The Virgin Birth of Star Wars

May the 4th Be With You! Did you know that one of the main characters of Star Wars was born of a virgin? If you're a fan of Star Wars and/or Catholicism, you will need to read this ... one the best Easter Eggs in Sci-Fi History! 

"You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this…boy?"
-Mace Windu 

The Jedi Masters speak of the ancient prophesy of the Chosen One that is fulfilled by the birth and life of Anakin Skywalker. Clearly, this is the Star Wars version of a Messianic prophesy. This is made blatantly obvious when we discover that he is the seed of woman alone (Gen 3:15), that he was conceived by the Force, that Shmi gave birth as a Virgin -- just as Jesus was conceived within the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1). 

CAUTION: George Lucas borrowed a lot from the mythologist, Joseph Campbell. Campbell contended that all religions and mythologies were basically one story. As Lucas would later say, "the conclusion I have come to is that all of the religions are true; they just see a different part of the elephant." This is its own heresy. Lucas' concepts, by his own admission, are a mixed bag of ideas borrowing from Christianity and Eastern religions, or in this case the virgin birth and reincarnation all swirled together

George Lucas' stories are amazing, but he's dead wrong on this point. All religions and mythologies are not telling the same story. However, all stories, throughout all history, bear the imprint of Christ's life.

Back to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ...

Did you catch the above conversation between Palpatine and Anakin in Revenge of the Sith? Ironically, it was when the characters of the Star Wars space opera were actually watching a space opera, complete with swirling musical gas giants. Watch out, things are about to get even more Meta. 

Palpatine was telling Anakin of his own Sith master, Darth Plagueis. Palpatine was telling Anakin about the origin of the prophesy, about HIS OWN BIRTH!!
"Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise, he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying."
This Darth Plagueis twist is fantastic storytelling. I love this. Listen. Darth Plagueis, Emperor Palpatine's Sith master, whom he killed, never died ... it is said. Instead, he took himself bodily into the Force. He subsumed himself into the Force, by his own hand, by his own power over life and death. Darth Plagueis had not only learned how to keep people from dying, but how to prevent himself from dying. Doesn't this all sound like a dark, twisted version of the Resurrection?

There's more! Darth Plagueis *attempted* to raise himself into the Force, so that he could be born again, conceived by the Force, itself. Though Plagueis ultimately failed, the Force did conceive, and a child was born to the Virgin Shmi. Anakin was born purely from the midi-chlorians, the living source of the Force. Just in case you missed that: Anakin was conceived by the Power of the Force in the Virgin Shmi; Jesus was conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary. 

The new book Darth Plagueis puts a new spin on this story. The midi-chlorians resisted the will of Darth Plagueis and "struck back at him." That is, the Force created an immensely powerful force-wielder, Anakin, to defeat the Sith. Plagueis' work to manipulate the Force ultimately became self-defeating, similar to the heresy described below. 

Isn't it ironic--and proof of Palpatine's terrible cunning rhetoric--that Anakin was finally taken over to the Dark Side by his belief that Palpatine could teach Anakin to save Padmé's life? Stupid Anakin, you're the living result of the one who proved this was folly and who taught Palpatine in the first place!

I doubt that the Star Wars prophesy goes so far as to support the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is too bad, but you have to ask the question: why and how did the Force pick and prepare Shmi, on sandy, desolate nowhere Tatooine (read "Nazareth" and/or "Bethlehem"), to be his mother? "What good can come from [Tatooine]?" (John 1:46)

The Heresy of Darth Pelagius

One last thing ... there is an ancient Christian heresy which was begun by Pelagius (doesn't that name sound familiar?). Isn't the resemblance funny? It looks like he's wearing Sith robes:

The Pelagian Heresy, opposed by Saint Augustine, held that man, by his own power, could achieve salvation, i.e. could save himself. Man, without the grace of God, the heresy held, could make himself sinless. Taking the power of life and death into one's own hands sounds remarkably like what Darth Plagueis taught.

I suppose a few questions remain: Did Anakin bring balance to the Force? When did this supposed balance occur? With Anakin's birth? With his ascendancy as Darth Vader and the slaughter of the Jedis with Order 66? With the birth of his twin children, Luke and Leia? With Luke's ascendancy? When Darth Vader kills Emperor Palpatine ... as revenge for Palpatine's murder of Vader's previous incarnation, Darth Plagueis? OR ... Will THE LAST JEDI and the new trilogy finally answer this question with the next generation of Skywalkers??? 

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