Actually, I didn’t know that there even was a Science Fiction Day, but I just saw a notice in the elevator here at Mom’s retirement apartments wishing everyone a happy Science Fiction Day. I wouldn’t call myself a big fan of Science Fiction. I don’t go in for robots or ray guns or alien stuff, but I love time travel stories. I can sit through even the worst-written, badly-acted movie if time travel is used as a plot device. Almost any story can be told using Science Fiction. The first Terminator movie is a love story. In fact, if you leave out the terminator robot and time travel, Terminator would have been dismissed as a “chick flick” far more romantic than anything Nora Ephron ever wrote. The protagonist is female, the man falls in love from a picture of her and comes to rescue her.
Back in the mid-90’s I read Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.” I was thrilled to see that Hawking wrote in the introduction that he was writing the book because he wanted to know if there was a God. And everything I read in the book, especially the Big Bang and about multiple dimensions (beyond our 3 plus time), pointed very clearly to a Creator that could only be God. And then I was disappointed when I got to the end of the book, and Hawking not only failed to recognize God, he didn’t even mention the quest for God that had started the book.
When you think of human history from both a scientific and Christian point of view, the story of the Universe is a lot like the Terminator. The protagonist is us and our Creator is so in love with us that He came to rescue us. And instead of a Terminator robot, the enemy is a fallen angel and his evil army that live in the invisible Nomansland of the spirit world that exists all around us. Before it was the title for a movie, the Passion of Christ was the motivation for coming to be one of us: His white-hot passionate love for you and me. It’s the supernatural science non-fiction story to beat all stories, with something in it for everyone—action, danger, romance, suspense, mystery, and adventure. It is not only the greatest story ever told, it’s also the greatest story ever lived.
I like time travel too.