TV’s ‘Travelers’ points to a common thread woven through much of modern Science Fiction
It’s been said ‘Today’s Science Fiction is tomorrow’s reality’. Even though not all are believers, Science Fiction points the direction that faith is going. If that is true then the new TV Series ‘Travelers’ opens an entirely new world of possibilities (see – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5651844/). It features men and women from the future, translated into our time and inserted into the bodies of present day people. All of this with a mission to save the world. It vaguely resembles the story of God sending His only Son in bodily form to save the world.
I guess what strikes me as odd is the willingness of men to believe in the possibility of the one without the other. The proud intellectual elite will scoff at the notion of God Almighty, a superior being, interjecting Himself into human history, but celebrate man’s potential to do the same. Suddenly what some dismissed as hokey makes perfect sense with a humanistic twist.
Think about it! The atheist mocks the notion of virgin birth and and a supernatural God, while freely accepting man doing the same via science. This we can believe, but there is no way the God of the Bible would know science… would He? The magical ingredient making all things credible becomes the inventiveness of man expressed in technology. It sounds like typical hypocrisy to me. Could it be that for the skeptic it is not really about science or intellectual integrity at all. Could it be that hidden behind these superficial excuses is a refusal to worship anything above the created being?
Consider this! When seeking an explanation of our existence the pride of man rejects the notion of Immortal God fashioning us in His own image. Yet, it is easy to embrace a man-like species doing the same. That is, an advanced species of alien beings lending their DNA to birth man–enter Prometheus. See – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(2012_film)
Man yes, God no!
How is it we can imagine an elevated man ‘species’ but wholly reject the notion of God? The truth is the pride of man is disposed to worship an Almighty Man. It really comes down again and again to a form of idolatry. Man must celebrate man!
Idolatry seeks to erase the notion of God and replace him with ourselves. So much of science fiction carries the undercurrent of this message. We deny God created us or the planets, yet eventually we propose a version of things where enlightened man can. This is the case with the Genesis Weapon in Star Trek’s Wrath of Khan, though the venture was unsuccessful. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_II:_The_Wrath_of_Khan).
The leap of faith required to worship God is somehow too humiliating to consider, but this whimsical alternative resonates with wisdom and superior insight. Man is blinded by his hidden motive to be supreme and cannot humble himself before an all powerful God. The humanist will mock the idea of God under the guise that His existence is implausible, yet has no problem raising man to a similar height.
Yes, there is no mistake here. The ugly pride of man surfaces once again, but do not worry, it is to no avail. God is not mocked and the pride of man will suffer the same fall as did Satan.
“The pride of man will be humbled and the loftiness of men will be abased; and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,”(Isaiah 2:17)