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I'm thinking on writing a short story of a non-religious person asking questions to an alternate version of Jesus. Do His answers must be of a deep meaning or could I just write anything as his word (forgiving the blasphemy it would be)?

Maybe his answers could be justified because it would be a different Jesus but, how credible would he be if his thougths are not serious and deep reflections about moral, ethics and such?

The target audience ranges from teens to 30 year olds with interest in Sci-fi and computers.

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Well, you can always lampshade it with "They got it completely wrong! I said none of these things!"(referring to the Bible) and then have the Jesus to be whomever you want. – SF. Jan 31 '14 at 6:06
@Neil I think I see now how this is off-topic, but I can't find another way to ask. Also, didn't wanted to start a discussion, but maybe I'm uncapable to avoid it. Sorry. – b_c_a Jan 31 '14 at 6:28
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From a purely artistic view, no, you can have a fictional Jesus Christ say whatever you want. There's no reason for a straw-man named Jesus to be deep, and Lord knows there have been enough straw-man Jesus characterizations throughout the year that are far more offensive to Christians than just some conversations in a sci-fi story.

(Note that, depending on how hard your sci-fi is, a Crystal Dragon Jesus may be a nice way to sidestep the entire issue.)

If you are trying to not be offensive and hew to the image that most Christians have of our messiah, you should be able to fit Him into the story easily enough. I'd offer the following guidelines:

  • Decide early on if you're going to have "Jesus Christ the Christian Deity" or "historical human named Jesus but God doesn't exist", or be purposefully opaque. All are acceptable choices, but you should be consistent.
  • Jesus as depcited in the gospels was not a fire-and-brimstone, old-testament preacher. He was the guy who preached the sermon on the mount ("Love God as yourself, Love thy neighbor") and stood up for a prostitute who would have been stoned to death ("Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.")
  • Jesus did get angry in a few cases, most famously when he kicked the money-changers out of the temple.
  • As you noted in your question, Jesus as depicted in the gospels was given to making very profound statements. He taught largely through some profound pronouncements and a slew of parables, and at once expected more of men that they could achieve and yet accepted them as they failed.

When it comes to just answering some questions from a non-belieiver, your characterization of Christ will be driven very largely by the topic of your story. If it's a tract for Agnosticism, or Christianity, or Atheism, you'll undoutably wind up treading on someone's toes. If it's more of a speculation story about alien life and space travel and how they'd fit into Christian thought, anything from "they are already christians" to "aliens are demons" would be plausible.

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Thanks! Perfect answer and resource. Now I know exactly how to handle the issue. – b_c_a Jan 31 '14 at 6:27

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