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The Matrix

Prepare the Way!

 Luke 3:1-6, the story of John the Baptist.


The Matrix is a complex film, with many religious undertones (both Christian and other).  While the movie is not a "modern day" version of the story of Christ, there are parallels between the Gospels and the film.  Below you will find just a few of these parallels.  During our Faith & Film evening, we paid special attention to the character of Morpheus as a John the Baptist figure:

Neo:           It's an honour to meet you.

Morpheus:  No, the honour is mine. 

This the conversation reminds us a little of the one between Jesus and John the Baptist:

John:    I baptise you with water...but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals....I need to be baptised my you, and do you come to me? 

Jesus:   Let is be so now... (Matthew 3:11, 14-15)


Thomas Anderson / Neo is paralleled with Christ is numerous ways:


Another parallel can be found with the character of Trinity.  Numerous indications tie her to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity:


Zion is the name of the last city of humans and, as Tank declare, "If the war was over tomorrow, Zion is where the party would be."  Similarly, Zion is another name for the heavenly Jerusalem, where Revelations declares "the party to be" at the end of time!  


The Oracle is a guide, one who helps people find their paths in life.  Potential saviours are presented to her for inspection and guidance.  She has been around for what seems like forever ("since the beginning of the resistance").  Like many ancient oracles associated with burned offerings, smell (the cookies) and smoke (the cigarette) are closely associated with the Oracle.  Similarly, soon after Jesus' birth he is brought to the temple to be presented to the Lord, as is custom.   There there is a man named Simeon and a prophet named Anna, both of whom seemed to have been there fore a very long time.  Both declare that Jesus was means for the salvation of God's people.


The Matrix itself can be seen as many things:


"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."



In The Matrix, Morpheus calls Thomas Anderson to be "the One," but he is not immediately ready to accept his calling.  During Advent, we are called to be ready for the coming of Christ into our world... something which happens not only at Christmas, but all year 'round.  Are you willing to accept this call, to make room for his coming?

To what are you personally called, but are reluctant to listen?



For more about the film, check out its entry at the Internet Movie Database.

For another look at the film in connection with the gospel, check out the entry at The Text This Week or at Hollywood Jesus.

Also, a simple look at spirituality and faith in The Matrix can be found in The Gospel Reloaded by Chris Seay and Greg Garrett.




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