The theology of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey is exemplified in the cult classic X-Files and its refrain: “I Want to Believe.”
What do they want to believe?
A panoply of ideas revolving around extraterrestrial life which visited Earth in the prehistoric past and will return again, for good or for evil.
Many of these “true believers” – with an unshakable faith based on emotional desires – look forward to this ET Second Coming with joyful anticipation. They reject Jesus – who always existed – as their Savior and replace Him with an extraterrestrial who never existed. (Why? To deny the spiritual dimension and, thus, the moral one as well.)
With religious fervor, they would that it be so.
The 1997 movie, Contact, took “place at the intersection of science, politics and faith,” according to film critic Roger Ebert. Contact was also based on a Carl Sagan novel and his notions of the origins of the universe and of life are incorporated therein.
A central observation in Contact is clearly expressed: “If we are alone in the Universe, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.”
It is all a matter of perspective. From the viewpoint of an atheist who dismisses the notion of a Creator or an afterlife, an endless, empty, eternal universe merely heightens the loneliness and isolation of those who believe that this life is all there is.
From the vantage point of a Christian, the universe is far from empty, meaningless, or depressing. It is, we see the testimony of the stars to the greatness and majesty of the One who brought them into being. We see all of the wonders of the universe displaying the glory of God and we look forward with joyful anticipation to that time when we will fellowship with Him – face-to-face – for eternity.
The words of that wondrous hymn, How Great Thou Art, so beautifully express why there is so much more to the cosmos than the creators of Cosmos can imagine.
Update: Scientists discover God.