Take 2: The Matrix – The Oracle

Neo goes to see the Oracle. Morpheus tells Neo that the Oracle is a guide, just like the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). He arrives at her place and is told to wait with the other “potentials.” The others are actually children. I love this because children represent an innocence that’s free from the cares of this world, the cares that generally holds us back as adults (Mark 4:19). Again, this plays into the truth of freeing the mind. In Matthew 18:2-3, Jesus calls a child to Him and says to the crowd, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Children’s beliefs are strong; yet they come easily. Convincing a child about almost anything is not exactly a difficult task. However, their faith, imagination and willingness to believe makes them ideal candidates for unlimited ability in Christ. Two of the kids in the Oracle’s home are making blocks float in the air, while another child is bending spoons with his mind. Neo walks over to the “spoon” boy and the boy immediately invites Neo to do what he’s doing. As Neo attempts this act, the boy says, “Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, only realize the truth.” “Which is,” Neo asks. The boy responds with, “There is no spoon. It is not the spoon that bends, only yourself.” At that, Neo focuses, clears his mind and bends the spoon. Instead of us constantly trying to change the world around us, there is far more opportunity to change ourselves so that we may influence our world.

Finally, Neo meets the Oracle. The Oracle is not what Neo expects. She’s an older woman baking cookies in the kitchen. She’s like a maternal symbol of love and care, much like the Holy Spirit. She doesn’t waste much time asking Neo what he thinks about being told that he’s the One. Neo is still unsure if he is. The Oracle lets him in on a secret. She says that no one can a person if they are the One. The person just knows it. Then, she goes on to examine him to see if he is, and ultimately suggests that he’s not the Savior of mankind, … but she never actually says it. Keep in mind, she just said that no one can be told if they are the One. I believe the Oracle does this to lead Neo into a dialog that he needs to be a part of. She tells him that he has the gift, but he’s waiting for something. Neo laughs in disappointment and disbelief because Morpheus is so sure that Neo is the hope of the human race.

The Oracle is fully aware of Morpheus’ convictions and says something very peculiar: “Without him, we’re lost.” Neo questions her statement for clarity. She looks at him and asks, “You sure you want to hear this?” She knows that she about to tell Neo EXACTLY what he needs to hear in order to fulfill his purpose. This was her plan all along. She reveals to Neo that there is coming a time, a battle perhaps, when he will have to make a decision to either save Morpheus’ life or his own. The Oracle assures that one of them is going to die. For the last 20 years, I always thought this was the only misstep in the film because it makes the Oracle look like a liar; but in fact, it is the very thing that ties the whole movie together … and I’ll show you why.

Kirby N. McKinney

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