Before he dodged bullets, Neo learned how to “change the laws of physics” on something far more harmless–a spoon that doesn’t exist. Although this seen may appear to be cute scene with the little bald kid in a monk’s robe, to me it is one of the most profound scenes in the entire Matrix trilogy because it holds the key to how to function in the computer-generated world known as the Matrix. Moreover, it is a beautiful illustration of how Christians are told to operate in their authority as believers. Just as Luke greatly underestimates the small green creature he meets on Dagobah, it is likely that Neo initially overlooked what the little candidate in the Oracle’s apartment was trying to tell Neo as he waited to be evaluated. No doubt, the Oracle made sure the two of them met because the little fellow’s instructions to Neo tie directly into the Oracle’s words. Let us consider what the small boy has to say after he bends and unbends what appears to be a spoon. “Do not try and bend the spoon,” he says, “That’s impossible. Instead…only try to realize the truth.” Neo says, “What truth?” Then the boy says, “There is no spoon.” Neo asks, “There is no spoon?” To which the boy replies, “Then you will see that it is not the spoon that bends, only yourself.” And with that, Neo looks at the spoon and as his head moves–both up and down–so does the spoon. How was that possible? From a technological point of view, the spoon in question wasn’t a spoon at all. It was a computer-generated image of a spoon. It possessed more more mass, or substance, in the real world than any other image on a computer screen. It was not real! Moreover, it was generated by the Matrix in order to lull its captives into a state of complacency, a computer generated deception–a lie. And what is the best antidote for a lie? The truth. Jesus spoke of the power of truth when He said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). So how did knowing the truth set Neo free? Before he was awakened, Neo was a computer programmer and a hacker. As such, he knew that any image on a computer screen can be altered with a few key strokes, or even by moving a mouse. Like the famous spoon, the cursor on a computer screen isn’t a real arrow in the sense that it doesn’t have any mass or substance. It is a computer-generated image that is under the direct control of the user! The spoon was no different and once Neo realized he was the user he was able change the image of a straight spoon into the image of a bent spoon! Now of course there is hardly anything menacing or threatening about the image of spoon. But Neo needed practice before he had to face bullets, which of course the Oracle knew. Thus the quick lesson before the fight for Morpheus’ life and the life-altering revelation for Neo. Thankfully, Neo was a quick study and when he was fired upon, his perception had changed. He wasn’t just an image in the Matrix. Instead, he acted like a user, hacked into the Matrix and changed the rules, which allowed him to change his image inside it, allowing him to dodge and stop bullets, fly and even restart a human heart, all because he bent, or changed, his perception of his relationship to the Matrix. So what does Neo’s relationship to the Matrix have to do with a Christian’s authority? Although Neo was able to re-enter the Matrix in order to complete various missions, he wasn’t under the Matrix’ control. This was because he was separated from when he took the red pill. The same is true for the believer. When we appropriated, or took the blood of Jesus and allowed it to cleanse us from our sins, we were removed from the control of this world’s system. John wrote, “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (I John 4:4 GOD’S WORD Translation). The one that is in us that John speaks of is Christ and the one in the world is the devil who as has been referred to as “the god of this world” (II Cor 4:4), which makes him in charge of the matrix that is this world system. However, we already know that the devil has no power over us. In fact, we have power over the devil. Jesus told His disciples, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you” (Luke 10:19 NASB). Here, Jesus is calling the devil the enemy and is reminding the believer about his relationship to this matrix, that like Neo we are not supposed to be manipulated by the matrix, but that we are to manipulate it. However, we won’t be able to do exercise any authority until we truly believe that we do. Our minds must be altered, or bent, to accept the truth. Paul said, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:12 NASB). So we are not to be bent to the matrix of this world, but have our minds changed, altered and conformed to the truth. Then when we are faced with a situation that does not line up with God’s Word, we will speak to that problem because Jesus said, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:20). And that mountain will move because our faith will paint a picture in our minds of the mountain moving. Our mind’s eye perception of the mountain will move and it will move before us. So, what mountains are in your life? Is it a disease, a family problem, or lack of finances that is in your way? Well, before you see that mountain move physically, you will need to see it move in your mind and heart first. Feed your mind on scriptures that remind you about your authority and start to see your circumstances change and talk to your circumstances being changed. Bend your mind and words and your circumstances will follow!
When I'm not working my day job as an in-home caregiver, I'm a blogger, freelance writer and lay Bible teacher. I'm currently working on "Confessions of a Christian Trekkie: Spiritual Lessons God has Taught Me Through Science Fiction (No, Really!!!)" I'm heavily involved in my church, Ukiah Assembly of God, ministering mostly in the area of hospitiality. When I'm not working, at church, or writing, I'm watching science fiction movies and television.