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Warrior4Jah
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Ey bro,

So basically you are saying that even with the possibility of it being good (Narnia, or something else for example) you decided to leave it alone so you don't have to worry about it?

The good thing about this, (if I didn't misinterpret your post, otherwise ignore it :-)) is that you won't ever see bad stuff you rather not wanted to see afterwards. I think that its very confusing and tiring to define a border. Everytime something new gets released you need to checkup on it again.

My fear is that you can unintentionally cross a border, but making the border less 'fenced' for the next time, having the risk that you keep giving in.

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crsschk wrote:
Guess where I wanted to go with all this is to just say that I have been truly working at letting this go into the trash bin. It's such a waste of resources, causes all kinds of anxiety and worry, think the devil and his minions are quite suggetive of this sort of thing, luring away the mind to get caught up in a whole host of future things, speculations, it can bring bitterness and unforgiveness and the object of this inner wrath is completely oblivious to any of it often times.

It's a blessed relief to be honest, when I catch it creeping up met it with a "I am not going there, forget it". Even with the possibilities,, they could be true... But the reminder is "Nothing is hidden that won't be revealed" as well as the fact that the Lord see it's all anyway... And the last finishing touch on it all is, even if you are 'right', what's the reward? Feeling smug? Ecchhk.. no thanks.

Hope I am making sense now...


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Jonathan Veldhuis

 2005/12/15 17:11Profile
Warrior4Jah
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Hey crsschk,

I've never heard that old cliché (perhaps cause I'm pretty young still :-)) but I can very imagine (?) that there is only one Truth and many fiction. Truth is defined while fiction is not, unlike non-believers we can't 'bend' or 'redefine' the truth unless God changes (it). Fiction is not ment to be real if I'm correct. Still it can be based on the truth, but it would never imply to be the truth.

Just some thoughts..

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Think what PreachParsley was looking at here was a different line of thought somewhat. What stayed with me yesterday was the old cliché';

"Truth is stranger than fiction"


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Jonathan Veldhuis

 2005/12/15 17:18Profile
PaulWiglaf
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Hartselle, Alabama

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PreachParsly:

What you have in Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the Christian walk (hence the reason why the main character is Christian). All the characters have obvious titles (such as the Interpreter, Brave Heart, Mercy, etc.), as well as the places being also named in such a way that you understand Christian's journey to be the journey through faith that we also go through (only, of course, having an image of the spiritual being played out in a physicial picture; i.e. he goes up a hill called "Difficulty", is beat by a man called Despair, etc.)

I don't want to ruin it for you, and I highly recommend the work (esp. if yours has the scriptures printed in the margins to show where Bunyan was writing from). God gave such an unlikely man an uncanny way to relate God's truth. May we all allow the Lord to do the same through us.

Blessings,
Benjamin

 2005/12/16 22:50Profile
PaulWiglaf
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Crsschk:

You're right to use that cliche'. But here's another one: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink...You can, however, salt his oats". In other words, if you season everything (including fiction) with the salt of God's Word and His truths, the world will soon become quite thirsty; that's what Lewis envisioned.

He once remarked that if Christians could create a book company that rivalled Penguin, filling the stores full of books that contained Christian litany, atheists would despair when all that was presented in newsstands and bookstores all pointed to the Most High, not their lofty thoughts.

Yet, I agree, the vague degrees that some go to are quite questionable. If one really looks at works like Lewis' [i]Chronicles of Narnia[/i], there are a plelithra of Christian inferences; indeed, Lewis was surprised himself with the number of them.

There are other writings that can be compared as well--including Christ's parables (that'd make a great thread to discuss on); however, this only creates a continuous cycle of digression.

Perhaps, the question itself of whether fiction is acceptable or not can't just be cleared by a simple answer. Indeed, there have been several strong posts from both sides of the issue.

Let us always hold up this founding principle, though: [i]"whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor. 10:31)[/i]

In Christ,
Benjamin

 2005/12/16 23:09Profile





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