A Misplaced Faith

In regard to the guy in Pensacola who crashed his car into first one shop and then another, saying he was trying to drive through a “time portal” (see yesterday’s post), reader Marge Hofknecht observed, “I have met individuals who take certain aspects of science fiction as the gospel truth…”

Yes, I know what kind of individuals she means. The kind who tell you, in all seriousness, “Jesus was a hybrid. He was half-extraterrestrial. That’s how he was able to do the things he did.”

Think about it. We have the vastest, most expensive education system ever devised by man, with more schools, colleges, and universities than have ever existed and millions more people in them, sitting in classrooms for many more years than is good for them… and what have we got to show for it?

I don’t even like to guess how many people believe categorically in space aliens, in super-intelligent ET philosopher-kings secretly manipulating history on earth, in planets where the native super-race is just waiting for the right moment to help humanity over the top, and on and on, without a single scrap of evidence.

We may not spend much time in the Bible, or in church, but we sure have time for science fiction movies and TV, comic books, video games, and all the other apparatus of self-instruction.

I’ve grown up loving science fiction. It’s fun. Years ago it was even more fun, when you had all those wonderful magazines like Galaxy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Analog, and others. But we didn’t take it seriously!

Or did we?

I’m beginning to wonder. I really am.

14 comments on “A Misplaced Faith

  1. Looking back, being able to see the zippers in their costumes gives the whole thing away, lol. Because of the special effects now used, our children today think its hilarious that we were actually afraid of some of those monsters, etc. On a more serious note, it’s sad, and more than a little disconcerting, that people are in danger of losing their eternal souls. There is so much nonsense being perpetrated on our children today, through our education/indoctrination system, movies, video games – the list goes on – that unless there is a good foundation at home and in church, the influences are frightening. The lie continues . . .

    1. I loved those zippers! I love the fact that, “The Time Machine,” the morlocks’ “skin” gets rumpled during action scenes.

      Well, Chesterton was right: when you stop believing in God, you don’t believe in *nothing*–you’ll believe in anything.

    2. Or when you believe that Jesus was a space alien, God forbid!

      I really like watching the reruns of some of those old movies, zippers and all.

    3. And I’m sure you’ll recall Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this past September. ABC news online printed his address in NYC, which read, in part: “The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”
      I find this not only extremely sad, but frightening.
      ! Jesus was a failure on the cross?!

    4. I think it was a rhetorical device that didn’t work. After all, Paul wrote of the “shame” of the Cross–and it was intended to be a public shaming of the victim.
      I also think this pope makes it up as he goes along.

  2. You could be right. But keep in mind that the Vatican has also made statements about ‘welcoming our alien space brothers and even baptizing them, or them possibly baptizing us’. Is this what they’re doing on top of Mt. Graham at the LUCIFER Telescope? Just a bit of strangeness going on, methinks.

    1. Ach du lieber–space brothers! I find it hard to believe that anybody in the Vatican is actually puddin’-headed enough to believe in space brothers. Please let that not be true.

  3. Well, according to the Vatican Observatory Research Group on Mt. Graham and L;Osservatore Romano newspaper which publishes only what the Vatican approves, along with several Vatican astronomers, some of whom are Jesuits, including Father Jose’ Funes who stated in the L’Osservatore Romano: “How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere? Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother’ and ‘sister’, why should we not talk about an extraterrestrial brother? It would still be part of creation. . .” There are many more examples, and is extensive research. Whatever they’re doing up on Mt. Graham with their Large Binocular Telescope (L.U.C.I.F.E.R), my personal opinion is that they wish to gently introduce us to E.T. knowing full well who is really on the way. And, no, I haven’t been In the wine cellar.

    1. Oh, well… I’ve heard about this enterprise, but didn’t pay much attention to it. I think I wrote about it two years ago or so.

      Yes, an ET would still be part of God’s creation. But for the time being, it’s an idle thing to contemplate.

  4. And we must remember who the Deceiver is, and what God had to say about it:

    II Thessalonians:

    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

    6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    This would certainly qualify as strong delusion.

  5. The Strong Delusion mentioned in 2 Thess 2:11 comes to mind frequently these days. Examples of people unable to reason on even simple matters seem to abound these days. Common sense is not even close to common and a lot of people seem eager to believe anything novel or unique, but reject any notion of a Creator that designed all of this.

    The notion of sentient space aliens seems all but ubiquitous, these days. I tend to be skeptical regarding this because if Satan rebelled and there were already thousands of planets faithful to God there wouldn’t be much of an issue to raise. For that reason, I think we’re it, but I’m not dogmatic on the subject.

    1. Personally, my feeling on the existence of extraterrestrials is that they’re not extraterrestrial at all, but instead are interdimensional – also known as demons.

  6. The word that comes to mind is “moderation.” Another thought, “All things are lawful for me but not all things edify.” Our culture is deluged with anti-Christian propaganda disguised as entertainment. Believers are the standard that God raises up against it (salt & light) Jesus says, “Fear not, for I have overcome the world” – and that includes the devil who is the deceiver of the nations. As the song says, “This little light of mine….”.

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