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VampireBite
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 Fantasy and fiction, is that wrong.

looking for any scriptual belefis against or for fantasy and fiction. post anything you can think of. thanks.

 2003/9/16 19:06Profile
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 Re: Fantasy and fiction, is that wrong.

Don't really have anything to say either way accept that time in the presence of the Lord is so much better.

In Christ,
Jeremy Hulsey


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 Re: Fantasy and fiction, is that wrong.

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looking for any scriptual belefis against


These arent scriptural reasons primarly against fantasy and fiction but it is a good balanced view of a seasoned man of God, Horatious Bonar, who lived in the 1800's.

"Beware, not merely of falling, but of stumbling. 'Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise'; like men in an enemy's country, or like travellers climbing a hill, slippery with ice, and terrible with precipices, where every step may be a fall, and every fall a plunge into a chasm. Beware of little slips, slight inconsistencies, as they are called; they are the beginning of all backsliding, and they are in themselves evil, as well as hateful to God.

Remember the Lord's words to His Church, 'Thou hast a few names, even in Sardis, which have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy.' Stand aloof from the world's gaiety, and be jealous of what are called 'harmless amusements.' I do not condemn all amusements, but I ask that they should be [b]useful and profitable[/b], not merely harmless. Dancing and card playing are the world's devices for killing time. They are bits of the world and the world's ways which will ensnare your feet and lead you away from the cross. Let them alone. Keep away from the ballroom, the opera, the oratorio, the theatre. Dress, finery, and display, are deadly snares. Put away levity and frivolity; all silly conversation, or gossip; remembering the apostle's words, 'Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting which are not convenient' (Eph 5:4); and, 'Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers; and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption' (Eph 4:29,30).

'Flee youthful lusts,' if you be young men or women; flee all lusts, whether you be young or old. Shun light company, and take no pleasure in the conversation of 'vain persons.' 'Abstain from all appearance of evil.' Be thou a Christian in little things as well as great. Dread little sins, little errors, little omissions of duty. Beware of false steps; and if betrayed into one, retrace it soon as discovered. If persevered in, the consequences may be months of sorrow." (taken from: "Follow the Lamb" by Horatious Bonar)

I love this book which has simple advice to those who are called after the Christian name. What a responsiblity and authority we have, let us live up to that family name by the grace of God.


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 Re: Scripural References

Building upon what Jeremy's stated, I reference Psalm 16:11, "You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand."
Psalm 23:5..."You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."
I would rather have my mind constantly set on the Lord, than be in a fantasy world. Here, I reference Colossians 3:1-2..."Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
The other thing that troubles me about sci-fi and fantasy is the content matter than most seem to share. Magic and spell-casting, witchcraft and sorcery are things that are detestable in God's sight. I do know that not all sci-fi and fantasy contain these elements, but quite a lot does. (I know because I took great interest in these things B.C.) There are many Biblical references to this that can be found throughout the Bible, from Isaiah to Acts and so forth. I'll list them if asked, but I think they're relatively easy to find on one's own.
Again, hope I helped. :-)


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[i]Finally, brethren, whatever is [b]true[/b], whatever is [b]honorable[/b], whatever is [b]right[/b], whatever is [b]pure[/b], whatever is [b]lovely[/b], whatever is of [b]good repute[/b], if there is any [b]excellence[/b] and if anything [b]worthy of praise[/b], dwell on these things.[/i] (Philippians 4:8 NASB)(emphasis mine)

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Ron Halverson

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so basically, ya'll all find nothing wrong with it if it has a Biblical Message? cool. that's what i needed to hear. thanks ya'll

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 2003/9/22 9:48Profile
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No, we did find a lot wrong with it. Reread those verses and what we've put forth on it. Why live in a fantasy world when the life we have in Christ is amazingly pleasing and fulfilling?


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 2003/9/22 11:20Profile
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 Re: Fantasy and fiction, is that wrong.

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looking for any scriptual belefis against or for fantasy and fiction. post anything you can think of. thanks.



Yes and no. Keep in mind, many (if not most or all) of Jesus's parables were fictional stories... fantasy. Though, consider 1 Tim 1:4 which says to stay away from myths. However, I believe that to be speaking of false religions, where their myths are portrayed as truth.

But, maybe you have something more specific in mind?


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If I'm not mistaken, I think VampireBite is speaking more along the lines of the popular genres of fantasy and science fiction.


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Mary M.

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 Re: Fantasy and fiction, is that wrong.


As a young Christian one has to get the mind as well as the heart off of anything not belonging to Christ to be able to grow in Christ.
A maturing Christian is not keen on leaving his position in Christ for anything that looks like gold.
Lars


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