The other night, David and I watched the movie “City of Angels” with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan. Nicholas played an angel named Seth who escorted people to heaven when it was their time to go. Meg played a heart surgeon, Maggie, who had just lost a patient. This is how Seth first sees Maggie. And falls in love with her.
Come to find out that angels are able to “fall,” or become mortal if they want to. And Seth wants to once he falls in love with Maggie. Somehow, I think because he wants her to, Maggie is able to see and talk to Seth, thus they are able to form a relationship. And Maggie also has a heart patient who is a former angel, but now lives a gluttonous and irreverent life filled with earthly pleasures, but no sense of God. He’s the one that lets Seth know that he can be with Maggie on earth.
How sad I thought this movie was. It seemed apparent that no God-fearing person worked on this film. I don’t see how they could. It’s preposterous to think that any angel now would want to “fall.” They’d surely remember what happened to Lucifer. Or maybe I’m wrong. I’ve never studied it theologically. Maybe more demons are created every day from the ranks of fallen angels.
One of the premises of the movie was that things on earth are so much brighter and clearer when you’re no longer an angelic being. To really experience beauty and love on earth, you need to be human. While I agree that earth has much beauty for humans to enjoy, the idea that earthly beauty is better than heavenly beauty is just flat out wrong. To be in the presence of God and walk on streets of gold, to have no more pain or suffering, to know fully just as we are fully known; that will be paradise.
Spoiler alert: if you want to see this movie, don’t read this next line, because I’m giving away the ending.
Maggie dies in the end. Just a day after Seth makes his choice to “fall,” Maggie gets killed in a bike versus logging truck accident. Seth is devastated. But as he’s talking to one of his angel friends, he says, in effect, I’d rather have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
Human love is so much less vital and pure and fulfilling than the love of God. How an angel, who has spent time in the presence of God, could think less is, again, preposterous.
So, needless to say, I don’t recommend this movie. It shows us nothing of the true character of God. I’m very grateful that, though I am loved by people on this earth and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation as much as the next person, I know without a doubt that the best is yet to come. For eternity.