The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?


3. TRAINING: Conscription, Concepts, and Conditioning

3f. The Enemy

M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels


M. There are enemies in the Matrix. In the real world, they are nightmarish machines, but they are represented digitally in the Matrix simulation as humanoid 'Agents'. These Agents, like Neo, are not part of the Matrix either; they are from 'outside' it, yet can enter it and move powerfully through it. The Agents have two goals: (1) keep the citizens enslaved in the Matrix so that they can continue to drain their lives in the machine 'power plant', and (2) eliminate anyone who tries to disrupt the Matrix to save humanity.
S. Christians have supernatural enemies also – Satan and his demons. (Ephesians 6:12). These wicked forces work within the world system, wanting all humans to stay in deception and thus be forever separated from God. They "blind the minds of the unbelieving" (2 Corinthians 4:4) and fight against anyone trying to reveal the truth to the lost.
M. In the training simulation, Neo watches a seductive lady in a red dress walk by. Morpheus asks Neo, "Were you listening to me, Neo, or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?" Morpheus tells Neo to "look again" – and Neo sees that the lady in red has been replaced by an Agent pointing a gun right between Neo's eyes. Morpheus freezes the scene to explain Agents to Neo.
S. One of the main weapons against a Christian is temptation, like the seductive woman in red. Morpheus can represent God in this sequence. "Christian, are you listening to God? Or are you focused on temptation?" When a Christian gives in to temptation, he is vulnerable and finds that beneath the deceptive attraction is sin and Satan who wish to destroy his life - a bullet between the eyes, so to speak. Speaking directly of lust, Proverbs 7:25 warns, "Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways...her house is a highway to the grave...". We will also see Cypher yield to the meaty temptations of the enemy, including riches, fame, or as Agent Smith says, "whatever you want".
Neo learns that there are two ways of attacking him: Straightforwardly (such as Agent Smith's physical assault in the subway or in the Metacortex office) and deceptively (with temptation, illusion, etc.).
M. Morpheus teaches Neo that "if you are not one of us, you are one of them. ...Anyone we haven't unplugged is potentially an Agent", because an Agent can "move in and out" of anyone still hooked up to the Matrix. Thus, Agents are "everyone" and "no one."
S. Those who have not believed in Christ are spiritually vulnerable to Satan and his demons. In addition to blinding and deceiving a lost person, demons can also manipulate them - even possess them directly in the physical world. Thus demons can be everyone [inhabit any lost person] and no one [they are not of this world nor the people in it].
M. Morpheus tells Neo that "every single man or woman...who has fought an Agent has died. ...Men have emptied entire clips at them and hit nothing but air."
S. This emphasizes the spiritual nature of the battle. You can't shoot bullets at a spirit. It is also interesting that Satan is called the "prince of the power of the air" in Ephesians 2:2. To fight spiritual enemies and their effects with natural abilities is hopeless, for demons are super-natural in power. A Christian must use the spiritual weapons given by God (the Spirit of God, prayer, the Word of God, faith, truth, love, righteousness in Christ, etc.)
M. Morpheus tells Neo that the Agents have strength and speed that "are still based in a world that is built on rules. Because of that, they will never be as strong or as fast as you can be."
S. Satan and demons are limited in power; God has ordained their boundaries. The Christian is indwelt by the Spirit of Almighty God, who has no boundaries. The Christian must realize that "greater is He [God] who is in you than he [Satan] who is in the world" (I John 4:4b).
M. Neo asks, "Are you trying to tell me that I can dodge bullets?" Morpheus smiles and says, "No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready - you won't have to!"
S. Neo speaks about two things: Dodging a physical attack (bullets) and about warring defensively (dodging vs. attacking). A Christian must learn that the true nature of the battle is not physical, but spiritual. A Christian must also learn that victory does not consist of dodging or evasion, but of overcoming!

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