When Worlds Collide

In 1951, George Pal directed a low-budget science-fiction film entitled, “When Worlds Collide.”  This film was an adaptation of a 1933 novel that told the story of the earth being destroyed in a collision with a rogue planet that entered our solar system.  The bulk of the story revolves around a group of scientists who discover the impending collision and then undertake an ambitious plan to build rocket ships to take some of earth’s population to an earth-like planet that entered our solar system at the same time.  The film contains a number of scenes that draw analogies to the account of Noah’s ark and which express the hope for God’s blessings on their endeavor to save a remnant of mankind.  The biblical theme of the destruction of all life and the preservation of a few to begin again is openly stated.

From time to time scientists still warn of the possibility of a doomsday collision of our earth with some celestial body, but generally without much reaction from the public.  We simply do not seem to be too concerned with such a possibility, and rightfully so.  God’s word is very clear that the destruction of the world will take place only at His command (2 Pet. 3:7, 10).  Until that time, a time that no one knows except God the Father (Mt. 24:36), we may live in the certainty that no global doomsday event will occur by the actions of mankind or by some chance occurrence of nature.

The collision of worlds, while not likely in the physical realm, has, however, been an ongoing reality in the spiritual realm.  The word, “world,” may refer to the physical planet on which we live, but it also refers to differing ways of life.  In this sense, two worlds have collided since the Garden of Eden.  These worlds are the world of darkness, over which Satan reigns, and the world of light, whose king is our Lord Jesus Christ.

These worlds collide every day as the unrighteous of our age aggressively promote their ungodly lifestyle and dare Christians to stand up against it.  These worlds collide when institutions, elected leaders, the media and the entertainment world mock and attack godly ideals and those who uphold them.  These worlds collide when so-called voices of tolerance call on Christians to “live and let live.”  These worlds collide virtually every time a Christian turns on a television, logs onto a computer, goes to a movie, or any number of other mundane things that occupy our lives.

These worlds collide because they essentially have nothing in common.  This is the message of Paul in 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1, where he told Christians to not be unequally bound with unbelievers.  In 1 Jn. 2:15 John warned Christians, saying, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.”  He went on to point out that the things of the world are not from God and they are going to pass away (vs. 16, 17).  James also wrote very strongly on this point in Jas. 4:4.  He said, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?  Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Our choice as Christians is clear.  When spiritual worlds collide, as they always will, we must choose to walk in the light, rather than in the darkness.  In 1 Jn. 1:7 John said, “But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.”  Those who obey God’s word walk in the light.  Only these are in the ark of safety, which is His church.  Only these will enter the new heavens and new earth.  Only these will live in eternity with God the Father, when worlds collide.