We live in heretical times. Gone are the peaceful biblical days when you could trust your neighbors and closest friends not to betray you. Today, in our time, a father is not even allowed to physically punish his daughter for sleeping with another man out of wedlock. Sin is allowed to go unpunished. These same daughters, allowed to run free without fear of their fathers clenched fist, move quickly into darker pursuits. To Hollywood, where they pose for revolting magazines that depict their most private parts for any pervert across America with $7.99 to spare, and ten minutes to sin. I think that America has lost its way. The youth of today have forgotten to look to the Good Book for answers, and refuse to embrace traditional family values of male dominated patriarchy. However, all of these personal problems aside, I am optimistic about the future of America's Christian spirituality. Both, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings have given me hope for the future re-embracement of Christianity in America.
Star Wars, premiered in 1977, with sequels and prequels to follow, and is surely the basis for the recent movie and book, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Both stories star Christ-like figures in Luke Skywalker and Frodo Baggins. Both are people who appear normal, who we soon discover are special, designed by a higher power to lead us along the right path. In LOTR there is a ring of immense and dangerous power. This ring derives its power from the evil of mankind, and needs a great person to destroy it. Frodo Baggins is "the chosen one", forced to cast the ring into Mount Doom and save humanity. After being betrayed by all his friends, Frodo must carry the burden himself, and in the end against all odds, succeeds in his quest. However, his sacrifice eventually destroys him, and he dies for the ring's destruction. The Christian beliefs inherent in the story are obvious. Jesus was betrayed by his disciples, just as Frodo is. In a parallel with the burden of his ring, Jesus must carry his own cross for his crucifixion, with the "burden of mankind" upon his back. Once he has carried the cross long enough, Jesus is crucified upon it; like the journey to dispose of the ring, Frodo and Jesus both die for the "sins of man".
In Star Wars Luke Skywalker must fight the temptations from the "dark side" in order to save humanity from the clutches of the Emperor, Dark Vader, and evil monsters like Java the Hutt. Vader wants to turn Luke's power to the dark side, by tempting him to unleash his anger and hate. Luke almost fails, marked by his robotic hand that mirrors Dark Vader's own machine like, unnatural, and therefore un-Godly body. In the final showdown against evil, Luke rejects the dark side, prompting even the coldest of hearts in Vader to warm to the virtues of good and purity.
Again, the parallels with Christian teaching are apparent. Jesus too was tempted by evil, but rejected it, choosing the right path even though it meant for a difficult conclusion. The Christian belief that salvation is always possible is evident in the spiritual saving of Vader; a Hitlerian character. Jesus, forgave the criminals being crucified beside him on the cross. They like Vader, were assured to be going to heaven, even though their lives had been spotted by evil ways. As long as you repent, you are saved, truths that the Bible and Star Wars both convey. Once Luke has become a Jedi, and is one with the "Force", or Christianity, his love for Leia, which is initially sexual, abates into a true brotherly love. If young people of today embraced the true path with Christian teaching, their sexual behavior would be correctly modified as Luke's was, and become pure in nature. They would surely listen to their father's orders to never have premarital sex or orgies.
In the Phantom Menace surely the best Star Wars movie of them all, a lesson in traditional family values is presented. A young Dark Vader: Anikan Skywalker, is brought up by a single mother. This innocent child, unable to develop adequate family values without a father, turns to the "dark side" to solve his problems. This rise and fall of Anikan mirrors the Biblical recording of Lucifer and his long fall from Grace to Hell. In today's world, children of single mothers, "fall from Grace", and move to the "dark side" by using drugs, cursing, making pornography in the garage, and engaging in interracial dating and sex. But wait you say, didn't I say I was an optimist? Yes I am, because these values have survived to today, and are currently laying dormant in stories such as LOTR and Star Wars. Obviously these works of art have borrowed from Christian truths which Lucas has deftly rewritten into something the heretical mainstream can embrace without acknowledging them as religious in nature. The main demographic that enjoys these movies are often described as being "nerds", or "dorks" who run websites like http://www.slashdot.org/. These "nerds" are highly educated people, who have been brainwashed by a liberal arts education into thinking that Christianity is a farce.
However, the fact that these people enjoy movies and books that obviously reinforce and uphold Christian values, means that their need for religious values still exist. They have been taught that religion is fake, but deep down they need to believe in something, and latch onto these works to placate the void in their hearts that a liberal arts education has created. I am convinced that if these values can still exist, Christianity will make a glorious comeback. As the current values of sexual freedom and female power turn back on their creators, as we have seen with AIDS and feminism, Christianity will be there for people to re-embrace. Since the values of Christianity have been preserved in popular culture, the transition will be smooth and peaceful. Any dissenters could be easily suppressed by new pro-Christian laws that a Republican controlled Congress could easily enact. Christian's must remember this come election time; we must vote for the future of America and the morally corrupt sons and daughters everywhere, especially for those somewhere in Hollywood.
The fact that in LOTR, Star Wars, and the Bible, good pervades over evil, lifts my heart in these personally dark times, and gives me a renewed hope for the future of Christianity of America. The current fever over Attack of the Clones proves my point; people are desperate for a morality lecture, eventually Christianity will be reinstated as the teacher, and no doubt help make the world a better place.
10. There is actually a ‘Star Wars Christian Fan Fiction Project’:
See http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Keep/1133/fanfic/ “God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away”
THE CHRISTIAN LOBBY THAT EXPOSES THE HIDDEN DANGERS IN ‘STAR WARS’
1. Searching for Faith in “the Force”a review by Robert Velarde of Dick Staub’s [see above] Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters(Jossey-Bass, 2005)- by the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE P.O. Box 8500, Charlotte, NC 28271 www.equip.orgChristian Research Journal, volume 28, number 6 (2005).
Ever since the first Star Wars film appeared on the silver screen in 1977, Christians have had justifiably uneasy reactions to the blockbuster series. George Lucas, creator of the series, once said, “I remember when I was 10 years old, I asked my mother, ‘If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?’ I’ve been pondering that question ever since, and the conclusion I’ve come to is that all religions are true.”(Bill Moyers, “Of Myth and Men,” Time, April 26, 1999)
This perspective hardly coincides with Christ’s words, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Lucas instead consciously draws upon the ideas of various individuals (e.g., Joseph Campbell), mythologies, and religions. The result is that the Star Wars films are infused with a spiritual syncretism that includes elements of Gnosticism*, Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, dualism, pantheism, and more. *see pages 32-35
The philosophical and theological underpinnings of the Star Wars series, including the permeating energy Lucas calls “the Force,” have little to do with orthodox Christianity, and in some ways are antagonistic to it. It is somewhat surprising then to see Dick Staub’s book Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters attempt to glean Christian wisdom from the films. Staub, host of the radio program The Dick Staub Show, attempts to incorporate elements of the Star Wars films into his Christian reflections and advice. Readers who seek a critique of Star Wars will need to look elsewhere.
Each short chapter (41 in all) begins with a quotation from a Star Wars film and a quotation from the Bible. Too often, though, the juxtaposition of quotations is awkward and the relationship between them seems contrived. A chapter on meditation, for example, opens with a quote from Yoda, which reads, “Concentrate.…Feel the Force flow” (p. 59), followed by Psalm 77: 6: “I commune with my heart in the night; I meditate and search my spirit” (NRSV). Another chapter quotes Qui-Gon Jinn: “Make an analysis of this blood sample I’m sending you” (159). This is followed by Ephesians 2: 13, which speaks of the “blood of Christ.” Some will also find the quotes from other non-Christian thinkers, such as Buddha and Lao-Tzu, out of place as sources of Christian wisdom. …In chapter 2, Staub also refers to Christianity as “mythology” (10). Perhaps the greatest shortcoming of Staub’s bookis its failure to draw clear distinctions between the predominant worldview of Star Wars (pantheism) and that of Christian theism. The repeated use of the phrase “The Lord of the Force” in reference to the God of the Bible, for example, is confusing, since “the Force” is impersonal, but God is personal, and “the Force” has a light side and a dark side, but God does not. There are elements of Christian wisdom in Star Wars, but not to the extent Staub indicates, and certainly not at its core.
2. STAR WARS AND SOCIAL CHANGE by Berit Kjos June 12, 2005
http://www.newswithviews.com/BeritKjos/kjos43.htm and http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/star-wars.htm
“‘Twenty eight years is an enormous period of time for one work to play such a big role in culture and society,’ said Robert Solar, author of Movie-Made America. The series, which thus far has earned a staggering $4.3 billion, changed forever the ways movies are made and marketed," Bruce Newman, ‘An Epic's Global Impact’.
"Lighten up!" people tell us. "Don't take everything so seriously! After all, it's just entertainment! We know the difference between good and evil."
This argument may sound reasonable, but it's based on feelings and fantasy, not on facts and reality. Studies have shown that today's popular entertainment -- what some call edu-tainment -- is more effective than textbooks in changing a person's beliefs and values. That's why change agents in schools and organizations prefer to use shocking stories rather than traditional textbooks to teach new values and attitudes.
For more than three decades, George Lucas has been re-shaping the world's view of reality through his amazing stories.
Few individuals have done more to fuel the postmodern shift from what UN leader Brock Chisholm called ‘poisonous certainties’ to spiritual speculations that twist all of God's promises. Not only did Lucas turn "movies into... a global commodity," , he has altered the ways even "Christians" view God and His creation.
Yet, the main issue here is not Mr. Lucas' personal beliefs. Far more important are the "take-home" images and suggestions that shape the thoughts of his fans. One such suggestion came from the mouth of Obi-Wan, one of the most honorable Jedis. "Only a Sith deals in absolutes," he told Anakin. The apparent implication? Since absolutes belong on the evil side, those who deal in absolutes must be enemies of the "good" side. So might Lucas equate evil with Christians who trust in God's absolute truth and values? Maybe.
Similar assumption and perceptions are now broadly discussed and embraced by Star Wars fans around the world.
A Google search for "George Lucas" brings up over 4 million links. No wonder Christian truth and Star Wars myths mingle together until it's hard to tell them apart. Even Christianity Today blends those two opposites into a tempting new twist on truth. In a troubling interview with Dick Staub, it tells us that "Christianity is the prevailing myth of Western culture and Star Wars is a prevailing myth of our popular culture."
But God's Word is not a myth! His unchanging Truth points to actual reality - the opposite of fantasy! In fact, God warns us that "the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn their ears away from the truth, and will turn aside to myths." [2 Timothy 4: 2-4] By minimizing the persuasive power of myth, we open our minds to subtle distortions of truth. To guard against both subtle and obvious suggestions, those who have watched the Star Wars movies might ask themselves these questions: What kind of mythical universe do the movies (and games) promote? What occult notions and suggestions fill the viewer's imagination? How do the Star Wars themes and values clash with Biblical beliefs and values? And most important, what kind of "god" does he plant in receptive hearts?
2.1. The beliefs behind the Force.
In an interview with Wired titled “Life After Darth” George Lucas shared his view of the Force. The interview began with a conversation between artificial intelligence pioneer Warren S. McCulloch and Roman Kroitor, who developed Imax. While McCulloch thought that life resembled "highly complex machines," Kroitor believed in something more:
"Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God."
When Wired asked if this statement laid the foundation for "the Force," Lucas answered that his own use of the word Force was "an echo of that phrase...." But he didn't take credit for this universal concept of "God". "Similar phrases have been used extensively by many different people for the last 13,000 years to describe the 'life force,'" he explained. 
This "life force" fits today's all-inclusive views of humanity, nature and an impersonal god. When affirmed through a success-story such as the Star Wars epic, this mythical god becomes all the more normal and believable. And what seems true in the world of myths, can quickly become lies in the context of the real world. In fact, what feels good to the imagination, often becomes more real than reality itself to our adaptable minds. Like the New Testament people described in 2 Timothy 4, today's pleasure-seeking masses readily turn from truth to myths.
Unlike Biblical truth, those myths change from time to time and from culture to culture. As fans around the world share new "insights" with their friends, the story grows new twists and branches. "Christians" tend to follow right along. Caught up in the stream of seductive speculations, many embrace ideas that contradict Biblical Christianity on every point. And to justify their craving for new mythical thrills, they redefine or dismiss God's "offensive" and unbending Word.
One of the many popular websites that describe these myths is Wikipedia - an online, participatory encyclopedia. It identifies the two sides of the Force and then adds a confusing explanation of some strange midi-clorians that defy all logic: "The Jedi and others refer to two sides of the Force, a dark side and a light side. This echoes the concept of Yin-Yang in Eastern philosophy- the dark and light sides of the Force exist inside of the life form which uses it, made from their emotions." "Midi-clorians... are microscopic life-forms that reside within the cells of all living things and communicate with the Force. Midi-clorians comprise collective consciousness[sounds like Carl Jung] and intelligence, forming the link between everything living and the Force."
The movie itself doesn't mention this mystical link between body and spirit. But within the worldwide Star Wars culture, such creative details help shape a new religion that's well fitted for the twenty-first century. This "collective consciousness" and all the other pieces of the grand puzzle will surely be fleshed out in upcoming role-playing games and television series. As BBC tells us, "Two Star Wars TV series will follow the latest movie in the hit film franchise."
The Naming of Jedi: "It was natural for Star Wars fans to immediately begin inquiring into the meaning of the name Qui-Gon Jinn, since he was the most significant new character to be added in Episode I. The first part was easy: qi gong (pronounced 'chee goong') is an Eastern art of qi (also chi or ki) life energy manipulation. Qui-Gon is a master of the living Force, by name as well as by reputation.
"The second part of his name seemed vaguely fitting, but still a puzzle. Jinn (jin, ginn, djinn, genies) are spirits of Muslim and other middle Eastern legend 'capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people,' elemental spirits..... He became Qui-Gon Jinn, a powerful Force-adept who relied on his subconscious urges ('the will of the Force') to a degree that discomfited those around him, a quality destined to bring both great suffering and, in the end, the salvation of the galaxy. Young Obi-Wan would learn from him a commitment to trusting his instincts, something he would pass on to Luke decades later ('trust your feelings!'). ...
"In Star Wars, there is more ambiguity -- 'use the Force' and 'use your instincts' are synonymous, and yet one implies faith in the supernatural and one implies faith in the self. I explain this as two different ways to characterize the intuitive* impulses that well from within us…”  *the sole use of INTUITION as against RATIONAL THINKING is New Age.
2.2. Jedi Ghosts and life after death
On a page dedicated to Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, the official Star Wars website explains life after death from a mythical point of view: "...Vader finally squared off against his former master. As a diversionary tactic to help the others escape, Kenobi sacrificed himself to Vader. The Dark Lord struck the Jedi down, and Kenobi became one with the Force. He left behind no body, just empty robes and his own Jedi weapon.... "At times of great trial, Kenobi's voice wouldreach out to Luke, offering counsel. Later, the spectral form of Kenobi would appear to Luke. The ghost-like image advised young Skywalker to venture to Dagobah, where he could complete his training under the guidance of Yoda. Later, Kenobi appeared to Luke and revealed the truth of his lineage. "Though Kenobi felt that the dark side could only be defeated by bringing about the deaths of Anakin and the Emperor, Luke strongly believed that his father still had good in him. Luke set out to turn Anakin away from the dark side and succeeded, though at a great price. Anakin suffered grievous wounds in his final battle, and died having returned to the light. His spectral form joined that of Kenobi and Yoda during the Rebel's celebration of the Empire's defeat."
To Star Wars fans, these ghostly appearances add a mystical assurance of never-ending life. It sounds more promising than the Buddhist Nirvana, which erases all hope of personal or individual existence after death. While the Lucas version of an afterlife conflicts with the Christian hope of eternal life, it matches the darkly occult religion, Theosophy, with its belief in ascended masters that communicate their wisdom to more highly evolved and spiritually-attuned human servants.
"Qui-Gon...is the alleged key to the whole 'Jedi Ghost' phenomenon," wrote a fan, "and it's because of him that Obi-Wan is able to come back and help young Luke in the coming years.... Imagine if Obi-Wan never appeared to tell Luke to head to Dagobah and seek out Yoda? ... To me, explaining the whole ghost thing without Qui-Gon actually appearing at some point won't just be the same. I'm sure Lucas could explain it through dialogue, but you all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing is believing."
2.3. More ties to Eastern religions
In Lucasfilm’s popular children’s book, I Am a Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) tells us in his own words, "The Jedi are a very special group of beings. For many thousands of years, we have worked to promote peace and justice in the universe."
The apparent inspiration behind these noble Jedi Knights were the historical Samurai -- the Japanese warriors whose political power and public influence would rise and fall through the centuries. True or not, countless articles on the Star Wars phenomena have claimed that connection and helped establish that perception in the public mind. One such article, “It’s Written in the Stars” tells us that "George Lucas has mentioned on many occasions that he has been highly influenced by the seminal Japanese director Akira Kurosawa." It then lists numerous similarities:
"The Jedi are an enlightened class, meant to preserve peace, as were the samurai, in theory."
"The distinctive light sabers are little more than Japanese katana in a sci-fi setting."
"The highly ritualized battles are little more than Japanese kendo."
"Darth Vader's helmet is based on the samurai helmet."
"The look of Episode I's Darth Maul is based heavily on ancient Japanese myths and dramas, especially drama masks."
The force is little more than the martial arts concept of chi or ki (as any Dragon Ball Z fan can attest to)."
The Samurai "were supposed to lead their lives according to the ethic code of Bushido ('the way of the warrior'). Strongly Confucian in nature, the Bushido stressed concepts such as loyalty to one's master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior." But the Samurai culture was also influenced by the Shinto religion:
"While Shinto is not defined by a vast array of doctrinal ideas, a fundamental goal or aim of Shinto is the attainment of magokoro, or 'true heart,' 'sincerity.' When one has 'true heart,' he/she is open to the subtle movements and presence of the spiritual forces known as kami....
"Shinto's reverence for nature is expressed through the acknowledgement and worship of a wide array of kamis. A kami, while loosely referred to as a kind of nature god or spirit, is more accurately understood as a force or energy that is experienced within a particular aspect of nature...."
To Jedi Knights, obedience to one's master is essential. They maintained a strict system of training and mentoring from childhood, and the children selected for this strict training program lived and learned within the massive Jedi Temple. That's why the transformed Anikin -- now the evil Darth Vader - could slay so many of them in a single place.
"The Samurai were mainly Shintoists or Confucianists, both religions with relatively inflexible dogmas," we are told in the article, “The Jedi as Ninja”. In contrast, the "Ninja, as outcasts from mainstream society, were mainly Zen Buddhists, so their world view was more that of being one with the universe rather than joining their ancestors in glory."
That pervasive force (chi' or ki) is described in I am a Jedi. The supposed author Qui-Gon tells us that "The Force is a mysterious form of energy that connects all living things. We Jedi learn to be sensitive thee the force. It is a source of great strength. ... A Jedi's greatness comes from his wise mastery of the Force."
2.4. Trusting the Force or feelings, not fact or logic.
“The Jedi as Ninja” continues with this important point:
"Most martial arts have within them the concept of zanshin, or acting in a pure manner without thinking. Moving in zanshin requires long training and devotion to the art. One must listen to the Force, rather than think about the motions for zanshin to work. A Jedi Knight will naturally fight and move in zanshin when it is necessary....
"The single most illustrative case of a ninja-like warrior in the Star Wars saga is that of the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. He is fearless and inventive, and his single-minded devotion to the Force allows him to see what must be done. Qui-Gon Jinn is living in zanshin every day; he is listening to the Force and acting without hesitation."
Apparently, feelings -- especially bad ones, affect a Jedi's ability to receive and manipulate the Force. But they are also a key source of guidance. "Search your feelings," Palpatine told Anakin. And according to a description posted at the official starwars.com, Qui-Gon Jinn illustrates this principle well:
"...Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn is a student of the living Force. Unlike other Jedi Masters, who often lose themselves in the meditation of the unifying Force, Qui-Gon Jinn lived for the moment, espousing a philosophy of 'feel, don't think -- use your instincts.'..."
This shift from objective, factual thinking to subjective, feeling-based thinking is also essential to the world's quest for global solidarity. Today's utopian visionaries cannot transform the world without first tearing down the old foundations of truth, facts and logic. Sad to say, their vision is nearing fulfillment as Biblical resistance is fast eroding. For we cannot take a stand together on God's unchanging truths when we surrender objective facts and logic to the realm of social myths, subjective feelings and useful pragmatism. Yet that paradigm shift -- driven largely by today's entertainment, education and “mental health" agenda - is now transforming the way we think in our churches as well as nations. Look again at Christianity Today's interview with Dick Staub:
"Lucas' stories may have more in common with Hinduism than Christianity, but it's still True Myth, says the author of Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters.... A myth is a story that confronts us with the 'big picture,' something transcendent and eternal, and in so doing, explains the worldview of a civilization. Given that definition, Christianity is the prevailing myth of Western culture and Star Wars is a prevailing myth of our popular culture...."
But Christians are not "given that definition." It's an oxymoron! If we receive this twisted meaning and then apply it to Biblical Christianity, we would distort God's guidelines. As I wrote in “Lord of the Rings: Truth, Myth or Discovered Reality”, myth, by standard definition, implies something other than reality -- something contrary to truth. Tolkien himself denied the link between his myth and God's truth. Still, that link lingers in many contemporary minds -- especially among those who love the exciting myths of our times. Notice the blend of truth and deceptive suggestions in Dick Staub’s next statement:
"As I thought more about the themes of Star Wars, the connection to helping the next generation become 'Jedi Christians' just started falling into place. ...
"As you mentioned, the Lucas story is more theologically attuned with Hinduism. In Jedi mythology, the highest good is achieved by balancing light and dark, whereas Jedi Christians believe thehighest good is achieved when darkness is defeated. In Jedi Christian lore, the dark side is not just the opposite of light, but is an unequal opponent of God, who, in Star Wars terms, is the Lord over the Force." 2.5. Choosing truth and reality, not myths and feelings.
Our sovereign, all-wise, all-loving Creator is nothing like the Force. The very suggestion makes a mockery of His holiness and glory! According to Biblical definitions, the Star Wars Force is a different god -- the kind of counterfeit god that the Bible tells us to shun. And like those pagan gods of the past, it comes with an enticing built-in mythology. It may well have the largest group of devotees of any pagan deity throughout history. But we can't ignore the consequence:
"...if you by any means forget the Lord your God and follow other gods... you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 8: 10-20
The "highest good" God shows us in His Word is His holiness, not the eventual defeat of darkness (a victory which is according to His work and time, not ours). Therefore He calls us to separate ourselves from all the cultural influences that would mar His holy life in His 'born again" children. "'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18
Mythical stories that evoke strong feelings distract fans from true realities and bombard them with contrary suggestions that appeal to emotions rather than minds. Trained by today's dialectic (consensus) process to seek "common ground" along with new meanings that promote group consensus, the postmodern person simply relieves the tension (cognitive dissonance) between old and new ways through mental and moral compromise -- a basic element of today's "new way of thinking."
In spite of man's unceasing quest for feel-good revelations and mind-blowing thrills, there's only one source of absolute truth: the Bible. That may sound narrow, divisive and offensive to some of you. Others will lose friends for accepting that truth, but they know that oneness with Jesus is well worth the cost. As He told us long ago, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." John 15: 18-19
To Him who created all things, the dim lights of today's mythical fantasies are mere illusions within a vast spiritual darkness that clouds this fallen earth. Therefore God warns us: "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. ... See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5: 6-16
1. Bruce Newman, "An Epic's Global Impact," Mercury News, 5-15-05.
2. "Star Wars Joins United Religions at the Presidio" and "Heresy in high places"
3. Dick Staub, www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/120/22.0.html
4. Steve Silberman, "Life After Darth," at http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.05/lucas_pr.html
5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_(Star_Wars) #Orthodox_Jedi_philosophy.htm [copy & paste this url]
7. "Star Wars to become new TV series" at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4484915.stm
8. "The Naming of Jedi," at http://www.qui-gonline.org/features/naming.htm
9. "Obi-Wan Kenobi," at http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/obiwankenobi/
10. T-BLOG, (January, 11, 05) at http://www.starwarz.com/tbone/movie_news/archive_2005_jan.htm
11. Lucasfilm Ltd. (Qui-Gon Jinn), I am A Jedi (Random House Star Wars Storybook, 1999), no page numbers.
12. "It's Written in the Stars" http://www.animefringe.com/magazine/02.06/editorial/
14. "Shinto," at http://staff.jccc.net/thoare/shinto.htm
15. "The Jedi as Ninja," at http://www.qui-gonline.org/features/ninja.htm
17."A New Way of Thinking" at www.crossroad.to/Books/BraveNewSchools/3-NewThinking.htm
StarWarshttp://www.crossroad.to/text/responses/StarWars.htm [Crossroads is a Christian ministry. See RPGs article]
Note: The words, Anak or Anakim, which sound like the name of young Anakin Skywalker, is mentioned 16 times in the Bible. They refer to the giants who may have been ancestors to Goliath. The same Hebrew word that refers to "giants, the sons of Anak" in Numbers 13: 33 is translated "Nephilim" in Genesis 6: 4.
Posting from Michael: I was reading through your articles on the Star wars Films, if you search for the Ancient Egyptian ritual called "Djed" (you notice the similarity to the term "jedi") you will be surprised what you will discover if you already haven't, the participants in this ritual were referred to as "Djedi."
Posting from Corey Hayes: I'm sure you caught most of the symbols from the newest installment in the Star Wars saga:
1. "Order 66" (666?) - the Emperor's secret command to destroy all the Jedi;
2. When Anakin (Darth Vader) enters the temple to destroy the Jedi, he and the stormtroopers walk across a cross in the floor (as seen from above);
3. The Jedi temple is in the form of a ziggurat (the old pyramid-like structures built in Babylon, still standing in modern-day Iraq - the Tower of Babylon was probably a ziggurat) and the Jedi Council is located in an obalisk;
4. Qui Gon Jin, the Jedi Master that instructed Obiwan, has conversed with Yoda from beyond the grave and has taught him how to achieve immortality (which is why Yoda and Obiwan disappear into the ether when they die in the original Star Wars, but your everyday Jedi don't).
5. "Only the Sith deal in absolutes," Obiwan says. I mentioned to you once that I went to the Waldorf school, invented by Rudolf Steiner (Blavatsky's apprentice until he created his own cult, Anthroposophy). George Lucas sent his children to a Waldorf School in California.
Crossroads’ response: That's not surprising, Corey, considering that two neighbors of George Lucas at the Presidio are the Rudolf Steiner Foundation and the United Religions. Their plans for education match that of George Lucas, which may be one of the reasons Lucas was granted that prestigious site among the world's globalist change agents.
Here are two links from The George Lucas Educational Foundation [ http://www.edutopia.org/] that back your point:
Edutopia:http://www.edutopia.org/foundation/ "The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) is a nonprofit operating foundation that documents and disseminates information about exemplary programs in K-12 schools to help these practices spread nationwide.... "What is 'Edutopia'? The word conjures up an ideal educational landscape, where students are motivated to learn and teachers are energized by the excitement of teaching. In these schools, parents and other professionals from the community -- architects, artists, physicians, and writers, among others -- contribute their expertise and resources. ...Our 13 topics represent what we believe are the critical elements in public education: Assessment, Business Partnerships, Community Partnerships... Emotional Intelligence, Mentoring...."
The Best Kind of Déjà Vu: [http://www.edutopia.org/php/] "Looping is characteristic of the private Waldorf schools[see note below] - one of America's fastest-growing education movements - where teachers stay with the same group of students in grades one through eight. It's also widely used in Italy, Israel, Japan, and Germany, where teachers remain with their students through fourth grade.
Note: Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) who founded the Waldorf Schools, shared Robert Muller's occult roots in Theosophy, but broke away to start his own cult, Anthroposophy, which he described as "knowledge produced by the higher self in man. The Waldorf schools offer holistic education and have long used the strategies now implemented through Goals 2000: whole language instead of phonics, stories and "literature" instead of factual history, and a strong emphasis on myth, imagination, guided imagery, art, creativity, movement (eurythmy), and spiritual oneness with nature.
Posting from Alison: People have commented on the origin of the name "Anakin" Skywalker and its possible connection to the evil giants called Anakim in Scripture. This may be a coincidence, but one of the online Tarot and rune reading sites I used to do readings on before I got smart was called Annikin Divination. I have no idea what that name means in the occult but it was pronounced the same way as Anakin Skywalker's name.
Posting from a concerned mother: We had thrown all of our Star Wars films out after I began a study of gnosticism* along with my study of the Freemasons*. *see pages 32-35
Posting from a concerned mother: My 14 yr old son has loved star Wars for many years and had many hundreds of dollars invested into it. After reading your site on Star Wars he was convicted to throw it all away. Praise God!
Posting from Bridgette: First of all I have to apologize for writing this. I told myself I needed to stay away from this site, because all it does is anger me, and that doesn't do anyone any good. I'm sure there are a thousands sites out there, just like this. But you seem to be opposed to everything I find good in the world, and it's baffling. Anime, Harry Potter, liberalism, Carl Sagan (who you did NOT do justice in the way you portrayed him) and especially Star Wars. Star Wars is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. It opened my eyes to the glory of the universe and of humankind, and of love and compassion. There is nothing remotely wrong with it. The issue regarding the name "Anakin" is moot--Anakin's the bad guy, remember? Don't confuse Darth Vader with the true hero, Luke. As for telekinesis, the Force, and "occult" powers...it's FANTASY! The same kind of fantasy exists in the Bible. How about walking on water? Reviving the dead? Hmm... I'm trying to respect your beliefs, and I'm sorry if I offend anyone. But I, and many other Star Wars fans, have been wronged. I feel deeply sorry for the people who wrote in saying they got rid of all their Star Wars stuff. They've thrown away a rare treasure. Anything that teaches love and compassion for others is something worthwhile. Please, people, for love's sake...think about what you're saying and the messages you are spreading. If there truly is a God who cares about human beings, he would be sorry to see this... P.S. Carl Sagan was a saint.
Crossroads’ response:Bridgette, you don't know the God I know. He has shown His heart and will through the Bible. His loving way just doesn't fit the world's "wisdom" and ways. "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1: 18)
Carl Sagan was one of the keynote speakers at Gorbachev's State of the World Forum before he died. He wrote the book behind the movie “Contact” If he is your hero, it's no wonder we can't find "common ground." But I appreciate our discussion and what I have learned from it. …My aim is to warn and encourage those who share my faith in Jesus Christ or who want to know Him. They see the world from a different perspective than yours -- and they don't laugh. I'm not surprised that my message sounds foolish to you. God said it would:
"Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe." 1 Corinthians 1: 20-22
"...they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man.... Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator...." Romans 1: 21-25.
"Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..." 2 Tim 4:3-5
4. STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE [TPM] Reviewed by Kyle Suggs
Rated PG for sci-fi action/violence, TPM is the first movie in a three-part trilogy, which predates the first Star Wars series by roughly 30 years and evolves around the 10-year-boy, Anakin Skywalker. Anakin will eventually (though not in this movie) become the infamous lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. The planet Naboo, headed by Queen Amidala (Portman) is under attack by the Republic Trade Federation. This act of aggression is part of a larger conspiracy which her Jedi Knight protectors Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor) attempt to unravel. Along the way they meet up with young Skywalker (as well as some familiar characters) and race to free the planet from the grips of the unknown aggressor. The movie picks up steam quickly and brings itself to a boiling yet brilliant three tier climax.
As in all of the Star Wars films, the Force is an essential theme in the movie. The Force is an all powerful influence that surrounds everything and keeps all things together. By tapping into the Force, certain people are capable of extraordinary super human powers. Once one reaches a certain point in his/her knowledge of the force, he/she can be elevated to Jedi knight status. On the flip side, there is also a "dark side" which is easier to tap into because anger, fear, and aggression all lead to it. Only by staying calm, patient and passive can one avoid turning to the dark side.
Obviously we need to teach our kids what the Bible has to say about all of this. We need to teach them that there is a real force and His name is Jesus Christ and in fact all things were created by Him (John 1: 3, John 1: 10) and through Him all things truly consist (Colossians 1: 17)! Furthermore, they need to know that sin, which we have all committed, (Romans 3: 23) leads to the "dark side" and we must accept Christ as Lord of ours lives to get us into heaven (Romans 6: 23).
The chosen one?...
Everyone objects to Anakin being the "Chosen One" born of a virgin. They think he's supposed to be a mockery of Christ. But, I think that's not it at all. Sure, the Jedi THINK he's the Chosen One, but chosen by whom? The Bible speaks of many false Messiahs who will come, looking and seeming exactly like the real thing, but not the real thing. Michael Franz, age 26
...All in all, pluses and minuses. The virgin birth of Anakin bothers me, but it could be taken as an analogy of Christ taking on himself all of our sins. After all, Vader is redeemed in the end. One has to see the entire series to get the entirety of Lucas' spiritual message. If he points people toward God, great. Diane Joy Baker, age 46
The church should use this as a springboard...
The force as portrayed in this movie has many aspects that can be related and contrasted to christianity and can act as a springboard to spreading the gospel. (virgin birth, will of the force, midichlorians speaking to people, trusting the force, etc.) And all this in a movie that can be watched by all ages without offense. The Church should be excited about such an opportunity and act accordingly. Aaron Sullivan, age 25 Obvious parallel between The Force and Christianity, even a Virgin Birth?...
...In "Phantom," the Force is described as being alive and having a will, which I think brings it a step closer to theism than traditional pantheism. A separate, more negative parallel between Christianity and the Star Wars mythos is the fact that Anakin is the product of a virgin birth. While I appreciate Christ-likeness in fictional characters, I feel this parallel is just too close for comfort. Also, there was an emphasis throughout the film on "following your heart" without giving attention to the role of external authority. However, there was no swearing, nudity, or excessive violence, and the heroism of the protagonists was inspiring and enjoyable to watch. Overall, I recommend "The Phantom Menace" as a fun, if spiritually-unsound, adventure flick. Jesse Hamm, age 23
George Lucas pointing people toward God?...
...In regards to the mish-mash of religion issue, I saw an interview where George Lucas was being interviewed about the spirituality present in the Star Wars movies. He was questioned about what its purpose is. His reply was...he wanted to get people thinking about spirituality and find a God, something higher than themselves. He wanted to get people questioning and searching out religions. We, as Christians understand that many of us embarked on a quest of this nature, and God's word tells us that when we seek God He will meet us. Even though it may be a long shot, George Lucas could be helping someone find the true God. Debbie James, age 40
A further look at Biblical comparisons...
If you substitute "holy spirit" for midiclorian and God for Force, one of the lines of dialog is akin to saying "he was conceived by the power of the holy spirit" and "when you quiet your mind, you can hear the voice of the holy spirit talking to you, telling you the will of God". By the way, if we were to be as critical of CS Lewis as we were of George Lucas, I could argue that CS Lewis is selling us a lot of lies in the Chronicles of Narnia, but because we all know CS Lewis was a Christian, we let him slide on stuff we won't let Lucas slide on (such as sorcery, white and black magic, etc -- something to think about). Randy Magruder, age 32
An exhortation to seek God's heart...
Was this a good film? Yes! Was this an entertaining film? Yes! Was this a film worth watching again? Yes! Was this a Christian film? Well.... I sought that question out for myself. Mind you, I'm still learning what it is to hear and recognize the voice of the Lord, but after the movie was over (me still in a hypened state from the movie), I asked the Lord, "What do You think about this movie?" Very distinctly and very clearly the words I heard (in the form of thought) were, "I hate it." I don't think that was my own thought, because I had no leanings that way whatsoever. So I asked, "Why?" Well, according to this movie, there are these microbes (I forget what they called them specifically) that live in the cells of all living creatures which communicate the Force to the one carrying them. The more microbes one has, the greater the power of the Force in that one. As it turns out, Anikin has more of them than anyone has ever seen. According to his mother, Anikin had no father. It later becomes concluded that these microbes are Anikin's "father," and the main characters believe that he is the "chosen one" of prophecy who will bring balance to the universe, or something like that. Why would God hate that? Why would He not? The son of the powers of the Force, the Chosen One, becomes corrupted and turns evil (later on as we all know). What a total corruption of the Son of God, the real Chosen One, who came to earth to bring life to all men-He who knew no sin! How can I delight in a movie that so grieves the heart of my God? I can't. Will any of you, as well, seek out God's heart? Deanna, age 28
MY COMMENT: From the presented selection of viewers’ comments, we note that more people object to the Christian denouncement of the inherent dangers and errors in Star Wars. But, we thank God for the few…
5. SPECIAL COMPARATIVE STUDY – STAR WARS by ChildCare Action Project (CAP) 1999
http://www.capalert.com/capreports/starwarsstudy.htmChristian Analysis of American Culture
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
Nearing our fifth year of studying the impact of the entertainment industry on our youth, we have found that while sex, drugs, and violence are negatively influential to be sure, they are NOT the most influential. Indeed, the most negatively influential presence in the entertainment industry is much more basal than sex, drugs, and violence: rather, these influences are products of the more basal influence. The most invasive and value-shaping property of modern entertainment, which is for the most part invisible, especially to the young and impressionable, reaches far deeper into the values and beliefs level of the human character. Since 1955 the entertainment industry has incorporated into their programming the most powerful of influences: impudence and hate(1). Impudence and hate are character choices which best feed and indeed satisfy the innate foolishness bound in the heart of youth (Proverbs 22:15).
The following ignominy represent elemental features of impudence and hate which the entertainment industry has incorporated into their media at an exponentially increasing severity and depth:
Freedom from accountability; Freedom from fair authority; Freedom from consequences; Stealing childhood from children;
Self importance and self esteem at the expense of self respect; Unmerited acceptance, unrighteous permissiveness, and excessive tolerance; Dissonance as a manipulation or proselytizing technique; Usurpment of and abandonment of parental teachings/authority; Moral relativism; Pansexualism; Situational, emotive, and behavioral ethics; Lowering the threshold of acceptability and inhibition; Rebellion and arrogance; The "Go ahead and do the wrong, as long as you are sorry for it afterwards" rationale; Excusing unacceptable and vicious behavior by embedding it under warm and loving themes;
Manufacturing justification for poor behavior; Too much independence and autonomy too soon
- but not so with George Lucas' Star Wars movies as revealed by our analysis of them.
Through the 22-year history* of the Star Wars movies, Lucas has maintained an amazingly even distribution of ignominy. Clearly, he has not suffered the trend of many and even most other producers have fallen victim to: to incorporate progressively invasive and corruptive material into their programming since 1955. All four of the Star Wars movies fell well within the scoring band earned by PG movies in the comparative baseline database. While impudence and hate are the strongest presences in the entertainment industry, they were among the weakest of influential presences in all four Star Wars movies. *This study was made after the release of the prequel Episode I- The Phantom Menace in 1999.
But in significant opposition to the positive feature of limited presence of impudence and hate in the Star Wars movies, they each presented a clear disregard for the Holy Scriptures.
They presented separation and independence from God's Sovereignty and Omnipotence and rightful Authority, in particular:
Counterfeiting and mockery of the Scriptures
Repeated use of the "force" as equatable to the Will of God and ignoring His supreme Authority
Gaining power, strength, and protection from the "force"
Manipulating objects and minds by the power of the "force"
Portrayal that Anakin was a virgin birth
Portrayal that Anakin was "the one" to bring community between good and evil
Presentation of ethereal beings in after-death presence to the corporeal world, and submitting to and seeking Counsel/ guidance/rescue from them
Unholy powers to control, manipulate, and kill
These influences are clearly confusing and counterproductive to the impressionable trying to grasp the mystery of the Gospel, of God's Omnipotence, and of His inescapable Authority. While other influential presences in the Star Wars movies may be redirected by caring and participative parents, these anti-Christian and mystic ethereal portrayals in the movies are indeed influences that must be reckoned with and reconciled.
While violence was a saturating presence in each of the Star Wars movies, the violence presented was described by one of our subscribers as "clean violence." I may not agree entirely with that description, but the point is made. Subjectively speaking(2), the kind and scope of violence in the Star Wars movies was akin to that with which we as parents today grew up with: cowboy, military, and cops & robbers violence - the kind that does not typically drive itself so deeply into the behavior choice warehouse of the adolescent who is aflame with prepubescent or pubescent fire as does the popular style of steely cold violence inflicted with orgasmic satisfaction. Except for that expressed by the emperor in The Return of the Jedi as he tried to kill Luke and in the face of Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, there was no lust for or joy in inflicting violence noted in the Star Wars movies. The more graphic invasive elements of ignominy included in the Star Wars movies should be relatively re-directable by caring and participative parents, but it is especially important that you share with children the possibly dangerous common invisible or translucent sub-theme of discarding the Sovereignty of God and His Word. The scoring distribution and findings of our comparative study of the four Star Wars movies are presented in the following table*. The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain. Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime. *the referred tables are not reproduced here in this article
EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE 1977
submission to unholy authority
EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK 1980
unGodly powers to control, manipulate, and kill
seeking of guidance/rescue from non-holy ethereal entities
presentation of ethereal beings (after-death existence outside of Heaven)
"Pray [to me - Vader] I don't alter [the deal for the cloud city] any further."
EPISODE VI THE RETURN OF THE JEDI 1983
unholy ethereal beings
seeking counsel from unholy ethereal beings
levitation and mystic sensing
EPISODEI THE PHANTOM MENACE 1999
repeated talk of subservience to gods
calling on a nonholy force for direction, protection, and strength
claim of a virgin birth
foreseeing the future
repeatedly equating "the force" with God's Will and His Control
repeated references to a human as "the chosen one"
(1) As noted in the CAP Special Report http://www.capalert.com/capreports/invareascores/, of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/ Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment industry. (2) The CAP numeric scoring is raw mathematics and is both uncompromising and unforgiving. While this statement may be relative to the observer, i.e., cowboy violence may be disastrous for some but harmless for others, our numeric findings can be neither manipulated nor adjusted for the sake of opinion or manufactured justification for aberrant behavior.
The ChildCare Action Project (CAP) is a nonprofit Christian ministry. ChildCare Action Project Post Office Box 177 Granbury, TX 76048-0177 email@example.com Thomas A. Carder, President
6. STAR WARS: RELIGION OF ANTICHRIST by Harry Walther http://www.satansrapture.com/starwars.htm