Volume 93, Issue 83

Wednesday, March 8, 2000


Don't be a square, be hip to the triangle

God as explained through Star Trek?

God as explained through Star Trek?

There's been a lot of debate on campus lately regarding the nature and existence of God. It's a question I have pondered from time to time, usually after a round with my good friend Johnny Walker.

I don't believe in the idea of some all-powerful entity, who sits on a couch somewhere, creating planets and parting bodies of water. It seems to me that the depiction of God as an omniscient, omnipotent entity is just a way to explain something people can't understand. It's just easier to say that some things can't be understood because it's the will of God.

Consider the following Star Trek analogy. Say for a moment you're a poor person about 2,500 years ago, doing whatever an impoverished, person would do on any normal day.

All of a sudden you see this man appear out of nowhere in a bright sparkly light. So this guy appears, wearing gold covered clothes and begins to look around. As it turns out, a nearby group of hooligans have also noticed this stranger so they come over to investigate. You might assume this man to be a "god" or "prophet." But, after a few strong words, he pulls out a small square thingy, points it at the hooligans, presses a button and all of a sudden the soldiers vanish. Then the man pulls out this gold box and talks into it. "Scotty, General Order 23," he says and then vanishes.

For those who are unfamiliar with General Order 23, it means the Enterprise turns around and fires all of its photon torpedoes with the purpose of vaporizing an entire planet. Likely, the above "god theory" would see Capt. Kirk as a messenger and Scotty as God.

I understand that religion in all its forms represents and gives faith to people (I would be lying if I said that I didn't utter a prayer to myself every now and then). However, for the most part, I feel God is more of an icon of hope and justice for people.

The point here is that it's easy to say something beyond your understanding is was caused by some unknown entity named God. It's silly and dangerous.

When God is given credit for things which we can't explain, it can often cause people to live with a false reality of the world. It also gives legitimacy to people who would do things to damage lives and society at large.

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