This seems to happen often to me.
If I can’t relate something/someone to Pokemon, I can relate it to God, or His Word.
In the movie Robots, for instance, I realized it was almost a perfect Gospel allegory, in almost every way. Rodney, very much like Jesus, becomes unwelcome in his own hometown when all he’s doing is trying to help others with his calling of being an inventor– similar to Jesus being kicked out of Nazareth because of His miracles He performed to help others. Rodney then sets out for Robot City, just like Jesus, Who traversed much of His ministry to try to reach others.
Like Jesus was rejected from the one synagogue and by the Pharisees and teachers of the law, we see Rodney get unceremoniously rejected from the front desk of Bigwield Industries; it is later revealed that one of the main antagonists (and current owner of the company), Rachet, deliberately changed and manipulated the company’s philosophy, just as the Pharisees and teachers of the law did, to try and manipulate the people of Israel. In addition, Rachet is greatly influenced by his “mother,” Madame Gasket, to destroy Rodney, the primary, behind-the-scenes antagonist, as Jesus’s enemies were influenced by Satan to kill Him. Rachet also tries to sell “upgrades” that will supposedly make the other robots’ lives “better,” though this is revealed as a cover-up manipulation scheme, just like the the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to look good by ritual and tradition, and keep the people in line with “God’s” laws. While the primary difference between the Gospel and Robots is that Rodney never died to save his friends (they were all in it together; not to say that Rodney’s not a caring and selfless guy, though), Madame Gasket got hurled into a blazing furnace, just as Jesus will have Satan thrown into that brutal, fiery lake.
These aren’t the only parallels to the Good Book.
The main part that stuck out to me was Rodney, and his ability to both invent and fix. He made a little robot companion, Wonder-bot, all by himself, just as Jesus is a part of the Holy Trinity that created everything, including us. Rodney, after being rejected by Rachet and co., took matters into his own hands: gathering a rag-tag (literally) team of friends, he started FIXING robots who were broken down, literally falling apart. And, like Jesus performing miracles and healing (“fixing” ) people, this also got Rodney in trouble with the authorities, since his fixing abilities got him so well-known (and Rachet laughed at ). Jesus did that, and is doing that, too. He continues to work in our lives, even if we can’t actually SEE Him, fixing us up and making us whole once more. Any robot, no matter how bad a shape they were in, were each given a choice: to get fixed and support Rodney, or to be stubborn, and left to being dilapidated and rusty. In the movie, there were lines and lines of robots, just waiting to get fixed, just like there were massive crowds following Jesus, begging for Him to heal them or their loved ones.
But here’s the thing: Even though Jesus offers the same healing, both physical and spiritual, not everyone takes it. Don’t ask me why someone in a life-threatening condition would refuse either physical or spiritual medical attention, but people still do– and Jesus’s –and my– heart aches for them. They have eyes, but cannot see the truth so plainly in front of them, as broad as daylight; they have ears, and yet are deaf to the sweet music of Jesus’s voice. But Jesus’s offer still stands to this day, and all that turn over a new leaf and decide, yes…. I want healed. I want away from this horrible, rotting, perilous condition, will be granted not only healing but new life… Because Jesus’s power to heal is God’s. And God is the Ultimate Healer.
“See a need, fill a need.”– Robots
“And Jesus went all about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him– from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.” Matthew 4: 23-25, NKJV