I'm still back to thinking Richard is either God or represents an Archangel, and Jacob represents another Archangel, while MIB represents either
Lucifer or one of his ranking demons.
I think both Jacob and MIB have the ability to project "ghosts"...so it will be difficult to tell the source of ghosts in past episodes....(good
ghost or bad ghost)...who then advised our main characters to do some action.
MIB's reference to "wanting to go home" is, I believe, the desire of a fallen angel wanting to return to Heaven. Now, I don't think the writers,
etc, are going the traditional "Christian" route, but are instead, leaving the themes present, without naming a particular religion in particular. I
think this makes the island kind of a spiritual "testing ground" for lack of a better explanation... Jacob believes man is ultimately good, MIB
believes man is ultimately evil. Perhaps by proving Jacob wrong, MIB believes he will get to go home?
My idea is that throughout time, both parties have brought or convinced people to come to the island, and the Losties represent the last group of
"participants" in the grand test between the two entities.
For the above poster, I get it...you hate Kate...
Thing is, she's hot, so isn't really going anywhere anytime soon probably...hehe... Her
character though, is a study in redemption, just as many others are (Jack and Sawyer, for example)...which is pretty much likely to be the central
theme of the entire show..."Does man deserve redemption?"
My real mystery is the folks (Others) at the temple. My guess is that they were all brought to the island in the past, and before the Dharma guys.
Some may be from the Black Rock, others from the military that brought Jughead, etc. One guess is that they (including the Losties) don't age while
on the island (but do while off of it). This lack of aging may explain the fertility issues (hard for the fetus to grow if it doesn't age). It may
also be why the producers needed to get Walt off the island quick (his real life aging would have been at odds with this part of the mythology).
So many mysteries, so little time. Next week's episode looks good....