Fantasies: Imaginative Creations.
How far do you let your mind wander? Do you picture things that are not? We can, you know. It has to do with being created in God’s image. Boy, God sure has an imagination! Look at all the things He dreamed up and spoke into being. Well, our fantasies can dream up a lot of stuff. And I am very glad we do not have the creative power that can speak our imaginations into being. The world is insane enough as it is.
Come to think of it, that is why the world is as it is. Men have brought their evil imaginations into being through acts perverted by their fallen nature. Instead of love, generosity, moderation, forgiveness and being teachable men are full of lust, greed, gluttony, hold grudges and are opinionated. You get the idea. And so the wise of this world prove to be fools exchanging what is good for fantasies, the lusts they pursue.
The Problem with Fantasies…
There was a time when the imaginations of man caused God to express regret. He saw their wickedness and that “every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 5:5) Thus the flood. Thanks to Noah, a man who believed God, mankind got another chance.
Time passed then men decided they would work together pursuing whatever they imagined. God had to step in to prevent calamity. “And the Lord said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; (exalt themselves) now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” (Genesis 10:6) Therefore, knowing the imaginations of man, God confused their language “so that they would not understand each other” and “scattered them all over the face of the earth.” (V 7-8)
So much for working together. The evil fantasies of nations now war for supremacy. Alliances are like snakes that strike in their own self-interest. The nations exalt themselves against God and each other. It won’t end well.
Fantasies or Imagining Reality
It is up to each of us, after hearing the gospel of God’s Son, to decide what we want to imagine. We can choose those fantasies that excuse our deeds and exalt self. There are plenty of religions and philosophies that will lend their hand. Or we can imagine that what Jesus said is true. “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. If anyone chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” (John 7:17) Finally, there is an old expression, “The proof is in the pudding.” You have to taste it yourself, and if you do you will discover that God’s word is true. Imagining has never been better!