FEAR: THE SYMPTOM OF DIS-EASE – LENT 2020

FEAR: THE SYMPTOM OF DIS-EASE – LENT 2020

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They sewed fig leaves together and made clothes for themselves.
Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid.
I was afraid because I was naked.”
Genesis 3:7-10


Adam and Eve defied The Law of Human-Being-Ness: LOVE! Representing the family of mankind,  they passed on … “genetically” … so to speak … a DIS-EASED existence.
The Teacher says: Meaningless, Absurd, Enigmatic, Transient. Everything is useless … Completely useless! (Ecclesiastes 1)

Every disease has symptoms!
FEAR is THE SYMPTOM of the DIS-EASED!

 


By this time, the boat was already far away from land. It was being beaten by waves because the wind was blowing against it. Early
in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. The disciples were terrified, screaming in fear. But Jesus immediately spoke to them, “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.”  
(Matthew 14:24-27) Why were these men “terrified, screaming in fear!” “The boat was far away from land, beaten by waves because the wind was blowing against it.”  Obviously, their lives were “OUT-OF-CONTROL!”

 


When Adam and Eve pulled the plug from God, they were sucked into a black hole … a black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting gravitational acceleration so strong that nothing can escape from it. Wikipedia “Black Hole”  … completely OUT-OF-CONTROL!”

THE RESULTS? Compare! The man and his wife were both WITHOUT CLOTHES. (Genesis 2:25) They were transparent. They sewed fig leaves together and MADE CLOTHES. (Genesis 3:7) They became opaque!


This is the DNA of our existence. All behavior is fundamentally rooted in the irresistible drive to mask (“a manner that hides one’s true character”). “Hiding becomes universal.” (John Ortberg) “As the best observers of human nature know well, people are not as they appear. Well-constructed masks obscure fatal flaws and parts of self that are often massively discordant with appearances.” (Dr. David Benner)

“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games.” (The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning)


You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You burnish the surface of your cups and bowls so they sparkle in the sun, while the insides are maggoty. Stupid Pharisees!  You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds. (Matthew 23:26-28)

 

YOUR MASKS?