Summary: Does having the mind of Christ mean being mindless?
Are Christians Destined To Be Borg?
If you are not a Star Trek fan you may be wondering what in the world is up with that title. Star Trek has been used to preach “another gospel” since the original series came on in 1965. Only since I became a Christian in 1975 have I understood the Star Trek message. Before that it was just cool entertainment that took a thirteen-year-old boy from having cowboys and GIs as heroes to desiring “to go where no man has gone before”.
That original series spun off to several others and now we even have a series that goes back to before the time frame of the original. Hard core Trekkies will always say that the original is the best though they will be devotees to at least one, if not all, of the spin-offs.
The Borg do not appear on the scene until Star Trek, The Next Generation. They fly around in ships shaped like cubes that are so large that they make the best ship in the Federation fleet look like a minnow next to a blue whale. The Borg cube heals itself after being attacked and seems nearly impregnable. The Collective is made up of various races that have been assimilated into the Borg. They are mechanically enhanced and so wired that the Collective share the total thoughts and knowledge of everyone in it. The first words out of their mouth to any new species they encounter are, “We are Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.” They are a very endearing group to say the least.
Could the creators of the series have gotten their concept from their perspective of the Bible and Christians? Is it a hidden slap at Christians? Both thoughts are very plausible. Let’s look at the Borg ship first by taking a look at the Bible’s description of the New Jerusalem.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. (KJV)
Twelve thousand furlongs equates to fifteen hundred miles. The cubit measure comes out to two hundred and sixteen feet using eighteen inches for a cubit. That is pretty massive. In Revelation we see it descending out of Heaven. For unbelievers, this sounds like a ship landing. The show Stargate Atlantis shows Atlantis not as a lost continent but rather a city that can fly through space or submerge if necessary. Unbelievers see the wheels in Ezekiel as symbols of spacecraft as well as Elijah’s chariot of fire and other symbols.
Why is there all of this obsession with spacecraft in the Bible by unbelievers? Well, first off you know that the Bible cannot be understood by the natural man because it is spiritually discerned. Therefore not understanding the power of God due to unbelief they have to explain things by their viewpoint. When you believe in evolution and see the vast regions of space you have to think that if the dice roll of random chance produced life here than surely it did so somewhere else. Maybe they are further ahead of us on the scale and have visited us. If so, our not so smart ancestors would have explained spacecraft in terms they could relate to and of course consider the aliens as gods. StarGate SG-1 pushes that premise deeply.
Contrary to the popular “Left Behind” series, we know that Thessalonians teaches that after the Rapture those who have heard, understood, and either rejected or put off salvation will be given over to a strong delusion and will believe a lie. What possible explanation can be given to explain the disappearance of masses of people around the world? Alien abduction is a strong possibility.
Ever since the War of the Worlds was first written in the 19th century we have had a compulsion to look for critters or kin from outer space. As I said, evolution nearly demands that such beings exist and surely they will also be looking for intelligent life. Sadly, I am afraid that they would find very little of that if they stopped off here. A former co-worker’s email banner read, “There is only so much intelligence per planet and the population is growing.” From personal experience and world events, I would have to say that he makes a strong point.
Anyway, with all the speculations of alien life from the Roswell incident, the movies of the 50’s, stories of abductions, crop circles, cattle mutilation and the like it will be very easy to convince people that a large scale abduction has taken place. It will make perfect sense to a world bombarded with the concept’s possibility for nearly a century.