Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Problem of Evil According to Agent Smith

I have been searching You Tube for this clip for some time (excuse the Croatian subtitles). Agent Smith (played by Hugo Weaving) lectures Morpheus regarding the origin of the Matrix. Here is the text:

Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization.

The problem of evil is one of those areas of cognitive dissonance in a Biblical worldview. Christians sometimes face the issue with difficulty. As this clip shows, even those who do not share a Biblical worldview see that there is a necessary purpose in the existence of evil.

While we do not always have answers that satisfy enquiring minds, we do know that, in the context of the problem of evil versus God's goodness, God Himself, in the Person of Christ, was the primary victim of the worst evil ever perpetrated; premeditated deicide (Acts 2:23; 36).

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