A Christian Worldview of God, Day 5

Discussion is good. Healthy. Instructive even, if we let it be so. I sort of hate to post my thoughts because I don’t really want to see the dialogue from Friday’s post come to an end. Nevertheless, the opportunity is perfect.

You see, I think this discussion proves my point: the use of the miraculous in fiction does not necessarily reveal God and might even obscure Him.

First, a portion of the readership may put the book down and not pick it up again because they believe the miraculous is not for today.

Second, a portion of the readership may dismiss the miraculous as a fictional device along the line of walking through a wardrobe into a fantasy world.

Third, a portion of the readership may be enamored with the miracle itself and either want to see it in real life or will fall into doubt because of its absence.

And where is God in all this? Who is looking at God, praising Him, drawn to Him, eager to see Him unveiled?

Jesus Himself found people clamoring to be with Him for the wrong reasons (free food, all they could eat) and ended it by clarifying the cost of discipleship. He also refused to give signs when people asked Him for ones point blank. In those cases, the miraculous was getting in the way of what He wanted to accomplish.

I’m suggesting this might be the case in fiction today. If what we want to do is show God as more than a one-dimensional character, more than an unknowable figurehead, the miraculous might get in the way.

To write Christian fiction, I think, we need to show God in an active way, but what does that mean without the miraculous? I think we authors need to consider how we want to portray Him, perhaps more strenuously than we consider how to portray our fictional characters.

Should God look the same in every story? He doesn’t even look the same to different people in real life. And yet He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. How do we portray this?

I go back to what I said earlier. God is complex. Too often in Christian fiction, however, I see Him being simplified and stereotyped.

Odd, isn’t it, that the Person we most want people to know, is the One we have the most trouble showing.

Published in: on November 20, 2006 at 6:00 am  Comments (10)  
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