Christ’s Parables Validate Christian Fantasy
Christ’s Parables a Seed Source
At heart Christ’s parables are the seed source of my Christian fantasy. All of my stories to one degree or another have a parabolic quality.
The word parable is used 47 times in the gospels in relation to Christ’s interaction with people. The Greek word for parable is defined as a similitude; a fictitious narrative conveying a moral. Christ’s parables were generally allegorical short stories with a moral.
The root word from which the word parable comes from has the meaning of “to cast alongside.” The idea is casting a fictitious story alongside the realities of life in a reflective sense. In other words, the fictitious story reflects common life. That was the nature of Christ’s parables. He told stories to apply truth to life. On that basis Christ’s parables validate good Christian fantasy fiction.
Good Christian Fantasy Fiction
I suppose the problem is that not all Christian fantasy is good Christian fantasy. My concept of good Christian fantasy is story that stays true to core biblical truth, to the character and teaching of Christ. Good Christian fantasy is not preachy. It is story informed by the realities of life while grounded in a solid Christian worldview. That is what I strive for when I write a story.