Monday, February 23, 2015

The Final Battlestar Galactica Bible Study

Season 4.5- Episode: “Daybreak Part 3”
Acts 1:1-12
In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father[c] about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.”
When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. 10 While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.

Acts Chapter 7

What ‘key’ are the people in the episode arguing over and how is this a ‘key’ to all of them?

What ‘key’ has Stephen found, and what is it a ‘key’ to?

 What miracles guided everyone to that one point on the bridge of Galactica?

Compare and contrast Stephen’s speech and Gaius’.

Reflect on this quote: I see angels, angels in this very room. Now, I may be mad, but that doesn't mean that I'm not right. 
Because there's another force at work here. There always has been. It's undeniable. We've all experienced it. Everyone in this room has witnessed events that they can't fathom, let alone explain by rational means. Puzzles deciphered in prophecy. Dreams given to a chosen few. Our loved ones, dead, risen. Wheather we want to call that "God" or "gods" or some sublime inspiration or a divine force we can't know or understand, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. It's here. It exists, and our two destinies are entwined in its force.

Reflect on this quote: “How do you know God is on your side?”

Reflect on Gaius’ response.

How is God ‘beyond good and evil’?

What created the divisions between the Christians and the Jews?

What do you think of what Tori did to the Chief’s wife?

What do you think of the Chief’s response?

Reflect on Cavil’s end.

What does it say that Cara was able to use the music she hears to jump the ship?

How was Cara’s experience like Gaius’ and how was it different?

Reflect on this quote: “one might even say there is a divine hand at work.”

Where do we see the theme of finding home throughout the history Israel, as recounted in Acts?

How do we see the cycle of sin and redemption constantly repeating itself?

What do you think of the decision to give up technology? What is the purpose behind this?

What does Lee say about technology and our souls? What do you think of this?

Reflect on the last moment between Sam and Cara, and the flashback associated with it.

Reflect on the final fate of the Chief.

Reflect on Laura and Admiral Adama’s last moments together, and the flashback associated with it.

Reflect on the last meeting between Lee and Cara.

What was Cara, in the end? What was her role, theologically speaking?

Compare and contrast her first death with her ‘ascension’.

What do you think it was like to be there when Jesus ascended after His death and resurrection?

Reflect on this quote: “He’s not coming back this time…and neither am I…I am done here, I’ve completed my journey, 
and it feels good.”

Why do you think they flashed back to the moment they did in this last meeting?

Reflect on Laura’s death and the flashback associated with it.

Reflect on Sharon and Helo and Hera’s fate.

Reflect on Gaius and Six’s fate.

Reflect on this quote: “God’s plan is never complete…but I think it’s safe to say that from now on, your lives will be 

Contrast this to the lives of the Apostles after the plan regarding Jesus was fulfilled.

What do we learn about the planet the refugees came to, at the end?

Reflect on this quote: “You know He doesn’t like that name.”

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