Friday, June 29, 2012

Jesus = Doctor Who: The Amazing List of Reasons

I'm surprised I have not seen more articles describing the connection, but one is a time lord who helps people and the other is a time Lord who helps people.

My Tardis has many rooms.  I am preparing a place for you!

Let's start with the obvious:

1. The Title

The Doctor calls himself The Doctor because he fixes things*

Jesus' ministry was primarily healing others and fixing the lives of others

Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Also consider that both live up to the name "Wonderful Counselor" as prophesied in Isaiah 9:6

* Nerd Rebuttal:  Some alien colonies consider the word doctor to mean warrior, but for the most part it's generally referred to as a guy who helps people

Now the next obvious:

2. The Company They Keep

Jesus and His bride

Ephesians 5:25   " Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."

Rev 19:7 "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."

The Doctor also has his bride:

The story is that The Doctor always finds a female compatriot to tag along on his adventures.  Although, sometimes reluctant to add a young female on board, the doctor bonds with them almost immediately.  The result is a promise of adventure, miracle, fellowship and protection.

Jesus explains in John 10:10 that his life is an adventure that he is willing to take any one who listens to him.  The presence of Jesus generally attracted fishermen, tax collectors, women and Roman guards because they knew that the life of Jesus was incredibly different than the mundane life.

The only separation between The Doctor's "brides" and Jesus' brides is that the doctor's women usually separate from the adventure due to some tragedy or unforeseen circumstance.  Jesus has a more stable program that means eternity.

Interesting Tid-bit:  Does anyone else get a messianic chill in the episode "The Time Of Angels" when The Doctor tells Amy to trust him.  Amy says that the Doctor doesn't always tell the truth and he replies, "If I always told the truth you wouldn't need to trust me." 

Just for the record, Jesus does not lie, but he doesn't always reveal what is going to happen to his followers.  It's for the same reason The Doctor does--a way of letting his followers trust in times of uncertainty.

Fish fingers and custard as far as the eyes can see

3. Both Have a TARDIS

The Doctor owns a large blue police box that controls time, space and life.  In the season finale "The Parting of Ways", Rose consumes the power of the Tardis and uses it to bring Jack back to life. Whenever there is a problem the Tardis is usually the answer.

Jesus' Tardis

He doesn't call it a Tardis and it doesn't have time changing capabilities, but, the Holy Spirit has some similarities.  The Tardis and the Holy Spirit are both credited for helping travellers speak foreign languages and understand them (See the Book of Acts).  The Holy Spirit brings spiritual life and rebirth to the soul.  Romans 8:11 refers to the literal resurrection of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the episode "The Doctor and His Wife," The Tardis takes on human form and gets into a very romantic relationship with the Doctor.  They considered each other equals.  This echoes back to the trinity where Jesus and the Holy Spirit are equal partners. 

Also the Holy Spirit has no form or body so it can travel anywhere in the universe.  It's a personal living force that has cosmic powers.  The Holy Spirit has been known to teleport people (Acts 8:39).

4.  Stopping Enemies With Words

You never see any gun battles or sword fights with The Doctor, but he is still considered a great warrior.  Why?  He is known for instilling fear in the hearts of his enemies with just words.  In the episode, "Forest of the Dead," The Doctor is getting trailed by the Vashta Nerada, he is able to tell them to back off because of his powerful name.  In the episode, "The Pandorica Opens," The Doctor scares away every alien threat with just a promise that he will do whatever it takes to protect the Pandorica.

Jesus has the same powers.  Just using his name and his authority alone, he is able to command demons to stop, winds to die down and sickness to disappear (Matthew 8).  I have to give the advantage to Jesus in this one because he uses less words and effects way more elements of nature.

Europe, I had no idea you had people this beautiful!

5.  Regeneration is a Cinch for Both

The branding of Doctor Who always has The Doctor dying and coming back as a new person.  It keeps things fresh and chronologically progressive.  It's the power of the Tardis and the position of Time Lord that helps the change occur.

Jesus is no stranger to death, rebirth and transformation:

Romans 8:11, "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you."

Luke 9 talks about Jesus unzipping his humanity and showing what he looks like in full glory.

When the mortal Jesus dies in the Gospels, he gets revealed as the holy and cosmic Jesus.  None of his friends recognize him (as if he was a new Time Lord) and he won't allow one of his mourners, Mary Magdalene, to touch him.

The major difference is that the flesh Christ and the transformed Christ are one in the same.  Jesus still bears the marks of his crucifixion and he never had to earn his cosmic title (it was always with him).

6.  The Cosmic Screw Driver = Jesus' Finger

The Doctor can melt aliens, fix people, analyze schematics, open doors, control electronics and do whatever the writers want him to do with his cosmic screwdriver.

Jesus is able to heal leprosy, death, headaches, paralysis, internal bleeding and any tragedy with just his touch.

And he said unto her, "This time travel will not end in death"
7.   Same Purpose

No one ever gets a good grasp of why The Doctor does what he does.  He just appears in one time or another and automatically assumes the role of helper.  It doesn't take a genius to discern that he is led to danger for the sole purpose of fixing it.  Furthermore, The Doctor loves very hard tasks and does not believe in the word impossible.  In the episode, "The Curse of the Black Spot," the Doctor is adamant that they don't use the word curse because it implies helplessness.

Jesus is lead by the Spirit in his ministry to visit certain towns.  There is no such thing as a coincidence in his ministry.  Jesus is more verbal in his purpose when he states, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish his work" (John 4:34).  Jesus had a beginning, a middle and an end to his ministry, which led him to the cross where he would take the place of sinners for the salvation of all mankind.

The Tardis would sometimes take control and take Tthe Doctor to a place of its choosing.  Only near the end of the episode would he understand that it was for a good reason.

He doesn't really need it, but it makes healing look cooler!

8.   Warrior

The Doctor is not a person you want to be against.  He is considered a weapon to all aliens and he uses some brilliant military strategy to stop wars.  He also had the misfortune of destroying all the Time Lords on his planet to stop the Daleks.  Even though he comes off as peace seeking and pacifistic, he has a very dangerous war history.

Jesus is quite the war bringer for this life as well.  In Revelations 19 he comes riding a white horse (a symbol for war), wears a crown, made of blazing fire and has a sword.  His primary purpose is to kill off The Beast and The False Prophet that are controlling the world.  He has his own army.  A little spoiler here: Jesus wins!

I believe that the episode, "A Good Man Goes To War" is a reflection of Revelations 19:11-21.

Come on, Britain.  You pretend to be a country filled with Atheists and non-believers, but your number 1 TV show has a Messiah in it.  It's also a miracle that Doctor Who is the only syndicated TV show to last many seasons and have a super high budget for a BBC show.  I'm curious to know if God has his name written on the show's contract.

Which brings me to the next point.  We love Doctor Who?  Why?  Maybe because we love characters who are quirky, loveable and highly invincible.  The show created a good guy who is so good at his job that you are mesmerized to follow his every move.

Jesus is that model.  He is the good guy who attracts and amazes the crowd.  The problem is that people don't know the historical Jesus and his amazing responsibility in history.  Not only that, but this Jesus is alive and still doing things worthy of a hero.  Ponder this, if Jesus could bring you on the same life changing adventure that The Doctor could, would you consider it?

But maybe this is just all a coincidence.

Wait a minute, The Doctor has a name that no one knows (except River Song).

Revelations 19:12 "His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself."

I'm an allegory?

I need to leave the room.

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