Christ Used Fantasy to Teach Truth
To some people Christian fantasy fiction and biblical truth are incongruous in concept, contradictory in nature. Actually, Jesus used fantasy to teach truth. We do not think of it as such, but he did. In John 15 Jesus speaks of himself as the vine, believers as branches and his Father as the vine dresser. He was using fantasy to illustrate truth.
When Jesus talked about believers as being sheep, false teachers as being wolves, and himself as being “the door” to the sheepfold as well as being the Shepherd, he was using fantasy to teach truth. In his teaching he often used fantastic ideas to illustrate truth, to bring truth to life for the listeners.
True, he did not tell long fantasy stories, but nevertheless, he did indeed use fantasy. The real problem is not the use of fantasy, but the misuse. And I will grant that it is easily misused. But as the saying goes, let’s not throw out the baby with the wash. Good Christian fantasy fiction can bring truth to life. Preachers and teachers use their words and various illustrations to help their “sheep” understand biblical truth. Fantasy fiction can do the same. It can help people understand the application of truth to life.
A Biblical Truth I’ve Been Contemplating
A question I have been contemplating lately is, if “salvation works” or results in fruit, what does that mean? Does that mean every Christian will bear fruit? Does it mean if one is truly saved they will be submitting to Your lordship?