Did Yoda go to heaven?

The final computer-generated Yoda as seen in t...

The final computer-generated Yoda as seen in the film. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I asked this question to a critic I was astounded to find out that Yoda never really existed! OK, all joking aside if you haven’t figured out what I am about to discuss then I will be more direct – Surely, we cannot be arrogant enough to believe that we are the only planet with life forms or that we alone are the only forms of life that our Creator has an interest in amongst the entire universe. That being said, if there is life on other planets are they too required to believe their Creator assumed the form of a being on another planet to atone for their falling short of the laws and ordinances handed down to a being on that same planet? Did these other planets have an Eden? Did they have and Adam and Eve? Do they suffer the burden of Original Sin and the threat of eternal torment because a serpent was able to derail the Divine Plan?

Science has advanced to the extent that we now know the molecular makeup of our bodies. We can fly on an airplane into the same clouds Jesus is said to have ascended into and see no heaven. We know the earth does not have four corners and the stars are not lights in a big canopy. We know that cancer doesn’t care if you are a person of faiths or a person of deeds and neither do deranged gunmen in movie theaters.

But the Bible says…

So much emphasis is placed on Biblical inerrancy and infallibility by mainstream Christianity that few people question it and even less actually read it. The claim of inerrancy and infallibility has on many occasions been refuted and the stance is highly illogical. The men who wrote and redacted the various texts are mostly unknown and no original copies exist. These 2 facts are enough to cast significant doubt as to whether they are true to whatever the originals said (not to mention the KJV Onlyist bunch). Either way, they are cryptic writings that express the opinions of the writers. Writers who openly admit to their own failings, fears, and biases. I am not saying the Bible is useless. That would be grossly irresponsible. It is an ancient text and when you can sort through the myths and the dogmas you do find inalienable moral truths and examples of historical failings that we can all learn from. It has been said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. In the Bible people are killed multiple times “in the name of God” and we see when people break the laws of morality than society suffered for it and received (per the Bible) Divine retribution. We should learn from these mistakes.

The Bible is not the sole source of truth..

One can turn to the Kabbalistic texts, the teachings of the Buddha, the philosophy of Plato, and the moral code of Zoroaster to find inspiration and moral guidance equivalent to what they find in the Bible. When the printing press was invented the Bible became readily available to the common man. Is it merely a coincidence that the Age of Enlightenment almost immediately followed? As the Bible became less and less expensive is it coincidental that there was a spike in skepticism? This is not meant to be an attack on the Bible. While I am an advocate of studying it and do so myself regularly, I am not a fan of the dogma of inerrancy and the absolute authority some people feel that it has over every other text.

Back to Yoda..

The origin of the universe and its perpetuity point to a Designer. To me it is clear because something establishes the balance, authored the laws of nature, and weaves it all together. When you look into a child’s eyes you can see the Divine within the innocence. Love and compassion have an eternal thread and collective source. It is that source that according to the Zohar wishes to commune with each of us and makes us one.

4 thoughts on “Did Yoda go to heaven?

  1. This is well stated and quite correct. Keep up the good work.
    S.R., Ordained Unitarian Christian Minister, UMI

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  2. Clearly, religion would take a different form on other planets than it took in traditional, Nicene Christianity. Perhaps in a form totally different from ANY religion on the face of the earth, because it’s unclear in what level of evolutionary development (not to mention spiritual development) such an alien race would be experiencing. I’m not at all sure other planets have sentient beings living on them, but given the huge number of stars with planets around them, some are likely to exist. But even among those, how many would even experience LANGUAGE? It’s interesting to speculate about.

    As for the Bible, it’s easy to get cynical and sound like one’s attacking it (I notice you took pains a couple times here to say you were NOT doing so.) It’s also easy to pummel it because one wishes to go after those who take a strongly literal view of its contents and who aggressively attack those who disagree with their interpretation.

    The Bible, like any religious text, needs to be understood in its cultural and social context, among many other factors. It was also compiled by human beings with agendas, some of which we do not know (true especially of the New Testament.) Textual criticism is a wonderful tool for us to examine the evidence, but so is reason, and so is faith.

    That said, I believe a lot of goodness, beauty and Truth survived its transmission to us by many, many human hands, and that the life of Jesus is just as sublime and instructive to human beings today as Thomas Jefferson believed it to be.

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