Fantasy Training 101

By Brent King On November 11, 2014 Under Christian Fantasy, Writing

GethsemaneFantasy has helped many of us reach beyond the physical world toward God. We thrill as we imagine God in a new way, interacting with Him in worlds of dragons or fairies or werewolves.

Yet Fantasy is a Two-Edged Sword

With our fallen natures, fantasy will just as likely take us into realms of temptation. The lusts of the eyes, the lusts of the flesh, and the pride of life are ever lurking in the shadows, waiting to take our imagination where it shouldn’t go. This fabricated world is even more likely to ensnare us than the physical one. Whether we are exploring someone else’s fantasies or our own, the same imagination that is so adept at lifting us up to heaven can also drag us down to hell.

In the real world, there are checks and balances that help to keep us on the straight and narrow, but not so in the fantasy world. What can keep our minds from evil in this secret and alluring place?

How Can We Help Our Mind to Stay Faithful?

There is one thing that I have found to be more helpful in fortifying my mind than anything else. I guess I would call it Fantasy Training 101. One of my favorite authors explains:

“It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross” (Ellen White, The Desire of Ages).

A Sure Way to Keep Our Fantasy Life Pure

This is a wonderful way to sanctify our mind and keep it from evil. Many are the temptations of our active imaginations, and these enticements will surely overcome us if we don’t take time each day to discipline ourselves in paths of righteousness. Fantasy Training 101 has uplifted my imagination. It can bless yours too.

How do you baptize your imagination? 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. AshleeW
    November 12, 2014
    7:06 pm #comment-1

    What a powerful concept! Like many good things that can be used the wrong way, the imagination is a tool we definitely have to be careful with! I love that quote about meditating on Jesus’ life an hour a day … how might that change the lives of Christians if we were to put that into practice I wonder?!

    • Brent King
      November 12, 2014
      8:19 pm #comment-2

      It is powerful Ashlee! I’ve found that it not only purifies the imagination, but strengthens it, infusing it with relevance and a purpose beyond oneself.

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