Kingdom of Heaven: Was Balian of Ibelin a Reformed? (2)

In my opinion, the movie brings up an important point to ponder: the kingdom of heaven. What is actually the kingdom of heaven? What is the nature of it? The theme kingdom of heaven actually appears throughout the movie. Underlying Balian’s journey to and adventure in the Holy City was his journey in understanding the actual nature of the kingdom of heaven. His idea of the kingdom of heaven is gradually shaped by his father, his friends, and by his own bearing upon his shoulders the defending of Jerusalem.

Two quotes appear as the most outstanding ones to represent the movie’s evolving idea of the kingdom of heaven. The first is what Godfrey of Ibelin says:

“A new world. A better world than has ever been seen. There you are not what you are born but what you have it in yourself to be. A kingdom of concious, peace instead of war, love instead of hate. That is what lies at the end of Crusade.”

The second is what Balian says himself in the latter part of the movie. He finally arrives at the conclusion that the kingdom of heaven is not a physical kingdom, but is in the heart and mind of the Christian. It is a spiritual kingdom, rather than a physical one. He also sees himself not as one defending the cities, but as one who will fight and surrender his life to protect the people. So it is also a social kingdom, rather than physical.

to be continued …


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