Last night, my husband and I had a date night. This included watching the new movie of Dune. Being late to the game, I knew next to nothing about the Dune series, had not see a trailer for the movie, and had no idea what I was in for.
One of the first aspects of the movie that became apparent to me was the Messianic narrative. (I'm not going to spoil things for anyone; this is just an aspect the movie that appears pretty quickly.) The Messianic narrative is also featured a great deal in the Harry Potter series, Star Wars, and The Matrix series.
That got me to thinking- how often is this particular narrative used? Frequently enough to appear in several major motion pictures in the modern era, at the least, and those are just the ones that came to mind!
In the world of religion and spirituality, and especially among those on the Christian path, there's a good bit of discussion about how old the Messianic narrative is. Did the particular stories that we attribute to Jesus of Nazareth exist in other world cultures and traditions? Were those stories simply added to the life of Jesus? How old is the narrative of the Messiah, really?
This topic can easily lead into a quagmire of sorts, the kind where people accept the evidence that backs up their own positions but dismiss contrary evidence for not fitting their preconceptions.
The Messiah narrative is perhaps an extension of the Journey of the Hero, and the Journey of the Hero may in turn be a mythologizing of battles and circumstances in which one person happened to get incredibly lucky and strike the right blow or figure out the best way to help a population in need.
So from one perspective, of course the Messiah narrative is older than Christianity and Judaism, but from another perspective, the concept that it is the soul of mankind that is being delivered may be quite a new thread.
Let us reflect on these things.