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Is Science Fiction Fantasy Wrong

Does anyone believe that reading science fiction and fantasy is wrong? If so, why.

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For some, yes, for others, no. A recovered alcoholic should never go back into a bar, even if he just likes the food. Different people have different weaknesses. If you can separate "entertainment" from reality, that's one thing, but if you notice you're getting to "into it" then throw the book(s) away. Same rule applies to TV and movies.
---Greyrider on 11/9/07

I read sci/fi and fantasy books. There is nothing wrong with reading those types of books, as long as you see them as being fiction. Those are books for entertainment. But when I need help or guidance, I read my Bible, because I know that is truth.
---Katie on 11/9/07

"for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34,Luke 6:45).

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."Romans 12:2

So what are you feeding your spirit and your heart? Do you want to feed it from a fantasy world or the kingdom of God?
---Malijah on 11/7/07

Nothing wrong as long as one realizes it's just a genre of literature. You don't have to agree with someone to listen to what he says or read what he writes.
---Jack on 5/3/07

I have read many of your blogs and I attest
to have seen The Spirit of Truth in truckloads in what you expound. You do
make excellent Bible comment.
---Nana on 11/21/06

Even as a child I was taught that the parables were stories that Jesus told - to illustrate a point. There is no problem with saying that these stories are fiction - I don't think. Since they certainly are not fact - as far as the facts of the stories go, that is. If you get to the meaning of the stories, then that is another matter - the meaning is as real as real can be.

Jared's point - and mine as well - is that one can use fiction to make a point.
---laure5759 on 11/21/06

Elder I might write fiction who knows. But I think I'm going to stick to biblical comment too since I'm called to do that. I was just making a simple statment about the syles used in the bible and everyone seems to think I'm a heritic, I guess that's fine. but my statments stand. Jesus was a good story teller and he is God incarnate and my savior.
---Jared on 11/21/06

I don't think Jared is saying there s science fiction in the Bible. His point seems to be that the parables are not non-ficrion account of actual events. For example, whilst there were sons who behaved as the prodigal, Jesus was not actually telling the exact true story of a particular son, but giving an illustration as to how God treats a repentant sinner.
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/21/06

Jared I have noticed in your writing about the Parables that Jesus spoke and taught there is a lot of fiction with you and your views. You should write science fiction and not try biblical comments. Sounds like you'd be good at that.
---Elder on 11/21/06

I don't understand how you see a story (parable used to illistrate an idea in his sermons) as being fact? since it was an illistation, a fictious story to present an idea or concept. Jesus was the greatest most influencatial story teller of all time. and I am saved because of it. Fiction shapes our cultures, and it is important to the development of our minds. As christians we need to reclaim fiction for Christ.
---Jared on 11/21/06

No, your point was heard, but the parables of Jesus are not fictitious or fabricated. Unraveling Jesus' parables into science fiction, myths, stories...levels the Gospel of Jesus Christ into a fable.
If you want to read or write science fiction, and your heart does not condemn you, go ahead. Creative ideas have contributed to the space program, economy, etc.
---Shiela on 11/21/06

Matthew and shelia. You missed my point. in his day his stories were fiction even though they pointed to God and his kingdom. My point is every story should have a purpose. and Sci/fi and fantasy usually have a purpose. to condeme them you'd have to condeme many very good books. Like Pilgrams Progress, which have encouraged people to christ. Or Narnia which many people have been drawn to christ through. You should be careful with them but they aren't wrong by defalt.
---Jared on 11/20/06

Jesus' parables never gave fictitious conditions. They did not go against the laws of nature. Jesus never made up fabrications to get His point across.
---Shiela on 11/20/06

Jared. A non-fiction story about real people who said fictional stories doesn't make the story fiction. Jesus used parables as a way to explain salvation, the kingdom of God and other things to people trapped in bondage. However these parables he spoke of came from God himself. If sci-fi movies and books aren't written by the inspiration of God than it is not fair to make a comparison.
---Matthew on 11/20/06

Norma and all that think there is not fiction or fantasy in the bible. What is the point of fiction and fantasy? it is a story that is Symbolic to point to an idea. The bible is full of fiction, Jesus taught in fiction called parables. Symbolism is fantasy becasue it uses word pictures to discribe an Idea not fundemental fact. Much of prophecy is symbolic and fiction, it doesn't mean it's not true or doesn't point to truth.
---Jared on 11/20/06

Alan - I agree with you. And I'd like to in turn ask that question of those here who believe that scifi is wrong.

Personally, I know that people who write scifi see something wrong in the world, and create a world in which those things are righted. Or they try to find an answer to a question. Right or wrong, I'm not in a position to say.
---laure5759 on 11/19/06

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Hi Norma; you make a point, but I don't assume my readers wouldn't understand the difference between fantasy and reality--they are intelligent people that I write for, and this just makes it fun to write/read, I think. :)
---Mary on 11/19/06

I don't get any edification from it. I would rather read something spiritual.
---Kraus on 11/19/06

I do not think that this world is fiction or fantasy. It is so real that, if we do not choose Jesus now, we will find the real hell in the world to come. No. This world is as real as they come!
---laure5759 on 11/19/06

Laurel ... I hope this reply to your question is allowed.
If all those things mentioned in those verses can't separate us from the love of god, do yuo think reading science fiction will?
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/19/06

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Scriptures warn us about using our imaginations the wrong way and reading/listening to cleverly invented stories about Jesus. It warns us about weaving unrealism, ocultism, and mysticism into the Scriptures to add or take away from Scriptures. Even the "Left Behind" series is nothing more than a fable. This genre can distort the mind from the truth.

And, yes, the Bible itself is now being marketed as fiction.
---Steveng on 11/18/06

Rightly since I do believe it is okay to read such, I should not answer the question. But here I am. My personal opinion and the one I share with my family is, we should arm ourselves with God's word first. After that whether it be reading, watching, hearing, or doing, know God is God and we are His. This entire world is fiction and fantacy. The one to come is reality.
---mikefl on 11/18/06

Jared, nothing that is in the Bible is fiction or fantasy. There are some things that we may not understand, but I think that we really aren't suppose to know the answer. When Christ comes again and we are taken up in Heaven, then these things will be revealed to us and only then.
---Norma7374 on 11/18/06

Mary, you may be sharing the Lord in your writings; but, aren't you afraid that someone might read them and not know the difference between fact and fiction? That could be very confusing to some people. I don't think that the Lord would be pleased with mixing Him and fiction and fantasy. How about writing about how you feel about the Lord and what he has done for you. Now that would be good reading.
---Norma7374 on 11/18/06

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Alan - I've just read those verses, and am struggling to hear what you mean by your question ...
---laure5759 on 11/17/06

What about the closing verses of Romans 8?
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/17/06

I am more concerned about the study of science that science fiction. Science fiction can spur a young mind on to study real science, as science fiction often becomes science fact. We were endowed with a mind to THINK with, why would we be given a mind and then asked to forgo its use? I often note fundamentalist are intellectually stagnant.
---MikeM on 11/16/06

Yes, I do believe it is wrong. Christians are supposed to fill their minds with the word of God. Read enough science fiction and fantasy and see how messed up your thinking will get. Don't give the devil an inch, or he will take a mile.
---Helen_5378 on 11/16/06

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I. I would be careful with fantasy movies and sci-fi movies. Don't forget the UFO phenomenon we see today is accepted by many Christians as demonic activity and so is ghosts. I think the real question we should ask is would Jesus be ok with us watching it? Or would Jesus watch it. Harry Potter has some good messages. However it is full of magic and wizards. I don't think the question we need to ask is if we are spiritually mature enough to handle it.
---Matthew on 11/16/06

II. But rather ask ourselves if it is what a Christian should be doing? Don't forget that we are representatives of Christ and watching these movies is saying to witnessing Chrisitans and non-Christians that this ok. Maybe we should ask ourselves if we truly need it and replace it with a Biblical or Christian movie. Better yet lets trust in God that he will reveal to us in time through the Holy Spirit if it ok or not. Remember God is a good God and he won't ask a Chrisitan for something he can't do.
---Matthew on 11/16/06

III. We just need to submit to God and trust in him to reveal truth through his word and the Holy Spirit rather than trying to find the answer within what we think. God bless.
---Matthew on 11/16/06

Remember that St. Paul did not limit himself to reading only the Tenakh (the only part of the Bible available to him at that point).

When visiting Mars Hill he showed himself familiar with pagan literature and poetry, too.
---Jack on 11/16/06

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For the record - I do not believe what I read. I know scifi and fantasy for what they are. And I cannot deny the books that I have read, after which I have had a clearer understanding of why God has done what He has done, in creating us, and in John 3:16.
---laure5759 on 11/15/06

Hi; I hope it's not wrong :) I love to write Christian short stories that weave science fiction and faith; they're so much fun to write and I've written several of them and I think they can be both fun to read and still share the Lord :)
---Mary on 11/15/06

just another quick addition wouldn't today much of the apocoliptic writing in the bible be classified in the genre of Scifi/Fantasy? just a thought.
---Jared on 11/15/06

Laure 5759,you can learn more about God by reading your Bible and watching films about the Bible than in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Don't find excuses for what you do by trying to make the experience something its not or vaguely relates to the Bible and God. Be careful you don't get deceived into trusting in something you shouldn't.
---Darlene_1 on 11/15/06

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I think it depends on your maturity. Books like Lord of the Rings and Narnia are both really good fantasy book series. There are alot of things out there that we can draw illistations from as christians, I have used the Dune series to illistate points, but we need to realize that they are fantasy not reality. and you should always make sure you are puting God first if you aren't reading scripture at all then try that before you read a Scifi or fantasy book (otherwise you can be lead astray easily.)
---Jared on 11/15/06

How about the fact that one can actually learn something about God from reading science fiction or fantasy?
---laure5759 on 11/15/06

I think the key to whatever you take into your mind is to be sure it has nothing to do with Satanic things,magic, or anything concerning the occult. When you allow that type of things into your mind you are inviting them into your life, for the impression they leave upon you and they will leave one, will remain with you the rest of your life. You are the sum total of your life experiences,choose wisely.
---Darlene_1 on 11/15/06

Balance is the key in everything. U can see everything as evil or everything as great. Use right judgement Be as wise as serpents gentle as doves. Leaf thru it if it has cursing, sexual scenes, Godless things then no dont waste your dime on that-- garbage in and garbage out. But if it is clean just using imagination like the great imagination of CS Lewis or Dr. Suess that it fine. We are made in Gods image so he is very creative and so are his children
---Jeanne on 11/15/06

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