Greetings my fellow Padawans,
Many Christians are cashing in the Star Wars universe, connecting their belief with Star Wars terminologies like “The Force”, “Jedi”, etc.
Well… I really do not know anything about Christian business strategies and tactics but I know something about the Star Wars Universe.
So hold and get ready ‘coz we’ll be going hyperspace!!!
Point 1: Is “The Force” God?
Allot of believer says that The Force is the same as God to connect Star Wars and justify it to be the same with their belief. But Master Obi-Wan has already told us what The Force is.
The Force was a metaphysical, binding, and ubiquitous power that held enormous importance for both the Jedi and Sith monastic orders. The Force was viewed in many different aspects, including, but not limited to, the light side, the dark side, the Unifying Force, and the Living Force. The first two aspects were concerned with the moral compass of the Force in its various manifestations. The light side of the Force was the facet aligned with compassion, courage, healing, and benevolence, while the dark side of the Force was the element aligned with hatred, fear, aggression, and malevolence. The latter two aspects were defined by prominent Jedi philosophies: The Unifying Force essentially embraced space and time in its entirety while the Living Force dealt with the energy of living things. Though the Force was categorized in this way, there were no specific abilities or powers that were only usable by a follower of a different path of the Force; the Force partially existed inside the life forms that used it, and drew energy from their emotions.
In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars film, the Force is first described by Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi as an energy field created by all living things, that surrounds and penetrates living beings and binds the galaxy together.
He said that The Force,
“…is an energy field generated by living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”
So, it’s an energy field generated or created by living things. It is created. The Force is generated by all living things and is an inextricable part of life itself. Nevertheless there exist inanimate objects and places which are strong in one side of the Force or the other. The Force exists in all life, and when great amounts of life pass away, a disturbance is created, running through the Force like a scream which only Force-adept can hear.
The Force can enhance natural physical and mental abilities, including strength and accuracy. Manifestations of the Force, which were mentally-based abilities and tapped through the practitioner’s willpower, could take many forms, and included telepathy, psychokinesis, and enhanced physical and metaphysical perception. The Force could be used to bend the will of weak-minded beings and guide an adept’s body. Users who were very good at using the Force could cease merely reacting to their surroundings and actually predict events in the very near future, such as the next blow in a duel.
“The Force is what gives the Jedi his power.”
So it say that the Force can be manipulate and use to one’s advantage. But if you are not purge with elements that leads to its dark side, then it cannot be controlled and become addictive, which leads to curruption.
Also, notice that the Force is not worshipped. There is not temple for the Force, only an academy that is located in Corruscant.
Point 2: The Force has two sides.
Unlike the Judeo-Christian God, the Force is expressed with two opposites, it has an evil side but within the same nature. More like the Yin-Yang of Taoism.
The evil in the Force is not about temptations and sin. It’s about discipline and balance.
Master Yoda is very clear on that matter. “A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side! Anger,
fear, aggression – the dark side of the Force are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
The dark side of the Force comes from the hate, vengeance, malice in all living things, one’s own will to power, ego, and selfishness. They must be purge from your life to achieve discipline and provides insight into the ethical use of the Force.
So there, I hope I shed some light on Christian mischief regarding The Force. There is nothing Christian on the Star Wars Universe. It is a mixture of Eastern mysticism and discipline with a touch of romantic chivalry and space-age adventure.
You don’t need to enroll in a Jedi Academy in Corusscant or to have a large metaclorian count to learn that.