I’ve been into fantasy, art, fiction and similar things for a while now since I’ve been trying to draw, however, have found some…problem: In some of the works that I might have skimmed around, there were some depictions that, IIRC, had some similarity to things used in the Bible as symbolism of something “bad”.
For example, in some of said things, there’s stuff such as magic, “soul” usage or whatever, and some animals/creatures that, IIRC, were used in the bible as simbolisms of something really bad.
Chances are I could have been misinterpretting stuff and ended up with religious terrorism and now that’s why I kinda seem to be afraid of the chance liking goats/snakes/some mythological creatures could be the equivalent of worshipping something bad, but maybe I could ask here to be sure?
Could go with examples now:
-In the case of fiction, I could bypass Harry Potter, since it seems to have been widespread a while ago, However, could mention some videogames, for example, in some of them there’s souls, as materials for equipment, and in maaaaaany games where one can play a character that uses magic, which in some aspects can end up just looking like some form of science, but what when it’s something like Warlocks/Necromancers?
Not sure IIRC about how in the scriptures it’s mentioned that messing around with souls and magic is simply bad.
-Now, in the case of Mythology… Two words: Asian dragons. Why? They’re a bit long and not sure if they’re actually considered regal in them, Did I mention they were considered good guys/royal/nice/something?.
Meanwhile, closest thing on the religious sources? symbolism for a reeeeeally bad thing.
-OR the case that actually kinda made me ask about this anyways, I’ve been doing art stuff for a while, and wanted to see if I could join some people so I could draw for a setting with several people, problem is the setting’s about a king… Who is a snake, and there’s apparently a prophecy for that king and stuff, also not sure if it’s the story’s “good guy” as well (I mean textually, not sure if even allowed to call the character such due to those “worry traits”), it doesn’t help that the character’s called several times the title and “Serpent” to boot, so it ain’t helping me from being apparently concerned/worried/terrorized/something due to scary similarities to a religious symbolism of a REALLY evil thing.
So I wanted to ask some questions just to make sure that I at least get some of the worry off: Would it be considered an immoral act to partake in entertainment that shows any of those things?
I mean, to play any game that contain such symbolisms as usage of souls/magic/etc? Or to like any of those mythological creatures due to the religious sources’ use of them?
In that last question I would like to ask if it would be just plain wrong for me to participate in that story thing, it doesn’t seem to intentionally reference religious stuff, but would like to ask just in case given that the similarity seemed real scary…
Or the more general version of the question:
Are entertainment works that use themes and symbologies used in the scripture as bad, but that instead of using them as such, are sometimes put as neutral or even somehow “good” in-story, to be considered bad? and thus any partaking or working in such a thing considered bad too? as in, we MUST rebuke any depictions of snakes/goats/magic/etc that aren’t exposed as bad due to clashing with scriptural symbolism?
Thanks if anyone can help a bit with this, it’s kinda been nagging me for a while.