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The connection between the Jedi Order in Star Wars and Christianity

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The connection between the Jedi Order in Star Wars and Christianity For thirty-one years, the Star Wars franchise has brought people infinite hours of entertainment with: movies, video games, comic books, toys, and non-fiction books. However, one recurrent theme that is constant throughout the movies and books is a belief in a higher power. In Star Wars, the Jedi and the Sith believed in the Force. The Jedi believe in using their faith in the Force for the greater good. Most of their belief structure is closely based on some aspects of early and modern Christianity. One Jedi aspect that is closely tied to early Christianity is the rule of two. In the fictionally adaptation of George Lucas's Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace, the Jedi Grand Master Yoda states, "Always two there are....a master and an apprentice" (Brooks 320). Master Yoda is referring to the order of the Sith, but the same reference can also be made about the Jedi. ...read more.

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The disciples went and preached peace to everyone, "They sent demons packing, they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits" (Qtd in Peterson 1835). The Jedi did not heal people, but they did bring messages of peace. Two Jedi played a instrumental role in the blockade of Naboo (plant) placed by the Trade Federation, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi faced a Sith apprentice name Darth Maul. Darth Maul killed Qui-Gon during the battle, but Obi-Wan was successful in slicing Darth Maul in half; this could be compared to the disciples casting out demons. In the book of Luke 11:14, "Jesus delivered a man from a demon that had kept him speechless. The demon gone, the man started talking a blue streak, talking the crowd by complete surprise" (Qtd in Peterson 1891). However, the greatest relationship between the Jedi Order and Christianity is the belief in a higher power. ...read more.

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course of action, and the accurate path to walk down to complete its will; much like God will reveal to us what the accurate path for us is to complete his will. Both the Jedi and Christians are showing an immeasurable amount of faith (trust) in their particular higher power. The Force (and a Lightsaber) is a Jedi's most powerful ally; this can equally be said regarding Jesus with Christianity. The Force and Christ are one in the same, Dick Staub referrers to God as the "Lord of the Force" (Staub 5). Now, Christ doesn't grant us the power to move objects just by raising our hand like the Force does, but Christ does bestow clairvoyance to us. Psalms 119:35 sates, "Guide me down the road of your commandments" (Qtd in Peterson 1052). Psalms 119:105 states, "By your words, I can see where I'm going, they throw a beam of light on my path" (Qtd in Peterson 1056). So, that we recognize the correct path to walk down. ...read more.

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