Christianity vs. Science Fiction

Creation Ministries International recently published an article that serves as a warning against Science Fiction for Christians. It makes some wonderful points, but in the end, i couldn’t help but feel it was trying to hammer me over the head with a message that all Science Fiction was straight from the Pitt Hell and i should never again watch anything remotely like, and possibly buy more Ken Ham books to fill the time with. (at least they have a good substitute idea, also I may be exaggerating their stance slightly.)

Many argued Fantasy type tales were all terrible. Still to this day I encounter Christians (normally of the older variety) who don’t like or even approve of the Chronicles of Narnia, despite it containing at least of the most tear jerking, gut wrenching Christian allegories  I’ve ever read (Aslan’s sacrifice, and Eustace being transformed back into a boy.) But Fantasy all involves magic, or talking animals, or other things that don’t exist including events which would violate physics and the laws of nature.. Those comments sound much like what the Creation article tosses at science fiction.

A couple of key things should be remembered when reading/viewing/playing Sci-Fi.

1.It doesn’t claim to be the truth like God’s word does.  Anyone who gets there theology, or world view, form a work of fiction isn’t thinking in terms of reality.

2. Every creator has a bias.

3. Multiple writers are often used in TV shows etc, which mean multiple sources of bias.

4. The Line between Fantasy and Sci-Fi are sometimes blurred (Star Wars is often cited to remind us of this.)

5. There are Christian’s who work with sci-fi to tell a Christian story. (here is one example)

6. Christian writers too have a bias, and occasionally can be legalistic in their approach to entertainment.

7.  You have the liberty to watch it, but don’t become a stumbling block. “But take care that this [a]liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9 NASB

8. Always monitor what your putting into your head, be aware of how it affects you.

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