We live in an era of heightened preconception: An opinion or conception formed in advance of adequate knowledge or experience. In other words, we are as prejudiced as ever.
No matter how hard I try to explain most do not understand the difference between a spiritually based story and one based on Christianity. I’ll do my best to explain. My series of stories are a mythology, nothing more and nothing less. It is an exploration into creation, our roles in this creation as mortals and our dealing with the consequences of immortal influence into our lives.
At the center of my trilogy is the main protagonist and hero, Arimar – The Chosen One of Allivar. Some people love to argue that the title alone refers to Jesus. I cannot disagree anymore. Moses was chosen and he certainly was not Jesus. If I had named the series Cassandra – the Chosen One of Apollo, would you be so quick to prejudge? How about Anakin Skywalker – The Chosen One? That’s right! You love Star Wars, but behind all the high tech graphics is a story of good and evil, and prophecy. This is also my story, set more in a Tolkien medieval fantasy theme.
Why my mythology is NOT a Christian story?
Christ was God incarnate sent to earth to take on the sins of mortals. He died and carried our sins with him to demonstrate his love for us. Almost every fictional Christian story revolves around bringing us back to this concept.
Arimar is not God incarnate. He is as human as you and I. In book nineteen, yet to be written, I will reveal why he was the chosen one by the creator – the Unseen. This is as simple as I can explain it. Arimar converses with his creator, but he is not sent to save the world of the living, but to deliver a message. He is only a messenger.
Why my mythology is a spiritual story?
I believe in a creator, good and evil, and in an afterlife. This means I believe in both a physical and metaphysical life. I believe we have a purpose to play in life and thereafter. What is that purpose? The end of the third book of the trilogy gives you an idea of this author’s concept of that purpose. If anything, it is meant to challenge our minds. At the center of my story is the concept of free will. Will we, the mortals, choose to do the right thing when the end of times is at stake? Do we really love this paradise created for us?
I created the Vanavaran race, what we might call the race of Africans, to demonstrate evil’s use of preconception. Why do people fear black people? What is our source of preconception? It is innate or taught? Where was its origin? In my story evil immortals convince the other living races that they are demons amongst us from the abyss of darkness, willing to take souls to keep them mortal. It is obviously a lie, yet a valid point – we are all inclined in one way or another to have preconceptions. We do this every day if you are honest with yourself – we take sides on political, religious, racial and other societal or moral issues. We rarely engage in civil debate, because we have convinced ourselves the opposing viewpoint is already flawed. Life is full of propaganda, yet we are given free will to seek the truth. All that is necessary is for good people to have an open mind, free of preconception, and inclined towards action to making a better world.
Here is one of my favorite quotes of all time:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
This is often attributed to Irishman Edmund Burke, who was a statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher . Although it has not been found in his speeches, writings, or letters (and is thus apocryphal), in 1770 he wrote in Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents that “when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Burke was not referring to the good and evil in the spiritual world, but the corruption of government, specifically the House of Commons.
Tolkien said it best in the Fellowship of the Ring, “Nine rings were gifted (given and freely accepted) to the race of men, who above all else seek power.” Power being the ability to dominate all life and control its outcome (to be one’s own God.) Saruman preconceived that he too could share power with Sauron. All to his own demise.
We are quick to believe in evil. Our theaters are filled with stories of evil, yet very little exploration of the source of good and the battle taking place in the invisible realm. Hopefully you will take a chance on these series of stories and learn that mortal preconception is not a good thing. It can and will be used against you, evil knows this, for you are so willing to be deceived by your own preconceptions.
This September, I release the fourth book of this mythology – The Fall of Helloria. The first in a new series of nine stories that chronicle the fall of nine heavenly worlds. I will explore many spiritual and philosophical concepts presenting both an exciting and mentally challenging journey. I hope you choose to come along with me.