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Does John Locke on Lost island represent GOD or Jesus ?

By Edited Jan 11, 2014 0 2

John Locke has always been one of the more popular and enigmatic characters on the television show Lost and the subject of much discussion and controversy regarding his role on the island. Many viewers find parallels that indicate he is the Son of God – Jesus. Perhaps the real question is bigger. Is John Locke actually GOD?



He seems to possess eternal life. It appeared Jacob did, too, but was killed by Locke. Maybe Jacob wasn't as benevolent as he seemed. Locke rose from the dead after being pushed out the window by this father. The "new" John Locke also rose from the dead like Jesus, but can also take on the appearance of the "smoke monster" which can draw a parallel to the Holy Spirit. He also has followers and those that would denounce him...again drawing parallels to Jesus. Finally, he is a timeless being able to control bodies and destinies like God. Rather than just being Jesus, he actually seems to embody the Holy Trinity.

John Locke - Who is he?

Richard, who is also seemingly ageless, could be one of his angels. He is an eternal soldier of light that oversees the lesser beings and nudges them towards the right path. Jacob lured the passengers of Oceanic to the island with subtle manipulation and with possible evil intent. It is unknown what his real motives are.

Does the Island represent the Garden of Eden really? If so, why would Locke be trying to escape and lead others away? Maybe it is because this is the only way He can gain a better toehold in the real world. Maybe the Garden of Eden is meant to only be a temporary stopping point for man and they must prove the ability to overcome struggles and adversity if they really want to make it to a higher place – Heaven. The island is elusive to those who seek it for harmful purposes. Only the righteous can find it and find the salvation it brings which puts them on the path to Heaven as shown by John Locke.

As the final season of Lost comes to a close, perhaps these parallels will become clearer and the personalities of the remaining survivors will take on more Biblical traits (i.e. Claire as Mary). No matter what, Locke will remain one of the most mysterious and multi-faceted characters to hit the small screen in years. It may be years before another series is so able to interweave religion, fantasy, science fiction and drama in such a compelling way. Long live Locke and long live Lost.



Sep 15, 2010 6:29pm
Interesting article! John Locke is such a great character, and I think they did mean for us to wonder about parallels like this, especially with the Last Supper promo ads. Ultimately, I'd say he was too confused and messed up to really be representative of God, but somebody sincerely seeking God? Definitely.
Aug 10, 2011 10:49am
Couldn't John Locke's character be a play on words (and ideas of reality and consciousness) of his name sake John Locke (29 August 1632 13 28 October 1704) the philosopher? From Wikipedia - "Locke's theory of mind is often cited as the origin of modern conceptions of identity and the self, figuring prominently in the work of later philosophers such as Hume, Rousseau and Kant. Locke was the first to define the self through a continuity of consciousness. He postulated that the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa. Contrary to pre-existing Cartesian philosophy, he maintained that we are born without innate ideas, and that knowledge is instead determined only by experience derived from sense perception." In the make-believe, impossible to follow world of "Lost" physics as we understand it on planet earth do not work the same. So John Locke the t.v. show character is always finding the empiricism of Lost's world without preconceived ideas, consequently exploring spiritual principles, which is something that John Locke the philosopher also reasoned about.
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