What do you believe?
THX0101
5/19/2002 1:43:35 PM
I believe the commonalities we see in the many religions stem from our collective unconcious, but how does it get there? One theory is that the true mind of our buddah energy has been circling life forms since life existed. It is through all that experience that our consciouss mind can begin to listen to the wisdom of the energy that connects us all. As for whether we are all right or all wrong, the consciouss mind is powerful enough to decieve oneself. That is what confines so many to the wisdom of the temporal world. Now everyone should continue the conversation about Star Wars.
she_who_must_not_be_named
5/16/2002 3:32:08 PM
in class we watched a documentry about lucas and his vision. he included all mythos,legend, and theology. the fact that every religon finds the same thing in their paths tells me only one thing. all paths do lead in one direction. we are either all right or we are all wrong. funny how a movie plants this seed, yes?
THX0101
5/16/2002 12:32:01 AM
A friend of mine recently told me that he thought their were no geniuses in our generation. Who are the great leaders we turn to for spiritual guidence in this day and age. I think the principals offered to us by the various religions are as true today as they ever were, but I think people need new narratives through which we can relate to these principals in the computer and information age. I believe that films like Star Wars and the Matrix are able to fulfill this need for a mass audience. No we don't need to turn to the films for all the answers, but it is a good starting point.
onlinelyn
5/15/2002 12:26:21 PM
It is only a movie guys! We have to be careful not to make it any more than that, but it is great if you can get something out of it that you can relate to.
xsherme
5/14/2002 5:24:48 PM
1) While searching for Yoda, Luke Skywalker walks and talks with the Jedi master himself, even preparing to eat with him. However, during all this time he doesn't know the Small Green One's true identity. If he were stronger in the Force and less deceived by appearances, he might have understood with whom he was speaking.

2) Disciples walk and talk with Jesus on the way to Emmaus, but don't realize who he is.

Coincidence?? I think not!
crujones
5/14/2002 5:21:38 PM
i don't believe....i "see". and when you "see"....you know. if your faith cannot do this for you..you must look inward...and when you do, you will acheive your salvation and/or enlightenment. your faith should be a guide to the truth and not THE TRUTH. remember, belief is at best an educated guess at something. when you see, the need for belief dissappears and truth is reavealed. be well to all.
spiritous
5/14/2002 4:33:14 PM
Good works are the result of God's grace insomuch as when one does a good work, let it be n the name of......Buddha, Taoism | Buddhism | Christianity | Shamanism Confucianism | Wicca | Paganism | Eckankar Asatru (Norse) | Hinduism | Judaism
Zoroastrianism | Islam | ....
This way ALL Good flows back to the divine stream from whence ALL came.

leonel_martinez
5/14/2002 11:31:46 AM
Yet good Catholic theology will add that even good works are the result of God's grace. A solid perspective is at http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0402.asp
Dharmabum2612
5/13/2002 11:44:53 PM
Not all Christians believe that salvation is baised of faith alone. I am a Roman Catholic and we believe that faith in God is only one small step twards slavation. Good works follow that twards being with God.
gwydionoak
5/13/2002 10:15:47 PM
It's not really surprising that the Jedi have so much in common in so many religions. Lucas unabashedly borrowed from all of them, and most of the story of Star Wars is taken lock, stock and barrel from classic mythology. That's what makes it such great space opera, and so easy for people of many different cultures and religious traditions to enjoy. Wish the newer ones were as good as the first three...Lucas seems to have lost his touch a bit, except in the area of special effects.
morn_sun
5/13/2002 9:30:18 PM
Not exactly. Christianity is based on what God does for us...not what we do for God. Another way of stating this is if salvation had been seen through a Christian worldview Luke nor Anikin would have been the ones to cause a change of heart within the former Darth Vader. We aren't saved by our works or how we make ammends for our rebellion from the "good side". It was already done for us.

Another major differnce if in Christinaity God is not a part of creation, He is apart from it. Also, He's personal. In SW, there is no such thing.
crickedt065
5/13/2002 8:26:02 PM
Cricket here folks. I am in total agreement with "desi-sky". Star Wars is a combination of all religions. "People" chose to disect spirituality as a whole, & give it many names. "The Force" is all religions in one, as the way it should be.
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