Even those who don’t recognize Jesus as God recognize that he was a historical figure whose teachings have formed culture across the world. The Christian church, based on Jesus’ teachings, claims about 2.18 billion followers worldwide, according to the Pew Research Center. The Jedi have not had as long to make their mark on the world yet. The "Star Wars" saga was born in 1977, when "Star Wars: A New Hope" hit the big screen and entered viewers’ hearts and minds. While the Charity Commission “has ruled” that Jediism, the worship of the mythology of "Star Wars," is not a religion,” it actually has more followers than Rastafarianism or Jainism, the BBC reports.
Does Jediism count as a religion? Many of those who listen closely to the words of the Jedi find them to be profound and to have the power to shape lives. Jedi followers are bound in the “observance of the Force, a ubiquitous and metaphysical power that a Jedi believes to be the underlying, fundamental nature of the universe (Temple of the Jedi Order).
While most people raised in the USA likely have a strong idea of what Jesus’ teachings are all about, some of his actual sayings may surprise you. He wanted to turn systems of power upside down, much like Yoda inverts language norms. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to decipher whether a saying is Jesus or Jedi. Do you know your Jesus and Jedi enough to tell the difference? Scroll on, and may the Force be with you!