Self-Identity: The New Gods 

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Like it or not, the best selling book of all time is the Holy Bible. Within its pages we find treasures of wisdom and passages that foretell. One of those passages:
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (Emphasis mine).

This isn’t an attempt to win you to Christ. You are here because authors whose books you enjoy reading have posted an article. Take the above scripture and read it as you would if a celebrated author like George Orwell wrote it. 1984 is in the best sellers list again nearly 70 years after it was written.

If George had written those words, they would be plastered over every Facebook wall and twitter feed in the nation. Whether you believe God inspired the Bible or not, surely you can appreciate a timely word written by an author almost 2,000 years ago.

Here’s the rub: we have become our own God. We, as an American people, no longer care about the feelings, hurts, pains, joys of others. We only care about ourselves and being right.

For years I’ve said the same thing: Relationships are more important than being right.

I posted a couple of days ago that opinions are just that…opinions. EVEN WHEN BASED ON THE BIBLE. That is right. I said it. I am a pastor and although I believe that God’s word is the final say in my own life, I have to be intelligent enough to know that this won’t be true of every man, woman and child—or those who think they can identify otherwise.

There is truth. There is absolute truth. I believe without a doubt that Christ is truth. But what happens when I encounter someone who doesn’t?  I love them anyway.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I want to issue a challenge: love your neighbor as you would like to be loved.

In the science fiction world there are far less Christians than non. Trust me. For some reason people believe science and God can’t mix. I have plenty of peers, great authors, who don’t believe God even exists. Does that mean they get deleted from my friends list or I stage a boycott?  Absolutely not. I read and enjoy their writing. I promote them when they have something good available to the public.

When we don’t agree with someone’s stance on something, it is okay to decide not to support them. But when that platform turns to hate over an opinion we’ve lost touch with our own humanity.

If you have questions regarding Christianity in science fiction, why I believe Christ is the absolute truth or anything else talked about above please feel free to comment below. Regardless of who you are, I love you.

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7 thoughts on “Self-Identity: The New Gods 

  1. As an author (gasp, it feels weird to claim that out loud), I believe that the story is king. If I tell and good and entertaining tale, then I succeeded. I don’t do message fiction, but if readers of any persuasion FIND a message in it, any message really, then it is true. For them. Once I publish a book, it belongs to the fans and readers… I wouldn’t be so arrogant to assume it is any other way. I say that, to say this. My personal beliefs are irrelevant, it is the stories I tell and the characters I build which matter in my works. So on my author platform, I keep mum on those topics. Intentionally so.

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    1. Thanks for commenting dude!

      I think you’re selling yourself short… your personal beliefs are NOT irrelevant. As someone who is reading your work (although very slowly, sorry!) I have a desire to know WHO you are. Unfortunately the days of selling books are gone. We are selling our platform and we are selling ourselves. As authors, we can either sell our book or sell all of our books. When someone connects with you as an author they will buy everything you sell.

      I have authors I follow and will read anything they write.

      You, as an author, are just as important as the stories you tell.

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      1. I get what you are saying regarding branding, but part of ME as the author is a funny disgruntled and dysfunctional combat veteran. The Red/Blue divide aren’t part of what makes me me, so it isn’t important. You CAN be authentically YOU without preaching at the reader (no offense) or wearing your politics on your sleeve.

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