There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy! –William Shakespeare
On an average, I attempt to read (not always like) the accolades of the ABA and CBA markets. So, Harry Potter and most recently The Twilight Series occupy my bookshelves as do From Darkness Hid, The Kingdom Series and drum-roll please, Seasons in the Mist—a fantastic, time-travel romance by girlfriend, (shameless plug) Deb Kinnard. Yep, I plan to blog on Time-Travel Romance and the lack thereof in the CBA. Hopefully, that’ll include a chat with Deb (foreshadowing).
Anyhow, this speculative romance author believes that whatever you can imagine you can write, and God willing someone will read it. An ongoing (revised) character for my Legend of the Emerald Rose (series) is an opinionated angel named ‘Tomas.’ And yes, because its fantasy, I delve into angelic semantics (interactions) with mankind. Although, I believe the war was won on the Cross, most often the battle between Yahweh and Satan takes place inside of our hearts, thoughts and imaginations. The devil is the master of disguise and diversion, an artful influencer. He’s a ruthless, egotistic politician with devoted lobbyists—guess that’s politically incorrect, but so am I.
That’s why I keep tight reins on my fictional angel, Tomas, because even in fantasy, I don’t want to mislead anyone as to the truth about angels. Satan’s hoodwinking through the publishing and entertainment industry has persuaded billions and that includes some believers that the principalities of evil are romantic, heroic and redeemable. The latest fads are vampires and werewolves—again, and there’s no doubt that these supernatural creatures are box office hits.
Unlike vamps and weres, angels exist and according to Scripture they are not to be taken lightly. Sadly, most of the world either dismisses these spiritual beings (big no-no) or are obsessed and seduced by Satan’s lobbyists. There’s not enough blog time to address the complexity of holy angels, fallen angels, demons and the different beliefs and encounters out there, nor the distorted truth. I’m thankful that my Biblical foundational beliefs narrow the playing field—at least for me. I respect God’s creation and His purpose for angels. But that people adore, worship and seek these beings advise scares the mustard out of me!
Where was I? Oh, when I’m out and about I carry either a romantic adventure, sci-fi/fan or research book. Recently, I totted The Truth about Angels by Terry Law. When my (Christian) physician noted the book cover he shared how one patient consults with her personal angel. Spiritual whistles blared! Yet, I was not surprised that one more Christian had fallen for charlatan slick-talk. After all, it can’t be any more harmful than reading one’s horoscope, right? That’s how the ‘angel of light’ works us. One subtle lie follows another and another, etc.
My friend agreed to let this person ask her ‘angel’ something special about him. Here’s the lowdown. The angel’s name is Michael. Oh, give me a break! Even lower, this demonic being didn’t share anything new under the sun. According to ‘Michael’ my friend is compassionate. Du! Really? Oh, and sometimes this angel is too busy to answer its ward’s request, but will get back to her when it’s convenient. How easily humans get hoodwinked by these creatures of deception. Actually, there are far ‘smarter’ demons, but that’s another topic.
Well, I gave my friend a speed course (after all, this was a medical visit) on the truth about angels from a Biblical perspective. I reminded him that as a believer, God’s Holy Spirit resides within him and to always listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice of discernment, especially when someone says that they converse with angels or spirit guides. Let’s just say it was another ‘God Moment.’
I’d like to hear your perspective on angels. Do you read about angels via fiction or non-fiction? Have you ever written an angel into your plot as a main or secondary character? Curious minds want to know. But before commenting, please remember this is an open writing forum. I don’t want to discourage anyone from sharing, agreeing or disagreeing. Just do it respectfully.
I believe that knowledge is power, but foremost that knowledge (wisdom) through God’s Holy Word equips us to write the good fight!
This world’s a scary place, even scarier, if you don’t know the lowdown on angels.