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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Star Wars Theology

“Go, and may the Force be with you."




That line throughout the years has become one of the milestones of a time era. Not only does it mark a time period, it also stands as a beacon to the spiritual climate that the USA finds itself in. What am I talking about? Heh…Star Wars.

The way this post will be organized is this: first of all, I will make some claims; next, I will back them up(underneath each claim); and then thirdly, I will bring it all back to a Christian perspective.

Now, to get to those claims.



1.) Star Wars is a religious movie.

The theology has been called New Age, Eastern Mythology, Eastern Mysticism, among others. Call it what you will, but there are definite fundamental beliefs. I’ll get to those in a minute.

First let’s back up this outrageous claim. In an interview in TIME magazine George Lucas said, “With Star Wars I consciously set about to re-create myths and the classic mythological motifs.” And also, “I put the Force into the movie in order to try to awaken a certain kind of spirituality in young people—more a belief in God than a belief in any particular religious system.” Sound good? Let’s find out.



2.) Fundamental Beliefs in Star Wars.

Belief A.) God is not a personal God. God is merely some mysterious cosmic “Force”. To back this up, one only needs to watch the movies. Or the old ones, where Obi Won Kenobi introduces us to the Force. Everything in the universe, combined, is god. Look at it this way, God is the ocean, we’re all drops of water in that ocean. All of us together are God. The Jedi are those who have mastered the use of the Force, it flows through them. The Bible does not teach that there is a cosmic energy that flows through objects and individuals. Throughout their training, Jedi are taught to let go of the conscious mind and reach out with their feelings. (sounds a little bit like channeling to me…) Christians are taught to love God “with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). (As a side note: Some Christians have mistakenly equated the Force with the Holy Spirit, however there are a couple major differences. First, the Force is an impersonal being, whereas the Holy Spirit is not, he is a personal being, part of the Trinity, with a personality, intelligence and a will. Second, the Force is contained in the universe, or is made up of all living things in the universe. The Holy Spirit is not contained in the universe, but rather, played an active part in creating the universe out of nothing, and exists apart from all living things. And third, the Force can be manipulated by the Jedi to do their will. The Holy Spirit however does only the Father’s will, he cannot, and will not be manipulated.)



Belief B.) Emotions are more important than reason. To win life’s battles one must not think, one must only feel. And good will not win in the end, because good and evil are locked into an eternal battle of balance, or a perpetual war. However much good there is, there must be an equal amount of evil, to balance the good out. That’s not what my Bible tells me. Jesus said, “It is finished!” It’s over. Then He rose from the dead, conquering the grave and evil once and for all. My Bible says God is all powerful, that he created everything, even Satan, and can, and has, defeated him. The battles rage, but the war is over.

So now I’m left with a question: Should we as Christians spend our time, thinking on, being caught up in the Star Wars craze? Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t watch it, although you might think about what you’re supporting, but mainly, should we spend too much time thinking about something that is completely opposed to Christianity?



Until Christ returns, all glory and honor are His, now and into everlasting,


Marshall

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