IT WAS TOO MUCH FUN in an earlier blog tracking the quotes of TV’s Deputy Barney Fife with the Bible, looking for connections as well as push back.
I thought I’d step it up a decade or two, looking for the same from Star Trek.
Some interactions are light-hearted, as it turns out.
Others, not so much.
Paul: Don’t go to bed angry. ( Ephesians 4:26, The Message)
Deanna Troi (ship’s counselor) to Worf (a Klingon): Do you want to tell me what’s bothering you or would you like to break some more furniture?
Job: I have never sinned by cursing anyone or by asking for revenge. (Job 31:30, NLT)
Khan to Kirk [quoting from Melville’s Moby Dick]: To the last, I will grapple with thee… from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee! For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!
Description of Amnon, King David’s son, after raping his half-sister: He hated her now more than he had loved her before. He said to her, “Get up! Get out!” (2 Samuel 13:15, NIRV).
Spock, agreeing to let another marry his fiancée: “Ston, she is yours. You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.”
Paul: If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. (Romans 12:18, The Message)
Scotty (ship’s engineer): The best diplomat that I know is a fully-loaded phaser bank.
Jewish theologian: Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people. (Hebrews 9:27, NCV)
Spock: Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Jewish historian: The Philistine army had a hero named Goliath who was from the town of Gath and was over nine feet tall. (1 Samuel 17:4, CEV)
Sulu (ship’s helmsman): Don’t call me Tiny.
God to Ezekiel: When I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, “Live!” (Ezekiel 16:6)
Data, an android: If you prick me, do I not… leak?
Men of Sodom to Lot: Where are the men [angelic messengers] who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!” (Genesis 19:5, NLT).
Kirk: You’re not exactly catching us at our best.