Before anything else, I should probably point out that this is just a thinking exercise. Hopefully it’s about something completely different from any type of issue or question you may have come across in the media or popular culture.
So what do you think? If there was a movie out titled “Godzilla vs. The Space Aliens,” should you vigorously protest it? Should you go and see it?
For me, this question presents a mixture of “Essentials” and “Non- Essentials,” but it may not for you!
So what about Godzilla? He is a big dinosaur-like creature, sort of a mutant caused by radiation. He causes a lot of destruction of property, and there are probably people killed in the buildings that he demolishes. He seems to have a special connection with children. As far as we know, he doesn’t really have a soul. He’s just a big beast who is a hero in the end. Does any of this alter the image of God as He has revealed Himself in the Bible? Does this limit God and make him smaller? Does this in any way conflict with the cross of Jesus? (Godzilla is also a favorite of Laser Eyes Jesus for obvious reasons, but don’t let that sway you.)
So…Godzilla: “Essential” (get your protest signs and petitions) or “Non-Essential” (get your bucket of popcorn and extra large soda pop)?
So what about Alien Invaders? If they have come on a spaceship with weapons, they are obviously more than a beast and not of our God-created earth. They have intelligence and a will since they are set on invading and conquering earth! They are coming to earth to kill, demolish, potentially enslave or exterminate the human race. If these were human beings, we would probably call those things sinful. So would God have created life on another planet with intelligence and a will that are capable of doing sinful things with no savior to redeem them? Does any of this alter the image of God as He has revealed Himself in the Bible? Would this mean that Jesus would also have to be incarnate on their planet as well? Die for them and be resurrected from the dead? Does this limit God and make Him smaller?
So…Alien Invaders: “Essential” (get your protest signs and petitions) or “Non-Essential” (get your bucket of popcorn and extra large soda pop)?
Remembering that this is just an exercise in thinking and I’ve tried to remain neutral in this so that you can think for yourself, nevertheless I feel compelled to include at least one Bible verse and one “This, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.”
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NASB)
God Himself has taken on human flesh, I believe, in Real Life Jesus. This sure seems like a permanent, from this time forward, forever, no turning back commitment. And though He had flesh just like you and me, He now has a glorified body, just as you and I will have! Now that’s definitely something to consider that’s not science fiction!