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GLMX #265: "Star Wars" and How You Can be Delivered from the Dark Side

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Unless you really live in a galaxy far, far away, you already know that the seventh movie in the epic Star Wars franchise was released this weekend. Ten years after the last Star Wars film was released, The Force Awakens has tapped into the tremendous popularity of the original series. According to Forbes Magazine, Star Wars is Hollywood's "biggest and most enduring franchise" and has been 'consistently popular for nearly 40 years.'
 
Many have recognized that one reason why is because the characters and story resonate with people on a much deeper level than the on-screen spectacle may suggest. For example, the mystical "Force" of Star Wars which binds the galaxies together, reflects the truth that our universe is held together by a singular force as well. All humans are connected because we are all made in the image of God. As the Bible says, "we are all his offspring." Speaking of God's Son, Jesus Christ, the Bible says, "By him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist [hold together]."

The conflict between the light side and the dark side of the Force is a theme that also aligns with our world. The Jedi and others who draw power from the light side of the force emphasize peace, non-aggression, and ridding oneself of hate. Opposed to them are the Sith and others who draw power from the dark side of the force; they emphasize aggression, fear, anger, and hatred. Light and darkness, good and evil are also in conflict in our world. And, just as the Jedi overcome the Sith, good will win out in the end. The Bible says, "The light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

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