8 comments on ““The Matrix” Reconsidered

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  2. Nice review, Nate. This is one of my favorite original movies. You pointed out some things that I hadn’t caught before. I ave to agree with you concept of the W-brothers. I don’t think they intended to do one religion at all. I’ve always felt like they tried to make it more “non-denominational” and non-religion specific. More of a few hints of several “religions” all incorporated together; the concept that as long as you believe in something, you’re good.

    • Tres, I don’t think the W Bros. intended The Matrix to be non-denominational, etc. From what I’ve gathered they resent this movie being considered Christian and have said it was never their intention, etc. and then proclaimed their next film will in no way be considered spiritual or Christian, etc. and that film was “V for Vendetta”, but little did they know V for Vendetta also had a strong Christian and spiritual theme. Whether the W Bros. want to acknowledge or accept it or not, God works thru their movies. The Bible says God can “speak thru a donkey” if He wants; for some reason God wants to speak thru their movies and He does just that. Even the “Cloud Atlas” film they did trying to promote reincarnation and atheism, etc. had some Christian themes. At least to me they felt like a Christian theme. I think mostly on the slave story and Hugo Weaving’s monologue at the end.

  3. Thanks for the comment, Tres.

    Yeah, I see a parallel to what the Wachowskis have done with their movie and everyday religious appropriation. How many people do you meet at work (or wherever) that are very eager to say, “I’m a Christian!” only to characterize it as something different from its biblical meaning? I meet a lot of these kinds of people where I live! This is the problem of an, arguably, postmodern society. People strip away the truth content of an idea and fill it up with whatever they want it to mean. I think this is why the contemporary Christian’s evangelism requires us to keep correcting and return to the original, biblical understanding of Jesus and His message.

    I’m glad you liked the post, Tres!

    • I remember a few years back I used to say the same thing you did; “that i meet a lot of people who say they are Christians, but are not living the life”, etc. I would tell them that if they weren’t living the life they weren’t really true Christians, etc.

      But now when I meet someone who claims to be Christian, even if it’s obvious they aren’t living the life, I am happy b/c at least they believe God exists and with that belief can you can make some serious progress with the right inspiration and motivation behind it. The Holy Spirit is what prompts change in a Christian’s heart, but is only able to work in a heart that believes and accepts the existance of God and sacrifice of Jesus and salvation and resurrection of the Holy Spirit, which is essentially the foundation of what being a “Christian” is; so in spite of a Christian’s actions if they have that belief that God is the Father and Jesus died for us, etc. then that is a canvas God can work on.

      The thing I encounter so frequently now on a regular basis are people who are atheist and deny the existance of God. The numbers are becoming greater and greater. The devil is decieving so many minds that he, nor God are real. THIS is the biggest opposition I run into and atheists are the most difficult people to have a discussion with about God and the kind of lives we’re supposed to live.

      So, point being, even if I run into a Christian who clearly needs to clean their lives up, at least they have that foundation belief in God and Jesus, etc. and can be inspired and motivated to make changes. It’s that belief that Christ died on the cross that sustains a Christian’s faith.

      • Yeah, great point, Gary! Thanks for that. You’re absolutely right. I remember when I first became a Christian the Lord immediately changed certain things in my heart such that I had no desire to commit some of the sins I was locked into; while, at the same time, I’m still struggling with sins going back to before I was a Christian (if I’m being perfectly honest). And each Christian’s struggles are palpable and extremely personal. I definitely appreciate that aspect of our walks with God. Our gauge is Christ and that level of perfection will never be achieved (at least on this side of reality).

        What I meant by people who claim to be Christian are not those who say one thing but don’t live the lifestyle. Who I’m referring to are those people that say they are Christian (or believe in Jesus) and then go on to describe beliefs that are entirely antithetical to the Gospel message. This clearly renders their self-designated Christian status suspect if not nonsensical. (Maybe I see this more where I’m at because I live in Las Vegas.) For example, I had a coworker I used to try to share with about the Lord and he used to say, “Oh yeah, I’m a Christian.” And then he explained to me that the Bible is not the word of God but actually the Book of Urantia is. If you know what the Book of Urantia is, you know no Christian (under any scenario) would believe such literature. But my co-worker is using all the right words, “God,” “Jesus,” “Christian,” etc. He’s just emptied them of their original meaning and filled them up with his own that directly contradict Christian teaching.

        It’s like Mormons (whom I seem to be interacting with more lately). They say, “Yeah, we believe Heavenly Father is God and Jesus Christ is His son,” which sounds good at first blush until you realize their referring to a physical person (that used to be a human being) married to a heavenly mother living somewhere in outer space. I’m not sure I would say in these instances that these people are Christian or have a foundation upon which the Holy Spirit can work. So I’m defining Christian here in the sense that someone accepts the Gospel message (and/or Christian doctrine) as characterized by Scripture. Not someone who might not be “walking” as I think he should. Shoot, I could never say anything about someone else’s walk without being the biggest hypocrite.

        I don’t reveal my assessments of the people I’ve just described out loud (obviously that would be rude) but I do think it’s fair to assess the accuracy of someone’s self-identification in so far as we can shape our conversations about the Lord with them. And that’s really what this is all about: participating in the Holy Spirit’s work of salvation in an individual so he can repent and put his trust in Jesus.

        Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify, Gary! And thanks again for the comment.

  4. This is a pretty good write-up. I do like “The Matrix” a lot, but admit that I get lost at times. I need to watch it a couple more times. I have the DVD, but don’t think I’ve actually watched it all-the-way-through since I saw it at the theater; only bits and pieces. One of these days I need to watch it all the way through and try to absorb more of it.

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