Survey of Biblical Literature
November 21, 2008
The Relation of The Matrix to The Bible
For you to really understand the relation between the Bible and The Matrix you must first understand the story and theory that goes along with them.
The Bible is broken into two sections, Old Testament, and New Testament. The Old Testament is what the Jews believe to have happened; it’s their accounts of their history and of their God; it’s the events before Christ’s coming. The New Testament is the accounts of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection and His revelation. The orthodox Jews do not believe in Christ as Lord God like Christians do; they are still waiting for their Messiah to come. But Christians believe in both Old and New Testaments and their prophecies and revelations. The importance of this is that The Matrix refers to Old and New Testament facts throughout the film and uses them to drive their story of Neo being the ‘savior’, or “the one”, thus correlating him to Jesus.
The film is about a futuristic world where the enslavement of the human race lives for the sole purpose of keeping the machines alive (ironically created by the humans). The Matrix is basically a computer program controlled by the machines, to which the humans are connected to through their brain, to give a sense of reality. But in actuality it is not even real and we are used for our energy as a power source, or batteries to the machines.
How the Matrix paralleled itself to the Bible can be seen many times throughout this film. One example is that they talk about the prophecy of the One who will be the salvation of them all. This can be seen in the Old Testament where God told about the coming of the Messiah. Neo’s name in the Matrix is Thomas Anderson and can be related to 'doubting Thomas' in the bible when he doesn't believe that he is the One. Early on in the film when Neo has to decide whether to find out the truth of...