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“The Hunger Games” EXPOSED

on March 23, 2012

 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.

On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” ~2nd Corinthians 10:4

The popular fiction book, “The Hunger Games” has been made into a movie and will be released in theaters on March 23, 2012. It is the first movie of a trilogy. The other two movies to follow are, “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”. Before we proceed, let’s review (what I call) a “red flag word/phrase.” The name of the second movie is what? Catching Fire?! Does that bring any imagery or thoughts of Hell to mind? We must be very sensitive to these “red flag” words and/or phrases.

In The Hunger Games, we find there are two major themes – rebellion and murder. The storyline is that the post-Apocalyptic Capitol (formerly North America) holds an annual televised event called “The Hunger Games.” Each district must draw the names of a boy and girl between the ages of 12 and 18. There were originally 13 districts before the Capitol destroyed one, leaving 12. Biblically, the number 13 represents rebellion; so we find the theme of rebellion still being evoked ever-so subtly. Altogether, there are 24 youths chosen to become contestants (called “tributes”). They must fight to the death in a vast arena. The lone survivor returns home to wealth and fame.

Let’s stop for a moment and review some significant “red flag” symbolism and counterfeit “spin-offs” from scripture. First off, we find that the 13 districts (13 representing rebellion) dwindled down to 12. Is there any significance in the number 12? In scripture, we find there are 12 tribes of Israel (God’s chosen) and 12 disciples of Jesus who were chosen by Jesus. It appears these 12 boys and 12 girls are the “chosen ones” much like a disciple would be chosen by Jesus; only these 12 boys and 12 girls are chosen for evil – to kill others for wealth, and fame. The number 12 also represents government – so the subtle symbolism is there, since it is the government (Capitol) who have The Hunger Games. It is not coincidence that these references match up; this often happens when something is counterfeit for the truth. The devil is sly and clever; so he will make the counterfeit look genuine. He will make something horribly bad look good and noble. Many admire the character Katniss for taking her sister’s place. “How sweet,” the movie-watchers will say, “She’s so good.” Once they see her as “good” then they can be introduced to other evils and accept them easily. As we continue, we find there are 24 “tributes” chosen for the games. Let’s review the number 24… is that number of any significance? In scripture, the number 24 represents a higher form of Heavenly government and worship. Think of the 24 elders in Heaven who worship God. Revelation 4:4 declares, “Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.” There is also other symbolism present in the movie such as the mockingjay pin worn by Katniss. It is said to be a hybrid bird that represents rebellion.

The author, Suzanne Collins, admits that the books were partly inspired by the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Anytime you read about Greek mythology, you will find it is inundated with false gods, goddesses, evil, and idol worship. So, for this to be her inspiration seems to further validate the point that it is not written to glorify God. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I [the Lord God] am holy’” 1st Peter 1:16. Also, 1st Corinthians 10:31 states, “… do all to the glory of God.”  

Authors Stephen King and Stephanie Meyer are among many that sing the praises for The Hunger Games trilogy. However, it’s like the old saying goes, “Consider the source.” King as well as Meyer are known for writing dark novels. Other reviewers are noting that the trilogy is dark, mad, and twisted; yet, they still give it 4-star reviews! Remember, “Birds of a feather flock together.” The influence of evil will always confuse bad for good. Romans 1:25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie…”

In the storyline, the fictional President Snow defends the games by saying, “Freedom has a cost,” and that its winners are reminders of the government’s “victory and forgiveness.” He makes it clear he believes that “a little hope is effective; a lot of hope is dangerous.” Now, wait a minute. The cost of freedom is children being sacrificed to death for the government’s “victory and forgiveness”?! Are you kidding me?! Jesus is the only One who was worthy to purchase our freedom, victory, and forgiveness. Although The Hunger Games is fictional, it has some very sacrilegious statements. Also, the President Snow states that “a lot of hope is dangerous” – reminds me of how false this statement is. We have amazing hope in Christ and it isn’t the least bit dangerous. In fact, hope is all that keeps us going many times! Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Why would we want to watch a movie that teaches “hope is dangerous”?

Near the end of the movie, there are only 2 “tributes” (contestants) left – Peeta and his crush, Katniss. At the last moment, a voice announces that the rules have changed and only one of them can survive. Only one contestant can win, meaning the tributes (friends, Peeta and Katniss) must fight each other to the death. Peeta and Katniss threaten to eat poisonous berries simultaneously and die together. The Gamemakers, knowing a double suicide will be an unsatisfying conclusion for the audience, quickly uphold their earlier ruling. Suicide as a solution is being taught in this movie. With cutting, self-harm, drug/alcohol abuse, and depression at an all-time high, how is it okay to show suicide as a solution? These subliminal messages go into the hearts and minds, and are directly inspired by Satan. We find in Matthew 4 that Satan tempted Jesus with suicide when he tempted him to jump off the highest point of the temple; however, Jesus resisted Satan. But, will weaker ones have the strength to resist Satan when he constantly and falsely puts suicide in front of them as a solution to a problem?

There are many other evil symbols, themes, counterfeits, and influences contained in The Hunger Games trilogy which we have not covered – such as Katniss calling the woods her “savior” and devoting her Sundays to hunting in them; or the hauntingly close parallel to the Capitol arena mimicking the Roman Coliseum where many Christians endured cruel deaths. But, suffice it to say that this movie is hardly suitable for Christians to watch (or anybody else, for that matter).

A review of the movie by editor Douglas Wilson says: “Suppose the Capitol bad guys had decided to set up a different required sin in their games. Suppose it were the Rape Games instead. Suppose that the person who made it through the games without being raped was the feted winner. Anybody here think that this series would be the bestselling phenomenon that this one is? In short, when you have the privilege of setting up all the circumstances artificially, in order to give your protagonist no real choice about whether to sin or not, it is a pretty safe bet that a whole lot of people in a relativistic country, including the Christians in it unfortunately, won’t notice.”

In closing, I like what one mom wrote. She said, “Allowing a child to feed on something like this is just downright irresponsible! Parents don’t think for a moment that you will draw your child closer to Christ when they have been enveloped by the madness of books like this.”

Sources:

credenda.org

wikipedia.com

biblos.com

focusonthefamily.com

crosswalk.com

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19 responses to ““The Hunger Games” EXPOSED

  1. Sheila says:

    I think we know now practicing evil has a cost.
    This movie is evil and it seems the assistant directors kid was affected by this movie as well.
    When children are slaying children in cold blood I don’t find this a good or beneficial storyline to put out in society.
    This movie IS pure evil (anyone who cant see that is blinded by the devil) and I believe when we practice evil or are involved/intertwined with evil there is always a price to pay.
    This director may have just payed with his sons life and the lives of others without knowing what he was getting himself into.
    Very sad.

    • Thank you for your comment, as I was unaware of this (about the assistant director’s son). After reading articles about it, one said, “Some might think that because his father worked as an assistant director on The Hunger Games, which involves teens killing teens, that could have planted a seed in him to go on the rampage.” What will it take for people to stop supporting films like these? One Psychologist stated that he felt this movie “hard-wired” people’s brains with violence. The article I read stated that this young man had everything… a BMW, wealthy parents, a nice home. But, if the soul is at unrest and not right with God – mere “things” won’t help. It is truly a tragedy.

  2. Deanna says:

    I respectfully disagree with your opinion. I reasonably enjoyed the Hunger Games, and fail to see why they can be condemned on the amount of violence they contain – the Christian movie “The Passion” was R-rated for violence. One thing you seem to be doing is taking the quotes of President Snow and assuming people take him seriously – he’s the BAD guy; he’s supposed to be WRONG. The movie isn’t teaching that hope is dangerous; that’s the antagonists opinion. The Hunger Games arena isn’t shown to be a good place; it’s a representation of evil: it may be comparable to the ancient Roman arenas, but how that is relevant I fail to understand. And suicide may be a problem, but it wasn’t necessarily condoned. Katniss was taking a calculated risk: she was willing to bet her life on the fact that the game master(s) wouldn’t take the chance of NOT having a victor.
    I can understand your abhorrence of sacrifice, but the thing is, the story doesn’t condone this. In the Bible, Jacob commits adultery, and he’s supposed to be, more or less, a protagonist of sorts. But nobody says that the Bible gives people the impression they should be adulterous.
    (you are welcome to disagree with me, but it is extremely rude to start insinuating or saying outright that I’m not a ‘real Christian’. I disagree with you. Deal with it)

    • I do not expect every reader to agree with my convictions – but I do wish to clarify a few things. Firstly, you commented by saying, “I reasonably enjoyed the Hunger Games, and fail to see why they can be condemned on the amount of violence they contain – the Christian movie “The Passion” was R-rated for violence.” In reply, I will state that I did not solely condemn the movie for violence alone; although violent. More what I was condemning was the themes of rebellion and suicide. Secondly, I understand that President Snow was the “bad guy” – but I still do not like the statements he made. And the relevance of the Roman arena in the movie is that Christians used to be killed in such places. Thirdly, even though the Bible shares accounts of adultery, murder, etc. – it does not condone it nor promote it but teaches against it. Finally, I did not say or insinuate that anybody watching these movies were not “real Christians” – please let me know where, in this blog, I ever said that. You will find that I did not state that. I am merely trying to encourage those of us who are Christians to live a pure life and guard what we allow ourselves to watch, read, and/or allow into our hearts and minds.

      • Deanna says:

        (I didn’t mean that you said that anywhere, but sometimes when I disagree on certain topics such as this, I’m accused of that. It’s not you, just anyone who thinks that way)
        I am slightly confused on why you would condemn the book for themes of rebellion–I understand that such things can be dangerous, but it appears to me that rebelling against an evil government is justified. I don’t remember any particular instances of ‘negative’ rebellion–but them again, I haven’t read the series in a bit. Is there anything that I missed?
        Another thing that I’d like to point out is that, while certain numbers like 666 are usually obviously symbolic, numbers like 12 and 24 are relatively common. They could be purposefully put there to make a statement, but then again, they could just be numbers that fit the scenario.
        I do know that the Bible doesn’t condone violence or adultery, but I don’t think that the Hunger Games glorifies violence–it’s clearly shown that forcing to make children kill each other is not a good thing. One thing that is a legitimate concern is that Katniss did kill other children and some very impressionable people might get the idea that that is an okay thing to do. On other occasions that she uses violence it is working for the rebellion, trying to overthrow the Panem and President Snow. While violence is bad, it’s not humanly possible to overthrow a regime like his without resorting, at least partially, to some sort of violence.
        Suicide is also a negative factor, but it was only attempted once, and not for the reasons that it happens all over the country. Katniss didn’t even expect to die, so, while it is suicide of a sort, it’s not usually a kind that’s applicable in today’s society.
        I am, in fact, Christian. Just thought you should know.

        • @Deanna…Thanks for your reply. We may just have to agree to disagree on this book/movie. Even if suicide (in the movie) is attempted only once – all it takes is once for many to die by this means. Although the book/movie is fiction – I have spoken to an online friend of mine about this. She is now a Christian but was, unfortunately, raised in the occult. I will not give her name or information, but she confirmed my suspicion about this movie and it’s evil roots. She also stated that the 13 districts were not fiction, but real (in the unseen evil world in which WE live). Also, the assistant director’s son went on a killing spree and ultimately ended his own life by suicide. I’m sure that his desensitization to evil came by what he allowed himself to view and think upon. To each is own, but I feel it would be best if us Believers stayed out of questionable places where evil is, in a sense, glorified. May we live and make a difference in reality rather than viewing shady fictional movies and evil as our entertainment… that is my heart’s cry for all Believers. God bless you.

    • dnpcallaway says:

      Respectfully, I think the conversation in this thread provides great balance. I have read the books and I warn against reading them. Death is presented repeatedly as a viable solution to the problems the characters face. Katniss and Peeta’s double suicide attempt, (even as a calculated risk), presents suicide as an effective way of manipulating your situation. That idea is wrong and dangerous. At the end of Catching Fire, Katniss wishes for her own death several times, then plans to kill Peeta and Beetee to prevent what she thinks will happen to them. In Mockingjay, every soldier is issued a suicide capsule. Katniss sings a song whose chorus repeatedly asks “are you coming to the tree?” [to kill yourself]. Gale asks Katniss to kill him. Peeta asks to be killed. Katniss decides to kill herself, is prevented, and continues to attempt suicide for weeks. Please note, these are not the villains of the story. These are the heroes. The characters we are set up to admire and relate to. And they are all choosing death over life. These are not instances of laying down your llife for your friends, but of suicide to avoid anticipated pain. Isn’t that the temptation satan has been feeding mankind? Successfully?

      While Katniss attempts her suicide by willful starvation she says “The truth is, it benefits no one to live in a world where these things happen.”

      How many have or will cling to that statement and act on it? The truth is, it benefits no one to live in the dark despair Katniss shows us. There is hope for us in this world where horrible things happen, and we have that hope in Christ. 

      “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

      God causes even the horrible things to work for good.

      “…my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

      We have work to do for God. Our lives have a purpose.

      “Or do you not know …you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20)

      We belong to Christ, and He paid dearly to get us. We owe Him our lives and our obedience.

  3. jj says:

    many so called Christians won’t speak up ……..That’s in to word also.

    It is Called hiding your light under a basket.

    And trying to save your life /= skin = loosing your life Jesus said!

    evil dares to show its self every where………if you belong to Jesus the devil is afraid of you……
    If you don’t he is chasing you. because you are of the world –not of the Lord or in name only……
    choose this day whom you will serve. …….

  4. JJ says:

    “Lord help us in Jesus Name ‘ ” Every one- PRAY,pray and speak up ,speak up, speak up.do not worry who won’t like it!!! God called us all to speak up Eze33: chapter he holds all accountable. .Remember if God is for you who can be against YOU !
    BUT we must obey God SPEAK UP AND PRAY…………….

  5. TINA says:

    I have recently rededicated my life back to God; before I did, I was into all of the fantasy drama books and movies, so I’ve read the entire trilogy of The Hunger Games. I remember someone asked me how the books were. I remember plain as day saying, “It’s such a terrible story but it’s really good; I can’t put it down!” Looking back, I can’t believe that my eyes were SO blinded to just go ahead and read these books. It’s basically desensitizing the public to blood sacrifices of kids but people think, “oh it’s just a movie,” it’s not real. We really need to ask ourselves who in their right mind would write books and make movies about such horribly ungodly things. Exactly, people who DO NOT follow God.

  6. Kristyn says:

    Hi there! I only know you as @devine-designer on Polyvore, so I guess that’s what I’l call you. You doing a great work here! I too, have a christian blog and website for girls. It was just built a short time ago, and I can share in the appreciation of every article that is painstakingly written and then published. If you wish to view my blog, here is the link:

    http://www.upwardway101.blogspot.com/

    I would love to swap tips and such, if you’d enjoy that! Let me know, even if you need to send me a private message on Polyvore! LOL Have a great day in Christ! 🙂

  7. Kimberly Dunn says:

    We as Christians always have to remember, just because something is popular, doesn’t make it right. Usually the opposite is true in this fallen world. Sad to say, if something is popular, it is oftentimes contrary to how the Word of God tells us to be.

  8. Susan Dunn says:

    It’s high time that Christians stand for the truth. Doesn’t the world take a stand for untruth? Remember, it only took ONE woman who was working for satan, to be able to get prayer taken out of schools. Where were the Christians during all of this. UNITE CHRISTIANS and come out from among them!!!

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