Jedi must control their thoughts
Followers of Jediism are encouraged to control their minds. One way they do this is by focusing on the present. Because a wandering mind causes stress and loss of focus, they try to avoid thinking about the past or the future. One way they achieve this is by engaging in light saber duels. Obviously they don’t have access to the lethal light sabers that are portrayed in the films. Nonetheless they use replicas of the light sabers and practice sparing amongst themselves. They argue that when fighting with light sabers one can’t think of anything but the present. Therefore it’s a great way to learn to live in the present.
Another way the Jedi will control their thoughts is through positive thinking. Jedi will try to focus on things that are of the good and shun that which is of the dark side of the force. Christians should also focus on the good things.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Conversely, adherents to Jediism believe that they should not focus on negative emotions, for negative thoughts can lead to the dark side of the force. By focusing on the Jedi Code and purging the mind of negative thoughts a Jedi hopes to avoid the path to the dark side.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”.
In Jediism, Jedi’s will attempt to keep their minds clear of distractions. One way they will accomplish this is through meditation. Very similar to the Buddhist version of meditation, the Jedi will relax and empty their minds. A similar practice has crept into the church called contemplative prayer. We will most certainly cover this practice in a future series as it is clearly not the meditation mentioned in the scriptures. Biblical meditation involves filling our minds with the scriptures, not emptying our minds of all thoughts.
Life after death
Jediism adherents believe in life after death. Jedi believe that after you die, your soul will move on to be embraced by the force.
“ The Force is a living spiritual presence that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds all the matter in the universe together. The Force is the soul of all living things; it exists everywhere. Jedi believe that Force allows people to have free will and choice, but that destiny also plays a part in their lives Jedi Kidoshin http://altreligion.about.com/od/jedireligion/tp/33-Jedi-Teachings-To-Live-By.htm
We see from this definition of the force as well as from other writings that the force is described in terms of being an intelligent being or consciousness. The force is described as providing both freewill and destiny for mankind. You almost get the feeling that the force is the great uncaused cause of all creation. After all what is there beyond the force?
This concept that the force is in all and all is part of the force, yet the force is superior to all comes from panentheism.
Panentheism is similar to pantheism in that God is in all and all is in God. The difference is that panentheism has God being more than the sum total of all that there is. He/she is superior to everything.
Is the force both good and evil?
According to Jediism there is both a light (good) and dark (evil) side of the force. Are we to believe in an entity that is both good and evil? Can we trust or respect a being that is ok with child sacrifice, murder and rape? I don’t believe many of them have followed this thought process to its logical conclusion. The force would either have to be very demented to allow for this kind of dichotomy, or very confused. Why would anyone want to connect with a being like this?
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