One of the TV shows that I enjoyed most in high school and college was a show called Quantum Leap. Just recently it has dawned on me why I enjoyed this show so much.
Here’s a synopsis of the plot-line of the show, for those who aren't familiar with it:
“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.”
In every episode, Sam Beckett enters into the life of someone in time in order to put right something that once went wrong. In other words, in every episode Sam Beckett’s mission is one of redemption. And this, of course, is a little taste of the greatest (true) story ever told:
“11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:11-12).
Perhaps the creators of Quantum Leap were atheists, I do not know. But I do know that even secular, unbelieving people love to tell and hear stories of redemption. After all, it is the story of the world.