1. Galadriel says:

    I’ve never thought of it that way before, but it’s an interesting point. It’s easy for church brats to write off some areas of society, but God can and will speak to whomever he chooses.

  2. Kessie says:

    In the Dresden books, there’s this intriguing set of characters. It’s three paladins who carry holy swords with nails from the True Cross in them. One of the paladins is a Christian (a freaking awesome one at that, and he’s not above wisecracks). But another guy claims to be an atheist. Dresden, who is not exactly a paragon of virtue himself, struggles with this statement. How can a paladin serve a God whom he doesn’t believe in?
     
    The third paladin points out, when Dresden complains, that only God sees what’s in the heart.
     
    And I found that so telling. We don’t know what’s in the heart. Only God does. I admit, I have always been confused by some of those stories in the Bible, like Baalam, seer for hire, who nonetheless talked to God. Or Melchizedek, who blessed Abraham. Or how someone like Rahab the harlot made it into the geneology of Christ. God is bigger than our little minds, and I’m so thankful for that.

  3. Fred Warren says:

    But history, fiction, and the Scriptures teach us that help comes from the most unlikely sources and that the truest friend is often the one who is least expected. Fiction, as it is, is a safe place, and, again, I maintain that speculative fiction should be the safest place in the world to explore such things.

    This is a great point. I read somewhere once that one of the greatest benefits of speculative fiction is that it accustoms us to change and the unexpected. By vicariously experiencing the scenarios spun out in fantasy and science fiction, we’re better prepared to cope with even rapid change without being mentally and emotionally devastated by it. We’ve been there before. We’ve seen what can happen. We’re familiar with evil’s pretty disguises and alert to the truth unlooked-for.

  4. Bob Menees says:

    “The pagan astrologers were sent by Satan to Herod so the Messiah would be killed.”
     
    That’s what a Jehovah’s Witness told me in our discussion after I goaded him with a ‘Merry Christmas’. (: He further expounded on their pagan gift giving practice and the worshiping of someone other than Jehovah. Those pagans.
      Atheist toward Christ. He is in need of the same light showed those pagans.
     
    Another tidbit I gleaned from a monologue at the Creation Museum this Christmas: The magi of Persia were very influential in selecting their own kings.

    • Kessie says:

      Yeah, I keep trying to remember. I heard that not only were the Persian magi kingmakers in their country, but kingmakers in others as well. So when they showed up in Jerusalem and everybody trembled, that was why. These were important dudes.

  5. Very good. Thank you for writing it.

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