Fantasy and a Christian Worldview, Part 19

In a comment yesterday, Chris mentioned that Satan is referred to as an angel of light. I think that is significant and fits in perfectly with what Nicole pointed out—Satan is a liar and the Father of lies.

I mentioned that I want to be wary of stories that put in a lot of speculation about Satan and his ways. And yet, Scripture doesn’t leave us totally in the dark.

Paul specifically says “we are not ignorant of [Satan’s] schemes.” (2 Cor. 2: 11).

But my earlier point was, we do not know what motivates Satan from his point of view. In other words, I don’t know what sob story he might give about how unfair God was to put him second to Jesus, about how he really deserved to be elevated to a position equal with the Godhead.

I can imagine such things because God does let us know that Satan is prideful, full of jealousy, and a liar. Also he uses Scripture for his own ends, as we see in his temptations of Jesus. (That right there should make us realize how important it is to be wary of him).

So I see Christian fantasy as a way to expose Satan—to paint him as evil certainly, but also to shed light on his schemes, his ways of trying to elevate himself above God.

More importantly, I see Christian fantasy as a way to revere God, to show Him as everything that Satan is not—Truth, Love, Goodness.

Sounds like I think Christian fantasy is nothing more than supernatural suspense. No, I think it is very different. More on that tomorrow.

Published in: on June 9, 2006 at 11:55 am  Comments (4)  
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