Daily Archives: July 8, 2008

Doctor Who, Atheism, and God, pt. 1…

Odd (or Ood) title, I know, just hang in there with me for a bit.  I’m a big Doctor Who fan, and am especially fond of Russell T. Davies’ version of the time lord.  I frequent one of the largest Doctor Who message boards, mainly as a “lurker,” and it is interesting that several themes keep being discussed.  One is the messiah-like qualities of The Doctor, another is faith, and another is atheism.  This interests me.  Why? Because the two main writers of the show, the ones that write the episodes where these topics come up, are both atheists; Steven Moffat, and Russel T. Davies himself (executive producer as well).

Now, what really floored me was that there are usually two opinions most prominent; the atheists on the message board acknowledging the fact that faith, and a messiah-type figure (The Doctor) are main themes of the show, and they have actually claimed a theistic storyline that they don’t understand given the atheistic beliefs of the dynamic duo; Moffat and Davies.  The other opinion is usually expressed by Christians bemoaning the fact that there is an atheistic agenda because of the fact that Moffat and Davies write a messiah-type figure, that is not Christ, and write about faith in something other than God, or just about vague faith (they are atheists, why should we Christians be surprised on that score?  We should be delving into why they write these things…).

What I see, with Doctor Who as an example, is the fact that if one doesn’t believe in God, one will try to find a way to fill that gap…and what one imagines, or writes, or experiences, will usually be similar in nature to the Truth, it resembles the Truth, but isn’t actually “it.”  How many times do we see messiah-like figures? Godlike, miraculous powers through science, magic, mutation, etc…  I believe there is a craving in every human heart, soul, and mind for these types of things, but only one thing can really fill that craving; the actual Truth.  Studying psychology and philosophy is interesting because the two intertwine (not surprisingly), and what I’ve noticed is that people also crave perfection.  They either crave perfection in themselves, or in other people, or in relationships…and that can be a problem.  Why?  Because nobody’s perfect.  So where did we ever get the idea of perfection in the first place?

Live with someone long enough and they will let you down in a mild way, or a major way, intentionally or unintentionally…be it spouse, parent, child, friend, etc… we are human we cannot be perfect, but we crave perfect people, people that are reliable, and we are hurt when we are let down.  We crave messiah-like heroes, and miraculous happenings…why?  Because we all crave the Truth and are drawn to God.  People crave to know, and rely on a perfect person, there’s been only One; Jesus.  Same with a true Messiah for everyone, the whole human race; Jesus.  Miraculous happenings and powers; God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Anyone that doesn’t have it, wants it, craves it, thirsts for it…and if they reject the True answer to these things, they try to fill that gap in other ways, including making it up in fiction form.  These false answers relieve it for a while, but that urge comes back, so they try to fill it in different ways; food, sex, drugs, false gods, intellectualism, even music, art, dance, etc… but only when one embraces and come to accept the Truth is one finally satisfied on a deep spiritual level.

John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

One way or another, humans try to quench that thirst, and when you drink of the Living Water, it is quenched for good, and your motivation is no longer thirst, but true faith, love, and hope.  Even if fictionalized faith, and messiah-like figures, and magical types of powers are fun to kick around in fiction, there’s nothing like believing in actual reality; the reality of the Truth of God, and Jesus Christ.  Again, I’ll point out that this faith we have is not blind faith, it isn’t just because we wish it to be true, or read about it in a book, or would like it to be true; it is because the evidence is there, both personal and public, and because of the grace of God.

Things like a beautiful painting, or music, or even a great story can touch us on a spiritual level, but we have to acknowledge what that means; there is indeed a spiritual aspect to our human existence.  I do believe everyone experiences this at some point in their lives, even if it is only as a child.  The key is not to try to latch on to a shadow of the truth, but to the Truth itself; so get to know the real Messiah, the real Lord of Time, it’s definitely worth it, and makes all other experiences richer; even watching our favourite shows like Doctor Who…

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