Saturday, October 15, 2005

A Christian Mom & Those God-Distracting UFOs.

While doing some research on the Web I came across a letter column, Mom Time, from the magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, dealing with a mother who was concerned her son was too fascinated by aliens and UFOs. In her letter entitled “Lost in Space,” the mother expressed great concern, wondering if her son’s interest with UFOs was healthy, even though it was a “boy thing.”

The columnist, Lisa Welchel, indicated that such an interest could be harmful, citing a quote from a Christian book that stated science fiction could be a substitute religion, as evinced by attending a Star Trek convention. Then Welchel wrote:

“The Bible says, "For by him [Jesus] all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him" (Colossians 1:16). Satan is aware of the fact that "the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands" (Psalm 19:1). The Devil realizes man will be drawn to explore the skies, even if only in his imagination. But he also knows the Creator behind the creation, so he had to come up with a plan to divert and distract. Enter UFOs, space aliens, extraterrestrials, and anything else that draws our attention away from worshiping God, the logical response to gazing upon his infinite wonders.”

The columnist advised buying the boy a telescope to explore the heavens with God as his guide, stressing the science over the fiction.

I wonder how this columnist would react if aliens land some day and declare that they’re atheists. Or, even worse, that Jesus was one of them, an ET prankster.

Of course, that’s a SF concept. But that’s the value of SF: it can prepare you to think about the unthinkable.

[Source: -- Today's Christian Woman, September/October 2005]

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