when novels were considered the tool of the devil.
(They can be.)
Because of this,
those who wanted to honor God often forbade the reading of novels.
The same thing happened with movies
The godly refused to be influenced by ungodly fiction.
They focused on using reason
to convince young and old to change their behavior.
For the most part, they left fiction alone.
Over the years, the enemy has made full use of the story.
And who has gained control of the heart and mind in our society?
It’s not that one approach is right and the other, wrong.
Reason or story.
Maybe, they’re opposite approaches.
Reason goes through the mind to reach the heart.
Story goes through the heart to reach the mind.
The problem is this: If we use only one tool
to shape our own lives
and to influence those we love,
while the enemy uses both,
who will win?
Research results claim
fiction is more powerful than reason in changing choices.
But that’s for another week.
Two Proverbs to consider until then are:
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
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