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Question of the Week: Is sci-fi safe for Christians?

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Q: Is sci-fi safe for Christians?

A: When we don't go to the source of truth, God's Word, we are open to the seductive stories of the media. Let's face it, modern media is entertaining. It appeals to some of the deepest longings that God seems to have put in the human heart—a desire for good storytelling, adventure, and big dreams that can't be satisfied with the muck of this world.
While there is a place for enjoying the creative fiction of both Christian and non-Christian writers, it's important to recognize that their understanding of reality is influenced by their view of history. The work of non-Christians reflects their worldview. And in some cases, their attacks on God are intentional.
H.G. Wells, one of the fathers of science fiction, actively opposed Christian beliefs and morality. Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek TV series, was a member of the American Humanist Association and awarded the Humanist Arts Award.
On the other hand, writers like C. S. Lewis have attempted to honor God and uphold biblical values in their works of science fiction. Lewis's space trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength) is one well-known example.

Continue reading as Carl Kerby of AiG–U.S. shares his personal experience with the science-fiction worldview, and examines its dangers from a biblical persective.

Weekly Quick Answer

Where did "separation of church and state" come from, and what does it mean?
Most people believe this phrase was in the original U.S. Constitution, but it was actually first expressed in a private letter by Thomas Jefferson. Since then, especially in recent times, it has sadly been misused to slowly, but surely, eliminate Christianity from the public sector—and replace it with an anti-God religion.
The often-misused First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . . "
This was intended to protect the church from the federal government, not government from the church.
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