And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
In the Scriptures the Holy Spirit chose the word record for the events that occurred and that were reported by credible persons. St. Luke used the word declaration when he wrote, “of those things which are most surely believed among us,” and he goes onto say, “Even as they delivered them (the records) unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the [W]ord…”. (Luke 1)
Today, however, those that stand before people and proclaim the truths of inspired Scripture use words like story and characters to describe the true-to-life happenings in the Word. We do not believe we are being too uptight or petty when we suggest that there is danger in the usage of words like story and characters to describe real recorded events and real individuals that lived and died through these recorded events.
We believe that the words which are spoken by persons in daily life speak to the hearers and sometimes remain in the sub-conscience. Words can be tactical. Words can be used to great effects. Words can be lethal to one’s reputation and business. Words can destroy families and friendships. The spoken or written word is powerful in many ways. Words can edify and encourage and they can destroy and discourage. Is it any wonder why the pre-incarnate Christ is said to be the Word of God? One can look at the very first words of Scripture to see the power of “In the beginning God said…”. There it is… the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us was at the beginning of creation, for the spoken Word of God is the Creator. The words we use can cause all manner of effect upon others.
Therefore we state again; when those who represent Christ use the words story(ies) and character(s), as in Biblical characters, there is the danger of these words incubating in the sub-conscience of the hearers. That is why our Lord warns us about what we hear.
Fairy tales are fictional stories, and these fictional stories are filled with fictional characters. The Scriptures, however, are filled with exciting and harrowing events, and the persons in the Scriptures truly lived these exciting and harrowing events. Let us not, therefore, confuse stories and characters with the recorded events and actual persons we meet in the Scriptures.
The Biblical David is not a character; nor is the Biblical Daniel. The recorded events that describe their lives are not stories. The Lord Jesus is not a character in a book, and His life is certainly not a story. The events in the Gospels record the actual experiences that were lived by Christ.
Let us use the words story and character for fiction.
Now onto our theory.
No one has ever created anything. This is a true and valid statement. People have invented things and authored writings and produced films, but they have not created anything. To create is to make something new as in “In the beginning God created…” God used nothing to create something. We humans, however, use things that already exist to invent, author, or produce things.
In other words, create a new color…. but you cannot use existing colors to produce your new color. See what we mean. There is nothing new under the sun and there has never been something that was created other than that which ” In the beginning God created…”
Our theory is this; every written work or film produced in someway has the greatest recorded event in human history as a foundation. To be clear, the greatest event that has occurred on this earth is the redemption of man, and this was accomplished solely by the life, death, resurrection, and second coming of Christ.
We will offer a few examples of the greatest event being the foundation of all human produced writings or films.
In Jane Austin’s works we see a person of wealth and means being the answer to another’s dilemma. Christ is the Only Hope for man in his dilemma of depravity.
In more contemporary works like “John Wick” one can find the second coming of Christ as the foundation of this work.
The rebooted “Godzilla” movie has Christ’s death and resurrection as it’s foundation. Godzilla falls and all hope is lost, but then he rises with a second wind to destroy the monster.
Superman is the retelling of Christ. A child is sent by his father to earth and this child grows into a saviour of mankind.
The recent Batman films is a retelling of Christ. Bruce Wayne has great riches which were inherited from his father. Later in life Wayne is supposedly defeated by Bane and banished to a prison that is under ground. Wayne, however, rises and returns with power to dispatch the evil Bane. This is a retelling of Christ’s death and resurrection and His victory over sin and death.
We could go on and on but we believe we have made a good argument that supports our theory. It is true; the greatest event that has ever occurred on this earth and the greatest Man that has ever condescended to walk upon this earth is, without doubt, the Foundation that all written works and films are based upon.