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> Study > 83: the Lost Chapter and God Theory
Chapter 83 did never come out from Japan, and it was originally published on Young Animal (the famous magazine where Berserk chapters are published before becoming tankobon). It is definitely a very particular chapter and it is indeed enlightening about the idea of God expressed in Berserk. Also, it can be used to explain why Miura used terms like Apostles or God Hand to refer to something demonic or anyways belonging to evil forces.
The original chapter 83 is made up of 17 pages, where Grifis has a direct contact with God itself, a God extremely different from what the religion ( any religion ) expresses, and very different from the idea any man of faith has about it. Miura immediately points out one important element: God can exist, but why such an immense, powerful creature has to be necessary good too? Why the compassion? Why does our conception of perfection include things like being good? The God Miura introduces is not something like what we think God should be: it is a God created by the constant seek for knowledge that lies within every man. Because men are fragile, insecure, we use to ask ourselves questions and we need to believe in something strong, something that cannot collapse, something solid, to keep living without sinking into the fear. God is created from this necessity of stability, it exists because men wanted it to exist, and because we actually needed it to exist. The fact that this God is in the end an evil God is kind of logic: it has been created by men and by our weaknesses, so this Being has to be made by the deepest and the most true elements that form men, our natural impulses, our true form, which isn’t of course something close to “being good” and stuff like that, but it is mostly focused on the “being better than the others”, on a continuous attempt to prevail on other people, on our will to be superior, to be the best, to beat, to win, to possess. We are exactly the denial of all the elements and the characteristics that form our moral. God is Evil because man is evil, his nature is evil. Morality has been created later on, it doesn’t belong to human’s nature. For these reasons, words like “Apostles” or “God Hand” do have sense. It’s like thinking about the christian meaning of these words and turning it around to discover its dark side.
The God Miura talks about in this chapter has an extremely old origin, and it rules on the flow of times, drawing the destiny of every single man, leading the events in the way he desires them to go. It is obviously a fatalistic vision, we are talking about a destiny led by some supernatural force that goes beyond the human will.
Actually, this can be considered the main theme of the whole manga: Gatsu himself is a perfect example of human opposition against a law written by the destiny, he represents the force that can change everything.

It is Skullknight the one who tells Gatsu that, even if it swims, a fish will always remain into the flow of a river. Anyways that fish, swimming, will still be able to move its surface.


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