When Waking Up Is A Nightmare
Do you remember the movie The Matrix where Morpheus told Neo that he had a choice between taking a blue pill or a red pill? If Neo chose the blue pill he would remain asleep living in a world of illusions. However if he chose the red pill he would wake up and see the world the way it really is, not so pretty but real. Jesus said something similar when he told Nicodemus that a man had to be born again to see the kingdom of God (Jn. 3:1-5).
However, beware, for someone has been tampering with the pills and some blue pills have been colored red. If you take one of these faux blue pills you will wake up in a world with no good or evil, no purpose and no meaning. One of the illusions in that world is; if you try hard enough you can manufacture some personal meaning and even a personal morality. In this nightmarish world people spend a great deal of time convincing themselves that they are good and justify themselves. In that world people spend enormous amounts of time trying to find meaning and purpose. However, in that world try as they may, no one can find ultimate purpose or meaning inside of themselves and above their own opinion. In fact, in that world all you have is your opinion. The reason is that only an Ultimate can give ultimate meaning and truth. You cannot give something that you don’t have. You cannot give ultimate meaning to anything because you do not possess it within yourself. All you can give others and yourself is the ultimate illusion that your life has some meaning in itself, and of itself. The first thing that a person should realize when they are really awake, is that there must be an Ultimate and they are not it.
When a person attempts to find meaning in himself it is evident that he is still asleep. He’s accepted the ultimate illusion that he can have meaning apart from an Ultimate. The truly awake atheist (if there is such a person) will live a meaningless life of despair (nihilist) knowing his life is as meaningless as a spec of dust, which he ultimately knows he is. Some in that world seem to get some comfort out of the fact that they can call it star-dust, hinting at its complexity but in the end it is still dust.
Jesus talked about taking a pill that will wake you up so you can see the world and yourself, the way you truly are and the way God see’s you and the world. It also will allow you to see the way it will be when God has put everything right, which allows one to live in faith, hope and love.
Jesus once offered a red pill to a young wealthy man who thought he was okay because he obeyed all the rules. Jesus told him that if he would take the red pill he would have to give up his wealth and follow Him. The story says that when the young wealthy man heard this he went away sorrowfully because he loved his possessions more than he did the truth or God. What is it in your life that is keeping you from taking the real red pill?