Theorizing about what things might happen in the future seems to be a popular pastime these days. Books and movies are often discussion starters. Readers and viewers alike sit back and eat up science fiction like it was candy, entering into a world of fantasy stemming from what has been dubbed a “literature of ideas”, mostly from Sci-Fi authors and movie producers such as the legendary H.G. Wells to the created horror of Stephen King. These writers and producers headline a long list of writers exploring every kind of theme imaginable. Selected scientific facts mixed in with wild inventive thinking has created a sense of wonder, and with it quite a large fan base all its own. But does it really change anything in life or truly address real issues? One can argue, not successfully mind you, that it does no harm to envisage what things could be like if time travel, parallel universes, other worlds, extraterrestrial life were true, but with these lines are added horror and superhero material, in short, the “make believe” world we now have can hardly prepare us for real life and for what is still to come. Harry Potter, Star Wars and Star Trek may offer valued entertainment, but has little to do with what we are to encounter in the next life, regardless what Capt Nimoy or Luke Skywalker may have us think about logic and the force. At some point, you have to admit that the only truly remarkable thing about all the fiction on the market these days only serves to blunt our sense of reality, even if it has made a few people very rich. While it may seem like a whole lot of fun to follow these things, it would be a mistake to consider it as altogether harmless.
A few things we should consider. First, something as important as what life may be like in the future should not be left to conjecture. True enough, some fiction might be amuse us and even provide some insight on how science and technology might evolve (still a big question mark), it can be deadening to our souls. The public may take seriously far-reaching explanations for human existence and be duped into imagining that afterlife we all must face some day is so much different that what the Bible teaches. If you follow Sci Fi with any regularity, you will agree that it rejects most everything that is taught in the Bible; whether truth about man’s purpose in life or his future Sci-Fi gives its own version. The Bible sets in order what we can anticipate going forward. When the Bible speaks about Christ birth, the reason He came to earth is unmistakable from what the gospel writers wrote about Him. All plainly reported that His mission was to die on the cross for sinners. About a third of the gospel’s content is dedicated to His death and resurrection alone. In the greater narrative, God created man for His Glory and to serve Him. Yet, almost from the start, we rebelled and chose our own way and now face judgment and loss. But it does not end here. All those who believe in Christ and seek forgiveness are given eternal life. Our lives are transformed through His Holy Spirit and His Word, and the redemptive change process that began at salvation of that person continues through to Christ second coming or his own death. These realities have nothing to do with subjective reasoning nor come from writers who profit from book or movie sales. Many of the Biblical authors suffered death from their oppressors wholly believing the truths they recorded under the Holy Spirit’s tutorship!
Many of these apocalyptic events spoken of in Scripture are featured to happen in the future. If you read Luke 12:1-59 you will see how these coming events impact every day living and how they are to transform the life of the Believer. Events such as the final judgment, the immortality of the soul, the Kingdom of God, and the Coming of Christ, are so designed to carry us from the present age into the next, motivating the Believer toward a righteous lifestyle. You can say this is mankind’s final days before we meet our Maker, so hopefully you and I are ready for it. Briefly, the Bible prepares Christ followers for the future, by giving them an eternal perspective. Titus speaks about it in these words:: …. renouncing ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. 2:11b – 13.
This is life transforming news for sure!
Jurgen Moltmann, a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tubingen, Germany said that “Christianity is eschatology, forward looking and forward moving, and therefore also revolutionizing and transforming the present.”
We should be preparing for the future! The present state of the Believer is transformed through a correct understanding of the things still to come. By living with an eternal perspective in full before us becomes a key factor for holy living.
The starting point for change is regeneration. Salvation comes to us by faith in God`s Son, Jesus Christ. The sinner must place personal faith in Christ and have repented of his sins. Have you done so? If you have, you are to live your life with an eye to the age that is yet to come!
From earlier, I may have stepped on some toes regarding the manner l handled fictitious stories mostly found in the entertainment industry. But it was done in order to separate fact from fiction and put before you a perspective about eternity you may not see elsewhere, and how it might induce soundness in your thinking as you mull over man`s spiritual future. My hope is that you will give the gospel message some serious thought.