Since I'm a Christian believer, I'm wondering whether is it alright to write about mythical creatures such as pixies and fairy tales? What are the good topics to write which are suitable for kids?
What does being a Christian believer mean to you?
A follower of Christ. I believe Jesus Christ died for me on the cross and he rose back to life. He's alive and He loves me.
As a follower of Christ why would you not be able to write about mythical creatures? You have two commandments to follow. Love God, and love other people. If your writing is not going to create a stumbling block for others, nor show ill will towards others why would you not be able to write about it?
Hmm.. it's an interesting thought. Thank you. I don't know I just wanted to know whether it's a good idea or a bad idea.
Don't worry too much about what other Christian's agree and disagree upon. Too many Christians are set upon making rules, what we should and should not do. That is not what it is about, not since Christ. There is about as much wrong with Harry Potter as there is about The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Bible says not to practice "magic" and become involved with the like. It does not say not to be creative and tell stories. If you feel unsure of whether you should do something or not do not turn to men for the answer, turn to God, and the Bible. What you do hear from men make sure you weigh it against the Word before trusting it. We have too many silly ideas about what is okay and what is "against" God.
I am also a Christian, and I also write fantasy, though you won't find it on Hubpages yet. I wish you all the best in your writing If you ever want to bounce ideas off of somebody give me a shout.
Thanks again. You are very matured and wise. I did wondered about the difference between Harry Potter and Adventures in Narnia. Why Harry Potter is considered as evil while Narnia is holy? For me, both are written by talented writers who are very creative. By the way, you sound like my mom She also told me that, but I wanted more opinion from others aswell. Thank you for your time God bless you!
I don't think the good Lord is gonna give a hoot one way or the other what you choose to write about. He's got more important things to worry about.
As far as Hubpages is concerned, yes.
As far as your own beliefs are concerned, only you can answer that.
First off, Amen to your last comment.
If it helps at all, I'm a Christian too and fantasy is all I write. That includes dragons, fairies, elves, dwarves, nixies, etc. That's why it's called fiction. Because it's not real. What's wrong with that?
As far as what topics are good for kids, I suppose it depends on the age group and what you feel comfortable writing.
Also I would like to point out C.S. Lewis, a very famous Christian author who wrote about fauns and dwarves and talking animals in his children's books.
Oh thank you I totally forgot about that one
Didn't another famous author pen talking animals into his book? I think his name was Abraham, or was it Moses? No actually, Moses wrote about talking plants. Sorry.
Are you here just to troll or to add something of substance to this discussion?
Sorry, I just can't see how someone could call themselves a Christian, but not a dragonian or fairian or elvian or dwarfian or nixian because they think those things aren't real.
I do not think your comment makes any sense whatsoever.
It's exactly the same thing but completely opposite.
For example, I have an invisible purple dragon living in my garage, but I am not a dragonian.
No. That would only work if you were using the word Christian correctly. A Christian is not somebody who believes in an invisible God. Many people do that who are not Christian. A Christian is somebody who is "Christ" like. Hense the name Christian.
So you Dragonians would have to be dragon like?
The example is ridiculous and amusing, but it is intellectually weak. You could pick an example that has some historical proof behind it say, Plato, you could be a "Platoian" (Ha there is probably a better way I could have expressed that).
There is some proof that Plato existed, and somebody could be a "Platoian". Of course the Christians would still have more historical evidence to back up their beliefs than these fictional platoian, and definitely more than the fantastical dragonians.
Wouldn't it be instead intellectually weak to limit the definition to "Christ like" when it also means one who adheres to the Christianity and the teachings of Christ, which is how I was using it.
So, to be a Dragonian, one would have to adhere to Dragonity and the teachings of the invisible purple dragon.
Notice how intellectually flexible we can be?
Hmm well since there is no purple dragon and no teachings of the purple dragon, and no evidence of a purple dragon the example is still quite weak.
There is evidence of the existence of Jesus, the works and teachings of Jesus, and there are people who adhere to the teachings of Jesus. You would be hard pressed to find scholars who would disagree with this fact.
If you want to use the purple dragon or the FSM you need to be mocking the idea or concept of God, you need to mock deists. Not specifically Christians for following Christ. Not one deist can prove the existence of God without a shadow of a doubt, the existence of Jesus however we can.
So to mock Christians you could choose a historical figure, I am still liking Plato for this, or you could mock Deists as a whole with your purple dragon which is really no different than the FSM.
Oh yes, there is an invisible purple dragon with teachings, living right in my garage. Nothing anymore weak than you claiming Jesus.
And yet, I can find them. Of course, they will not agree with you that there is evidence for the existence of Jesus, because quite simply, there is none.
You can no more prove the existence of Jesus than I can a purple dragon. That is a fact.
Are you actually serious? Maybe you should spend some time talking to the atheists on these forums. There are very few people whether Christian or not who would debate the existence of the man Jesus. Now whether or not Jesus was the God man is debated, but Jesus existing? I was just planning on trolling your trolls I didn't realize you were working off of assumptions rather than facts and evidence. I am not going to prove that Jesus existed to you here, I was just trying to have some fun. I am going to say that if you want to come across as looking like you know what you are talking about do a bit of research on this man. You do not need to accept that he was God, but you may want to acquaint yourself with the facts of this historical figure. I am not sure if you realize how statements like your last one make you look. With that I am going to stop poking fun, and let you be. It is no fun to banter with somebody who does not know the subject matter.
The difference between Harry Potter and Narnia mostly comes down to the message wrapped up inside them. Narnia was written for the same reasons as CS Lewis' other works- to get a message out there to readers about God.
I don't think writing about mythical creatures is related to Christianity (or against it). Just write down. God will be happy to see you happy!
This is a great question. I think a lot Of Christians have asked themselves the same thing. I'm a christian as well. I think sometimes they take thinks completely out of focus. I see nothing wrong with writing fantasy. Most of the poems I write are base on something I personally when though in my life, But I'm a book worm as well I only read fantasy/Si-FY/fiction books. Fiction is meant for enjoyment. I hope you do great and god bless.
There's nothing wrong with writing about mythical creatures if the goal is to approach it from the point of view that they are 'myths', not 'truth'. They can be written as a figure or symbol of the truth, as in Narnia.
About some Christians (including me) being against works such as, Harry Potter, anyone can understand why. As believers, we are created to praise God by our lives, and in all we do, and instill in our children the same biblical truth and values we have come to believe in. Books and movies of Harry Potter defeats that purpose. That's why we should be careful to do 'everything' to the glory of God.
How does Harry Potter defeat that purpose? Can children not tell the difference between fact and fiction? I do not see the difference between Harry Potter and The Lion the witch and the wardrobe. Neither book explicitly says that the creatures are not real.
Amen to what you said.
And I will add that I personally have always found the Bible and the events that are there to be even more interesting than fiction! So I guess I had little need for fairy tales and such. I was a very serious child, though, and some people don't find that appealing; but I see nothing wrong with it; a child is very capable of handling the truth of the Bible and the facts of life in general at a very young age. It didn't mean that I never had any fun, because I did; but it was rarely fantasy; it was simple fun with games, physical exercise like outdoor play, etc.
I rather liked the Narnia movies. But I still prefer the Bible's stories. I'm just a realist and place very little stock in other people's imaginations! Nor my own! To this day, I prefer to read a real-life drama even if it's not very "happy" than to read a fantasy story that doesn't challenge my mind and conscience nor rings true to reality. I'm trying to think of one that bothered me besides the Harry Potter ones ('cause, yes, Harry Potter isn't good)..............
...........The Neverending Story, I think it was.......It has no redeeming value from what I could tell.......there was a "hero" and a huge flying dog who somehow defeated "the nothingness" that was never clearly defined to start with.............
You already believe in angels, demons, imps, giants, fish that can somehow both swallow a man whole and not turn him into liquid jelly in 3 days, four-headed chimeras, an Earth-centric universe, and that dinosaurs and mankind lived side-by-side.
What's another ridiculous mythical creature or two?
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