Star Trek and religion

Look, I know that Star Trek isn't real - I do! - but I watched an episode today that had me absolutely incensed. It was a TNG episode, Klingon-centric, where a character called Kahless (not sure of the spelling) returns after hundreds of years. He was a warrior who promised to return to unite the Klingon people, and he returned at that particular time because of the faith of his followers. So, like a very hairy, aggressive Jesus, I guess. Anyway, the leader of the government doesn't want to give up power to this guy claiming to be Kahless, so some investigation is done and it turns out Kahless is a clone, although given memories of the original, long-dead Kahless, so in fact he thinks he's the real deal.

The part that made me so angry is that they decide to appoint him Emperor, even though he's a clone, and let him work side-by-side with the current head of government in order to maintain peace. Someone asks what they should tell the faithful followers and is told (I'm paraphrasing from memory), "We shall tell them the truth. It doesn't matter that he's a clone; the important thing is that they have something to believe in." Star Trek is well known for disliking religion, and thus making sure that any examples of true faithfulness are only shown in non-human or 'backward' races, so it's obvious this episode was aimed at Christians. Actually, even if it wasn't, the idea that any religion would be happy with a FAKE deity, just so long as they have someone to worship, is so offensive. Faith is not about the rituals or the need to believe in something; it is (in the case of Christianity) about following the true and living God. It's about turning away from all of the fake stuff, not about accepting anyone who happens to have the right smile and appropriate leadership qualities.

Okay, maybe I take this stuff too seriously, but it alarms me how this kind of thinking is taking over. If people think WE are willing to follow anyone or anything then it sends a clear message that it doesn't matter what people believe. If it's all about the faith and not the object of the faith, then you can believe anything you like, and everyone is right. However, MY religion says that there is a God, there is a heaven and there is a hell, and the only way to reach one and avoid the other is by accepting Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. Not by being good or by performing rituals, just by faith in Jesus. If YOUR religion says that it doesn't matter and all roads lead to God, then clearly one of us is wrong. If I'm wrong, that's no problem because my road will lead to God just as surely as yours. But... what if I'm right?


6 comments:

Hippomanic Jen said...

I'm here to say G'day from Where the Blog are You.

Yes, I used to watch Next Gen, and they do portray some odd stuff. I was always more concerned that they have this religion of self-fulfillment - that everyone can chase their dreams (which is good in many ways) - but there was never a good, solid relationship shown due to the fact that I must chase my career/goals/self-fulfillment, therefore I must not compromise to have a happy life with another. Not that EVERYONE needs to be paired up (I was happy prior to marriage and I love being married now) - it just never could happen in their 'religon'. I always found it sad.

Louisa said...

Hi Femina! Glad to see I've been beaten to it this morning! :) I must admit I'm not a Star Wars/Star Trek gal...in fact quite the opposite but I think the point you make is a very interesting one. What do you think the hard core fans think of this?

Dee said...

Hi from WTBAY. Interesting pick up. I watched a bit to star trek, but can't say I noticed this. Maybe the scriptwriter was atheist?

femina said...

What do you think the hard core fans think of this?

I don't know any hard-core fans who are also Christians, but most Trekkies are aware that Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek creator) wanted to portray a society that had 'evolved' beyond religion and therefore usually portrayed it in a negative manner.

Wow, I've just outed myself as a complete geek, haven't I?

femina said...

Oops, forgot to answer this: there was never a good, solid relationship shown due to the fact that I must chase my career/goals/self-fulfillment, therefore I must not compromise to have a happy life with another.

Yeah, I agree. Most of the relationships didn't get 'resolved' until it was clear the series was ending or there wouldn't be more movies (and therefore the relationships wouldn't compromise their careers).

BGSydneyside said...

Hi,
Really interesting post. It is amazing how TV shows can be so blantently unChristian/paint Christians as stupid in our supposedly "tolerant" society.
Belinda

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