Star Wars and “The Force”
A soul running from God loves to console itself with imaginations that there really is no God in pursuit. It could be safe to slow down, to rest, to accept instead the latest or currently most popular imagination of the society of runners around it. The existence of God is relative to each individual one finally seems to convince oneself. Thus, if I believe, truly believe in some alternative it will suffice for me.
But these thoughts are fantasy.
There are at present many widely touted alternatives one may wish real: “Mother Nature,” evolution, personal truth, philosophical thought, reincarnation, mystical energies and Gnosticism to name a few. No doubt there will be others.
Here, C.S. Lewis comments on the imaginings of “Creative Evolution” and the “Life Force ”but his words have relevance to all of the above…
One reason why many people find Creative Evolution so attractive is that it gives one much of the emotional comfort of believing in God and none of the less pleasant consequences. When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is a mere mechanical dance of atoms, it is nice to be able to think of this great mysterious Force rolling on through the centuries and carrying you on its crest. If, on the other hand, you want to do something rather shabby, the Life-Force, being only a blind force, with no morals and no mind, will never interfere with you like that troublesome God we learned about when we were children. The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen? – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“How can we know the way?” Thomas asked. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” Jesus replied. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
Real truth is usually something quite simple. Gravity simply pulls everything down and we must respect it. No amount of alternate belief will cause you to float upwards. You must learn to live within its principles. Work with it and you may indeed find a way to fly. Run from it, trying to imagine it away, and you will most certainly perish.
“May the Truth be with you.”
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