Symbols and images convey reality – their impact on our mind and behavior is undeniable. But what if the symbols as used in the Bible are “reversed” or their meaning completely changed by our culture? What happens when evil is portrayed as good or made “attractive”? Can evil ever be “sanitized”? Is there really such a thing as “white magic” or “nice, cuddly dragons”? The assault on our minds extends to our children where truth is twisted in our culture through, oddly enough, children’s books and movies. In this audio message, I refer to Michael D. O’Brien’s book “A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child’s Mind”, Ignatius Press, 1998.
Minimizing sin undercuts the cross of Christ and obscures salvation and the Gospel. As the truth and reality distortion (“re-symbolizing”) seeps into our hearts and minds, it impacts our spiritual health. We are dulled to the reality of sin, our need for whole wholeness and our ability to discern good from evil diminishes.
The Bible uses many symbols that are meant to have a powerful, redemptive impact on our lives. The enemy of our souls knows this full well and hence has been “busy” changing the meaning of key symbols. We are at a place, it seems, where “dragons our cool and Fathers are not”. In the audio message, I start from Revelation 12:1-12 which centers on the dragon who is not cool, not cuddly nor nice in any way.