Grading the teachers

Just how helpful are the lessons we learn in movies? We turn the tables on some iconic movie teachers and grade them on how well their wisdom stacks up against the teachings of Jesus.

Yoda (Star Wars)

Yoda's wisdom: ‘Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.'

In Jesus' words: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you... Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.' (John 14:27)

Both Jesus and Yoda teach the importance of maintaining a peaceful attitude to the world. A life consumed by fear or anger can prevent us from ever becoming the person God wishes us to be. However, we think Jesus would have had something to say to the Jedi Council about finding more compassionate ways of tackling its enemies than light sabers.

Grade: C

John Keating (Dead Poets Society)

John's wisdom: ‘Carpe Diem! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary.'

In Jesus' words: ‘Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.' (Matthew 20: 26-28)

Robin Williams' famous character urges his students to ‘suck the marrow' out of life. Jesus, too, urges his disciples to do great things in the name of God. The path Jesus calls them down, however, is not one we would normally consider ‘extraordinary'. He urges them to be humble servants, rather than great masters of the world.

Grade: A


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