The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?


3. TRAINING: Conscription, Concepts, and Conditioning

3e. What is The Matrix?

M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels


M. Morpheus takes Neo through a simulation of a city street, telling Neo about the people still in the Matrix.
S. God trains a Christian how to operate in the world but not be like the world.
M. Morpheus said earlier that the Matrix is "control".
S. Unbelievers are slaves to Satan's manipulation, the fallen world system, and sin.
M. Morpheus said earlier that "as long as the Matrix exists, the human race will never be free."
S. One day, the fallen world system and sin will be destroyed as God creates a new heaven, new earth, and perfected bodies for those who believed in Christ.
M. Morpheus says, "The Matrix is a system".
S. Scripture describes the fallen world as not merely the physical planet, but a sin-twisted system of godlessness that permeates everything. Government, business, education, entertainment, commerce, philosophy - all of it. It is not the world system as God would have designed it; it is instead the corrupt world system formed and run by fallen man and the devil.
M. Morpheus says, "That system [the Matrix] is our enemy."
S. God has condemned the corrupt world system. "Now judgment is upon this world..." (John 12:31).
M. As Neo looks around, Morpheus points out "businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters."
S. It is not just the blatant sinner who is lost - the criminal, the whore, etc. Every person is born a sinner, meaning those in all walks of life, including respectable positions. Social position means nothing in regard to spiritual position.
M. Morpheus says that the people Neo sees all around are the very "people we are trying to save."
S. "Save" is a key word. The Christian must realize that all who have not trusted in Christ are lost, imprisoned in the 'Matrix' of the fallen world and personal sin, and are headed for destruction unless they are saved by an act of faith in Christ.
M. Morpheus says that until people are saved from the Matrix, they are "still part of that system, and that makes them our enemy." Morpheus will later say, "If you are not one of us, you are one of them." There is no neutral ground; there are those that are either freed from the Matrix or still captive within it.
S. "Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." (James 4:4). A Christian must understand that God has condemned the corrupt world system, therefore those who embrace it oppose the God who condemns it. But, like Morpheus and Neo who are there to save those very 'enemies', a Christian must also love the lost - even his most spiteful enemies - and work among them to lead them to salvation from the world and sin through faith in Christ. And as Morpheus said, there are only two types of people: Those who are saved, and those who are not.
M. Morpheus warns, "Most of these people are not ready to be unplugged." It will take time to convince them.
S. A Christian cannot force salvation upon someone. The lost person must be convicted in his own heart and come to a personal conclusion that he needs to be saved. But just as Morpheus confirmed to Neo that there was "something wrong" with the world and offered to show Neo what it was and how to escape it, a Christian must patiently plant seeds of truth at every opportunity, always leading toward the light and warning of the darkness.
M. Earlier, Morpheus said, "We never free a mind once it reaches a certain age…the mind has trouble letting go."
S. Older people often have trouble finding the childlike faith necessary to simply receive the gift of salvation in Christ. Jesus said, "whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all." (Mark 10:14). Evangelical statistics confirm that the older a person becomes, the less likely he or she will be to change spiritual beliefs.
M. Morpheus tells Neo that "Many of [the people in the Matrix] are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it."
S. This is the great tragedy, that many people do not desire the truth. Many prefer the pleasures of sin and the comforts of the world. "And this is the judgment - that the Light [Jesus] is come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil" (John 3:19; John 9:5). Others want to find security in temporary things and do not want to consider eternity. Still others do not want to face a truth that is uncomfortable for them, because truth demands that a person admit his sickness (sin) and thus his need for a cure (faith in Christ).
M. When Morpheus tells Tank to "Freeze it", notice that every person in the scene is wearing black.
S. This visual metaphor emphasizes the dark, sinful state of the lost people in the world.
M. Later, when running from the sentinels ("squiddies"), Trinity tells Neo, "The sewers are all that is left of [the cities]."
S. This is an interesting parallel of the continual decline of the fallen world system into utter godless depravity - a decline of all civilization into spiritual sewage.
M. Agent Smith will later describe the Matrix to Morpheus by saying, "Have you ever…marveled at…its genius? Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious."
S. Most people in the world are completely unfocused on eternity. This is largely due to unbelief, which allows Satan and his demons (like the Agents who control the Matrix) to continually "blind the minds of the unbelieving" (2 Corinthians 4:4) about their dire eternal condition, keeping them wrapped up in busy little temporary lives.
M. As a side note about the Matrix, Agent Smith will later say that the "first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world," but that "no one would accept the program." Thus the second Matrix was full of misery and suffering.
S. This echoes the story in Genesis, where God created a perfect world for Adam and Eve, but they rebelled against God, which produced misery and suffering. (The analogy is imperfect in the film in that the evil Agents created both versions of the Matrix, whereas in scripture God created the world to be perfect, but man chose the evil that caused creation to become corrupted into the imperfect current world.)

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