I'm interested in getting a spectrum of opinions on this. Many authors write with a messianic representation in their fiction works. I've always been of the opinion that this is more than less a form of idolatry and diminishes the gospel (small "g" due to context) message. No one seems to handle this as well as Lewis but there's still a lot of problems with his portrayal of the Christ-type via Aslan. And of course there's The Shack and it's "way out there" portrayals which are abysmal to the point of heresy (my take on it). Is specific messianic metaphor, simile or subtext okay and acceptable in modern fiction? I pretend to be a writer on occasion and this issue had always been of great interest to me. I try to avoid any Christ-types and implore people to start with reading the book of John if their curious about Christ, and then go on from there rather than search for truth in fiction. And then taking it further, how far should a writer consider going with any other biblical metaphor, simile or subtext?