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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 16:52:50 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Final Phase

 From Entertaining Fiction to Accepted Reality
by J. Randal Matheny

In the 1960s Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson
wrote "The Starchild Trilogy," three connected
works of science fiction which presented a
sentient universe and stars and planets that were
alive.

Today, people believe the earth is Gaia, a living
entity. God is a laughable "concept," but people
talk with a straight face of an aware universe and
of extraterrestrials being responsible for
"seeding" the earth with intelligent life.
Anything to get away from the Creator.

Satan uses fiction and fantasy, first to
entertain, then to convince. Fiction becomes
accepted reality, the worldview of a generation.
Entertainment turns into faith.

Just as we went from the comedy television series
"Bewitched," some 30 years ago, to a more
believable Harry Potter today and adoption of
religions like Wicca -- what people laughed at a
generation ago becomes a serious belief today.

Often, it doesn't require a generation. So works
like "The Da Vinci Code," supposedly offered as
pure fiction, quickly fill with a voice and a
reason people's rebellion at doing the will of
God.

Today, we laugh at the old-world belief of a flat
earth and the fear of sailing over the edge.
Future generations, if the Creator permits the
universe to remain, will no doubt consider today's
beliefs as the silly fictions in which they were
first garbed.

If they don't, certainly God already does.

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