Happy Good Friday! And Happy Plethora Day!
(Don’t forget, you can download the book for free here in celebration)
In the grand scheme of things, the two aren’t connected. But there is a reference to the events of Good Friday in the story. It comes in chapter 9, titled “Religion in Plethora.” The whole chapter divides its time between two religious clans dominant in the land and explores what makes them genuine or fake. The Deodians represent Christians while the Goshites are a somewhat diluted off-shoot. The chapter is full of imagery and allegory alluding to religious situations in our own world. I’m a Christian and I wanted to explore my faith in a fictional context, and so some of the imagery or out-right dialogue gets deep.
But one particular moment finds the character of Father John explaining Good Friday in Plethoran terms:
Sandwiched on the wall between the loft and the baptismal was a large splash of red. It was as if someone had thrown a giant tomato at the wall and the initial aftermath froze in place. Father John sat us down in a pew in the middle section. I now noticed other Deodians kneeling at the front of the “altar” offering prayers.
“Hey Father, why is there an ink splotch on the wall?” I began after a moment of observation.
“There is a story behind it, your Majesty,” Father John answered. “Consequently, it is the core of our deepest beliefs. Would you like to hear it?”
I nodded and the narrative began.
“Ever since Plethora, and this whole world for that matter, began, man has corrupted Deus’ creation. They became murderers, thieves, liars, immoral; they morphed light to darkness. Things only turned from bad to worse as time progressed and something drastic needed to be done to dam up the free flow of evil. Thus, in His good will and timing, Deus sent His sole Son, Ichtus, as a sacrifice for all mankind. His blood blots out the sins of those who believe on Him. He sealed this hope by rising again, in victory over Death, to His Father, Deus. That ‘ink splotch,’ as you put it, is symbolic of our salvation and hope.”
“So your Deus is pretty loving,” I surmised.
“Yes, but He is also not afraid to judge and condemn those who reject His Son.”
“He’s willing to condemn His own creation?” Laura pressed.
“Yes, those who deny Ichtus deny their own lives. To reject such a sacrifice, such an escape from wrath, is a madness leading to judgment.”
So there you have it, Good Friday and Plethora Day come together. Hopefully you’ll celebrate the latter by downloading a free book, reading it, and leaving a comment or review on Amazon. But more importantly I hope you celebrate the former by cracking open the Bible and reading the true, more in-depth account of Good Friday there.
Tune back in tomorrow for a little “behind-the-story” action as we continue the weekend celebration. Don’t forget, the book is free from now til Sunday night!