Storytelling … Or what I learned because Lucas released Star Wars on Blu-Ray

Every few years George Lucas releases an updated and “definitive” copy of the Star Wars saga. He tweaks the images, adds stuff, subtracts stuff, changes stuff. Star Wars is less than 40 years old and it’s been revised a lot.

The Gospel, nearly 2000 years old, has all the time in the world to be changed, added to, subtracted from, tweaked. But that hasn’t happened.


Star Wars, as much as we love it, is fiction.

Star Wars, like the Bible, is a love story, a story of redemption and a story of Good vs. Evil. We love that sort of thing. Why? Because it’s the story God set in our hearts, the story outlined for us in the Bible.

Unlike Lucas, God has a constant vision for our lives. God has, like Lucas, a passion for the people he has created, but he’s given us free will to live in his passion and work toward his vision … or not. If we choose not to, God doesn’t go back and change things.

I’ve always enjoyed Star Wars. And I (probably) always will. There is, however, a stark contrast between how Lucas handles his masterpiece and how many other writers deal with their characters. Stephen King, Terry Brooks and many others set the story down on paper and let it go where the characters lead. They have a vision of the endpoint, but no idea of the route. God has a map for our lives. At some point many of us have been or will be at the foot of the cross of Christ and faced with how to handle that.

God is constant about his love for you and he is unchanging. He’s not going to start the story with Luke and Leia as love interests and shift the field later and make them brother and sister.


5 thoughts on “Storytelling … Or what I learned because Lucas released Star Wars on Blu-Ray

  1. Well, to be fair… the current Bible that anyone in the last 2000 years has read also isn’t the “original” text. Fiction or not – I won’t have that debate here – the Bible is possibly one of the most-frequently-edited books in the history of mankind.

    • The difference being that the Bible is edited for translation, but the “story” remains unchanged. Lucas changes the story, it doesn’t fit together in places and he says “yeah, write this, it’s official” to an author and then says later, when it suits him, that the material no longer applies.

      • I’m not a scholar, by any means, but I do know this. Asherah was a goddess worshiped in the area and times of the Old Testament. Israelites were not pure in their worship of God over time. They strayed at several points and may have linked him to the goddess at some point in time. It’s not surprising, but I don’t think this shows the Bible was changed. These things didn’t happen when the people of Israel had their act together.

        I see things like this and am convinced the push to use them to disprove something in the Bible, or discredit it, is driven by Satan with the goal of further driving a wedge between God and man.

  2. I don’t know; I just feel that there is enough evidence to suggest that some content of the Bible has been edited throughout the years. The point is probably trivial, but still valid.

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