The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?

B. THE PARABLE

1. TRACKING: Confusion, Contact, and Conviction

1d. Interrogation

KEY:
M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels

 

M. As Agent Smith lectures Thomas, he flips through a record of Thomas' crimes.
S. Smith is like Satan, who will always be called the 'accuser'. (Revelation 12:9-12).
M. Agent Smith tells Thomas three distinct lies (see below) during the interrogation scene.
S. Satan is the 'father of lies' (John 8:44).
M. Lie #1: Agent Smith indicates that Thomas' illusionary Matrix life is reality – having a job, paying taxes, helping the landlady. In contrast, Smith tells Thomas that his other (hacker) life is "lived in computers", which is an interesting twist of words! In truth, it is Thomas' illusionary life in the Matrix - his job, taxes, and landlady – that is "lived in computers" that generate the Matrix simulation! The real life that Thomas will live as Neo outside the Matrix is NOT lived "in computers".
S. Satan's lie is a complete reversal of truth. He lies that this tangible earthly life is all there is, that it is substantial, and that the spiritual things are silly myth that we should stop seeking.
M. Lie #2: Smith says, "One of these lives [a life of lies inside the Matrix] has a [good] future, and one of them [a life of truth outside the Matrix] does not."
S. This is another direct reversal. Truth gives eternal life - a good future. Believing lies results in eternal death.
M. Lie #3: Agent Smith describes Morpheus as a 'dangerous man', a 'criminal' who must be brought to 'justice'. In truth, Morpheus is a good man – so good that he is willing to lay down his own life to allow Neo to escape the Agents in the wet-wall scene.
S. Satan again reverses roles, portraying himself as good and God as evil. Many people fall for this lie. For example, many see Satan as noble liberator in the garden of Eden but judge God as a stingy jailer – instead of seeing God as providing an idyllic environment, while selfish man just had to have one more tree despite the abundant orchards! Man, imitating Satan, said "I will be like God" and rebelled against his benevolent Creator – a Creator Who in turn humbly took the form of a man to be crucified for the willful sins of His own creation so that a way of redemption could be open to all by simply trusting the Rescuer. To regard Someone as 'evil' who dies on your behalf is the height of deception.
M. Thomas demands a phone call. Agent Smith in turn demonstrates his total power over Thomas by literally sealing his mouth, or 'shutting him up'.
S. Who would Thomas have called anyway? He did not know Morpheus' number, and no fellow enslaved human could have helped him. Smith's power over Thomas represents Satan's natural dominion over the sinner. A lost man is utterly powerless to overcome Satan with natural strength, willpower, and abilities. Satan's goal is to mute the lost man through intimidation and power so that he will fear attempting to cry out to God. From another angle, "scripture has shut up all men under sin," exposing our sinful ways so that we would agree that we need God's salvation. (Galatians 3:22).
M. Agent Smith implants his nightmarish tracer 'bug' into Thomas.
S. A lost man's awareness of his problem grows once more – he now clearly sees he is infected with sin, just like Satan. The sinner cannot escape his own sin; it is internal and must be removed by Someone else.
M. Agent Smith tells Thomas, "You're going to help us – whether you want to or not."
S. The sinner finds again that he has no neutral position – he belongs to the enemy by default. Man is infected with sin, just like Satan. In the eyes of God, a sinner's eternal destiny is the same, from the curious agnostic down to the most ardent Satanist. If the plane is going to crash, the doctor near the window dies just as fiery a death as the rapist in the aisle seat. We are all born into slavery of sin; the only way out is through faith in Christ.

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