Andrew Ratcliffe’s blog is all about creativity, “Do what you love — Love what you do”. He obviously loves to write and he’s written a book for children to show them the fruit of the Holy Spirit, “Hari & Rudi In The Land Of Fruit”. His latest blog post is for us all to put love in action during the COVID-19 crisis.
In his blog, “Love In Action”, Andrew poses a question:
“Is kindness only an act in our lives or is it a lifestyle we are living out especially now in these difficulty’ times with COVID-19. Are we only making sure that our own cupboards are filled up to the brim and emptying all the shelves in the shops or are we thinking about others whom may not have the resources to fill their cupboards with the basic essential items they need to live? “
And read about “… two teens in northern England, skip school one morning and come upon a houseboat that’s been docked while the owners go shopping. They decide to explore the boat and have far more adventure than they anticipated when the craft comes loose from its moorings and carries them down the river and into a whirlpool. The boat breaks up and the lads are about to be sucked down to a watery death when they are miraculously rescued and facing an adventure of a far different kind. ...with the help of Joy, Peace, Love, Patience, Goodness and other fruit of the Holy Spirit, they learn important lessons in the Christian life.“
Have you ever wondered where God came from? ‘Existential Quandary’ by Benjamin T. Collier tackles this mind-blowing question.
“In Genesis it says “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” and then it says, “The earth was without form and void”. There’s something in this passage that I think a lot of modern readers miss. I was raised Christian, but I was also raised in a world of science which tends to approach everything from a naturalistic perspective. And as such, I somehow got it into my head that the emptiness that existed before Creation was something that had always been, and that God somehow ‘came about’ and made the cosmos out of the nothingness that was already there, which means God was somehow either existing alongside the nothingness or he was a product of it.
What this verse tells me is that even the nothingness that a lot of us tend to think of as prime reality, this absence of existence, is in itself something created by God. God made an empty space in which to create things, he didn’t come into existence in an empty space and then make other things. God was, at one point, all there was. There was nothing that was not God. No earth, no heaven, no void, just God. Nothingness was not even a thing until God allowed it to be. Needless to say that changed my perspective”…
Christian author, Lynne Collier, writes Christian Speculative Fiction and Fantasy. Here she explains the differences between overt and non-overt fiction.
What Is Christian Speculative Fiction?
“Biblical [Christian] Speculative Fiction is speculative fiction which uses Christian themes and incorporates the Christian worldview…” — Wikipedia.
In many of the modern Christian fiction novels, the characters are mainly Christian and act on guidance from God with no overt or miraculous divine intervention. There is almost always a non-Christian character who eventually becomes ‘born again’ and the emphasis is biblical and doctrinal, as in Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind series. It differs greatly from speculations on the Bible and Christianity found in fictional work such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
An example of a story which portrays a biblical and doctrinal emphasis but also features miraculous intervention would be Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness which features demons, angels, and spiritual warfare.