May THE Force Be In You!
This article takes you on a short Journey, a journey from the Jedi and “The Force” to the true God, the God of the bible.
There are many similarities between the Jedi ‘Force’, the life force that lives inside the Jedi and gives Jedi their supernatural powers, and the Holy Spirit. In Part I we will take a look some of Yoda’s teachings and present pertinent bible verses. This reference explains the Jedi and “The Force”.
Yoda: Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
NLT Eph 4;26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
NLT James 4;1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.
Yoda: Don’t think. Feel. Be as one with The Force. Help you, it will…
Rom 7;6 But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.
Rom 8:9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)
Yoda: A Jedi’s strength flows from The Force.
MKJV Phil 4;12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Yoda: Beware of the dark side. Anger…fear…aggression. The dark side of The Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will…
NLT John 3;19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
Yoda: You will know the good side from the bad when you are calm, at peace. Passive.
NLT Mat 12;35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
Yoda: You must unlearn what you have learned.
NLT Eph 4;22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God―truly righteous and holy.
Yoda: Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try… Not believing is why you fail.
NLT Phil 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Yoda: Concentrate…feel The Force flow. Calm. Through The Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past Old friends long gone…
NLT John 16:12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.
Yoda: Decide you must how to serve your friends best…
NIV Matt 7:7-12 Ask, Seek, Knock
7″Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9″Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Yoda: If you choose the quick and easy path, you will become an agent of evil.
NLT Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,”says the Lord. 20 Instead, If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Yoda: Pass on what you have learned…
NIV Matt 4;19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
NLT 2 Thess 1: 11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ
I’m not saying that these fictional Jedi Knights would qualify as new creations in Christ. There are a few essentials that are missing from the Jedi doctrines that are required for disciples of Christ.
1. Humility: God requires his followers to humble themselves and seek only God’s glory. I believe that those who believe in the ludicrous theories of Darwin are dishonoring God. If the amazingly complex building blocks of life somehow magically just assembled themselves, why can’t we perform some demonstrations to recreate life? We can’t even create a living organism! Think of how much more difficult it would be to create a life form capable of reproducing itself!!! Don’t be stupid.
2. Living as a New Creation in Christ:
NLT Gal 6:14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.
3. Obeying the Law:
NIV Matt 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
NIV Galatians 5:14
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We need to follow the Law, not in order to be saved, but because we are saved God places the desire and ability for us to obey his law.
Teaching about the Law
NLT Matt 5:17-19
17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
May your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Please prepare us for what you have in store for us.
May THE Force Be In You May THE Force Be In You May THE Force Be In You May THE Force Be In You May THE Force Be In You!