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Christian Imagination?

Imagination.  Is there such a thing as a godly imagination in the life of a believer in Christ?

Imagination. Is there such a thing as godly imagination in the life of a believer in Christ?

Is there a place for imagination in the spiritual life of the Christian?   Some critics argue that Christian faith stifles human creativity.   Does the use of imagination in worship and prayer lead to spiritual transformation or spiritual depravity?

On the one side, the Bible consistently warns that a misplaced imagination will distract the Christian from true worship.  For example, everywhere in the classic King James Version, in contrast with more modern translations, the English word imagination from the original Hebrew and Greek phrases always carries a negative meaning (then contrast with ESV). For example:

But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward (Jeremiah 7:24 KJV).

Clearly, it is possible to become so engrossed in our own imagination, or someone else’s imagination projected towards us, that we fail to hear God. In our television-saturated world and ultra-realistic CGI animation movies, the massive feast before our eyes can easily clog up our ears to God’s Word. Even in the church, if in our Sunday morning services we find ourselves remembering more about the vivid illustration used by the preacher, and yet still unable to recall what Bible passage was being expounded upon, then I think we have a deadly serious problem.

OK.  So far, given this overview, the concept of imagination does not bode well in the life of a Christian.   But does this mean that all imagination is contrary to God’s purposes? Is there a more positive, biblical, even godly approach to imagination? Sometimes, in an effort to fight off counterfeit spirituality, we can easily throw out the baby with the bathwater.
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Michael Card on the Gospel of Mark

Hope for the Gentiles: The Gospel of Mark

Michael Card’s books and videos are among the most helpful and encouraging resources you can find for gaining insights into Scripture.  The best teachers are full of original material, and Michael Card is indeed one of the best.

He has a new book entitled, Mark: The Gospel of Passion, which Day of Discovery has produced into a three-part video series entitled, Hope for the Gentiles: The Gospel of Mark.  Watch all three video segments directly on the Day of Discovery website.

The bMark: The Gospel of Passionook can be ordered from Amazon.com
(particularly if you enjoy using a Kindle Reader), or directly from MichaelCard.com (in paperback only).


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