First and foremost I want people to live out their life’s by their convictions. If you are convicted of idolatry with your Tulpa I ask that you pray about it. Truth be said you can make an idol out of anything. You can make an idol out of your best friend you met in college just as easy as an imaginary friend. I don’t know how many times I had to pray and ask God to help me understand idolatry. I was so worried about my imagination being an idol, but this only made life more difficult than it had to be.
As previously mentioned in Imaginative Heart, I made an idol out of Face Book. In the final part of Imaginative Heart I mentioned how I got to facing suicide face to face. I questioned my existence and I asked myself if I should continue to live. All of this because I put more importance on my Face Book friends than I did on God. I ask that if your in the same boat as I was that you would send me a message. Click on my contact page and I will get in contact with you. Your not alone. Imagination is important and no one should feel shame for it.
How Does Idolatry Differ
Lets say you have a friend who stands out like a brother. You respect him and value his words of advice. You remember the day and place you two met. It was in an art class where the joy of your art began. That is where you realized you wanted to be an illustrator. Although these things may be true you would not call your friend an idol. You may consider him a mentor, but an idol? That is a bit of a stretch isn’t it?
So, what is an idol exactly? Websters Dictionary puts it like this, “Excessive admiration or devotion.” (idolatry) This definition is interesting to think about, but only one word seems to come through. The word that sticks out to me here is devotion. Who do you deeply respect and is the highest priority in your life?
I can’t think of any other verse that is so well known as Exodus 20:4 (ESV); “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or the waters below.” If we put this quote from the Bible into context, its not putting limitation on art or writing. If some one painted a picture of a Unicorn and said to himself “what a beautiful creature” then this too would be a sin. In context; however, this verse is talking about devotion.
When you put devotion to something you don’t just admire or love it like a brother/sister, you put it higher than God. Anything you value more than God is an idol. It is when you love some one so much you put more value on their advice than you do on scripture. It is when you put value on something and your sacrifice resources you had for God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 puts it like this: “so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all the glory of God.” (The Bible)
So, what exactly is a Tulpa? “A tulpa is an entity created in the mind, acting independently of, and parallel to your own consciousness. They are able to think, and have their own free will, emotions, and memories.” (Tulpa.info) A Tulpa is a thought form and in essence an idea of a character created in your mind. It can be something original, it can be something the person admires, or it could even be a copy of themselves in their mind. So long as your Tulpa does not cause you to have negative thoughts or become something you sacrifice all your resources for then its harmless.
To put it simply; that friend you have living in your imagination, even if it is real to you is not an idol or something you should worry too much about. Surely God and his word are more sacred to you than your Tulpa right? After all if authors can dream then why cant you?
“Idolatry.” The New Webster’s Concise Dictionary of the English Language, by Sidney I. Landau, Trident Press International, 2003, p. 352.
“Tulpa.info.” What Is a Tulpa? • Tulpa.info, http://www.tulpa.info/what-is-a-tulpa/.
“The Bible,” NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Zondervan, 2016.