The Impact of Stories

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A Search for Truth is the story that many young teens are facing right now. Of course, it is dramatized because it is just that – a “fantastical” adventure. But it is not a story void of truth. Stories are not just entertainment. The adventure is what we see in our minds and hear with our ears, but the story is what we feel in our hearts.

Zac’s questioning of the Bible is nothing short of what’s happening in the real world this very moment. If you’re a Christian parent I know you’ve heard this a million times but let me say it once more; the public schools are ones of atheistic teachings, and the media is a media that bashes Christian principles. It’s not new to any of us. But just because it’s not new to us shouldn’t make us any less wary of its effects.

Yet it’s not all doom, gloom, and hypothetical Big Bang boom. Stories are not just entertainment. They teach morals. Not the preachy Christian stories – the ones that, let’s be honest, we all cringe at. On the other hand, Christians can indeed create entertaining and educational stories that really have an effect on us. In fact, quality productions impact us – as humans – more than any evolutionary textbook. They teach us a truth that no textbook could, whether that book is Christian or atheist.

Jesus knew that too. There are dozens of parables in the Bible. And as you may have noticed, the parables stick with us much better than anything else. Therefore, because we remember the story we also remember the meaning.

Stories will always shape our culture in a unique way. The fables and tales, the oral poetry of generations, the increase of books in the early modern age, all impacted cultures because stories are something different. And now movies, audio dramas and books tell stories to my generation (the coming one, that is).  And they – this generation – will remember the meanings of those stories, whatever they happen to be.

The reason for this all – why Jesus told parables 2000 years ago and why audio dramas can now teach fundamental lessons of Creation – is that stories are relatable. Stories are memorable. And stories – good stories – are not just entertainment.  The impact of stories is tremendous.

A Search for Truth is a story, but it’s also the truth. Just as much as young teens are struggling with questions of the Bible is a reality, so is Jesus waiting to show them the truth – just behind that book cover, or beyond that blinking icon that says, “Play audio.”