Changed in an Instant

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:09

NBC has a new show this season called Manifest.  The name Manifest is derived from the list of passengers aboard flight 828.  The hook of the show is that the flight takes off just as normal as any other flight, but lands five years into the future.  The weirdness of this phenomenon begins before the passengers even leave the plane.  Time has progressed as normal for them, but the rest of the world is dumbfounded.  Although things seem normal for the passengers, they, themselves, are no longer normal.  Not only have they missed five years of their lives, and five years of their friends’ and family’s lives, they also land with a paranormal, kind of sixth sense.  They do not realize it at first.  The change within them begins to appear slowly. 

They have all been changed and are connected through this change, but the change each passenger experiences is unique to that person.  Some hear voices or callings (as they are referred to on the show).  Some see through the eyes of another passenger and feel what he or she feels.  The periods for these paranormal experiences never last more than a few seconds.  The first happenings are all brushed off as something odd, a deja vu perhaps, or a distant sound not recognized.  As the occurrences increase, more attention is given to them.  The passengers are not sure how they should respond to the sensations, or if they should respond at all.  Some are extremely disturbed by the callings, while others are eager to listen and follow.  The show is interesting and I believe the writers have done well.  Although the origin of the supernatural experiences has been credited to God by a couple of the characters, calling this a TV series based on Christian beliefs would be a far stretch at best.

I enjoy watching the series, but I am not making a recommendation or telling you to avoid it.  I am only using Manifest as an example.  The show is in its first season and doing well.  I believe its success lies in the connection the viewers have with what I see as the obvious attraction.  There is knowledge in the universe that is greater than man’s, and this knowledge wants to connect with us.  Believers understand this knowledge to be God, and share in it.  Unbelievers do not deny its existence, but have a hard time understanding anything without it.  These two factors are sort of the underlying reality of how the characters interpret, and possibly pursue, that which is beyond them.  Inside the hidden reality lies a question that is shared by believers and unbelievers.  It is a question that attracts and frightens us, while demanding an answer.  Believers know the source to find the answer but don’t always engage it.  Unbelievers stay busy as they move from source to source trying to find an answer.  Are you ready for the question?????  Is this knowledge that is beyond me, this knowledge that wants to connect with me,,,,,,,, does it want to harm me or help me?