Anyone recognize the alien above? Well, if you do, then you should not have watched that movie…like I did. I hate to admit that I sat through the garbage that is Paul. The reason that I watched it, as if I need to explain my sin, is because I love those two actors that were also in “Shawn of the Dead,” as well as “Hot Fuzz.” I figured that this would be another movie like those two; filled with British humor….it was not. What it was filled with was a message. A message that religion is dead, that humanity and evolution are to be worshiped instead of a creator, and above all there is no right and wrong. They took the premise that because there was such a thing as a sentient being from outer space that was in fact just like us but evolved into a higher intelligence, this then disproved the existence of God. And therefore, if one were to disprove the existence of God, then there is no basis of right and wrong. Stay with me here, this is where it gets interesting.
In the film they had this sweet beautiful young woman who was a product of her independent, fundamental Christian upbringing. This young woman was by all meanings of the word “Backwards.” She took one look at Paul the alien and assumed that he must be a demon or some hell-spawned mixture of the “bones of fornicators and the sinew of thieves and gluttons.” (thank you Will Ferrel) Because to believe that he was an honest to goodness space man would mean that everything she was brought up to believe in had been a lie. When she finally accepted the “truth” that there was no god, and therefore no creation, she took this understanding to a whole new level. She began to see that there was no reason for her “not to cuss, or have sex, or anything like that.” She then lost all of her “inhibitions” and “joined the party” so to speak.
And it is right here that the movie’s premise shoots itself in the foot. You see, they had the woman come to the conclusion that without God there is no moral code, no right or wrong. She can therefore live her life in such a manner that is convenient to her, throwing all feelings of guilt aside. But they did not play this scenario out in its entirety. If I had written the movie, I would have had the nice young woman, upon the realization that there was no true moral, turn around and kill the rest of the cast. You see, if we take this idea to its furthest reaches, then we come to the conclusion that it is indeed ok to kill, plunder and destroy. In the fictional universe of the story, it is ok. There are no moral standards to live by because there is no God.
But in our universe, there have been no definitive proof that there is no God. No aliens running around, no fully evolved species to bear witness that evolution in its entirety (note: I am not suggesting that some forms of evolution have not been proven, but am suggesting that we have not seen, first hand, one species change into another yet) is correct. In fact we have seen the opposite proven, that there must be some sort of creator. Morals or the reality of a “right” and “wrong” are a proof of God. I like the way the spoken word artist, Propaganda, puts it…
“ And you, smarty pants, don’t front
Like the little you know about our universe
you ready to draw conclusions about its origins?
Maybe we don’t know as much as we think we do…
Science still can’t explain yawning.
Like you never took your world view to its furthest conclusions?
That if human behavior is just what protoplasm does at this temperature,
then there is no need for humanitarian effort,
because these atrocities weren’t wrong,
IT’S JUST THE UNIVERSE WEEDING OUT BAD GENES.
Them is fingernail-on-chalkboard words, ain’t ’em?”