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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: What Star Trek Got RIGHT about Jesus

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"A popular atheist meme claims that there are no Christians on Star Trek "because it's the future." But are there really no Christians on Star Trek? David Wood discusses the episode "Bread and Circuses," where Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy are captured by twentieth-century Romans, forced to fight in televised gladiator contests, and introduced to a strange, but familiar, religion." from video introduction.

In the plots lines of humanity Christianity cannot be avoided. Christ was and is the fulcrum of History. Across the ages attempts at utopias have always failed. Why? They are not realistic and are incompatible with humanities sin nature. All attempts through communism, socialism , dictatorships etc. have all failed in a terrible way. Humanity has and continues in all of its rebellious forms tried to deny God. Atheists and other declares God does not exist. Scientists point to certain thinks as objective proof of God's non existence. And yes Evil is held up as the absolute proof of NO GOD yet if you notice it is us humans that are committing sin and evil, and we blame God.

Creator Gene Roddenberry was not a Christian. The label Humanist or Pantheist might apply. Yet as we can see even from this episode "Bread & Circuses" which was the twenty-fifth episode, second season of Star Trek. It was written by Gene Roddenberry and Gene L. Coon and directed by Ralph Senensky, and broadcast on March 15, 1968.

"Gene Roddenberry, the legendary creator of Star Trek, was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1921. He studied law, then switched to aeronautical engineering and trained as a pilot. In 1941 he volunteered for the US Army Air Corps, and won medals for bombing missions from Guadalcanal. After the war he became a pilot for Pan Am. After seeing television for the first time, he decided to become a TV writer, but when he found no openings, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department and rose to sergeant. He wrote TV scripts in his spare time, then went freelance...He was the chief writer for several TV series before launching Star Trek in 1966.

Roddenberry became anti-religious at an early age. As a youth he attended Baptist church, but it was not till he was sixteen that he began to pay any real attention to what the sermons were saying:

I remember complete astonishment because what they were talking about were things that were just crazy. It was Communion time where you eat this wafer and you are eating the body of Christ and drinking His blood. My first impression was "Jesus Christ, this is a bunch of cannibals they've put me down among … I guess from that time it was clear to me that religion as largely nonsense, was largely magical, superstitious things. [Alexander pp 36- 37.]

Roddenberry might not have accepted the label pantheist readily. He thought of himself as a humanist. In 1986 joined the American Humanist Association, and in 1991 he was awarded the AHA's Humanist Arts Award." from the article: The real Star Trek theology: Gene Roddenberry's pantheism.

In this video David Wood points to the conversation at the end of the episode: "On the bridge, Spock muses about the remarkable parallels between Earth during the time of the Roman Empire and the planet 892-IV – except that Rome had no sun worshipers. But Lieutenant Uhura, who has been monitoring the planet's broadcasts, reveals that they are not worshiping the sun but the "Son of God." The planet 892-IV had both a Caesar and a Christ, and its evolution will proceed, implying that Rome will fall, in due time."

Gene Roddenberry may have used Christ as a plot device but the point is made that all tha is good and all that is true comes through our Lord!

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