During Bible study last night, I came to the realization that many people are probably unaware at just how deeply some TV shows are influenced by the subjects mentioned in the title of this post. One series, that I’ve seen at least several times is Stargate SG-1. If you have never seen all 10 seasons of th
is series, you have truly cheated yourself out of a wonderful experience. Thankfully, they have the full series on DVD. With that said, what is it about Stargate that should make every Christian want to watch?
The Secular Perspective
The approach to the subject matter is clearly from a secular perspective, and it becomes more and more apparent once you really get into the series. On the plus side, it is clear that TONS of research was done. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised at how much research went into just about every aspect of the show. As a Christian, it also provides insight into how and why the Great Deception might be so great. With each episode, we learn that most of the aliens aren’t who or what we think they are, and that there are more powerful, non physical entities that mean us harm.
The main premise of the show is that extraterrestrials, posing as gods, built a device known as a Stargate. Russia and the United States then find said gates, and there is a conspiracy to keep knowledge of it from the general public. Over the ten seasons, more and more conspiracies begin to come to light, including a secret group known as the NID, which operates within and outside of the government.
Aliens, Gods, and Transhumanism
Once the Stargate is opened, the extraterrestrials known as the Goa’uld and the Jaffa become a central point to the story. The Jaffa are servants/slaves to the Goa’uld that are really genetically modified humans that were originally taken from earth. They live to be over 200 years old, are stronger, and heal faster than normal humans. For those of you that are interested in the subject of Transhumanism, this portion of the series touches on it a lot.
In addition to the above, we are introduced to the Greys, known as the Asgard in the show. The Asgard mostly pose as Norse gods and in most cases are the good guys, but with an interesting spin. They are a consciousness/spirit that is housed in a biological suit/skin in order to operate in the physical universe. Sound familiar?
Demons and Hybrids
On many of the planets that SG-1 travels to, the Goa’uld are referred to as demons. Not only are they the bad guys, but they are tiny creatures that are capable of possessing human bodies, instantly giving the person super human strength, and speaking in multiple voices as we see in most stories about demons.
About half way into the series, a hybrid child is born when a Goa’uld (demon) and human have sex, which is forbidden under the penalty of death. The child doesn’t turn into a giant, but is extremely gifted with supernatural powers.
Towards the end of the series, a new group of beings known as the Ori are introduced, and they seem more like evil angels than anything else. They too produce a hybrid that is set on destroying the Ancients and all of humanity.
Good Angels and Fallen Angels
As the series plays out, we are introduced to a group of light beings known as the Ancients. As we learn more about them, they seem to draw from a lot of what we know about good angels from various cultures.
For a couple of seasons we are led to believe that the Ancients are the most powerful beings in the universe, but then the Ori are introduced. The Ori use powerful prophets known as Priors to preach the gospel of origin. It is a false religion made up of lies in order to turn people away from the truth. The kicker is that in order for these spirits to gain power, people must willingly worship or invite them.
One of the things I admire the most is how the writers tied together much of the mythology into a coherent story line. Some of the gods they encounter are:
With the exception of Thor and Loki in the list above, these were Goa’uld pretending to be gods, but referred to as demons by most of the civilizations they run into.
Why Should Christians Watch This?
Of course a lot of it is made for entertainment, and discernment is key, but Stargate SG-1 was an awesome series that touches on a lot of subjects that many of us are interested in. In my opinion, there will never be another show that gets remotely close to tying all these subjects together in a way that is both entertaining and sticks very close to the story lines and motives from the pages of mythology and the Bible.
Some of My Favorite Story Lines
While I love the entire series, there are a few episodes that I absolutely love and think might catch your attention if you haven’t seen the series in its entirety.
- The purpose of the pyramids revealed.
- Carter gets possessed.
- SG-1 goes to hell on a rescue mission.
- SG-1 meets an Ascended Master.
- SG-1 kills a demon.
- Anubis is much more than an extraterrestrial.
- Hathor takes over SGC.
- The death of Zeus.
- SG-1 travels back to the 60s.
Hopefully, those of you that haven’t seen the series will give it a watch for the first time. As you watch it, pay attention to the small details, and compare them to what you have learned in your own studies. I can almost guarantee that you will find several nuggets of information that will inspire more in depth research. If you have seen the show, please feel free to leave your comments below.
- Stargate Seasons 1 -10