A Celebrity Ponders His Mortality

by Ken Ham

William Shatner

For all his fame (and fortune) and being a popular Star Trek series star, William Shatner basically says he is at the end of his life, and his legacy will amount to not much, if anything!

At least he's consistent with his evolutionary beliefs and his rejection of God. Think about it, if this life is all there is, you die and cease to exist and won’t know you were ever here, thus life is ultimately purposeless and meaningless. But that's the logical outcome of the evolutionary atheistic religion to which Shatner and millions of others hold.

Shatner released a book about his life called Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder (2022). But what’s the point if life is ultimately meaningless anyway? And why should people listen to the pontifications of an actor who rejects God and made his living pretending to be someone he's not? Why should people even take notice of him? What gives him the right to tell people how they should think about life? By whose authority? Actually, by his own authority.

William Shatner Floating in Blue Origin
Space Capsule

When Shatner rode in the Blue Origin flight for 10 minutes on October 13, 2021, he saw the earth from space. If you listen to the interview with Neil Cavuto, you'll hear he was amazed how special earth looked compared to everything else in space. Instead of seeing it as an obvious miracle of creation in the vastness of space, he saw it this way: “When I came out of the spaceship I was crying, just sobbing, and I thought, ‘Why am I crying?’ ... I’m in grief ... I’m grieving about the world because I now know so much about what’s happening. I saw the Earth and its beauty and its destruction," he continued. “It’s going extinct. Billions of years of evolution may vanish. It’s sacred, it’s holy, it’s life, and it’s gone. It’s beyond tragic. We stupid [expletive] animals are destroying this gorgeous thing called the Earth. Doesn’t that make you angry? Don’t you want to do something about it?”

He said humans are animals “intricately connected” to the universe and earth and we need to connect with them. He used the word “prayer” regarding praying to the universe, not to God. That’s his religion! Of course many will say, as TV host Neil Cavuto said, “How profound!” But it’s utter foolishness, “The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'” (Psalm 14:1)

And the modern climate religion to which he refers has people thinking they can save the planet and save themselves. But one day God will destroy this planet by fire (2 Peter 3) and create a new heavens and earth. Nothing Shatner can say or do will change that. God promised after the flood, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). Only God can destroy the earth.

At the World Economic Forum, John Kerry (US special envoy) said there was an elite group of people who were out to save the planet and mankind. It’s a religion worshipping creation and man. There’s only one who saves man, and that's the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to earth as the God-man to pay the penalty for our sin and to offer the free gift of salvation. Unless John Kerry and William Shatner receive this free gift (and we pray they do!), they'll not cease to exist when they die, but will spend eternity separated from God under righteous judgment for their sin.

Shatner states: “People ask about a legacy. There’s no legacy. Statues are torn down. Graveyards are ransacked. Headstones are knocked over. No one remembers anyone. Who remembers Danny Kaye or Cary Grant? They were great stars. But they’re gone and no one cares. But what does live on, are good deeds. If you do a good deed, it reverberates to the end of time. It’s the butterfly effect thing.”

Good deeds won’t save us or the planet. Only God saves:

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)

Shatner needs to heed God's warning:

“It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)

Leave a godly legacy with an eternal impact, not a meaningless and purposeless one.

Ken Ham is the founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter.
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