by MJSmith

    On the November 5, 2015 episode of The Big Bang Theory they had Leonard Nemoy’s son on.  He was interviewing Sheldon for the documentary he was making to remember his father and his character Spock from Star Trek.
    Sheldon gave his childhood experiences of what Spock meant to him as a child.  It was quite humorous, as it should have been.  But it got me thinking, that I would like to tell you what my childhood experiences of Spock were.  When the show aired I was in Junior High, and I really did not watch the show, even though I was aware of it.  It was not until it was broadcast in reruns, when I was in High School, that I began to watch the show.

    What I liked about Spock the most was the fact that I felt like he would have made a great Christian Scientist!  He could kick out fear, which is most important in Christian Science treatment.  He was also capable of seeing the illusion of matter in certain episodes which, to me, was Christian Science.
    The episode “Day of the Dove” is really an important show to me as it was about animal magnetism using hypnotism in order to wage a continuous war driven by hate, lust, and violence.  What was interesting is that this devil evened up the odds – 100 men on each team – and even though these men (and women) would die they would not die, they came back to life.  It also manipulated the weapons, could change the phasers into swords.  Eventually Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty began to see through the mesmerism and understand what was really taking place.  To me, the Enterprise crew represented Christian Scientists while the Klingons (clinging on) were the religious ecclesiastical despotic church.  The Klingon commander Kang had his wife with him.  She was the Klingon’s Mary Scientist.  However, Kang did not want to listen to his womanhood, Mary Baker Eddy, because male energy always thinks it knows better than the woman does.  Yet, toward the end of the episode, Kang wises up and listens to Kirk (the church dweller) of James (divine Science) and a truce is made and there is no more war.  It is then that the devil creature of animal magnetism begins to loose power.  They cast it off of the Enterprise (excommunicate it from the church) with good cheer, laughter, and lifted spirits.  This was an atmosphere where evil was unable to exist or continue its stronghold upon church members and the independents.
    All Christian Scientists should be logical like the Vulcans are supposed to be, and emotions do need to be curbed.  But a true Christian Scientist must express Love.  Although Spock would never admit to it, he did love his fellow crew members, even that ever pesky Doctor McCoy!
    Another episode had Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and Checkoff on a planet living out the O.K. Corral.  Checkoff was shot, even though the person he was supposed to be actually survived the shootout.  Then they decided to make a knock out gas, however, they found that the gas was impotent.  It was around this time that Spock realized that their experiences were nothing but pure illusion, and he was able to know that the bullets had no power to kill them, even though Checkoff died (because he believed the bullets were real).  Kirk basically told Spock that he could realize the Truth of the situation but they were unable to do the same.  So Spock mind-melded with them to give them the understanding that the bullets were not real.  Thus, when the shoot out came they were not killed by the bullets.  They proved to the aliens, who had set up the whole mirage test, that they were worthy and they were sent back to the Enterprise.  They were alive and well, even Checkoff was alive.  Some may say that Spock used hypnotism on Kirk and the others, but I think that it was more like he was able to give them spiritual understanding.
    There were other episodes where Spock seemed to deal and handle pain better than the humans did.  Whether it was Christian Science is another story.
    I often thought about Spock and the Vulcan race and felt that if they were real and had read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that they would have understood it, accepted it, and began to practice it.