The Bible vs. The Matrix
The Matrix is a current movie and the Bible is a piece of inspired literature that has withstood scrutiny throughout the ages. The Matrix has many biblical themes and it parallels the Bible in numerous ways. Let me briefly explain a simplified plot of The Matrix. The story centers around a computer-generated world that has been created to hide the truth from humans. In this world people are kept in slavery without their knowledge. This world is designed to simulate the peak of human civilization which had been destroyed by nuclear war. The majority of the world's population is oblivious to the fact that their world is digital rather than real, and they continue living out their daily lives without questioning their reality. The main character, Neo, is a matrix-bound human who knows that something is not right with the world he lives in, and is eager to learn the truth. He is offered the truth from a character named Morpheus, who proclaims that Neo is “the One” (chosen one) who will eventually destroy the Matrix, thereby setting the humans “free.” For this to happen, Neo must first overcome the Sentient Program agents who can jump into anyone's digital body. They are the Gate Keepers and hold the keys to The Matrix. Our other work for comparison is the Bible. Briefly summarized, the Bible’s message is truth about this world we live in. We are told our world is controlled by evil powers in high, spiritual places; “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). However, the earth and the universe were created by God; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The world system was created by man, but inspired by Satan; “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). This world is full of deception and contains every imaginable lie in the form of philosophies and religions, but persecutes the truth. The people who trust in the world are not willing to be “unplugged” in order to see the truth, and the truth is revealed to those who are searching for it. Most people live out their daily lives oblivious to the fact that there is a God, and that He created a perfect world called heaven. The Bible tells us that we cannot love the world and love God at the same time, so we all have a choice. Do we want the truth or do we want to continue living a lie? In the Gospel, we find that the main character is God and that Jesus is the son of God who came into this world and altered this reality with countless miracles. He is the chosen one from God. He came to free man from bondage to sin, and slavery to this world, and ultimately to deliver us out of this present darkness and into His glorious light. To analyze the parallels, we will begin with the main characters of the Matrix. Each one represents a character in The Bible. •
Morpheus represents John the Baptist whose mission was to proclaim the "chosen one." •
Neo represents the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Oracle represents a prophet.
The Sentient Program agents, or gatekeepers, are like the demons that hold the keys to our world. They have the ability to jump into people and use them at will, just like Satan’s demons can enter people who are open to them. •
Cypher represents Judas Iscariot. He was a human who was possessed by an agent and chose to go back into the Matrix and betray his friends. He was promised wealth and a measure of fame; instead he was killed. The name may be derived from Caiphus the high priest blamed by history for manipulating Pontious Pilate to kill Christ. It could also be a play on the word “Lucifer.” Judas, betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, but later committed suicide so didn’t get to enjoy the...
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