They’d say the time is high nigh for taking out books on end of the world scenarios but in the first months of the latest worldwide catastrophe that would have been unthinkable as people were wanting uplifting positive stories. And this is still the case in many places. I remember watching the Care Bears Movie during lockdown, one, because I was strangely curious, and two, it sounded quite a pleasant movie to watch during the time. I didn’t mind seeing those teddies spread their love and care around to those in need. It even had one of those ‘this is why he’s like this’ scenarios and the care bears tried to help him on that, as unlikely as this whole reason for being sort of thing might be for children’s movies, given it is something adults may understand more than kids, yet kids may learn something about being understanding….
A few weeks earlier I was called by a relative and gave my view on the pandemic in the ‘heat of the moment’, as I was trying to piece together a complicated jigsaw from various pieces of information, and wondered aloud if we were in the ‘end times’. It’s something that occurs to me often when a plague occurs, probably because the impression I get in times like these is built on what I hear and believe about out of control events. But as we moved out of lockdown I calmly realized life was getting back back to normal and I had feared what could have happened if we had been getting closer to the end in sudden fashion, due to perhaps paying attention to all those last times preachers.
On the way, God cannot be in some small far flung corner of the universe although some lovely science fiction writer may like to write it so, a piece of far out fiction.
In my previous post I wrote about the flesh, I explained that the flesh is the vessel in which ‘lives’ that thing called sin. I likened sin to a worm in the flesh, where that worm can climatize if we let it. After I wrote that, I was thinking about the origins of the flesh. Here is what I think.
Have you heard about the flesh? Or the sins of the flesh? It’s mentioned in the Bible and some churches still talk about it. Understanding what the flesh is came clear to me when I reviewed my review of Amadeus. I then realized that what was happening in Amadeus was a reflection of walking in the flesh or going down the pathway of the flesh. I saw that once one is walking in the flesh, it’s possible to stumble and fall into a sin (sin is a violation of God’s law).
In Amadeus, Salieri plotted and schemed murderously Mozart’s downfall. He was walking in the flesh and it gave birth to sin. When I thought about this some more, I saw in my mind’s eye, and this is just my personal impression, that the flesh was like a horrible looking organism. It looked like the darkened insides of a fleshly organism that had it guts taken out. Inside, was a squiggling worm. The image I saw was horrible. That worm was sin.
We can all walk in the flesh that leads to a sin. But if we decide we want to follow Jesus, we will keep on asking him to help overcome the desires of the flesh.
Jesus has overcome sin. What better one as a helper. In fact there is no one else who can help us overcome sins. In Amadeus, Salieri rejected Jesus. But Jesus was who he needed, to help him.