Friday, November 28, 2008

Myth Makers, Pt. 3/ST:TOS Marathon "The Enemy Within"

I've been talking about how men love myths, create myths and can become myths themselves, if they embrace the True Myth (as Tolkien called it) - the story and message of Christianity.

There is a very strong reason that men do not embrace Christ and ask God to forgive them on the basis of His sacrifice. The reason is universal, for all people and all ages. It is found when we criticize our leaders, argue amongst ourselves and our lack of compassion for those not as strong as us. You can be of any age and any background and discover it.

"We have met the enemy, and he is us," quipped Pogo, playing on the usual victory message "We have met the enemy and he is ours!" (or as we hear so often online "All your bases belong us!" ;) )

The truth and mythical allure of Jesus Christ is based on Him paying for the sins of mankind.

But if a man does not believe he has sinned - is truly in the wrong - he will not personally ask Jesus Christ to pay for his sins. In other words, if we believe collectively and individually that we are not sinful, selfish and in need of a blood sacrifice to save us from hell, the cross of Christ is "much ado about nothing" as Oswald Chambers puts it.

From My Utmost for His Highest, November 21st:

Never build your case for forgiveness on the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. That contradicts the revealed truth of God in Jesus Christ. It makes the Cross unnecessary, and the redemption "much ado about nothing."

God forgives sin only because of the death of Christ. God could forgive people in no other way than by the death of His Son, and Jesus is exalted as Savior because of His death. "We see Jesus . . . for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor . . ." ( Hebrews 2:9 ). The greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— "It is finished!" ( John 19:30 ). That is the final word in the redemption of humankind. Anything that lessens or completely obliterates the holiness of God, through a false view of His love, contradicts the truth of God as revealed by Jesus Christ.

Never allow yourself to believe that Jesus Christ stands with us, and against God, out of pity and compassion, or that He became a curse for us out of sympathy for us.

Jesus Christ became a curse for us by divine decree. Our part in realizing the tremendous meaning of His curse is the conviction of sin. Conviction is given to us as a gift of shame and repentance; it is the great mercy of God. Jesus Christ hates the sin in people, and Calvary is the measure of His hatred.

We have this inner demon - or inner nature - that is concerned only about self. It wages war for its own pleasures and joys. It does not care for others. It doesn't listen to the pain of the world, being so self-consumed. We hear it in the whine of Cain AFTER he murders his brother Abel, upset that his "punishment is more that [he] can bear!"

You kill a good and noble man serving God with his very best and you are whining to God about having to wander? Whoa there, Cain.

Its the Christmas season and we're out buying gifts. This day is also known and feared as the most hideous day of shopping for the entire year. Retailers call it "Black Friday". The day the masses descend upon the malls to purchase all their presents, having the day off after Thanksgiving - the day we are to celebrate giving thanks to the God of the universe. I wonder how many families sacrificed their joy by shopping today? I wonder how many are still recovering from the pain of their gathering together?

How many competent, normally sane adults found out, like Kirk did, that there is an enemy within?

Yeah. We think we are "the captain", don't we? We look at ourselves in the mirror and say "I'm the CAPTAIN of my life!'

No. You are not. Or at least, only for a moment in time.

If we want to be "true" myths, like Christ, and by that I mean real and impacting lives wisely, we have to admit we are NOT the captains of our souls. That evil and sin dwell in us. And despite the message of this episode, that compassion and kindness means losing your ability to command, the message of Christ is that the "meek will inherit the Earth". Not the weak. Not the cowardly or undecisive. The meek.

Those who serve others, who accept that Jesus Christ paid for their evil and fully intends to cure them of it. Those who accept they are wrong and God is right.

The meek do not inherit THIS Earth, by the way. It is the "new heavens and earth" spoken of in the book of Revelations. Or in other words, the Captain of the Cross is going to promote us, if we admit He is Lord.

We can go around grunting and screaming and drinking, chasing our lusts, or we can admit our sin, our wickedness and ask for help.

Not all men are completely blind. Many do what they can to help many out of recognition that it is right to be good and merciful and loving. They DO listen to this compass of the heart. But only Christ can empower a man to do far above and beyond his natural human nature.

And only Christ can save a man from hell. From enemies without -and enemies within.


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