Is Science Fiction Really Fiction?

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  • 1. • Star Trek‟s Tricorder
  • 2. • Star Trek‟s Tricorder • The Bible
  • 3. • Star Trek‟s Tricorder • The Bible • Our worldview
  • 4. • What is the nature of God? • What is the origin of life? • What is the nature of man? • What happens to a person at death? • What is the nature of truth and morality?
  • 5. A secular worldview makes for good science fiction but only a biblical worldview makes sense of the world
  • 6. • Does God exist? – Sci-fi: There is no God – A fool rejects God (Psalm 14:1 & 53:1) – Creation proclaims God‟s attributes (Romans 1:20) • How many gods? – Sci-fi: there are many “gods” – Only one God (1 Corinthians 8:5–6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4–6)
  • 7. For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
  • 8. You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
  • 9. • Is God involved? – Sci-fi: if “god” exists, he doesn‟t care – God shows Himself strong (2 Chronicles 16:9) – God hears the prayers of the righteous (Psalm 5:3, Proverbs 15:29, 1 Peter 3:12)
  • 10. The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
  • 11. For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
  • 12. A secular worldview makes for good science fiction but only a biblical worldview makes sense of the world
  • 13. • How did life arise? – Sci-fi: life evolved from primitive goo – Man was created in God‟s image (Genesis 1:26–27, 2:7; Psalm 139:14) • Who were Adam and Eve? – Sci-fi: Adam and Eve myth or metaphor – Genesis 1 and 2 are historical narrative – Adam and Eve were made in the beginning (Matthew 19:4)
  • 14. And He [Jesus] answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female …”
  • 15. A secular worldview makes for good science fiction but only a biblical worldview makes sense of the world
  • 16. • What is man‟s state? – Sci-fi: man is perfect – All creation is cursed (Romans 8:22) – Man is wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:19–20; Romans 3:23) – But man is special to God (Psalm 8:4–5, 139:17; John 3:16)
  • 17. What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
  • 18. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
  • 19. A secular worldview makes for good science fiction but only a biblical worldview makes sense of the world
  • 20. • What is death‟s place? – Sci-fi: simple, biological truth – God created “very good” (Genesis 1:31) – Death is an enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26) – Death is the consequence of sin (Romans 5:12, 6:23)
  • 21. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.
  • 22. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 23. • What is after death? – Sci-fi: nothingness – Judgment (Hebrews 9:27) – Heaven or hell (Matthew 13:41–43)
  • 24. “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
  • 25. • What is after death? – Sci-fi: nothingness – Judgment (Hebrews 9:27) – Heaven or hell (Matthew 13:41–43) • Should death be feared? – Sci-fi: humans fear death – Christ conquered death (1 Corinthians 15:54–57 1 Thessalonians 4:13–14)
  • 26. “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 27. A secular worldview makes for good science fiction but only a biblical worldview makes sense of the world
  • 28. • What is truth? – Sci-fi: only what we can observe – Jesus Christ (John 14:6) – The Bible (John 8:31–32, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16)
  • 29. … “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
  • 30. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
  • 31. • How to know morality? – Sci-fi: no absolutes, relative – God‟s Word is our path (Psalm 119:105) – Defined by the Law of God (Romans 3:20b, 7:7) – Two commands (Mark 12:29–31)
  • 32. Jesus answered, “The foremost is, „Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.‟ The second is this, „You shall love your neighbor as yourself.‟ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
  • 33. • What about “religion”? – Sci-fi: religion discarded for science – Sci-fi: the Bible is broken – Sci-fi: faith and knowledge are separate – Knowledge comes after faith (Proverbs 9:10; 1 Peter 1:5) – Inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • 34. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
  • 35. A secular worldview makes for good science fiction but only a biblical worldview makes sense of the world