Working in a Christian bookstore, I hear all the arguments against Speculative Fiction. It is too far on the margins of fiction, it deals with the what if and presses the boundaries of belief, it is full of heresy. Most of the time I just keep quiet, as I really love Speculative Christian fiction and even write it myself. But today, something happened that brought me up short.
I ran into an author, who under the guise of Speculative Christian Fiction, is spreading a heresy.
Granted, they had some help from CNN and their recent article on a fragment of Coptic Christian writing, but that’s all they had, some help. What were they saying about this? The gist of it is this: It makes no difference if Jesus was married or not. That is a lie, it makes a big difference. What is the truth? If He had married, it would have been mentioned and He would be the Messiah.
No where in all of Scripture is it mentioned at any time, that the Messiah would marry or that Jesus married.
No Nicene Creed agreeing evangelical, liturgical, or charismatic church has ever espoused that idea. This makes that thought a heresy.
That’s a pretty stiff word, heresy. What does it mean exactly?
(Christian Religious Writings / Theology)
a. an opinion or doctrine contrary to the orthodox tenets of a religious body or church
b. the act of maintaining such an opinion or doctrine
2. any opinion or belief that is or is thought to be contrary to official or established theory
Why am I bringing this ugly topic up?
Speculative Christian fiction, by its nature, pushes to the edges of what might be and what could be. There is a danger, a grave danger, in pushing too hard and too far. When you write what might be and what could be, be wary of the borders you warp and the thoughts that you put between the sentences of your stories. If a NYT’s best-selling author can fall into heresy, then so can the rest of us. They are not the first, either, to spread heresy through what they write.
I don’t say this to discourage you from your chosen genre; I want to make you sober and vigilant. I strongly suggest every Christian author that chooses this genre should also pursue Apologetics, and spend time like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), searching the Scriptures to make certain that what they are saying, matches up with it.What do you study or read, to keep yourself fixed on Christ and how do you check that your flights of fancy do not violate the tenets of our faith?