I Know Kung Fu

It’s my opinion that “The Matrix” is the greatest religious film ever made, because it conveys the central truths that are found in every major religion in the world;  that there is another dimension of life that we are separated from but desperately seek, that there is power to meet our inmost needs, that such power is obtained by belief, that there is a war going on between those who would have us experience this new life and those that would have us remain as we are, and that there is One who is like us but is also more, and he has come to show us the way. Religions provide:

1. Hope for the present.
2. The promise of life after death
3. The belief in something bigger than ourselves
4. The idea that there is meaning and order to existence.

I would propose that believing that these things are possible is somehow necessary; there would have never been a purpose to invent them otherwise. The question is: are they true? And the answer is: no one knows. No one can conclusively prove or disprove the existence of God, or anything about him. And, that, I believe, is completely intentional. Whether religion is a cunningly constructed device designed by humans to control the masses or if it represents a divine plan, it absolutely requires a number of elements that must be accepted on faith.

The reasons for this are not clear to me. Perhaps it is some kind of test from the Almighty. Perhaps He requires some type of sacrifice of intellect, to accept things as true which are not provable. If we saw God just hanging out in the sky every day, looking down on us, it would cause us to believe, and probably obey, but it wouldn’t carry the same weight as if we believed and obeyed when He might not be real.

The Bible makes it pretty clear that faith is required of us:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, and this through faith. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9. Logical reasoning is a “work.” 

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Christianity isn’t something that you prove to atheists with logic and empirical evidence, despite the many books being published on the subject (Evidence That Demands a Verdict, The Case for Christ.) The reason is twofold: God commands us to be saved by faith, not human effort, and if we depend on history, archeology, paleontology, or even just good old reasoning, what happens to our faith when we run into someone with a better argument? It crumbles. If you read books other than those found at your local Bible book store, you will run into arguments that are more logical than Christianity. You’ll be forced to deny what reason tells you.

In The Matrix, Neo visits the Oracle, where he encounters children who are trying to bend spoons with their minds. One of them says to him, “Don’t try to use your mind to bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, tell yourself: ‘There is no spoon.’”

Christians need to stop trying to “bend the spoon” of logic and accept that there isn’t a spoon. 

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