Not All That’s Spiritual Is Good
As followers of Jesus we can point the supernaturally curious to God
Premodern people saw everything as spiritual. Though modern thinking attempted to remove the spiritual from our everyday reality, the postmodern view is open to reunite them. For that I am glad.
Yet not all that is spiritual is good. Consider all of the TV shows and movies that delve into the supernatural. Sci-fi specifically seems to be moving in this direction but so are more generally marketed television shows and movies. Also, consider the growing interest in fantasy novels and the various speculative fiction subgenres. Why is this?
It’s quite simply because of demand. The public seeks content that investigates spiritual concepts and explores the supernatural realm. They have interest in such matters. They hunger for something more than what a nonspiritual life offers, with content producers happy to fill that void.
In fact, most people in today’s postmodern world, notably younger generations, such as Millennials, are open to the spiritual. This is both good and bad. Just because something is spiritual doesn’t automatically make it good. Sometimes supernatural considerations point us to God and other times this content steers us in the opposite direction. Often these mind-blowing forays into the non-temporal merely confuse a godly, spiritual reality with intriguing, yet inconsequential fantasy.We need to guide our world's spiritually inquisitive to a true spiritual understanding. Click To Tweet
Does this mean we should abandon all cinema, television, and books that dip into the supernatural? Of course not. Ignoring this trend will not make it go away and will leave the spiritually curious with only opposing views to influence them.
As people who know what the Bible says about spiritual matters, we need to guide our world’s spiritually inquisitive toward an understanding that is biblically centered and focused on Jesus. If we don’t, people will persist in forming their own hodgepodge of spiritual practices based on what they see in their entertainment choices and that is not anchored in the foundation of God’s Word.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.