Podcast E12 The Matrix – Cypher
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Podcast E12 The Matrix – Cypher
Hello, and Welcome to the Anvil Podcast E12! We are countinuing our series on The Matrix looking at the biblical lessons within and how to apply them to our lives.
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This weeks episode we are going to be talking about one of the characters in the M – Cypher.
Obviously if you have not seen The Matrix this series will ruin it for you. Also the M came out in ’99, so if its been awhile since you’ve seen it, try and check it out. It will help the things we are going to talk about be a little more clear, and likely you’ll get more out of it.
In this series I have a challenge going on. I’d like you to start really truly considering who you are as a man. Start by taking some small steps today, and then everyday to start really taking an honest look at what kind of a man you are.
What kind of a man you think you are, what kind of man others think you are, and what kind of man God thinks you are.
For those of you that have been doing that, I pray that God has been revealing some good things to you, and bringing some clarity, and new perspective that you did not have before. Keep it up. There is more to discover.
With that lets get into it…
The first part of the series we talked about the Red Pill and the Blue Pill, and the power of choice we have as disciples of Christ. How Neo has to make a choice. One way or the other – he chooses. We do the same, initially to accept, and aknowledge that Christ is Lord – or not and we believe whatever we want to believe.
Last week we talked about the concept of “how there is no spoon.” Which is really about faith. So we looked at faith, what it is, and what it isn’t. How we need to have a biblical faith that includes wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Not a blind faith.
This episode we are taking a look at a specific character in the M – Cypher. He is not one of the main characters, but he is a important one.
In case it has been awhile since you have seen The Matrix, and you may have no idea who I am talking about – let me catch you up.
Cypher is essentially the Judas of the M. We don’t find out much about him until about halfway through the movie. This is before Neo goes to see the Oracle, and after his training. He can’t sleep and meandering around the ship he runs into Cypher.
They talk briefly about looking at the M in code, and how Morphious told Neo that he is the One. C is kinda dumbstruck with the whole idea of “The One”. They have a drink, and C gives Neo advice to not fight against the sentient program agents.
Just after their encounter you see C at a nice restaurant with one of the sentient programs – Agent Smith. You then learn C plan to betray Morphious, and the human race. All this in exchange for being able to forget it all, and have a “rich”, and “important” life lived in the M.
As Morphious’ crew enters the M to take Neo to see the Oracle we see C drop a cell phone in a near by trash can so the agents can trace its location. Which upon the return of the crew, we see the betrayal, and nearly half the crew dies as a result.
So why talk about C? What does C have to do with our lives? What can we learn here? Likely more then you think.
Most people write off C as this Judas character. A trader. His betrayal sucks, but most move on quickly to the other things going on in the movie.
As with most of the characters in the M each one represents something. C is unique in that he is a external manifestation of a internal character. Let me tell you what I mean…
C is a representative of our flesh. Our weak, self serving nature that seeks self preservation and comfort above all. If we look a little closer at his character you’ll see more about what I am talking about.
One of the first things we learn about him is he is quick to hide his betrayal from Neo. When Neo meets him by chance the night he cant sleep C is getting ready to meet up with Agent Smith. As soon as Neo comes over, he scares C then quickly tries to hide what he is doing. Maybe like someone walking up to you when you’re looking at something online that you shouldn’t.
As C is explaining how you can only view the M in code he says he doesn’t even see the code anymore. That you “get used to it.” All he see’s is a blonde, brunette, and a red head.
When C looks out into the M, he is looking for anything that can bring him comfort, and relief from the actual reality. This could not parallel our flesh any better.
When he sits and eats with Agent Smith he goes into detail about how he knows that everything in the M is fake, and a lie, and a prison, and he prefers it. He ends his little speech with “Ignorance is bliss.” That is the voice of our flesh men. The selfish parts of us that knows full well at sin destroys us, and pushes onward eyes closed claiming ignorance.
Like a little child our flesh covers its eyes and thinks it disappears. It puts its fingers in its ears and goes “lalalala I cant hear you” when faced with the truth.
That is C’s big dilemma – he lives in reality, but loves fantasy. After the betrayal at the building he comes back to the real world and kills Dozer, and tries to kill Tank. In that process he talks to Trinity about the betrayal. How he believes that the M can be more real then the real world. How all he does is what Morpheus tells him. He’s tired of eating the same crap food everyday.
In the end Tank is not dead, and comes back to kill C before he can kill Neo. But look at all the charactics C has. He mimics our flesh perfectly. Seeking lies to the truth. Rejecting responsibility. At the expense of the entire human race seeks to be “rich, and someone important, like an actor”. Even his delusions are delusional. Important like an actor…
He is a slave to his own desires. His lust for Trinity, and other women he watches in the M. This relates to what we talked about in the first episode. You see no matter what C is a slave. He doesn’t have the freedom to choose anything else other then his own selfish desires.
Now if you are not really sure what that means exactly, let us know. We’d love to pray for you, and talk with you more about it. Shoot me an email at David@AnvilMinistries.com Come and see what Anvil is all about. Come check out our website.
Also getting connected with a local church will really help too. If you are looking in southern CA – check out-
Olive Branch Community Chuch – Great place in Corona, CA. It’s a well established church, with lots of opurtunities to get involved. For more info check out their website at Olive-Branch.org
So what can we learn from this? How can we apply it to our lives?
The first thing we can do is learn to recognize our own flesh. The traitor within. We all have it. We all have to deal with it. If we are ever to move forward in our walk we must choose against it.
If we are not able to recognize it, how can we resist it? How can we fight against it?
In Greek the word flesh is Sarx. It means actual meat, muscles, the physical body, etc. but what we are talking about is when it means our fallen human nature. Specifically our fallen human morality.
Without getting too deep into theology our flesh is essentially self idolatry. Our flesh takes the place of God as the one who defines what is acceptable or not. It is one of the main reasons why we are so good as BSing our selves.
Our flesh justifies anything that will bring it pleasure, or comfort. There is no cost, or limit that I know of that is too much for our flesh. It has no moral limit, because it believes it sets the limits.
It is our flesh that is tempted to sin. It is our flesh that justifies one small step closer, and closer to it until it gets what it wants. Because most men struggle with porn let me use that as an example.
Your flesh lies to you, and says hey, no one’s arround, why not hop on your computer, iPad, phone etc. Something tempting catches its attention. “Huh, What’s that?” Your flesh knows exactly what it is, and where it wants to go. One thing leads to another, and before you know it you’re indulging in porn. Your flesh raises its hands in victory.
It is our flesh that leads us to sacrifice years of marriage, and our whole family, the stability of our children, and more all for a happy ending with someone that is not your wife.
It is our flesh that lies to us, and tells us that all we need is ______. We deserve it. What else are we supposed to do. We don’t have any other options. It’ll be okay. Just this once. Just one time. Just one more time. No one knows. No one will find out. It’ll be fine.
The BS goes on, and on, and on until it gets what it wants. This is one of the reasons why Christ giving us the freedom to choose something else is such a big deal. Without Christ we are a slave to our flesh. With Him we have the freedom to choose against it.
So be on the look out men. Be aware of the traitor within. Learn to recognize when your flesh is trying to lead you to a place of comfort, pleasure, and self satisfaction. Because it knows no bounds. No limits. There is no price it will not happily pay to get what it wants.
Recognition is key. That is the first step. The next is much simpler, but more difficult. When you recognize your flesh IMMEDIATELY stop. Physically freeze for a moment if you can. You have to kill whatever momentum that has been built up. Just for a second. If it helps even say something outloud like Stop, or Just a second. Something to snap yourself out of it.
It is then that you need to (without hesitation) reject it, and choose something else. As strange as it sounds, verbalizing this is helpful. If you are by yourself I’d highly encourage you to do it aloud. If not, do it mentally, but DO IT. Resist it, AND Run from it.
If its porn, stop, and shut off the device, and/or physically separate yourself from it.
If its drugs or alcohol your struggling with, stop. Set it down, and physically separate yourself from it.
I don’t know what your flesh craves, and seeks after specifically. I do know that you HAVE to be aggressive against it. Whatever it is, stop the moment its happening, and choose against it. If possible, physically put distance between you, and it.
Really all we are talking about it repentance. But we get so used to that word, it looses its impact, and meaning. All it means is to completely change directions. As a Christian we have the freedom to do that. So do it.
Some of you may not believe that, and I am not a psychologist or anything, and you may have addictions tied in with this. If so, you may not be capable of doing it on your own. It’s possible, but not likely. You may need some help. This doesn’t have to be a psychologist, councilor or even a pastor. Just someone that loves you, and can come along side you in this.
You may think you don’t have anyone that loves you, and can come along side you. We can, and will it is what we are here for. A good church will have good men that you can connect with, and help you through where you are at right now. All you have to do is take that small step to let someone know.
One thing about our flesh is that it loves darkness. It hates the light, because the light lets us see the truth. It lets us see things how they really are. It may feel impossible to bring your struggles into the light. *It’s not.* God is for you, and is with you.
He wants you to experience the freedom He has given you. All it takes is that small step to bring things from the darkness to the light.
Many many times this is the hardest for those of us in ministry believe it or not. Just because you are serving in ministry doesn’t mean you don’t still have sin to deal with. For those like myself that are pastors it can feel even more impossible because your struggles with sin are connected with your career.
What would the congragation think if they found out you were struggling with porn? Or having an affair? Or something else? Please, pastors- ministers, leaders, those serving Gods people contact us. This is the reason we are here. It is one of the reasons Anvil is not under the umbrella of any particular church, denomination, or association. Anvil is a neautral, safe place to bring your dark things into the light, and begin to let God heal those areas of your life. So you can better serve His people. Everything here is held in the strictest confidence. We want to listen, and pray for you. Nothing more. Those that are listening right now I hope you take me up on that. The sooner the better. It is one of the reasons we are here.
I love practical teaching, and taking action. So here is something you can do this week to find your strength-
Bring darkness into the light. Through working with men for many years now I have heard a lot. Honestly I don’t think anything would surprise me at this point, but what has surprised me, and still does is how long men carry arround their darkness. How long they have hidden it, kept it, tried to figure it out on their own.
Scripture says we need to confess our sins to one another, so that we can be healed. So this week, this is your excuse, your opportunity to be healed. Confess your sins to another person. Someone you can trust. If you don’t have anyone to go to, you can do that here with Anvil. Over the phone, via email, or text. If you’re in the southern CA area we could even do it in person.
God wants you to live free, and to be healed. This is the way to do just that. I hope you do.
That wraps up our episode this week. It is my hope you got something valuable from it. It is my great honor serving you here through our Anvil podcast. Our next episode we will continue our series on the Matrix where we are going to start talking about The One, what we can learn from it, and how we can apply it to our lives. It’s likely gonna be broken down into 2 parts. Be sure you don’t miss it.
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Do. not. give. up. Do. not. give. in. Continue to fight the good fight, and you will find your strength.
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