Saw the movie “Chappie,” tonight. It is an adult version of the old movie, “Short Circuit.” If you like violent action movies, and can overlook a lot of foul language, it is pretty good – but has a strong New Age religious theme as part of the story. SPOILER ALERT for spiritual discussion:
The New Age concept promoted in this movie is that our soul, or “consciousness” can be mapped, and then transferred to a computer/robot. It glorifies rebellion against God.
In one scene, when Chappie is discussing death with his “mommy,” she says that when someone dies, they move on to the next thing. Later in the movie she dies. But he had saved her consciousness on a flash drive as he was learning how to map it. Chappie comments, “You don’t have to go on to the next thing.” He then transfers her “saved” soul into another robot.
This movie, at its core, is outright rebellion against God, who said in His Word, “It is appointed to man to die once, and then the judgment.”
It is interesting that the lead human character, who “created” Chappie, is of apparent Indian (from India) descent. India is the home of Hinduism, which believes in reincarnation. And the core theme of the movie is man-directed reincarnation.
The “bad guy” who works in the office with the main character is portrayed as a Catholic (aka, the traditional movie “Christian”), and makes the sign of the cross when he discovers that Chappie is alive. He then arranges things so he can send his super-robot to try to kill Chappie. While the type of robot that Chappie was (humanoid police robots) has artificial intelligence, the super-robot must be controlled by a human through a neural transmitter. Chappie ends up kicking the super-robot’s backside, then a couple scenes later, kicks its creator around, too.
The hidden message in this part? Christians cannot think for themselves, but are merely robots controlled by their Creator. In the end, they will lose, while the New Age will succeed.
In Revelation 13, it says that the Antichrist will war against the saints and overcome them. But the good news (not in the movie), that God first told us in Revelation 12 that the saints will overcome the Antichrist by the Blood of the Lamb, by the word of their testimony, and because they loved not their lives even to the death. And in the end, our Creator comes, and puts down Satan’s rebellion.
Further question for discussion:
As I was coming home from the movie, I had an idea that this could also relate to the rise of Antichrist. To start off, it is believed by the more serious conspiracy theorists that the New World Order has a code that they must reveal their plans, though it can be hidden. They do this through movies.
Revelation says that the beast Antichrist will be apparently killed from a head wound, then three days later come back – and the world will marvel. Revelation also says that the second beast, often called the false prophet, will make an image of the beast, which will be given the breath of life. Everyone will be required to worship the first beast.
Could it be that the beast will be transferred into an image/robot when he is killed. Then will offer the same opportunity to those who take the mark of the beast. Perhaps, in the obtaining of the mark, people even have their soul imprinted/saved for when they die. Talk about an act of rebellion against God!