I haven’t forgotten!

I haven’t forgotten!

I have something that I am working on in my head to write. However, it’s taking longer than I thought it would to actually get it written. I have set aside some time each week to write two posts a week, Mondays and Thursdays. As I’m sure you noticed Monday there was nothing. I sat down and started writing out what was going on in my head only to find that halfway into the post it no longer made sense. I’m hoping that just posting something simple today will help me clear my head for next week.

I have decided, again, that I am going to try to write a book. It’s still up in the air as to exactly how it’s going to come together, but the first book will definitely be a fiction novel from a Christian worldview. I’m going to try and use my Thursday posts to fill you in on how exactly it’s coming together and use these posts to help me get some feedback on the theological constructs within the book. Basically, I want to use your thoughts to help shape some of the key elements of the book.

So let’s start with my first, of many, conundrum. A key point of this book is going to be the main character’s journey into historical Christianity, to make it easy. However, to have a character spending his time reading other books is well….boring. I had a thought of somehow allowing the character to actually experience the various pieces of history, but that opens up three key problems. The first, time travel isn’t a thing. I know that there are theories that get tossed around about time travel, but I seriously doubt that it will ever be possible. I find it difficult to explain time travel in such a way that would benefit the core value or reason for the time travel. Considering that it’s not possible we’d basically be creating our own science to make such a thing “possible”. The second thought, I have seen movies or read other books where the main character had a past life during that point in history. Do I need to say more as to why this would be an issue? Well, I will, reincarnation can’t possibly find a logical place in a Christian worldview fiction novel. It kinda flies in the face of “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 1 Cor 5:8”. My third thought was to use the fact that spirits are eternal, and thus exist outside of space and time. This raises the issue of pre-existence. Did we exist as spirit before we were born and then inhabit this body at birth, or did God create our spirit when we were conceived? Many many questions can be posed that I fear could cause some conflict both personally and at publication. No sense in making it so controversial that no one wants to read it, right?

What are your thoughts? Do one of these ideas work for a character to experience historical Christianity? Do you have an idea that may work instead? I genuinely want your input, so leave me a comment below or on the Facebook post. I’ll be back Monday with my other thoughts! Enjoy your weekend


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