Many people believe in an unseen force, a universal power that connects all life. This search for a ‘higher power’ connecting us is a reoccurring topic in all the Star Wars films. Anyone has watched any of the Star Wars franchise can tell you it’s called ‘The Force’.
The question is what is that force?
Toaists call this energy ‘Chi’. New age gurus and biometric feedback healers will refer the ‘energy of life’. Shamans and Reiki practitioners call it the ‘Universal Life-Force’. It is most likely a combining of these ideals in these sources that shaped the idea of The Force for Star Wars.
STAR WARS includes the Buddhist concept of Ying and Yang.
This is the belief that there is a connection between all opposite or contrary forces. In good there is some evil, in evil some good.
Star Wars Director, George Lucas, while raised Methodist was largely influenced by this Buddhist belief. He called himself a Buddhist-Methodist.
The title for STAR WARS: The Force Awakens, gives hope to the universe, saying, “There’s something coming that will combat the evil in the universe.” Christians feel that same way about the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Universal Life-Force in the Bible
Would it surprise you to know there is a universal-life force talked about in the Bible?
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:2
In the beginning there was a force that created light, that created life! The Holy Spirit hovered over the water waiting for the word from the Father, it’s time, “Let there be light!” and there was light created.
The Holy Spirit also live in the followers of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 6:19).
An invisible power that brings light, creates life from nothing and dwells inside us? It sounds like the force to me! But it’s not, in fact the Holy Spirit is not an ‘it’ at all but God Himself.
Nine times in the New Testament Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as ‘He’ of ‘Him’ never once it.
I will send you the Comforter—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. John 15:26
Jesus clearly refers to God’s Spirit as ‘He’ and states that ‘He’ will tell you about me. (Jesus)
There is little doubt that Jesus can’t be referring to some enigmatic energy. He is describing a living being who speaks. At other times the Holy Spirit is described as having emotions and a will, these are not characteristics of energy.
To the Christian, that means that God Himself flows throughout the universe. The greatest hope is that He can dwell in us!
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. Romans 8:11
This is a promise to all who follow Christ. The Holy Spirit will live in you.
Want to awaken the force in you? Just ask.
Your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. Luke 11:13
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