“The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
If you haven’t figured it out by now, we are using Classical heroic archetypal characters, from various genres of fiction, to help better define for ourselves those aspects of the human condition that we wish to emulate. In order to do that, we must first identify the true source of these attributes.
The naturalist will argue that these attributes define for us our greatest aspirations. But if these are simply aspirations… how are they collective ? How can cultures that were never exposed to one another share these same aspirations? How is it that these attributes are timeless ? that they appear in different stories from different cultures throughout history ? How is that possible if these cultures never made contact? Did random genetic encoding cause our collective philosophical mindsets to aspire to the same set of values?
Our genetic encoding is not random. At the micro we find clear, defined, organized design. A design requires a designer. Genetic code is just that… code. For there to be code… someone must write code. A program requires a programmer. Intelligent design requires an intelligent designer.
What we see in these characters are aspects … not of mans aspirations… but of the designers true nature. Truth is what we are seeing reflected in these archetypes. A timeless, constant, universal truth that permeates all creation.While mans “glimpse of God may be blurred,” these characteristics send out a resonating “ping” calling him back to the truth of his existence.
Think of the characteristics of these archetypes : Love, Compassion, Mercy, Forgiveness, Redemption, Sacrifice, Selflessness, Intelligence, Strength, Justice, Truth,…you know the list.
The nature of God is what we see reflected in these attributes. These characters are nothing more than mans desire to reflect, as a mirror reflects, the nature of the God in themselves.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is
any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Phil 4:8)
May the Love of Christ be with you always….
…Live long and Prosper
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