Day 7 Saturday
Every time I come across Biblical speculative fiction, I am awed. Writers, such as Frank Creed, take certain liberties that most conventional Christian authors usually would stay away from. However, I find it refreshing. For such a long time Christian fiction was relegated to nothing more than amplified Sunday School lessons, or historical romance. While some people may find these enjoyable, I always wonder what happened to the story. It's like a great story came down from heaven, rested on an author's desk, and they took it and squeezed it into their own tiny concepts of what it had to be. Biblical speculative fiction allows God to work “outside of the box”.
Am I saying that you can formulate Biblical doctrine around a work like FLASHPOINT? Not at all, however, you can see at least another perspective that exceeds what we have been taught as doctrine. Founded on the Word, FLASHPOINT offers another possible viewpoint of things. We are challenged to re-think our own views about end times. We are made aware of a God that is larger than our doctrines, yet still able to be true to His Word. So, I find FLASHPOINT and like works, to be inspiring, to help me get a glimpse of an infinite God.
FLASHPOINT begins in the year 2036. How many of us actually believe that the Lord's coming will delay to or past that date? I for one do not. Then again, what if my time table is based upon human dogma more than God's greatness? In an email Frank Creed discussed this with me. I challenge each of you to see what he is saying and take it to heart. He said, that although the Jews had the Scripture and the prophecies concerning Jesus, they missed it. Is it not then possible that we, having these same Scriptures and even 27 more books added to it, are looking at things wrong? Are we going to be as arrogant as the Pharisees to basically tell God how He must fulfill these prophecies? What if our understanding is just as flawed as their's was and God chooses to do something different than we anticipated? Wouldn't you at least want to be open to those possibilities? Wouldn't you rather let God be God and let Him unfold things the way He has ordained? Wouldn't you rather be ready? Frank and I differ, at least doctrinally speaking, as to how things will turn out. Yet both of us are open to whatever God has in store. In the meantime, we reach out to the lost. That is our job. We aren't called to understand and teach the mind of God in detail, only as it touches us and we know it to be true. There is one thing we can stick with and be certain, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. God has built His church upon this Rock. God has condemned all mankind, but through Jesus, offers to all, His unfathomable mercies and forgiveness. If we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, then God is our Father, the Spirit bears witness with out spirit about this. So we struggle in the Spirit to allow Him to make us more like His Son. We do this because we love and want to please our Heavenly Father, and we do this because we want those around us to join the family and find this forgiveness, mercy an infinite love. When God speaks to your heart and you receive Jesus as your personal Savior, when we allow His Holy Spirit to baptize us with His power, well, there's a word for that, FLASHPOINT.
Oh, by the way, don't forget to check out the beautiful video teaser on the CFRB Book Trailer page. I didn't make it, but strongly suspect Cynthia MacKinnon put this masterpiece together. You'll love it. Then, if you haven't already done so, run out and buy the book.
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Yellow 30 Sci-Fi's July Feature book and 2008 Pluto nominee
Feature Author, Frank Creed
You also may be interested in the Yellow30 Sci-Fi review
Their review of FLASPOINT