Today, I re-watched the series finale of the great series Lost titled “The End.” I have to admit I cried watching it. It was so emotional and touching. Anyway, for a theological nerd like me, the series is full of theological metaphors. The final scene has Jack and the others involved in the jet crash reunite in a church. The windows have icons from all religions and ironically, Jack’s father, is named Christian Shepherd.
These characters have been in metaphorical Heaven and Hell together. Some have bad pasts they must atone for and do. Others explore science and faith on the island. It is Jack who, the true skeptic, finally accepts the truth at the end: they all died in the plane trash. The island was a place they somehow metaphysically created to work out their life issues together so that they could eventually move in to the next phase of existence: heaven or reincarnation. The show doesn’t give us that answer as no one really knows what happen or where we go when we die for a fact. Yes, we all have theories and speculations, and some have had near death experiences, such as myself.
However, I do believe the Roman Catholics are right about Purgatory: a state of limbo where we repent for our sins until we are able to go to Heaven. This is essentially what happens on the series Lost. Some find redemption sooner than later and leave the island, but when they arrive at the church: no time has passed there. As Jack discovers when he enters the church sanctuary, he sees all of his friends there, and they all talk and hug. Then, Jack’s father opens the door, and they see a great light, and move on… They are no longer lost, but found.