HALLOWEEN 2014: BY CAROL STARKEY
If you’ve seen BBC’s Merlin, you know Morgana started off as an innocent girl. She had a power she didn’t understand, but she trusted the king’s doctor, Gaius, to help her. She befriended the young Merlin. She loved Prince Arthur like a brother. She befriended her maid, Guinevere. Morgana was kind and good.
As she grew older, though, the power within her grew until she began to suspect she had magic. King Uther had forbidden magic on pain of death. Unknown to Morgana, Merlin was a wizard and used his power secretly to help Arthur as well as keep the kingdom safe.
The main difference between Merlin and Morgana was where their hearts were. Merlin, knowing magic was punishable by death, accepted the law, using his powers for good, but making sure to keep them a secret. Morgana chafed against the law and eventually threw the weight of the law from her. Though she had the love of Uther, Gaius, Guinevere, Merlin, and many others, that love wasn’t good enough. She wanted magic to be accepted, acknowledged, even welcomed.
It’s true that Morgana could have done a lot of good had she been allowed to use her magic. Merlin certainly did, saving the prince’s life on more than one occasion and even keeping the kingdom safe. But it was difficult for him; he had to be sly while using it and lie to Uther and Arthur’s faces about magic. In the end, he assumed the guise of an old man to work his magic in a more accepted way, but even that backfired when the king died. In the end, though, it was Morgana’s own attitude that did her in. Merlin understood how she chafed against the laws of Camelot and tried to make her see that she could work within those laws. She wanted to do things her own way, though, and caused heartache for herself and the entire kingdom.
Morgana and Merlin are to me a picture of man with and without Christ. The same laws apply to both: don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie, be kind to others. But the unsaved person chafes against these laws. He thinks of himself first. He wants his own desires filled, often at the cost of other people’s happiness or well-being. He justifies his choices to himself, finding reasons to do what he wants.
The saved person, though, follows these laws with joy. Merlin only told Arthur at the end that he had magic. Though he would have liked for magic to be accepted, he knew the laws and obeyed them as much as he could. The Christian will still sin, but he will want to tell the truth, to put others first, to do what God asks of him. There are times he will be asked to sacrifice what he wants, and he will make that sacrifice gladly.
In the end, it was Morgana who lost. She lost out on having a loving father, a devoted brother, and a kingdom who accepted her as queen. She lost Merlin’s friendship. And in the end she lost everything. Merlin, in losing his life, wins. And in the end, it is the Christian who, giving his life, wins. He will be rewarded with eternal life with Christ. ☠
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carol Starkley lives in the beautiful state of Connecticut. She has a husband, three daughters and numerous pets. She works part-time while working and going to school. She loves to write, read, and take pictures of life around her. Her blog is updated infrequently, but she hopes to change that after she graduates. She’s a Christian, and hopes that ultimately her life will point to him. She also blogs.