Do the Jedi worship the Force as a god?

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  1. MandalorianManhunter Jedi Padawan

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    I've often wondered: Do the Jedi actually worship the Force as an omnipotent being, or merely use it to their advantage, or somewhere in the middle?
  2. Dark_Hooded_Figure Jedi Knight

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  3. MyEternalRest Jedi Knight

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    If they did, which i don't think they do, they wouldn't worship is as a whole, becasuse the dark side is included in the whole spectrum of the force.

    Jedi have a way of life similar to zen-buhddism.(non-deitism, alomst athiestic) In which they live a way of life but do not contribute existence(in general) to an all-powered authority. The force is their ally, not their god. You dosn't use God, He uses you. You use the force not the other way around. You use an ally not a god.

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  4. D_Lowe Jedi Grand Master

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    The Force and the Jedi ways is just like a religion.
  5. MyEternalRest Jedi Knight

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    That's not what was asked though. It was asked if they worship the Force as an all powerfull diety....which they don't. :) They certainly attribute life in general to the force, but a mental acknowledgement isn't worship.
  6. Valiowk Force Ghost

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    I pretty much agree with MyEternalRest on this.

    It makes sense that the Jedi would not worship the Force, as we see, in no way, in the Jedi temple, any signs of spiritual worship. They have no qualms in using the Force for any reason, which implies that it is more of an ally than a spirit that they must ask permission of.
  7. D_Lowe Jedi Grand Master

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      "Meditate on this I will."
      --Master Yoda
    • Jovieve Jedi Master

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      I'm with MyEternalRest on this, the Jedi ally withselves with the Force, use it for their own means. All they have to do is have the discipline and the training to access it. It's almost like a mindless entity, however the Jedi also acknowledge it as leading them where it wants them to go (being led by the Force), and as a place in the afterlife. This has some pagan undertones (in those religions you COULD compel the gods to help you, to side with you, to give you signs), but they're just undertones.

      They acknowledge this, but they do not worship the Force. Two different things.
    • JediKnightOB1 Force Ghost

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      The Force is an all powerful source that Jedi get their strengths from. Much like the Sith receive their strengths from the "dark side." But none of them worship the force. They use it to better their way of life. I can say that the Jedi do not ever seem to pray they meditate. Meditation is used in many religions and non-religious settings. But we never hear the Jedi mention about God, Ala, Buddha... Jah. So it could be safe to believe that they do not worship the force.
    • Izird Jedi Master

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      Interesting discussion! Here's my piece:

      The Force is not worshipped because it is not a being. "It surrounds us, and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together." The Force is not the Creator of life, it is life itself. Therefore, the Jedi do not worship it, but their very lives are lived through it.
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