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Here's the original 1977 theatrical trailer for Star Wars
The original Star Wars trilogy is a classic set of movies. The first film, Episode IV: A New Hope, was
released in 1977, and it was certainly a milestone in movie history. I remember going to the Odeon
cinema in Bristol at that time to see the first one when I was about 11 years old. I even appeared on
TV in a local news program because I was right at the front of the large queue waiting patiently
outside! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I have lots of memories related to the Star Wars phenomenon.
There are so many iconic moments from the original trilogy, some of which have been lampooned
numerous times in TV and film.
Yet it has only been in more recent years (from about the mid-1990's) that I've watched the Trilogy
with renewed insight. I like the three Prequels as well, which have now been added to the original
three, as they complete the whole story, but the original Trilogy clearly had more of an impact - not
only on the film industry, but also on individuals, like myself, as well!
Even though elements of the story reflect Buddhist/New Age thinking in many respects, which seems
to be the intention of writer/director George Lucas, there is much truth in it from a biblical
perspective, particularly when seen through the eyes of the Spirit. I also find it fascinating that
there's even a new religion based on the Star Wars saga - the religion of Jediism!
Star Wars, and many other similar movies, may be science fiction, but 'there is much more in heaven
and earth than exists in your philosophy', and I believe that these stories reflect something much
deeper, much more than meets the eye!
For instance, the battle between Light and
Darkness is a reality that everyone is
caught up in, whether we are aware of it or
not. There is a Rebellion in the universe,
which has been raging since the dawn of
time - whether one views it in a negative
sense of rebellion against the revealed will
of the Creator, or in a more positive sense
of the kingdom of Light standing up to the
tyranny of the Beast kingdoms of darkness.
In fact, as nuts as this is going to sound to
some, here are a few of the biblical spiritual
parallels that I see (and there are many),
using Star Wars terminology. I would say
that the true 'Jedi's' are those whom God
(as the Life-Force) has chosen to be
trained as his spiritual faith-warriors within
his kingdom of Light - with the ultimate
faith-warrior being Christ Jesus himself.
Through the many tests in life, these
'Jedi-priests' are being trained to bear the
fruit of the Spirit of God, particularly Love,
Peace, Faithfulness and Self-Control.
Jesus could have called upon more than 12
legions of spiritual warriors from heaven (i.e.
angels) when he was unjustly arrested, but
like Obi-Wan Kenobi, he knew that the way
of humble self-sacrifice held far greater
power than pure warrior might alone (cf.
Concerning the way of the Spirit, recall Luke
Skywalker's training by Yoda. The secret is
in the renewing of the mind by the spiritual
walk of faith, conquering fear of the powers
of darkness - even the darkness lurking
within ourselves. And just like the task of
raising the ship out of the swamp waters,
even the apostle Peter had to focus his
faith upon Christ if he didn't want to sink
into the stormy sea (cf. Matthew
But it's a continual battle in this world, with
the flesh warring against the spirit. Yet the
Word of truth feeds the spirit and
encourages living faith. In battle, the real
'light sabre' is the sword of the spirit, which
is a declaration of God.
God is the real personal Force that
pervades the universe, giving life to all
things. And He alone, through His Son,
conquers death - something which the
'Star Wars force' is unable to do.
And the great news is that those on the
dark side, like Darth Vader, can be
redeemed from their slavery to
wickedness and be restored to Life. Now
that's real Power! That's ultimate
Here's the 1997 re-release special edition theatrical trailer for the Star Wars Trilogy
Hit Play to listen to the classic Star Wars theme