15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17
This Star Trek episode is about Capt. Kirk and company finding a group of colonists who should have died years before due to a then unknown radiation. The Enterprise crew found them all alive and well, eventually discovering that spores from a local plant gave them immunity along with perfect health and happiness.
I know. A nightmare, right?
Kirk eventually defeats the evil spores, gets his crew back, and warps off to another adventure. After all, mankind is meant to struggle and progress and grow. When the colony leader was rid of the spores, he was aghast that they had made no progress in the years they were there.
I say give me the spores! Long life, plenty of food, happiness, and perfect health; what more is there to progress to? This episode makes that look like a bad deal. I think it looks like the ideal retirement scenario. Spock fell in love and was happy for the first time in his life, for cryin’ out loud! When Kirk cured him of his case of spores, he helped Kirk ruin it for everybody else too.
The most logical, intelligent character in the series didn’t see the sense in beaming right back down to the planet and finding another one of those plants.
All Adam and Eve had to do was tend the garden. Pre-sin, I’ll be there weren’t even any weeds to pull. Trim the bushes, pick your food, and have fun being in direct contact with your Creator.
But, no! They wanted to be smarter. They wanted to be like God. After the Fall, the weather probably started going a little wonky, so better housing was needed. Technology, transportation, communication and more all became things to progress toward. What we really needed was to regress. Get back to God and the basics.
Unfortunately, sin is one of those squirts of toothpaste that isn’t going back in the tube. It’s a mess, and all we can do is check the hallway to see if God is around and hope He didn’t notice.
He did, of course. He put together a cleanup plan. All He wants from us is to revert back to cooperating with Him, loving Him enough to say “OK” when He says…well, anything. He made us, right? So who do you think is smarter; us or Him?
For now the cat is out of the bag, the monkey is in the wrench, and no matter how hard we might try to get back to those Godly basics, there’s always a Capt. Kirk somewhere that’s going try to cure us of our delusional, non-progressive happiness.
The world really can suck. Hugely. Fortunately, Christ has overcome the world. Paradise is on the other side, not this side.