I love the dialogues in various Star Wars movies and cartoons. I wanted to turn some of them into a humorous depiction of Darth Vader turning from the dark side and becoming an evangelist to confront atheists based on his interactions with Luke Skywalker (from the movie- Episode 5- The Empire Strikes Back) and Ahsoka Tano (from Star Wars Rebels) in the fictional Star Wars universe.
Atheist- Nice to see you Vader. I heard you became an evangelist. I thought you were all about the dark side.
Evangelist Vader- You may dispense with the pleasantries. Do you have some time to talk about God?
|Couldn't find a meme which was more closer to Christianity. However, I thought this was just being humorous regarding Christian groups like Jehovah's Witnesses.|
Atheist- Vader, you should know better than to trust in some 2,000 year old ancient text called the Bible and believe in an entity which you can't even see. We use science and logic to rationalize what we choose to believe in. We can clearly see evolution at work and it is our father.
Evangelist Vader- Don't be too proud of your evidence based reasoning. The ability to reason in this manner is insignificant next to the power of God (basing your faith on God's word and having His power work in your life).
Atheist- Don't try to frighten us with your religious ways, Vader. You have a sad devotion to that ancient religion which has not helped you in any way.
Evangelist Vader- I find your lack of faith disturbing. It was foretold that people like you would be here (note: refer to Matthew 10:16). Our long-awaited meeting has come at last. We need not be adversaries. God will show you mercy if you repent and put your faith in Him. Tell me where the remaining atheists can be found.
Atheist- Why? So you can send your evangelists (note: in contrast to the Inquisitors in Star Wars) to "enlighten" them also? I was beginning to believe that I can reason against you with evidence based reasoning and convince you Bible thumpers to turn to atheism, but it's impossible. We atheists could never be as irrational as you.
Evangelist Vader- My old sinful and unbelieving nature (dark side which was characterized by fear, anger, hate, etc.) was weak, Jesus Christ destroyed Him on the cross. Your destiny lies with me, atheist. Satan knew this to be true.
|If only you atheists knew the power of God!|
|I think this is an example similar to how a Jedi's mind can turn to the dark side (i.e. their minds becoming dark and confused). Compare the above quote with Acts 17:27-28 and Colossians 1:17. Refer also to Romans 1:21-22.|
Acts 17:16-34 (NLT):
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. 17 He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there.
18 He also had a debate with some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. When he told them about Jesus and his resurrection, they said, “What’s this babbler trying to say with these strange ideas he’s picked up?” Others said, “He seems to be preaching about some foreign gods.”
19 Then they took him to the high council of the city. “Come and tell us about this new teaching,” they said. 20 “You are saying some rather strange things, and we want to know what it’s all about.” 21 (It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.)
22 So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, 23 for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.
24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
32 When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, “We want to hear more about this later.” 33 That ended Paul’s discussion with them, 34 but some joined him and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the council, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Colossians 1:15-23 (NLT):
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.