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The Matrix Neo Represents an Average Christian
by Patrick Roberts
01/01/08
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Many Christians jump at the chance to equate Neo (Keanu Reeves) with Christ because he died and rose again and then went on to spread the word about gaining freedom from the Matrix. This is appropriate because he is prophesied as "the One," or as a messiah figure. However, the course of Neo's life also resembles the life of an average Christian. It might be more useful to view his life in this way.

All Christ-followers die and rise again in Christ. This is the method by which we leave behind our former slavery to sin. Therefore, in Christ we are all liberated from many of the "laws" that restrict the greater majority of mankind. It is He who frees our minds.

Neo resembles spiritually reborn people more than Christ because he wasn't sure of who he was until he had a break-through. He stepped beyond his sluggish doubt into a freer quality of thinking. He began to grasp an empowering balance of both letting go and taking responsibility for himself. This is what coming of age in Christ resembles.

Plus Neo was plugged into the Matrix for a while. He needed to be freed. He was so engrained in the Matrix that it was risky to unplug him. But Christ was never a victim of sin or any form of worldliness. Christ was never plugged into the Matrix of this world... this is why He was sufficient as a sacrifice for mankind's sin.

All in all, the Matrix is an excellent illustration of "seeing things for what they really are." This is what Jesus teaches His followers. Spiritual realities drive physical realities. God's kingdom is strategically subtle but, to God's children, it is more real than any reality that our fleshly senses can detect.

Christ unplugs our minds from the slavery to sin into which all people are born. Apart from Him we cannot think straight. Apart from Him we can think only of survival, gravity, working and dieing. Following Him is a crazy ride. It's a struggle. But life is a struggle in any case, right? Christ is the One who injects meaning into our struggles.

Patrick is an average Christ-seeker. His goal is to turn people to Jesus Christ. www.KoGmedia.com, www.BooksByPatrick.com

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Christopher Jenyns 16 Apr 2009
My gut says the matrix creates a bigger problem than it answers, viz., how can doubting so much (that reality is real - sic) be reconciled with doing so little about doubt (Neo dies, WT? And? We have Jesus but?)? You may say "this is a witnessing tool" but I know a man whose father clings insanely to the paranoia of this film - that helps no one and is very, very sad. We are required to be critical, I feel that may be all we ultimately get from the Matrix. Personally, I am waiting for the film that explains how humanity goes on to create the life Jesus wanted _inside_ the matrix... for truly, that is where love lies.




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