How Does Christianity Play In Philomena

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Christianity plays a significant role in the movie Philomena directed by Stephen Frears. In the film, Philomena breaks fifty years of silence by confessing the tragic truth about the time when her son, Anthony, was taken from her unexpectedly. Martin Sixsmith is a journalist and another key character in the film, who assists Philomena in finding her son. They both work collaboratively and go on a journey where they discover the true meaning of forgiveness. Although they may not necessarily share the same beliefs, they teach one another significant life lessons about Christianity, which is truly inspiring. Forgiveness is the key theme that is present throughout the entire movie. Philomena is a moving and enriching film that effectively portrays…show more content…
Forgiveness not only affects the kind of person she is, but also to those around her. Her accepting and loving spirit is inspiring to others. She demonstrates peace and tranquility rather than hostility. Philomena’s forgiveness is eye opening to others in the film because they realize the importance of letting things go and forgiving those who have done wrong. There are many parables in the Bible that display the importance of forgiveness. For example, in Matthew 18:21-35 in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Peter asked, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times? Jesus answered, ‘I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.’” This demonstrates the need for ongoing forgiveness. The Parable of the Prodigal Son also exemplifies the necessity and importance of forgiveness. In this story, the father willingly accepts his son back into his home after he had been irresponsible. The son who had always been loyal to his father became angry when his older brother returned. He resented that there was such a big celebration over his homecoming. In response, his father stated in 15:29-32, “My son you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been

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