“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold in the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate. ”
So says Cobb, one of the main characters in Inception. We’re continuing on seeing Christ in Inception from many perspectives, and it’s my turn. Mark did a great synopsis in his post of the parts of the movie I’m covering. But instead of going where he did, in seeing the movie as “a beautiful picture of the only true Inception, the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us” (which it very much is) I saw a different angle, a more devious picture. Namely, the inceptions caused by the fallen Sons of God, by influencing people towards things not of Christ, and away from the eternal purpose of the Father. In other words, inception by deception.
“…the devil…was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
I say it is inception by deception because the only way we can really be influenced by Satan anymore is by accepting his lies as our truth. We have to believe they are our thoughts and ideas and take hold of them and agree to them for them to have any weight.
As Eames tell Cobb, “That’s the only way it [inception] will stick—it has to seem self-generated.”
Attempted inception by the devil can be very, very subtle. Often, it has elements of truth scattered throughout it. It sounds so right…almost. Lies mixed with truth is the best kind of deception and the easiest to fall for.
I said “attempted inception” above because, in truth, the wicked one has no real power over us anymore—we are a new creation and sin and death and the ways of the world have been conquered by Christ. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). But the influence of Satan is still very real in this age, and if we accept his lies as our truth, we give him a power in our lives that he has no right to.
How can we tell the difference between thoughts from our mind, thoughts from the devil, and thoughts from God?
The Spirit. Yes, the good news is that the indwelling Spirit can show us. This idea is displayed in the movie through the subconscious (the Spirit) of a subject attacking a dreamer (an unwelcome invader).
“My subconscious feels that someone else is creating this world. The more you change things, the quicker [they] start to converge on you…They sense the foreign nature of the dreamer.” (Cobb to Ariadne)
The Spirit knows what is of Christ and what is not, and He will guide us towards truth.
For example, one time my son had an unexpected, fairly serious allergic reaction to a free sample in a grocery store. On the way to the emergency room, all sorts of thoughts were floating through my mind.
Thoughts of guilt: I can’t believe I gave him that food sample. This is all my fault.
Thoughts of shame: I’m a terrible mother. I’m a terrible person.
Thoughts of fear: What if we don’t make it to the ER in time? What if my son stops breathing?
But these other thoughts (I believe from the Spirit) also came to my mind: Are any of those things (guilt, shame, fear) part of Christ? Are any of those things part of His new creation? Of course not. Christ is not guilt, but freedom. Christ is not shame, but worth. Christ does not fear, but has complete confidence in His Father. You, as part of Christ, live in freedom, worth, and with complete confidence in your Father.
So, you know what I did? I simply rejected the thoughts of fear, guilt, and shame. And then, most importantly, I turned to the Lord, put my thoughts on Him, trusted in Him. And I spoke the heavenly truths out loud. I lived out of the heavenly, eternal reality of God instead of my present emotions.
I could have gotten down on myself even further for allowing myself to even entertain thoughts of fear, guilt, or shame. But that would have just taken my eyes further from Christ. Instead, I remembered what Jesus told Peter after disclosing to him that he would be denying Jesus three times: Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
So be aware that there is still inception by deception, but don’t get focused on it. Keep your mind on the things of Christ and listen for His voice. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” John 10:27.