But the worldview in which they couch the story is based on humanism. it's a lesson in humanism in the form of entertainment. That is especially true with Star Trek TNG.
You know it's fiction, right? As in 'not true'. Like most fiction, there's a deeper meaning below the surface.
There's this thing called 'discernment'. Apparently I had enough at five years old to understand truth from fiction on a TV show. There are more than just 'humanistic' truths in Star Trek if you just let yourself see it. Or, you know, you could just see it as purely entertainment.
God speaks to me in stories. Whether those stories take place in Narnia or the Matrix or in the parables of Jesus, this is how He really gets points across to me.
But all of that serves the purpose of glorifying God by revealing the mind and the power and the genius of an all-knowing Creator. All of the universe was designed to glorify God. It has no other purpose. The chief end of everything God made it glorify Him and it does so in being exactly what He created it to be and doing what He created it to do. It's not the case that they glorify God and also do "x, y, z." They glorify God as they do those things.
I didn't disagree that all of creation was intended to reveal His Glory. However, trees have other purposes, like turning Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen. Oxygen's purpose (one of many) is to sustain us. Dirt supports the trees and other vegetation, which feeds the animals...need I go on?
I thought you said you went to a Bible college. You should have known that.
I learned at a young age that my pastors and teachers are not infallible. They have their own biases and personal convictions. I don't agree with everything I learned at bible school, though I treasure my time there. And I don't agree with every interpretation of Scripture, because interpretation requires fallible human logic.
My foundation is the Bible, and my Teacher is the Holy Spirit. Everything else contributes pieces here and there to my theology, but I don't put my trust in the doctrines of man. If I encounter something in Scripture that contradicts what I've been taught, guess what goes out the window? I don't assume that I have all the answers, but I do have my reasons for believing what I do.
You want me to believe something about God? Show it to me in Scripture, please, and I'll consider it prayerfully. Thanks.
I am not speculating. You clearly are not theologically equipped to understand what I am talking about. I am talking about the sovereignty and foreknowledge of God. God created a planet perfectly suited to us. How is that something I need to defend to a Christian???
Bible verses or it didn't happen.
Otherwise it's purely speculation. But, you know what, there is nothing wrong with a little speculation.
IMHO, I think God had both possibilities planned for in this creation. As in, creation as it was in the beginning was good for both scenarios.
How could God have two possibilities planned??? That is inconsistent with the fact that God is all-knowing. He knows the future because He is the architect of it. He knew the future and He made the earth commiserate with that future. God doesn't need two plans. I guess that Bible college was rather weak on theology.
Figured this would crop up eventually.
Okay, I don't believe that the future is exhaustively settled. I think it is open in the sense that it doesn't completely exist, and is therefore unknowable. This isn't about the sovereignty or omniscience of God, but about the reality of time and the future. If something is unknowable, than it doesn't diminish the power of God if He doesn't know it. I believe He is able to see all possible futures from the first spark of creation to the last breath of this world, and he has every possible situation accounted for.
I believe he created the world knowing the possibility and likelihood of man's rebellion. I think He created the world "good" for any and all possible outcomes. I can see the possibility that the cosmos was a part of that system as potential population control and expansion. I don't see any problem with this theologically. Feel free to disagree with me.
I've seen this open future theology biblically supported, and I've seen the philosophical reasoning behind the classical view of God's immutability, and I disagree with it. But maybe it is a topic for another thread?
Yeah, this coming from the guy who judges fat people and assumes they are gluttons.
I think some of your comments are a little rude and condescending. Just sayin'.
And THIS coming from a guy who judges people who buy lottery tickets and assumes they are lazy lovers of money. (Did you really not see that coming?)