A few days ago I asked my Facebook friends to name books or movies in which the main characters travel, by any means, to another world. And they did not dissapoint!! The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Harry Potter, The Neverending Story, just to name a few! Some of the most popular works of all time! Technically speaking, I was only asking different worlds – alternate universes – but if you expand the list to include time travel in this world, the list grows even longer (see full list below). I mean, how else could we get Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure on there?!
It’s fascinating to me that so many popular books and movies focus on this theme. The creator of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, once said,
“I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy;the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
And the book of Ecclesiastes tells us that God “has put eternity into man’s heart.” We were created with this longing that can only be satisfied by spending eternity in heaven with our Abba Father! It’s in our very DNA (even if we don’t realize it) and it leaks out all over the place. We were created for eternity, and bound by time… for now.
I sincerely believe ‘other-worldly travel’ is such a common theme in books and movies because writers and directors all experience this longing deep down inside. It fills their dreams and fires their imagination. Consequently, their created works become so popular because they strike a chord with every reader and every viewer. We’re entertained by the thoughts of another world, because it reminds us in some small way that we were created for more than this. There’s another world on the other side of death. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face.” -1 Corinthians 13:12
Just something I’ve been thinking about… By the way, did you realize that every human being will live for eternity? That’s right. Gandalf was correct when he said, “Death is just another journey. One that we all must take.” There is life after death in another place, but the choices we make here on earth will determine which place that will be – Heaven or Hell. If you haven’t already, place your faith in Jesus Christ. He is the only way you can get to heaven when you walk through the wardrobe of death. Before you read any of the other books listed here, pick up a Bible and read the book of John. It’s a great place to start.
Here’s the full list from my Facebook friends:
Disclaimer: I’m not familiar with everything listed (not even half), so I can’t be sure that all of these works fall under our theme of other-worldly travel or time travel, but it gives me a great list of books and movies to check out in the near future!