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With the release of the seventh "Star Wars" movie, I thought of a common element throughout each of the films in the franchise … The FORCE.
One of the characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi, describes it like this: “The force is what gives a jedi (the good guys) his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” In the "Star Wars" universe, it is seen as something mystical and cosmic, something that exists everywhere, inside and out.
Some have compared the Force to the Holy Ghost — but let’s not be confused — they are very different.
First, The Holy Ghost is the "mind of Christ and His Father," given to humans that it might lead, guide, and direct our lives to be aligned with the will of Christ. It is the spirit of truth. (John 14:16-17).
The Force is very different — it has two sides. There is a Light and Dark side to the Force. When "Star Wars" characters tap into the Light side of the Force, they are focusing on what is and what will be, drawing strength from every living thing. They are centered and driven by the movements of the Force. The Dark side of the Force depends greatly on emotion, especially the emotions of anger and hatred. They feed the Dark side of the Force, which is strengthened by anger and hate.
Yoda (the small green jedi master) rightfully tells Anakin that fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and that leads to the Dark side. He says the Dark side is alluring. It is filled with power. But it is also filled with manipulation, bending it to do your will.
Jesus says that the Holy Ghost will teach us, bring things to our rememberance (John 14:26), and enter our hearts (Helaman 5:45). The Holy Ghost doesn’t have a Light side or a Dark side. The Holy Ghost is pure, and is it the singular mind of Christ and His Father that dwells within us.
“May the Force be with you” might sound a little like “God bless you” because it was originally portrayed as something spiritual in "Episode IV" (1977). Then, in "Episode I" (1999), we were told that the Force was made up of midichlorians, tiny organisms that live in each person in the galaxy…
Well, the fact is that the Holy Ghost dwells within us and is available to anyone who repents of his sins and receives this Spirit by the laying on of hands by the ministry. Its purpose is to direct our lives (if we choose to listen) through a small whisper speaking to our minds, through scripture, through tugs at the heart, etc.
The evil Emperor Palpatine in "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) tells impressionable Anakin that one can manipulate the Force in such a way to give life and to take it and to prolong it. That is the manipulation of the Force by the Dark side.
Contrast this to the Holy Ghost, which cannot be manipulated. It exists so that we can align ourselves with the will of Christ, to serve Him, to serve others, and to lead others to Christ.
Make no mistake about it. Although the creative minds behind the "Star Wars" franchise have managed to attract millions with the detailed science fiction fantasy, the good-vs.-evil plot has been around since Adam and the serpent (Genesis 2-3). Similarities exist throughout the "Star Wars" films that mirror spiritual beliefs because viewers can relate and connect. But always remember — the word of God and the plan of salvation are neither detailed stories nor fantasy; they are real. Christ is the Light (John 8:12) and the truth (John 16:13).
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.