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The Matrix As an Allegory of Christ

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THE MATRIX AS AN ALLEGORY OF CHRIST "All I am offering is the truth." Is he the one? Is Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, the savior? Could he be the messiah sent to save humanity from imprisonment? "The Matrix" is an allegory. Many of the characters represent the biblical story of God sending a savior, Jesus Christ, to free people from their imprisonment. Early in the movie the intent to set the story up to symbolize Jesus' mission to earth is established. A person comes to Neo's door seeking something. When Neo is able to give the man what he wants, the response is, "You're my savior, man. My own personal Jesus Christ." Neo is the Christ-figure. The one question the other characters in the movie repeatedly ask is if Neo is 'the one.' The question we must ask is how closely does the character, Neo, follow Jesus Christ's own life. How does Neo's tale parallel the truth of Jesus Christ and where does "The Matrix" artfully stray? The characters in "The Matrix," from Trinity, Cypher, to Apoc all want to know if Neo is 'the one.' Is he the one that their leader, Morpheus, has been telling them must come? The small band of freedom fighters all have their questions, doubts, and hopes about the answer to this vital question. When they see Neo perform things faster and better than they have seen anyone else, their hopes are that Neo is the savior. ...read more.

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Jesus referred to God as his father and the Bible says, "For this reason the Jews tried to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God" (John 5:17-18). This is an example where Jesus could have clarified the situation quite easily if he didn't believe that he was God's chosen one. It was apparent what his opponents were upset about and Jesus could have elected to say, "Hold on here. Big misunderstanding. You thought I was claiming to be equal to God? Noooo. No. You got it all wrong. I never claimed that." But look it up! Jesus didn't say that at all. In fact, Jesus continued to talk about "My Father" and goes on for some length about how Jesus himself is the giver of eternal life. It is safe to say that Jesus never was a victim of an identity crisis. In fact if "The Matrix" had chosen to strike more closely to the real story, the movie would have had Morpheus begin to doubt that Neo was the chosen one. What I mean is that John the Baptist began to have doubts about Jesus. Why? Because John himself, expected that the messiah would be more politically active than Jesus was. John the Baptist's expectations of Jesus were different from the reality of Jesus' actions. ...read more.

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The difference in the story here is that Jesus is aware of the one who will betray him. Neither Morpheus nor Neo is prepared for Cypher's actions. Neo is caught completely by surprise. Jesus predicts Judas' betrayal. He knows exactly what is going on (John 13:18-30). Neo is 'resurrected.' There is a point in the movie that it appears Neo is dead. All is lost. But Neo comes to life again. With renewed determination he crushes Agent Smith as well as the other agents. Jesus is resurrected. Only Jesus' death was not momentary. He was in the grave (a tomb) for a period covering three days. On the third day he was raised from the dead (First Corinthians 15:4). Jesus Christ was raised to a new body. It is a resurrection body, which cannot be destroyed. But like Neo, Jesus will destroy the evil one. The Bible says, "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet" (Romans 16:20). This is truth. Jesus Christ was sent by God to rescue humanity from the prison of sin and death. His sacrificial death on a cross frees all those who will accept that Jesus is their savior. Receive that as truth and you are given the right to become born of God (John 1:18). As Jesus says, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31). "All I am offering is the truth." The choice is yours. ...read more.

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