Saturday, December 10, 2011

This Fantastical Realm

There is a certain fantasy to reality that we either deny or embrace in such a way that it changes how we act and how we view the world. We call it fantasy when we think of heroism, but we call it romance when we think of love.

This is more so a matter of perspective than of genre. We are prone to accept only that which we would like to and sort of brush off the things that do not directly interest or affect us. The danger in this is abundant, and there is always danger in accepting anything, but risks must be taken. The danger in what I am presenting is both the very prevalent thought of, "if this is not real, then life threatening risks are not worth taking," as well as the danger of, "all fantasy is reality." So let me just get to the point.

I have had this abundant feeling of overwhelming awe when it comes to finding the 'nuggets,' as they say, in scripture. I see such a poetry in scripture and how it is so beautifully woven into reality that the simplest things are becoming mind-blowing. The greatest example is of course Jesus. Discovering the person, life, and works of Christ within the text of the Old Testament is actually fun. It is supposed to be called studying, but I enjoy it too much to associate it with such an ugly term (joke) To see something of Christ come out of a story is incredible, especially when the stories are true.

Here is what I'm getting at...Superman. So there are so many obvious connections between Kal-El and Jesus [the suffix 'el' hebrew for 'of God'] and the question is why. For some, the connection leads to an understanding of all these stories being imaginary, mythologies and such. Something of a fantasy that this savior must come to save us from evil. Well, maybe the mere fact that these stories exist means that there is a deeper sense of our need for a hero.

Every story has a moral, or at least a message to it. The moral/message is proclaimed through the story for the purpose of people grasping its meaning and applying it to their lives. Stories as childish as the boogyman may be teaching something as simple as to be careful for what lurks in the darkness, and how profound is that, for us to be weary of evil.

Perhaps the reason we write of these fantasy stories is our desire for them to be true. Perhaps we've been so blinded by the plethora of stories that when truth comes along we just can't tell the difference. Well, I don't know about you, but when romance comes in your life, we don't often claim it false. When somebody saves a life here, there are very few who do not claim that person to be heroic. Maybe the deep inner draw we have towards these stories is exactly why the Jesus story sounds too good to be true.

This idea was definitely not thought out as well as it should have before being published, but I cannot help but hope somebody gets the point. In speaking of the supernatural, C.S. Lewis wrote something like this, "The world works naturally by natural means. God merely works with natural things supernaturally." It is the subtle differences that blur just enough to cause doubt. My thinking, as of now, is that God is romancing people to Himself but people no longer believe in romance. Jesus is our super hero, but we don't trust in fantasy any longer. That stuff is for children, it is too childish right?

"Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 18:1-5