Christianity & the Paranormal

Yes, I am a Christian.

Yes, I write Paranormal Fiction.

No, I don’t believe it’s wrong.

Wanna know why? Because it’s fiction. Never once do I say anywhere that I believe vampires, werewolves, and magic really exist. And you know what? If they did, God made them too.

I know there’s a rash of conservative Christians out there that make a big fuss about novels like Harry Potter and other magical fantasy stories. I’m not one of them. I read Harry Potter when I was in my pre-teen years. I’ve read hundreds of unrealistic fantasy stories before and since.

The part I don’t get? Christians LOVE C.S. Lewis and his Narnia adventures. Guess what? There’s a witch in that one. Yeah, she’s the bad guy, but still. There’s also talking animals. And they’re the good guys.

Tell me, how is it any different?

I’ve heard arguments about how Narnia is a symbol of Christianity. And I think it was designed to be that way. But it’s still got magic in it. So you can’t let your kids read Narnia and forbid them Harry Potter simply because it contains magic without being hypocritical.

So I write Paranormal. I write about magic. Death. Bloodsucking. Guys with their shirts off. Vampires. Werewolves. Broken families.

Because, in the end, it is fiction. And I for one firmly believe that God gifted me with creativity to be used. He doesn’t give gifts that he intends for us to put on a shelf as “unChristian.”

And yes, maybe I could write typical “Christian fiction.” But my brain doesn’t work that way. I don’t even like to read most of it because it’s a lot of preaching and somewhat bad plot lines. Now, don’t take this the wrong way because there’s some that I absolutely love. Take Bryan Davis for one. But it’s not me. And it never will be.

So I write Paranormal, because it’s what I love. It’s what I love to read. And I always wished there were more paranormal stories out there with less sex scenes to skip over or other typically ‘immoral’ junk. I don’t want to read soft porn. I just love vampires and werewolves and magic.

And that’s what my books are. There’s no sex scenes at all. And there never will be. There’s hardly any cussing either. Yes, there is violence, but isn’t that a part of life? Yes, there is death, but that too occurs everyday. And yes, my characters make mistakes. They learn. They’re not perfect, because let’s face it… neither are we.

So that’s why I write Paranormal Fantasy and why I don’t think it’s wrong, even as a somewhat conservative Christian. If we don’t meet people out in the world, how can we share the Gospel with them? If we don’t understand the things they like, how can we witness to them?

You don’t have to agree with me. But come up with a defensible reason to forbid Harry Potter and allow Narnia. Come up with a logical reason to set aside your God-given interests that you can explain to your pre-teen. Stop being a hypocrite and open your mind a little.

Or that’s just me.

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  1. No offense, but you kinda made a logical jump when you asserted that Christians who don’t like magic, but do like Narnia are being hypocritical. Magic of the occult sort is portrayed as the villain in that series, while in Aslan’s good magic is clearly God being all-powerful. So that’s the argument for Narnia.

    If you believe that the black magic in Narnia is demonic activity channeled through people and the “good magic” (which only God can really wield) is God working through people when he chooses, it makes a lot of sense not to like Harry Potter. In Narnia, the main characters can only *ask* Aslan to do things–and often he doesn’t do them the way they want him to. In HP, the only difference between the magics is what you do with them/the amount of harm they intrinsically do. In HP, you have control over the magic and can master it which is kind of the opposite of God being in control. As a side note, apparently, some things in there are not too dissimilar to modern day witchcraft. That’s the argument against HP.

    That said, if you think magic is a fictional construct, or ok because God made everything, I can see where you’re coming from. You can write good stories which involve magic. What parents expose their children to in their formative years is a personal decision, and arguably a separate issue altogether. But think of this as a somewhat rational alternative outlook on the Narnia-HP issue. As you know, people on either side of the argument are often not rational, and I’m really sorry if someone was nasty about your writing because magic was involved.

    All other issues aside, I like Narnia better because Lewis could really, really write in a wonderfully descriptive, efficient, and beautiful way. JK Rowling’s a very good story-teller, but her writing is still getting there.

    1. Joanna,

      Even if we completely disagreed, I can respect your opinions because you’ve thought them out rather than just going with the uneducated masses. Kudos to you.

      That said, I’m totally okay with parents making the decision for their kids in their formative years. That’s a parent’s decision. We weren’t allowed to watch Arthur. I know why, and I agree with my parent’s decision. At the time, I thought it was cruel and unusual punishment.

      I think your argument about “good magic” and “bad magic” I would disagree with. In both stories there is the idea of good and bad magic. The difference is what the character chooses to do with their power. Sound familiar? I have a talent for writing. I can use it for good. Or I could use it to persuade people that mass murder is a good idea. That would be bad. People, not magic, is good or bad.

      With the argument about modern day witchcraft, I can’t say if it is or is not close in a practical sense. I don’t practice witchcraft. However, I don’t think we can close ourselves off from the modern world. If we don’t know about it, we can’t argue against it. If we don’t know about it, we can’t decide for ourselves its intrinsic good or badness. I bet a lot of modern day witches would hate on HP and Narnia too, since it obviously doesn’t hold to several of the witchcraft rules I do know. It’s as opposite to their religion as a lot of Christians think it is to ours!

      Again, I’m not mad. And I’m not upset that people stop reading my books if they’re against them. I just feel like they should know what they’re talking about before they start bashing something. Whether that’s magic or an author or a bad football call.

      Glad we could have this chat 🙂

      Loren

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