Monday, October 27, 2008

Not an ending but a beginning . . .

I found this scene from The Matrix on Kent's blog and decided to steal it and post it here. (I hope you don't mind, Kent.) I think this short excerpt gives a beautiful picture of what the church will be like when its been freed from the matrix of religion.


Walking Church said...

I especially like the red pill and blue pill is the dialogue...(below)...I think most of us have taken the red pill of Grace...

The Matrix
written by Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski

Morpheus: I imagine that right now you're feeling a bit like Alice. Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he's expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Neo: No.
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: 'Cause I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know, you can't explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there. Like a splinter in your mind -- driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Neo: The Matrix?
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
(Neo nods his head.)
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, or when go to church or when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. (long pause, sighs) Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
(In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.)
Morpheus: You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (a red pill is shown in his other hand) You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Long pause; Neo begins to reach for the red pill) Remember -- all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.
(Neo takes the red pill and swallows it with a glass of water)

Aida said...

Thanks for adding that, walking church. It's one of my favorite scenes too. There are so many great scenes in this movie. I've watched it several times and it never gets old as far as I'm concerned.

Free Spirit said...

Wow. A world without rules and controls. I don't know if i'll even know how to act. Specially having grown up in a household of extreme control. I'm barely starting to learn how to navigate my freedom.

Kent said...

Aida, this is too wild. I love it when the Spirit sets these kinda things up. I just responded to a friend's pm on the god journey forum (she had asked me about respect and expectations)and I linked her to this blog post of mine and the one I posted awhile back on Respect. I also gave her your name and blog address so she could email you if she felt led to do so. She is a school teacher and I thought you might be able to help her. She is trying to walk in new freedoms in her class room with the students. After I sent my response to her I came back to catch up on your blog and when I saw this post I just had to share all of that with you. I had no idea you had linked this blog post of mine here on your blog.

Aida said...

Isn't it exciting, free spirit? I believe without our new hearts, we would experience chaos. However, since we now can follow the love of God that's in our hearts, it'll lead us to live lives of true righteousness and holiness.

Aida said...

Kent, that's so neat! What you shared with me about expectations still encourages me. I'm sure your friend was also very encouraged by what you shared with her.

I love that scene from The Matrix. How exciting it will be when the church is finally free from the religious matrix that has held us bound for too long.

I would love to encourage your friend any way I can if she decides she would like to email me.