After the success of The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas revealed that ‘This is the kind of movie we need. There needs to be a kind of film that expresses the mythological realities of life - the deeper psychological movements of the way we conduct our lives. But Star Wars was never intended to offer a ready-made religion, which is why the Force is a rather vague amalgamation of different things… All I was trying to say in a very simple and straightforward way, is that there is a God and there is a good and bad side.”
The Star Wars saga is concerned with secularism’s dismissal of religion, as is suggested by the second time audiences hear of the Force in A New Hope. “Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fort…” However, Vader’s reaction of choking Motti by the mere power of his thought indicates that Star Wars’ sympathies are not with this secularist.
By associating black magic with the Empire elite, Lucas is pointing to the truth that the symbolic empire is controlled by the occult. Lucas once mentioned in an interview how he “waxed philosophically about the New World Order” with other famous filmmakers in his early career.
“A long time ago…” 2000 years?
MESSIAH: The Jedi Knights were waiting for the “chosen one” to finally bring peace to the galaxy, according to the prophecy mentioned in The Phantom Menace. This parallels the prophecy of the messiah in Judaism/Christianity.
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT: When Darth Vader’s son, Luke Skywalker, was born, he was put into hiding (from Vader) and given to his aunt and uncle and taken to the remote planet of Tatooine (desert, like Egypt). This parallels the hiding of the baby Jesus Christ, the flight into Egypt, to protect Him from King Herod who sought to kill Him.
NAMES: *Luke* was a disciple of Paul. Obi Wan Kenobi or Ben Kenobi, is described as a hermit, a wizard, and a crazy old man. In Genesis, *Benjamin* was the last-born of Jacob's thirteen children, and the second and last son of Rachel. Jacob’s wife was *Leah* (Leia).
SACRIFICE: Obi-Wan Kenobi battles with Vader just long enough for Luke to see him sacrifice himself in order to allow the escape of his friends. The disappearance of Obi Wan from his robes when struck down by Darth Vader parallels the disappearance (resurrection) of Jesus Christ after His death.
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” - Jesus in John 15:13
RESURRECTION: The force then allows Obi Wan Kenobi to communicate spiritually to Luke Skywalker. Obi-Wan becomes an analogy of the Holy Spirit, offering counsel, prompts and courage.
“The Force will be with you, always.”
In Matthew 28:20 Jesus said, "I am with you, always."
“May the force be with you.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16, “may the Lord... be with you all.”
The force “surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together”
Ephesians 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
The Force = enlightenment/free will/consciousness/conscience or lack thereof, hence there are the both good and bad sides to it.
Dark side = black magic, satanism (anger, fear, aggression, hatred)
Yoda says the dark side is “Quicker, easier, more seductive… anger... fear... aggression. The dark side are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.” The key word here is aggression, and the Jedi portray the non-aggression principle when:
- Obi Wan confronts Vader
- Luke confronts Vader, in VI
- Luke confronts Jabba the Hutt
- Luke confronts Palpatine
The temptation of Luke by Vader in V, and Palpatine in VI (and Anakin in III) echoe temptation of Adam and Christ by Lucifer.
Yoda, “...luminous beings are we, not this crude matter…”, this crude matter being flesh and blood: Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Redemption of Darth Vader - Anakin Skywalker’s humanity and sense of righteousness remained inside, dormant until kindled by the love of his own son. In his son, he saw the look of steadfast faith and unconditional love.
At journey's end, when faced with the finality of evil's triumph, Anakin regained his humanity and destroyed the evil, even though it proved fatal to him. But with his sacrifice, he fulfilled his destiny, succeeding to bring peace and order to the galaxy. We know that he was saved because at the end of Episode VI, Anakin Skywalker appears in a vision with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.
- Vader back to Anakin
- Luke, a lost farmboy to focused Jedi
- Han Solo, scoundrel to hero. He is the unbeliever who is converted, and has his own death and resurrection when he is frozen in carbonite.
The Mysteries of the Sith = the occult knowledge of the ancient pagan "Mysteries", the "ancient religions"
Rebel Alliance = Jews/Christians
Anakin/Luke Skywalker = the chosen one
(fall, redemption, sacrifice, peace)
Jedi Knights = fallen Christian reformations
Jedi - (Je) Jesus (di) divine
A Jedi Master wears tan robes, like Jesus
Rebel Alliance symbol (three points like a cross, wings like a griffin or phoenix)
Galactic Empire = Roman Empire
Emperor Palpatine = Papacy
(papal = palpa)
Sith = satanic secret societies
Sith - (Si) sin (th) Thelema, Thule Society (Lucas drew other inspiration from Nazi Germany by naming the Empire's soldiers "Stormtroopers")
A Sith wears black robes like satanists
Galactic Empire symbol (six pointed star,
TIE fighter and First Order are hexagonal)