July 2, 2023 at 7:13 pm #157992RAE@rae
So my main character is this guy named Nahim (pronounced nay-him not nah-him). All of his friends and family died when he was 15-17 mostly. Since then, he’s gained one friend by the name of Mandin and later gains almost 52 others when he ends up in a squadron in the Space Squads called the Boomerangs. He was raised to believe in God but now doubts Him. I think he is a Christian but that is part of the headache, I’m not sure and neither is Nahim himself. He says stuff he doesn’t mean sometimes like he sometimes says “How do I know He even exists?” Down at heart he knows there is a god and he knows that it is THE God. I have a plan for if he is saved and if he is not, but which one?
Also, he doubts the Overall plan and just doubts God in general. He has been told the all things work together for good but that isn’t sufficient for him, it doesn’t satisfy. I know that their are people out their who have experienced this same thing so I would like your help.
I think some of the confusion is I myself lost my Grandma about a year ago, she was more precious to me than my own parents when she was alive. She was the one who truly planted Christ’s seed by her example. I myself am having trouble even now though I KNOW that I am a child of the One True. One of the main questions of my own is one that I think Nahim has himself, “Why did she die the way that she died?” She didn’t die peacefully in her sleep…I don’t even want to go into the details but the thing that hurts me to the heart is that she couldn’t speak the last few months, we couldn’t have that one last talk, we couldn’t hold hands as we prayed afterwards, she couldn’t pass on last bits of wisdom that are now lost with her. With Grandma died part of me and part of what I was. Nahim was created before all of the horrible happenings but more and more I have found myself more and more like him but different. I never can write straight from my heart but if I did, it would be sad, wistful for the past, and not able to trust the One who I so want to trust.
Replying to this topic will be for Nahim, but I still would like you guys to share your stories, your upsand downs, your hopes and dashed hopes, because I just feel alone.
O light to us that wander here
Amid the world of woven trees!July 3, 2023 at 7:49 pm #157993Aesira@goat-lover
I’m not a bible scholar but I think that every Christian goes though a time where they question if there is a God or not. In these trials God is testing us to see if we are truly his or not. It might sound like he wants us to fail but really he wants us to be strong and grow in faith for him through the trials. Through put the bible God tests who he loves most. So I would say that if Nahim is a Christian than these questions will help him regain an even closer relationship with God, or they will drive him farther away. It will all be how the situation is handled, if he seeks advice from a grounded christian he is probably a Christian but if he seeks help from a more worldly influence then he is probably not. I myself went through a time where I was questioning, but I sought out help and dug deeper into the word and found my faith again. I hope you find this helpful! Good luck! Praying for you!
- This reply was modified 7 months, 4 weeks ago by Aesira.
"Lie is so unmusical a word" - Dowager Countess of GranthamJuly 5, 2023 at 3:42 pm #157999Abrielle@abrielle
Hi. I’d write with advice about Nahim, but I honestly don’t know the answer. However, I still wanted to reply, if only to let you know that people hear. So . . . I wrote this. Also, I know it doesn’t convey the half of the comfort you need, but I’m so sorry about your Grandmother.
When I was younger, my family lived in China. We were missionaries there to the Tibetans. We lived in a huge city, but the dream was to be able to move out onto the Tibetan plateau, which we visited often. I loved the plateau, its wide-open spaces and beautiful mountains. I had a dream of growing up there, learning the language, hiking the hills. I wished to call the wilderness home.
That never happened. I was twelve when we moved back to the US, and I never got to know the joys or the hardships of living on the plateau. It was a long time before I was able to fully give up my dream, to trust God with the future. Even now, I mourn what could have been.
I still don’t know what God’s dream for me is, but day by day, I learn to let go of my own hopes, and trust God a little more.
True story, by the way. Praying for you, RAE.
Do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will be anxious about itself.July 15, 2023 at 8:42 am #158036RAE@rae
New characters causing a headache. Alpha and Grathmere. If you’ve seen my other posts about them, then you will know they are father and son. You will also know I’m trying to end the long thing with Grathmere since in FA (Fettian Age) he is kinda weak since Alpha and the Assassin Clones defeated him and he’s been causing some trouble ad the Fettians are after him as well as the Realn who are now part of the Fettians…And C (big brother and creator of the Fettians as well as the one who lets me figure out all the writing and get all the headaches and my biggest inspirer) has wanted to kill Grathmere ever since like, I told him about the idea for The Returns (in which said Grathmere is defeated.) And if you haven’t already guessed by Alpha defeating his father, Grathmere is an Antag and father and son have a very broken relationship. I want to somehow help that relationship…or forever make it a gap. Alpha’s sister I think fixes the gap between her and Grathmere but as i describe her in another post, she is a flower-sweetened girl meaning even though she is centuries older than Alpha, she is more likely to love her father again and also since she is a Nameless Thing ad never saw war for like…a vast majority of her life, she is a sweet woman who sometimes is more like a girl. She also never saw Grathmere’s bad side until after The Returns. Stark opposite of war-hardened Alpha who from the very beginning has only known war and fighting. he doesn’t care that Leahae got her paradise planet and flowers, his knives and duels and spars suit him well. I think to fix the relationship even a little bit with Leahae is easy but Alpha… I think in the end it must come down to a last battle between father and son. This is how I feel. But who shall win? This is a shape-shifting nameless Thing with unknown full powers against his son who is to young (for a Nameless Thing) to learn how to use the powers that he MIGHT have.But Alpha also is a very elite fighter especially with knives. he also has in his possession a knife from a man named Abdeel whom he met in one of his Galactic expeditions that could (maybe) kill Grathmere and only Alpha can use it and one of his sons, Nahum.
**Nahum gets angry because I used the wrong name of his. Sorry, buddy, I’ll tell them about your profile and your name fiasco later**
He’s also a headache-maker when I get into him. But I’m wondering what is going to happen. This is elite but to young and unmagical Alpha with special knife that may or may not work against Nameless Thing shapeshifter guy who has powers that no one knows the extent of and has lived for like thousands upon thousands of years (maybe close to a million since his kind were around in the Starlight Ages). I mean Alpha has defeated him before but that was basically Grathmere’s army destroyed, guards and right hand helper killed, his own son there, not afraid to kill him, and he saw there was no more hope for him so he just…fled. After a spectacular show of some of his powers but fled nonetheless.
Alright, finished with my rant. What do you guys think? I’ve got years before The Returns and The Returns doesn’t cover Grathmere’s death but I like complete stories (hence the four other books after the one I’m writing now.) I have gotten advice on this subject but i can’t 1) see Grathmere there 2) see that working out and 3) unsatisfying ending for me. Do you think this is a good idea? Who should win the Last Battle?
O light to us that wander here
Amid the world of woven trees!
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