A REVIEW: “The Life of Pie”

Western Hinduism comes off as never having any excrement in the bottom of the boat. Over two-hundred days and no excrement in the bottom of the boat. In western Hinduism, everyone is re-incarnated as a swashbuckler, Ballerina or Captain of a tall masted ship but this is not true in a cast world of the Brahman and Dahlit. There is excrement in the bottom of the boat.

I went to see the movie last night. It is a masterful job of story telling and cinematography (I have never seen a film as well done). And there is some truth in the film, like when the father says something like this to Picine, “You must decide on something. Pick any of the religions, I don’t care but you can’t believe them all for when you do, you believe NOTHING.” This is truth accurately spoken.

The problem with Religious Pluralism is that it only benefits Hinduism as Hinduism requires no particular belief. In fact, in Hinduism, the only wrong belief is to believe that there is “right belief (Orthodoxy).” This sort of view never elevates religion but only demeans it by saying believe whatever you like, in the end, it doesn’t matter. This is what many people maintain. Faith is simply a matter of subjective opinion. At the end of the movie we see the message that they want you to take home. Movies are not values free unless it is a mindless comedy like The Three Stooges or Charlie Chaplin . There is an agenda to have you believe something.

The final statement tells what we have sat for more than two hours to hear. Pi tells the Japanese investigators two stories, both are untrue. One is the fantasy of his experience and the other is what the insurance adjusters want to hear. Neither story has any merit in reality. At the end Pi looks at the author (Yann Martel) and asks a question that begs a Hindu answer, “Which story do you like the best?” Essentially, Martel answers, “The one with the Tiger ( Richard Parker)” Mr. Patel responds with, “And so it is with God.” I know I am paraphrasing but you (I hope) get the idea. It doesn’t matter which story you take for yourself (Voodoo, Mormonism, Scientology, Ekankar). Any story will do. With God there is no one story – only the one you like the best. At the end, God is so magnanimous as to shrug His shoulders and turn a blind eye to stupidity or ignorance.

This is not what Jesus taught or the Apostles believed. Let’s quit playing games here. Everyone wants to include Jesus as one of many “Ascended Masters” but then do not care a lick about the things he taught.

Hinduism, Islam and Judaism want Christians to throw away their Bibles – our only source for knowing anything about Jesus. All religions will allow Jesus to be anything he likes as longs as he is not God incarnate (Emmanuel, God with us).

Biblical Judaism and Christianity rejects this idea completely. There is a right and wrong story and if you get the story wrong you are in serious trouble. Jesus was not in the least magnanimous. He called the Pharisees, “Blind leaders of the blind. Both shall stumble and fall into the ditch”

In the Old Testament, statements like the following are everywhere, “The Lord said to Moses.” “The Lord spoke unto Abraham, saying.” Either God did or He didn’t. The Bible story doesn’t allow for wiggle room. It emphatically claims truth by describing the ULTIMATE of both LIFE and ETERNITY, humanities Origins, Identity, Meaning, Morality and Destiny.

Christianity doesn’t not gloss over excrement in the bottom of the boat.


2 Responses to “A REVIEW: “The Life of Pie””

  1. March 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Thank you very much for your movie review. Based on your post, our family has decided not to see it.

    • March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks for writing. It may be worthwhile to take the family and then discuss what they saw (or didn’t see) after viewing the film. This might provide a teaching moment whereby you can explain the incredible difference between what we and other faith systems believe.

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