According to Pulp Fiction, recent pop culture causes its followers to seek pride, which causes decay into prisoners of the sin media celebrates. Romans 8:22 describes it as, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Commands against pride are described further via parable in Luke 18:9-14; two men, a tax collector and a pharisee, speak to God. The pharisee prays, “Thank you I’m better than the tax collector next to me.” The tax collector prays, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The tax collector goes home justified before God. The concept of trying to survive a prideful media-controlled nation falls on deaf ears of everyone in this movie but has a clear impact on Jules. Before making a kill, he says a stylized version of Ezekiel 25:17 in his attempts to be a shepherd to evil men:
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers, and you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee!”
As Jules tries to shepherd the chaos, stuff goes completely absurd beyond exaggeration. The weirdness starts with a deceptively normal couple at a restaurant, who call themselves “Pumpkin” and “Honey Bunny.” Their conversation gives a defense for why it’s ideal to rob a restaurant, because it’s unexpected. Then in the very next conversation, Vincent talks about how different European fast food is compared to American. This unexpected shifting of social familiarity continues all throughout the feature, starting when Jules implements this international trivia into his way of dominating Brett as they obtain Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase from him. Throughout the rest of the three stories, it only gets more bonkers:
- Two well-groomed guys wearing black suits have guns.
- Those same guys for some reason wear sweat shorts and college t-shirts later that same day.
- A woman gets revived from cocaine overdose by a needle to the heart.
- A boxer unknowingly murders his opponent.
- A female taxi driver wants to know what it feels like to kill a man.
- Underneath a mundane shop rests a torture chamber.
- A man’s brains explode inside the car of a typical street.
Don’t think that this is anything secular, because the Bible packs a punch of weirder stuff… to prepare for prophesying upon Israel, Ezekiel eats bread cooked over cow poop! (Ezekiel 4:9-17) There’s also the Benjamite Ehud (Judges 3), who uses his left hand to kill Eglon king of Moab, then “the dung came out.” This smell of excrement causes the guards outside the throne room to think Eglon is on the toilet, so decide to wait before entering the doors to check on their king, giving Ehud enough escape time. Yeah, the Bible is weirder than Sunday School, even weirder than anything Quentin Tarantino could dish up!
His movie doesn’t get truly spiritual however until the final story, when “Divine Intervention” presumedly blocks bullets from striking Jules and Vincent. Except those holes in wall were already there before the other guy fired the gun, Jules just wrongly believed it meant God protected them. Jules also seems to go through a baptism ritual when he and Vincent get the blood washed off themselves after the “Bonnie Situation.” While Vincent is pained by the water, Jules thinks it’s refreshing. (Psalm 75:8, Matthew 26:27-28, 1 John 1:7)
Jules’ redemption for Christ is taken a step further when he says he keeps his tongue away from filthy animals like pigs, which connects to Leviticus 11:27 pronouncing pigs as impure. It reflects a transition out of the old covenant laws (eating clean and prophesying with death on the mind) into the new covenant. This begs the viewer to question whether living a life for crime is worth it. It’s made clear that these criminals are living out of suffering, especially Marsellus Wallace, who must live through racism every day until he’s ultimately imprisoned and raped by a White man. (2 Corinthians 1:6)
One could easily label Pulp Fiction as a gross abuse of borderline NC-17 content, but Tarantino’s works share a common theme: Pride only hurts. We would be better off watching attacks on the bloody heart of humanity than to let cheap PureFlix originals falsely teach that the world is a kind, welcoming place. This popular crime movie understands how much outlaws truly suffer for where their pride thrives; as they all are put through tests to see whether they will leave their ugly lifestyles and turn to God; it’s clear everyone in this film failed His test except for maybe Jules. Though God always guarantees every sinner will find his/her comeuppance before death comes.
Have a great week, and happy watching, God bless!