May 19, 2005
Unless you have been living in outer space, you know that "Star Wars episode III - Revenge of the Sisth" has just opened and probably will set box office records.
This final episode (or so they say) deals with where evil comes from.
How did Darth Vader become evil?
I haven't seen it yet, but reviewers say producer George Lucas struggles mightily to provide an answer to the age-old question about the origin of evil.
"Star Wars" has been a metaphor from the beginning - about Good vs. Evil, about God vs. Satan.
It provides the usual humanistic answers that are not real answers at all.
It is not necessary to answer the question as to where evil came from.
It is necessary to answer the question of whether I choose to follow God or the evil one; whether I accept what God says, or believe the lie.
That is the ultimate question that began in the garden of eden and continues today.
That question cannot be answered by a movie.
It must be answered by each individual.
To the extent that "Star Wars" helps with the conversation, it is a good thing.
Forget "the force." May God be with us.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.