Christianity and Middle-Earth

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Light of Men

Lest I give the reader of my previous post the impression that I consider the “mercy-killers” damned for all eternity, let me assure you that I do not.

To the day of their deaths, they have the freedom to turn back, to recant their lies and rebellion and cast away their love of darkness, to plead for Light. I personally don’t think there could be any greater punishment for that unholy trinity—Felos, Greer and Schiavo—than to have their hearts and minds opened by God Almighty to what they are doing and have done.

(And I don't mean a convenient death-bed retraction; I mean wells of bitter sorrow overflowing in true anguish of repentence. Believe me, God can tell the difference.)

In that instant, they would desire death - but Love, in both sternness and pity, would offer forgiveness. Pray God that it will be in time to save Terri’s life.

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We humans are not condemned to walk always in shadow. There is high beauty forever beyond the reach of that shrouded land. It will lead us safe home if we will but turn and look up with conscience-stricken hearts.

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last…I am the bright and morning star.”

Two thousand years ago, an innocent walked steadfast into the belly of Mount Doom. His tale ended a little differently than Frodo’s, for Frodo is but an ephemeral type: Jesus of Nazareth was the reality and the Ring had no power over him.

And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?

But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.


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At the same time, we must hold this in mind, too:

Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; to turn aside the needy from judgment...

And this:

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

And this:

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.

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And yet, as long as there is breath, there is hope. For Terri - and for them all.

 

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