ID critics have long prevaricated ID as Creationism. The Darwinian PR campaign is certainly effective with the initiates. There are many fronts to the Darwinian PR campaign. We’ve seen their deception in the mainstream media and in pop culture TV programs.
Since I believe that Darwinian evolution is essentially an atheistic philosophy and not real science, the current ID debate has prompted certain ancillary criticism on Christianity. A recent example of such an attack was promoted in the science fiction series Stargate SG-1. This post is intended to defend against such attacks raised by the Stargate SG-1 program.
In season 9 of the Stargate series, it has introduced a race of Ascended beings called the Ori. The Ori are extremely powerful beings that once had physical bodies but now have evolved to an incorporeal plane of existence, giving them a godlike quality. (For more information on the Ori follow the above link.) The Ori are evil beings because they deceive their followers to worship them for their own benefits, in essence they gain strength from the worship of their followers. Anyone who refuses to worship them would be killed. The Ori also give false hope to its’ followers of the promise of Ascension, which provides immortality and enlightenment.
The worshippers of this Ori are portrayed as dupes who reject science and rationality. The worshippers would blindly annihilate an entire planet full of people at the whim of the Ori. These worshippers have been brainwashed to fear and obey the Ori with unquestioning loyalty and contrary to all moral discernments.
One more interesting aspect of the Ori is that they are the evil counterpart of another group of Ascended beings, who was called the Ancients. Long before the Ascension, the Ancients and Ori are of the same race. There was split that developed between these 2 groups. The Ori were very dogmatic and became very religious. The Ancients believed in science. (Do you see a parallel between these fictional groups and the real world Christians and atheistic Darwinists? Let me also digress here to make another point. Although the sci-fi writers here are attempting to emphasize the noble character of science, they missed the fact that Ascension is not a scientific endeavor, because both the Ori and Ancients were able to Ascend from both a science and anti-science perspective. What’s an even more glaring contradiction to their attempt to put science on this pedestal is the fact that they rely on the eastern mysticism of enlightenment for their Ascension concept. How much more anti-science is that?)
The points that the sci-fi writers have raised are these.
1. The Ori are evil beings with godlike powers, which deceive people into worshipping them for their own benefit.
2. The worshippers are irrational dupes.
3. Religious fanatics are anti-science and they are evil, while science minded people are noble beings.
4. We must reject a god that would destroy people merely because we refuse to believe in him/her.
There is no doubt that the writers have popularized the proverbial criticisms of Christianity in their stories. I say Christianity specifically because there have been other instances where the dialogues make specific references to Biblical characters. What is surprising to me (although it shouldn’t be) is that they trot out these proverbial criticisms but never researched the apologetics responses to their criticisms.
Like the Devil these criticism of Christianity mixes 9 parts truth with 1 part lie. God does not condemn people just because they don’t believe in Him. This is a gigantic LIE. People are put into hell (permanently separated from God) because they have sinned against God. You would not be thrown into hell even if you did NOT BELIEVE in God at all, if you are able to live a perfect and sinless life. NO ONE, I repeat NO ONE is thrown into hell for disbelieve. We are all convicted for our sins. The belief in God is a gift from God to rescue us from the inevitable. Because God loved His Creation and not wanting any should perish, He reached out His hand to rescue us through His own sacrifice. When we say that we refuse to believe in God, we are essentially slapping His reached out hand to rescue us.
Like the Devil these sci-fi writers reinforces the LIE by suggesting that even if this God exists. His demands for believe and worship suggests that there must be a nefarious motive behind His demands. If you are able to establish the LIE as truth then of course you can build on top of that lie. The problem is that the premise that believe in God is the first transgression is false makes the rest of the arguments mute. The God of the Bible unlike the sci-fi god is an uncaused First Cause. God does not require worship or believe to sustain or enrich Him. He has existed before the beginning and will exist with or without us through eternity. Then there is our judgment of God and the morality of punishment (or the consequences of our choices). If the God of the Bible does exist then He is the Creator of us all. If we have any moral compass then it is naturally derived from Him, for we cannot have a morality that exist outside of what was designed in us by God. Secondly, if we are Creatures and He is the Creator, our “free will” must be subservient to the Sovereignty of God.
Finally, there is the charge that religious people are dupes and anti-science. When in truth it is the opposite. As I’ve said before the writers who want to tout science in fact rely on eastern mysticism as the basis for their group that is scientifically minded. Like the current day Darwinists who accuse IDists as anti-science when in fact Darwinists are the ones who ignores all empirical evidences in science and promote an agenda of atheistic humanism. Darwinists resort to irrational speculations of multiverse to avoid and defer the rational implication of the uncaused First Cause.