Sometimes I am amazed at the storyline or dialogue in a movie. Hollywood producers certainly can let their imaginations run wild, particularly when it comes to science fiction and why not? After all it is fiction! But every now and then there is a movie that makes you wonder. Rememeber The Matrix? Remember the dialogue between Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus) and Keanu Reeves (Neo) about the blue pill and the red pill? Considering it is fiction it’s easy to overlook most of the content, but this dialogue makes you wonder if someone had been reading their Bible.
Let’s take a look at this short but meaningful dialogue:
Morpheus: 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 into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.
What follows is the choice Neo had to make. “Take the Blue pill, the story ends; you wake up in your bed believing whatever you want to believe. Take the Red pill, you stay in wonderland and you will be shown how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Then Morpheus reminds him that all he is offering is the truth.
For many this means nothing, however to a Bible reader it may raise an eyebrow. Morpheus first statement that the world has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth is in direct correlation with last week’s blog/testimony in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 emphasizing that without Jesus (the way, the truth and the life… John 14:6) it’s impossible to understand the things of God because they are discerned with your spirit. We are blinded to the truth because of the condition we were all born into.
Some may wonder, “Why Jesus?” This Scripture verse clears it up. Romans 5:18-21 (NIV) says, “Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Like everyone, you were born into bondage. Through Adam’s sin death came into this world and that’s where we inherited our sinful nature. Through Christ’s righteousness and obedience you obtain grace and eternal life when you invite Him into your heart and establish a relationship with Him. It is not based on your performance, how good you are, or how much you know about the Bible.
Not having Christ in your life is like taking the Blue pill every day. You wake up believing whatever you want to believe. Having Christ is like taking the Red pill just once, then through His Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit the transformation begins as you renew your mind.
Death will come to us all but it is not the end of anything. Take some time to read Luke 16. Read the entire chapter. Your spirit and soul will be separated from your body and depending on the decision you made concerning Jesus while on earth it will determine your destination. Don’t focus on the fact that the man who opened up his eyes in torment was rich. God does not have a problem with people having riches, only when riches have the people.
We don’t really like writing about condemnation, judgment and hell, though you need to know these things are in the Bible. We would rather write about what Jesus did for all of us at the Cross, reconciling us back to God the Father, giving us hope, grace, mercy, eternal life and much more. But like Morpheus, we can only offer you the truth.
No one can make this decision about Christ for you. No one will be standing with you at the judgment seat of Christ. It is going to be you and Him alone. It is written in 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV) “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
What’s important here is that no demon or devil can stop you for being saved. You have nothing to lose by accepting Christ except eternal separation from God if you die without Christ. Even if you are not sure about an after life, why gamble with hell? Take some time to read 2 Peter 3:8-9. None of us knows the year, the month, the week, the day or time we will die. For that reason don’t play roulette with eternity, for as long as the wheel is spinning you can change your bet, but when the wheel stops… All bets are off.
As the amplified Bible reads in some of the Psalms… Selah [pause, and calmly think of that].
Blue pill or Red? The choice is now yours. Let us know your decision at firstname.lastname@example.org
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