, when it was just Dean and Sam charging from one ghost sighting to the next, fighting vampires and werewolves and evil spirits, and I miss that. It was less complicated and I never suffered guilt pangs by watching it, not once. Now I'm left with a decision to make. Do I watch the show up until it went nuts in season four? Do I watch those first three seasons with a sprinkling of sporadic episodes throughout the later seasons? Or do I give it up in its entirety? Because the idea of giving it up ties my stomach in knots, but I'm equally uncomfortable how Kripke is leading his viewers astray. If I continue watching, where does it stop? Is it acceptable to watch a show based on gnosticism (one of the most damaging Christian cults of ancient times)? I don't know, and it's tearing me apart inside. Lord, give me wisdom.