January 26, 2019
Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.
From Our “Here”…
Arthur C. Clarke, world-renowned British science fiction writer, lived for most of his life in his adopted homeland of Sri Lanka. Clarke, 90 when he died in 2008, was perhaps most famous for 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 1968 film on which he collaborated with director Stanley Kubrick and on which he developed the novel of the same name.
The movie has held up well in its portrayal of space exploration. It’s far more scientifically sound than, say, Star Wars. For one thing, spacecraft obey the basic laws of physics. There’s no wild acrobatic flying on wings in the absence of an atmosphere. For another, a moon landing and lunar exploration mission in the story were thrust into the public eye just months before Apollo 11 turned science fiction into science fact.
Clarke apparently took exception to any form of theistic belief right up to the end of his life. He left instructions that “absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith” should be associated with his funeral. Yet, religious themes filled his writing. “Mr. Clarke’s writings were the most biblical,” observed Edward Rothstein in an essay for The New York Times, “the most prepared to amplify reason with mystical conviction, the most religious in the largest sense of religion: speculating about beginnings and endings, and how we get from one to the other.”
Where Clarke only allowed himself to speculate in matters of faith, countless others have discovered undeniable reality. One of those people is Charlie Duke, a man who visited the moon in 1972 as Apollo 16’s lunar module pilot. Charlie and Dotty Duke gave an interview to the Pentecostal Evangel in 2008. They joyfully spoke of their faith in Christ, a faith they discovered in the years following Charlie’s moon landing.
Arthur C. Clarke was a literary hero to many. Audiences still watch and admire 2001: A Space Odyssey. But any Christian who watches or reads Clarke’s material faces a nagging question: What did he discover on his final odyssey?
…To God’s “There”
Whether in blockbuster movies, best-selling novels, the highest circulation magazines, or the most popular online posts, life’s great themes and deep questions present themselves again and again. Thanks to God’s revelation in His Word, Christians not only discover and experience His answers at work in their lives, but have the privilege and joy of communicating those answers to a world searching for truth.
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Making the Leap
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