Wednesday, January 25, 2012
It was exactly the kind of thing I envisioned when I wrote the book. But the question I still get from some Christians is, “Would God use such fiction to share truth with those out-side the faith?”
Umm… yes. He would.
In fact, God’s a master at taking popular fiction and reworking it to share truth.
Take Genesis for example….
When you and I read Genesis, we get all caught up in Creationism vs. Evolution, and questions of how, and when, God created. Forgotten is the original audience, who had been exposed for hundreds of years to Egyptian mythology.
When you consider the stories the Israelites had heard, Genesis takes on a whole new perspective.
In ancient Near Eastern mythology the gods created only by achieving power through a counsel of gods, and often by splitting one of them in two. Man was created in different ways, sometimes by hoeing the ground, or forming clay, other times through spilled blood. (An interesting note is that there are no stories of the first man and woman – mankind sorta springs up in unison.) But there was always a garden.
It wasn’t a perfect place, where the gods communed with man. It wasn’t even a place where man found food for himself. The gardens were a place man grew food for the gods.
The ancient stories also taught things were inherently good or evil. The sea represented evil, as did darkness, and the wilderness was filled with evils. Cities (where the gods were worshiped) were blessed. It was up to man to maintain and expand civilization, slowly claiming areas for the gods. And since the gods were constantly warring, or distracted, there was never a time when creation was perfect.
Paradise wasn’t lost; it was never achieved.
Why else would the gods create man? They needed grunts to help them take care of the earth so they could concentrate on watching their backs and upholding the cosmos.
And you better not expect help from the gods either. In fact, they often came against you if you happened to get caught up in one of their turf wars.
Or if you just made too much noise.
And then Moses introduces Genesis.
God was in control.
And God didn’t need man to find food for Him. In fact, God was going to provide the food for man! God clothed man (not the reverse) even when man had sinned, promising one day to stand between man and his enemy, the serpent.
God therefore was familiar, but radically different at the same time. He knew what the Israelites had heard, the popular stories of their day. He addressed them head on, not taking detours around their beliefs as if He were too lofty to be bothered.
And He’s still the same God.
He still longs to meet us where we are, relating to us through what we know. After all, if He didn’t we would have no hope of ever seeing Him.
Which is why I believe it delights God when we take something that’s popular and relate it back to Him. He wants to claim every corner, nook and cranny of this lost world, making the most of every opportunity to tell people the truth about Him in a righteous and godly way.
If you still have doubts, let me tell you what I know about Solomon’s book, The Song of Songs.
Sarah Witenhafer is the author of two 5 star books, Tamed (her debut book), and Anointed, the sequel. Both are available in paperback, or ebook format, through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. Sarah would love to connect with you. You can contact her at her blog, http://sarahwitenhafer.com/ , on Face Book, or Twitter – SarahWitenhafer.
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