Monday, November 21, 2005
Narnia and Middle Earth
Robin Parish made an observation about the popular fantasy of Tolkein and Lewis that I hadn't considered before. Both authors wrote of other lands that don't conform to conventional reality. In the same way, the spiritual laws and truths of God don't conform to our customary concepts of reality. The weak are strong, the humble exalted, the poor rich, the invisible real, the unimpressive beautiful. In God's economy, all our worldly values are turned around. By worldly standards, Christians are evil, occultic monsters are fun, dishonesty is clever and infidelity is innovative. Praise God we don't have to enter such a magic land through an enchanted gateway as did the Pevensie children when they entered Narnia. All we have to do is enter God's kingdom through Jesus, the Door and the Way. Once someone from this natural world begins to appreciate God's laws, the natural no longer makes much sense.