Come on a journey “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
I’m a huge fan of Star Trek. I love to see what weird and wonderful alien life forms the directors can come up with. It’s fascinating how “aliens” are often so similar to us as humans – they have the same physical appearance, the same mental and emotional capabilities, the same communication techniques, and even the same values of what’s important in life. To be honest, I believe that science fiction is more about exploring what it really means to be human, rather than what life might be like outside of Earth. Like Star Trek, everyone has their own ideas on what it means to be human, what is important in life, and who to listen to. I like to think of it as if everyone has their own little alien world somewhere out there – everyone has their own version of “the truth” about life.
So who decides which “world” in the universe is right? It can be easy to listen to the loudest voice, usually the TV and social media, and be “assimilated into the collective” so there is peace; but is it right? It would be so fun and enlightening to see the future unfold in each little world so that we can understand the consequences of the values and choices of the people that live in this world. Would your world survive? Or would it destroy itself or be assimilated? I don’t believe that anyone knows the perfect truth for the perfect world but that’s not to say that it doesn’t exist. Jesus said that “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). It is comforting to know that there is truth out there, and that we can know it, and that it can bring freedom.
The hardest part in this task of seeking the truth is the discernment to know what is true and what is false. What filter do you use to determine who to listen to and who to believe? Everyone has “glasses” through which we look at the world and understand it and the people in it. What values and beliefs do you use to see the world through? Just like Star Trek’s alien worlds which each have values and beliefs which shape the life they live – each person has values and beliefs which shape their life. Are they values and beliefs that bring life? Or death? Freedom and life and truth are out there, but it is often the case that changes need to be made to your “glasses” in order to discover them.
Join us for 5 months of exploring your truth on the Discipleship Training School.
Daniel has served with YWAM Townsville for 5 years along with his wife and 3 boys. He loves camping, science fiction and philosophy.