Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Living in a Dream World

The following are more of my thoughts that have become very real to me while away for the past two weeks on vacation, it was there afresh I found myself being awakened and finding myself strangely disoriented and wondering why I was once again right smack dab in the middle of a raging war.

"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”

You can read some earlier thoughts here.

From the movie The Matrix, Morpheus asks Neo; “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”

The reason I sooner or later come back to quoting so often from this movie in particular, is because of how I so identify with Neo and all those still wide awake living within in their designer fashioned dream world, but at the same time, totally oblivious to what is really happening in the real world; a person who has lost all levels of consciousness, right down to their identity, is said to be “alert and oriented times zero.”

In Neo’s case the truth is something he says he wants more than anything but does he really? “What is the Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this; [
holds up a Duracell battery]. Neo staggers back saying, No, I don't believe it. It's not possible.” Morpheus replies, “I didn't say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.”

When a person becomes a follower of Christ aka, a Christian, it can be much like being awakened from a dream world as well, and the truth as it begins to shine within our hearts comes into direct contact with the lies we have grown up believing as was with Neo; “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... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”

Neo asks; “what truth?” Morpheus who is in my opinion much like the spirit of truth clearly begins to pull back the veil and says; “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch, a prison for your (heart) mind.”

The choice is always ours as it was for Neo; “I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.”

Our continued detoxing is as much about knowing whatthe lie is, as it is in knowing the Truth; “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see, Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters? The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”

I need to stress that our enemy is not with flesh and blood; “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual
forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (working through flesh and blood.”

A lot of life and living can be very unclear, in your life, what are you perfectly clear on? So much of what was promised to us in responding to the Gospel message has in fact only left us mostly dazed and confused.


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