The Apostolate of the Laity

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I am just a sinner who holds fast to the notion that every human being on the planet is the result of a thought of God.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

"Be like God"

It's fitting that Satan came to Adam and Eve in the form of a snake. A serpeant moves through a series of twists and turns. Often when it latches on to its prey, it contorts its body even more. In the Garden of Eden Satan beguiled Eve, saying, "You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." The Devil maneuvered and winded around the truth to appeal to Adam and Eve's human nature.

So Adam and Eve had this gift of eternal innocence, but chose to twist that gift. With just a little suggestion, suddenly the gift was not good enough. "Be like God" became their goal, not to do the will of God, but rather to fufill their own ego.

Often in our attempts to "be like God" we color the truth. These last few weeks, we've witnessed the horrific extremes of that. The man who bound those Amish school girls and then proceeded to execute them one by one had so perverted the truth about himself that he believed that this cruel act would release him from his demons. He had become his own god, probably for quite some time, and the result was simply the purest evil.

Back in the 1960's, man got in his mind that if he could be like God and more efficiently regulate the act of creating life then he would be happier. Instead of the serpent giving woman fruit from the tree of life, he gave her a pill, a birth control pill, from the tree of science. At last she would be free from that pesky risk of pregnancy and she could go forth into the world equal to man. A notion that has always baffled me as it clearly is a demotion in rank. She marched forward, burned her bra, legalized abortion, became responsible for her own orgasm (huh?), and became the super woman of the workplace who could juggle home, kids, carrer.

Meanwhile, man did exactly what Adam did in the Garden of Eden. Nothing. Zip. Nada. He stood by and watched. He abdicated his responsibility while at the same time he rejoiced in this new ability to also be free of any consequence of acting upon his own concupiscence. With the risk of pregnancy now within his domain, women were no longer viewed as potential mothers of his children but simply life support systems for vaginas. Hugh Heffner was the symbol of freedom for the Babyboom male.

Rightfully so, women were terribly offended by that and thus began the great emasculation of America. Men were told that their nature was flawed and that they needed to be more like women. If only men could be more sensitive, nurturing, and appreciative of fabric stores, then perhaps women could finally be happy. Oprah became their guru. Sensitivity training invaded corporate America and even the armed forces.

That didn't work. First of all, women discoverd that a feminized man just isn't attractive as he has no spine, and secondly, man really resented being emasculated eventhough he allowed it to happen. So each has retreated to their respective corners, (men to porn, women to Desperate Housewives,) and the outcome remains to be seen. All of this started by a desire to be like God and control that which is His to govern. The Devil is no doubt laughing all the way to the sperm bank.

Okay, this is a gross over-generalization of the world, today, but the fact remains that there are dangers, very real exposures to pain, when we supplant God's will with our own designs. It doesn't have to be this hard. Men, if you want a role model, look to Christ. Women by the same token look to Blessed Mother. They have far better solutions than Hugh or Oprah that are rooted in truth and infused with divine love.


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