THE FORCE AWAKENS

Blog: Max Dawson
December 14, 2015
A young boy from Tatooine sets out on an adventure with an old Jedi named Obi-Wan Kenobi as his mentor. The mission is to save Princess Leia from the ruthless Darth Vader. Add to this the fact that the Empire has built the Death Star which has the power to annihilate the entire galaxy. It must be destroyed.

It all happened “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

So begins the first of the original Star Wars trilogies. The year was 1977. I had picked up a St. Louis newspaper and was casually looking through it. I saw a small ad on the movie page. The movie was to be released the next week. It was “Star Wars.” I thought to myself, “This might be good.” I had no idea how good. Neither did anyone else. The first weekend box office sales barely reached the one million dollar mark. By the next weekend it had exploded and everyone knew about it.

The newest installment “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is expected to be the biggest movie of all time. Advance sales have already topped any other movie. The film makes its premier tonight in Los Angeles. It will be released around the world on Wednesday and shows in U.S. theaters on Friday. It’s expected popularity can be seen in the fact that some fans are already lining up at theaters now.

How much do you know about “The Force?” I remember in the spring of 1978, while the original movie was still playing in the theaters, newsstands were selling a little book for a dollar that explained The Force. It claimed that The Force was the same as the God of the Bible. By the time you got to the end of the booklet you were asked to “invite Jesus into your heart” and be saved by The Force.

The Force is not the God of the Bible. While there is a good side to this cosmic fantasy called “The Force,” there is also “the dark side.” The dark side is evil–pure evil! To somehow imagine that this is a fair representation of God shows how little people know of God.

I suppose I will see the movie at some point. I am a Star Wars fan. Always have been since it was released in 1977. I will see the new movie, but don’t look for me in a long line. (I have other forces at work in my life that would hinder that.)

A FINAL WORD

Unknown to most people is how Star Wars might be related to the ancient philosophy of Gnosticism.

Many of the Gnostics believed in a god with a dual nature–one side good and the other evil. This is similar to The Force of Star Wars. Gnostics believed that the good side created everything that is spirit and spiritual. The other side–the evil–created everything that was physical. Everything that could be seen, touched or tasted was necessarily evil. All physical things–including the human body–were evil.

This false philosophy even infiltrated the beliefs of some of the early Christians. Those who held this doctrine believed that the human body–the flesh–was sinful. This had all sorts of ramifications. The most serious was related to Jesus. If Jesus, then, had a fleshly body, He was evil. This created an obvious conflict with the fact that Jesus was to be Savior.

How did Gnostics deal with this problem? They denied that Jesus had come in the flesh. They insisted that His body was not real, but that it only appeared to be.

The Apostle John seems to have taken on the task of answering this false teaching. See John 1:1, 14. See also 1 John 1:1; 4:1-3. Finally, note 2 John 7. These texts all have to do with the truth that Jesus came in a fleshly body.

Go see the movie if you want. Enjoy it for what it is. Fantasy. The Force is not real. Neither is Chewbacca, Darth Vader or even Supreme Leader Snoke. Go. See it. After viewing come back to what is real. Got it?

You do know what is real, right?
–Max