In the second part of our series, let’s cast spotlight on similarities on Corona virus and a disease far deadlier than it even whilst exploring remedies for the same…
Cause and Cue…
“You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:14-15 ESV)
There is no doubt as to where Corona virus outbreak began: Wuhan, China. The jury is still out on the cause behind it all at the moment, annd time alone will give us the right answer. In regards to sin, there is no doubt as to its origin or the cause behind it all! No complexity here!
After the Almighty God through His Eternal Son created the Heavens, with angels in a certain hierarchical system therein as His subjects, and the Earth (Col 1:16), there was perfect order in the cosmos for some time. One day, however, and none of us knows exactly “when” for “The secret things belong to the Lord our God…” (Deu. 29:29 NIV), something changed. Note the following:
“You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God, I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly, in the far reaches of the north; will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High, But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit…'” (Isa 14:12-15 ESV
…There was rebellion by an archangel who lusted for God’s throne (we see sins of lust of the eyes and pride of life in his rebellion) resulting in his fall from God’s Grace.
No excuse whatsoever is there for this tragic, far-reaching rebellion of the Devil. The creation, which ultimately owes its very existence to the Creator, needs to be subject to the Good Creator rather than being independent of Him! Oh, how much is our Heavenly Father’s joy linked to our act of being subject to Him!
Ah…now we come to the crux of the matter. Sin, unwrapped of all its fanciful trappings, is the exact opposite of humble subjection to the Creator. In other words, it is all about acting independent of the Creator God without being humbly subjected to Him, resulting in the loss of right relationship (read righteousness) with Him. This act of coming out of humble subjection is invariably intertwined with pursuance of an “apparent benefit” (not a benefit at all per se… The greatest benefit lies in being humbly subject to the Creator’s will!), which matters more to the sinner (in Satan’s case, it was about sitting in God’s throne) at that tragic moment than the right relationship with the Creator. We forget that He rejoices in seeing His precious creation being subject to Him, and He grieves at the rejection of His authority. The invisible cue, or the “prompter” behind this act of coming out of humble subjectivity and causing grief to the Creator, can be called in other words, Pride-the bane of the Devil.
If any one of us are reasoning that sin originated in the Garden of Eden, it is time we revise our opinion. It began in the heavenly realm before the creation of the Garden of Eden, with the culprit behind its origin being Satan and his innate and the invisible prompter behind it all being pride.
Contaminate and Consequences…
If Corona virus, having originated from Wuhan in China, spread in Wuhan, first taking a heavy toll therein before spreading throughout the globe, then sin, which began in the Heavenly realm, initially started spreading there (1/3rd of the angels sadly joined the Satan’s rebellion — See Rev. 12:4) before later spreading its wicked tentacles into the pristine Garden of Eden and to all of God’s precious, innocent children.
Even the first sin in the Garden of Eden was not committed by our first parents, but by the Devil Himself, when he “hissed” the first lie therein … “Thou shalt not die (when you eat the forbidden fruit.” (Gen. 3:4 KJV)). No wonder, he is called the father of all lies by our Saviour Himself (See John 8:44)!
What happened in the Garden of Eden when the first temptation came the way of our first progenitors is now a sad, sad history — albeit not without hope of redemption! In fact, it replicated Devil’s original sin of the Heavenly realm in that our first parents cast aside the “blessed yoke” of humble subjection to God’s will, not caring a hoot for the right relationship with Him in the process. For them, the “the apparent benefits”, which would accrue out of stepping outside God’s domain of instructions, mattered more than His joy of they remaining within them.
Consequent to Satan projecting the “apparent benefits” to Eve, in her action of disobedience to the Divine instructions, which was nothing but lawlessness (See John 3:4), she proudly proclaimed her “independence of God” not so much with her lips as by her willful actions. The mega sins (See 1 John 2:16/Gen 3:6) were all exemplified in her action of disobedience:
a) Lust of the flesh: The tree was good for food;
b) Lust of the eyes: The tree was a delight to the eyes;
c) Pride of life: The tree would make her equal to God in knowing right and wrong.
Note that they all revolved around “a Tree of knowledge” located incidentally in the centre of her then known world, the Garden of Eden…
While Corona virus does not get transmitted from a parent to an offspring (I reiterate that studies have underscored this point), the far more deadly virus of sin gets transmitted from parent to child. Courtesy of the disobedience of our first parents, which signaled the advent of sin into mankind, the tragic consequence is: “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23; See also Rom. 5:12)! We all are born with the inherent independent rebellious sinful spirit giving us, with no desire whatsoever to live lives of humble subjection to the Creator to whom we owe our very existence. That very thought of being humbly subject to the Creator’s will is totally alien to us from birth. Nobody (neither our parents nor our school teachers in kinder garden) teaches how to tell a lie, but we pick up this lawless trait “naturally”. In the same manner, the trait of disobeying our parents’ simple instructions comes “naturally” to us, much in the manner our first progenitors disobeyed their Heavenly Father’s instructions.
Want proof? Ask any young and “innocent” Dennis the Menace as to why so very frequently, he finds himself in the rocking chair in a room’s corner! )Hey, I am missing my Newspaper comic strips…for that matter my favourite “Morninger” itself in these days when even its distribution seems to have been put in abeyance due to the fact that its “harmless” pages can carry the “harmful” virus! Nothing quite like flipping through the pages of one’s favourite newscarrier rather than poring over its digital version in a Smartphone … Sob)!
Prayer: Father, we are thankful for what all You in your infinite wisdom have permitted to happen recently. Enable your children your children to absorb meaningful lessons at this time and pass it onto the unchurched ones too in order they too can experience your redemptive love. Amen.
J and SM Ministries
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