Not long ago, I began this blog with a post on fantasy world’s and how I believe Christian’s are to approach them. Oftentimes I find myself thinking about what I can learn from them, and if any of them have any spiritual value. It really depends on the world in question, for example C.S. Lewis’ Narnia obviously has a lot of positive spiritual value, whereas I don’t see so much in the world of Super Mario. Before I continue, let me state that I am not one of those types of Christian’s who thinks that everything needs to have some kind of overt spiritual positive to be good for us or ok for us to enjoy, and I also do not try to dig for the spiritual in everything in an attempt to appeal to “the youth” as so many Evangelical ministries have tried mostly in vain to do over the past couple of decades. However, there is something I see in every fantasy world which I find poignant; the inferiority of a man-made universe to a universe made by God.
For the nonchristian fan of fantasy who is not guided by the Holy Spirit, this is hard to see. After all, fantasy is associated with escapism, and one usually “escapes” into somewhere they perceive as being better than reality in some way. But it all ultimately breaks down in any fantasy universe without some degree of willing suspension of disbelief. First of all, fantasy universes often show us a world without God’s hand holding back evil. We see werewolves, demons, vampires, the living dead and other monstrosities terrorizing mankind, as if disease, war and other causes of mortal suffering and death were not enough. We see worlds basically more like they would be if the devil was less constrained by the hand of God.
Secondly, we see a break down in clear moral structure. In World of Warcraft, there is the Burning Legion, representing “chaos,” which is
basically evil, and the “Light,” which is good. However, the Light is not very explained (which I find good to some degree, because I can fill in the blanks, a good fantasy game allows the player to roleplay to some degree on his or her own, and lets them develop their story and circumstances to their desires). Basically, we see a god-like force which is hard to know, unlike the true God, and who is very vague, unlike the true God who gave us His explicit charge through the Holy Bible and His Spirit. In fantasy world’s, good is often good merely for the sake of it, and evil is evil just because it is deemed so by the inhabitants of the world. If you really think about it, such a concept is rather “Nietzschean,” as Nietzsche’s philosophy states that there is no true good or evil, people just hold to both concepts invent their own morality. In the end, this outlook makes life essentially meaningless, whereas in reality, God, who is pure goodness, decreed the law and all humans have dignity, worth and meaning merely by the fact that He created them.
The closest thing to a good god in the Warcraft universe are the Naaru, a group of powerful, god-like beings who look like floating, glowing tribal tattoos. But even they are weak and can be overcome by mere mortals, as the Naaru named M’uru that the Blood Elves captured and drained the “holy energy” out of in order to empower their own “paladins,” the Blood Knights. Such a “god” could never truly be trusted or relied upon, and with no god to fall back on you are utterly alone without any true path to follow or impregnable keep for your soul to dwell in.
No fantasy world can compare to the reality that God has created. No human mind can conceive of a better universe than one conceived and actualized by God, where good is good and evil is evil, and all things work together for good for those who love and are called by God. Almost every fantasy world shows us that a world without our perfect God is, in the end, very bleak. Perfect justice cannot be attained, and any “good” deity a human can dream up cannot simply compare with the Perfect Being, God Almighty, far above and beyond us, who actually exists.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.