THE HAUNTING WAIL OF SHADOWS
The ‘naked’ man casts his life in layers and layers of secrecy. Each of these layers in turn casts a shadow in his subconscious. They haunt him all his life. Like trapped spirits, in silent but incessant wails, they cry to be released into oblivion, the land of no-return. But Fear and Shame, death’s invincible guardian angels stand guard over his ‘nakedness’ which is nothing but ‘dark secrets’ held captive in his darkened soul.
From clothing of distinction, to telling deeds of so-called high moral grounds, to high-walled monasteries or secluded habitats, to upgraded social rankings and the pursuit of it with dogged determination, to unbridled arrogance, to brash boastfulness, to religion, and most of all, to denial of God – ARE ALL NOTHING BUT MAN’S FUTILE ATTEMPTS AT VAIN COVER-UPS OR SELF-LAYERING.
Futile, yes, but nevertheless successful to a great extent, which is why having thus succeeded in making ‘himself’ opaque in the eyes of fellow-man, he willfully lives the comforting LIE of inscrutability. And the wails, which continue undeterred, is seemingly subdued and pushed into the darkest recesses of his subconscious mind.
HOWEVER, UNBEKNOWN TO MOST, IN THE ALL-SEEING LIGHT OF GOD’S WORD, THEY ONLY END UP MAKING THEMSELVES ALL THE MORE CONSPICUOUS. For example, refer Ps 90:8, “You have set our iniquities before You, OUR SECRET SINS in the Light of Your Presence.”
For man is one and the same, whether male or female, American or Russian, Jew or Gentile, black or white, religious or atheist, rightist or leftist, rich or poor, prince or pauper, robust or invalid, all are same and their innate troubles and needs the same too.
No matter how one is born, c-section or normal delivery for instance, nowhere is this sameness more pronounced than in one’s ‘BLOOD-STAINED NAKEDNESS’ and ‘UTTER HELPLESSNESS’ at birth.
In that, ‘man’ – meaning both the male and the female – haven’t progressed at all from WHEN THEY WERE CREATED to WHEN THEY BEGAN TO BE BORN, have they?
As it is, it is a testament to their digression. The former were not infantile and therefore not helpless as the latter, and were definitely without the stain.
However, both their obvious and undeniable ‘nakedness’ testify to their true selves as much as it does to the infallible Word of God, and we may in all fairness and equanimity begin by admitting that THE MIGHT OF MAN IS NOTHING BUT THE MITE OF MAN.
For those who do not know, understand that while the ‘spiritual nakedness’ of the created ‘man’ exposed his vulnerability to sin, the ‘physical nakedness’ of the birthed ‘man’, meaning one conceived and birthed of the seed of man, exposes his guilt and inherent subservience to it.
INDEED, THE DECEIVER HAS DESIGNED SIN IN SUCH A WAY SO AS TO LEAVE AN INDELIBLE MARK ON THE SINNER. And, who among mankind is exempt from its tell-tale stamp?
So, while the Word of God testifies to the truth, each one of us rather unwittingly goes about substantiating it to the hilt.
Therefore, no matter how man goes about covering up or concealing himself and his misdeeds, they remain exposed before the holy God. And just as it is written – all his coverings shrivel up like leaves and are blown away with the wind to expose his ‘stark nakedness’ and to seal his woe! Eg. Isa 65:6.
[This is why super-righteous Job testified on behalf of all mankind when he confessed, “Naked I come from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart.” (Job 1:21a). All those who can understand will realize he wasn’t referring to an unheard-of ‘naked’ funeral!]
Unfortunately for the fallen man in general, though this is THE FIRST LESSON God taught him, THIS WILL BE THE LAST HE WILL EVER LEARN IN HIS FALLEN STATE! Refer Gen 3:7-9.
Why? Because till date man believes all he needs is a new and better camouflage, a new and better smokescreen. As is most distinctly evident among his leaders who go about ferreting luxurious bunkers and tunnels for themselves in earth’s deep bowels, foolishly assuming that they can ensure their well-being after conveniently pushing the rest of the world into the eye of nuclear or chemical warfare.
That is why the Word of God confirms, ‘man’ and all his deeds will be exposed. Nothing will remain concealed (eg. Matt 10:26). FOR ONLY THEN MAN WILL REALIZE HE HAS NOWHERE TO HIDE AND WILL AT LONG LAST BE READIED TO FACE HIS GOD!
Refer Amos 9:2-4, “Though they dig down to the depths of the grave, from there My hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens, from there I will bring them down…… Though they hide from Me at the bottom of the sea…“ Also, Obad 1:4, “’Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the Lord.” Even DEATH will cease to be a refuge (Isa 28:17-19)!
The extent of man’s cover-up can be envisaged by the fact that his complete exposure will come about only with the revelation of the ultimate man of lawlessness – the last of the ‘false messiahs’ or the last of the so-called ‘godmen’ – and with him also the exposure of the rest of mankind who will constitute his great global following!
UNRAVELING THE GREATEST OF MAN’S GUILTY SECRETS:
As is obvious from the beginning, man’s need for secrecy and cover-up stemmed forth after his fall or disobedience to God. He didn’t own up then, and he hasn’t owned up since. Instead, having had his eyes opened to his ‘nakedness’ or his ‘sinful nature’, he has only grown from sin to sin and thereby intensified his need for more cover-ups. The signs of which become evident in his childhood itself. For example, his need to lie or to put the blame on another – exactly as it was patterned by his first father.
While a lie or name-blaming in children is passed off as puerile, what goes unnoticed is that consequently the foundation to subtler and greater cover-ups is firmly inlaid. And so it progresses and manifests into all sorts of layering as cited earlier, the well-polished veneer of goodness included!
In this article I wish to particularly highlight the greatest of man’s guilty secrets for obvious and not-so-obvious reasons which obviously I wish to make apparent alongside:
Even though this world’s teachings will have us believe ‘sex’ is the most natural thing and nothing to be ashamed of or to be covered up, IT IS A FACT THAT THE GREATEST OF MAN’S GUILT OR THE GREATEST OF MAN’S GUILTY SECRETS IS ‘SEXUAL’ IN NATURE.
It is also one of his earliest. Because, it is something that can gain easy access into a person’s life, even in the earliest childhood possible! It is also something that will remain etched in his memory, literally scarring him for the rest of his life.
A child may forget most of his truants, his pranks and almost all his lies, but he will never forget that which made him feel ‘innately’ dirty, ashamed and (sadly) as it is in many cases ‘curiously excited’ at the same time.
Because, the perpetrators, the cruel marauders of a child’s innocence, are adults or people comparatively much advanced in age. To a child’s mind an adult is someone he looks up to. How much more so when he or she is the next of kin, an immediate neighbor, a trusted friend, a teacher, a religious leader or a parent-figure or sometimes even a parent? Indeed, these are the worst kinds, for they go about it in the subtlest way possible which I believe in today’s term is called ‘grooming’. By the time, they go at it full on, the victims – never mind how young – end up becoming complicit too.
To the extremely vulnerable kinds – the neglected children (whether at home or outside) – this attention from an adult appears attractive, a tempting short-cut to an otherwise elusive adult world. And it is too late by the time they find themselves entrenched in something that has totally spiraled out of their control.
Nevertheless, for that reason alone, the guilt THAT WILL eventually and most definitely rear its head in his or her subconscious is beyond compare! It is the greatest tragedy of all – one that literally destroys heaven in a child! For children in their innocence and trusting humility is the easiest representation of Heaven’s chosen (Matt 18:2-4).
Here’s an apt quote from personal work of quotes I’d like to share:The trusting are like little children Who give one a glimpse of heaven; To mar or destroy the trusting Is to mar or destroy heaven on earth.
Just think, whom can such a person go to, to whom can he entrust himself? Who can rid him of his gnawing agony? And, who can wash away all the filth and erase all the unwanted memories?
What does he do? Pretend it is normal and carry on in the same manner with every other person that comes his way? What about the trauma of the branding that will follow? Or, worse, having evaded being caught, to himself turn a successful perpetrator which will certainly be enabled thanks to his skillful mastery of deceit?
Believe me, this world is not equipped to meet the underlying needs of such a person. And to realize that they sum up the entire population, yes, ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT EXCEPTION! Let no one deceive you into pretending it is only someone or other’s pet woe. Face the fact, it is everybody’s, yours included!
It is that which corrupts this world like nothing else. It is that which saps man’s conscience to keep the parade and trade of flesh going and going strong.
Like the broken egg of the ‘humpty dumpty’ fame, all of this world’s psychologists, healers, counselors or psychiatrists put together cannot put this broken humpty dumpty of a world together again.
So, where will all these people go? Where will they flee to? Will ignoring them make them disappear?
Definitely not! The most hardened of them will either take to dark-alleys of crime or to the flood-lit centre-stage of world’s arena, garnering a following for themselves through theatre, music, art, films and what have you, in an attempt to flush out all the filth within while they in their newly acquired celebrity status and glamorous sheen pretend to stay detached! If anything, as the Word testifies (Matt 15:18-19), they become all the more exposed.
Therefore, sadly, to make matters worse for them, all the glitzy fame and all the razzmatazz will not dull those haunting cries, their child-like desperation to be comforted, to be loved worthily.
And, it is always too late by the time, like the proverbial pied-piper of Hamelin, we find themselves disappear into the land of no-return, leading an entire generation of this world’s deluded children after them!
THE RULE WITHOUT THE EXCEPTION:
Who has the fool-proof plan against the battery of ‘sexual’ assault out there in the world waiting to ensnare an individual at any given age? For, the rule of the world is beastliness. THIS IS THE ‘ANIMAL KINGDOM’, with the male of the man, the ultimate beast, perched atop as the ‘prince of darkness’, whose voyeuristic instincts has no parallel. It is not his desire that there be any exception to his rule, and to be sure, he has ensured just that.
So while the psychologists, the counselors, the healers etc. etc. go about making a living out of it, the market doesn’t run dry as victims after victims continue to spill into their couches thanks to the overflow.
For who can deny that corruption begins very early on? And that too from within the safe walls of one’s own home!
To begin with, who can route out the misleading seeds of curiosity planted in a child’s mind by its own parent’s or parents’ misbehavior? Who can abort the copious supply of covert material that is available at every nook and cranny – even schools, so-called places of worship or even playgrounds? What about the at-home exposure from media – be it print, audio or visual? Likewise, what about the lurid posters and advertisements that thrust themselves on one and all out on the streets wherever they turn?
What about the most-selling-propaganda of marriage doing their umpteenth round with the sole motto of ‘CATCH THEM YOUNG’ so that even a toddler is encouraged to seek a partner of such nature? For instance, which toddler in these times can escape the ‘oh-so-innocent-query’ about its ‘boy-friend’ or ‘girl-friend’ as the case may be from an ‘oh-so-innocent-a-well-wisher’?
What about fairy tales or the new and improved versions of them that come packaged in attractive Disney movies that are welcomed into the ‘safest environment’ of every home? What about the ‘all-so-suggestive’ novels and books students have to compulsorily read and reproduce in summaries in the name of literature? Or, what about those blaring popular songs, pounding on every man’s breathing space, inducing even a toddler to lisp along which smack of nothing but obscenities?
Even if they are so-called Christian songs of the modern-day, sung in gratingly ingratiating sounds of drug-infused youths who have no qualms about belting out the blasphemous idea of a ‘physical god’ who is obviously no different than their existential or imaginary lovers? What about the overtly religious idea of teaching even a child to start praying for a ‘good’ spouse?
Talking about Christianity, has anybody questioned, ‘What has the biblical inclusion of the book of ‘Song of songs’ got to do with the Word of God’? Has it occurred to any believer, all that this filthy work of flesh is meant to do is to serve the said purpose of the ‘prince of darkness’?
So, who is safe from the demoralizing work of darkness? At what age is one truly safe from the world’s push-it-down-your-throat propaganda of ‘sex’? Who is not a prey? And who hasn’t in some measure or the other been beguiled into preying?
For it is obvious, if only we are willing to open our eyes and see that the tarnishing of human subconscious begins far too early and far too easily to be stopped! A child doesn’t have to wait till a pedophile gets it, does it? As it stands, the definition of a pedophile suddenly becomes far too extensive and will include almost everybody save for the hapless youngsters who are groomed and preyed upon!
Indeed, as it so rightly reminds, Ps 68:30a, “Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations.”
LIVE AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT:
To those who have the gumption to acknowledge the truth, I bring the good news. They can rest assured that they will find the rest of the journey here with me a smooth-sailing passage to absolute Freedom and Light. Because, that is the purpose of this article, as also the earnestness of my prayer for you.
FIRSTLY, as the Word of God reiterates, let us consciously choose to live as children of Light: “Put your trust in the Light while you have it, so that you may become sons of Light.” (Jn 12:36).
Let us fully understand that God has called us to be the ‘light’ of this world (Matt 5:14-16). Therefore, having come to the Light, it will not do to continue to live by the principles of darkness. As Jesus so clearly puts it, read Matt 6:23b, “If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
For there are those who do so and their condemnation HAS BEEN AFFIRMED. As it is THE WORLD ITSELF STANDS CONDEMNED BECAUSE OF THE THINGS THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO SIN (Matt 18:7a). AS ALSO STANDS CONDEMNED THE ONE THROUGH WHOM THEY COME (Matt 18:7b).
SECONDLY, refer Eph 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are ‘light’ in the Lord. Live as children of Light.”
Therefore, as it is written, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather EXPOSE THEM. For it is shameful to mention what the disobedient do in SECRET. But everything exposed by the Light becomes visible, for it is Light that makes everything VISIBLE…” (Eph 5:11-14)
“So then, let us not be like others (who belong to the night or darkness), who are asleep, BUT LET US BE ALERT AND SELF-CONTROLLED.” (1 Thess 5:6) “This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” (Eph 5:14b).
THIRDLY, understand that the darkness or the dark shadows of our past, when we lived as ‘naked’ and ‘helpless’ children of darkness, as reeds among the beasts, were things beyond our control.
Therefore, understand that there is only One to whom we can go with our darkest secrets, with our gnawing agony and confidently unburden ourselves. For HE AND ONLY HE is able to separate our iniquities from us and make them disappear into a land of no-return (eg. Ps 103:12, Mic 7:19 etc.). How?
Remember, IF OUR CONDEMNATION COMES FROM HIM, THEN SURELY OUR VINDICATION CAN ALSO ONLY COME FROM HIM (eg. Isa 54:17). Therefore, understand that only He has proved Himself TRUSTWORTHY by keeping His Word and becoming the Perfect and Holy Sacrifice for our sins.
So let not your iniquities separate you from Him (Isa 59:2). Rather, let your iniquities be separated from you so you can draw nigh unto Him.
Because, then He will also clothe you, meaning He will Himself cover your ‘nakedness’ for, again as it stands, ONLY HE IS ABLE TO. Just as He taught and demonstrated to the first ‘man’ by then clothing them symbolically (Gen 3:21). And, just as it reinstates in Rev 19:8a, or just as it was actually and ‘exemplarily’ demonstrated when He clothed Joshua the priest in Zech 3:3-7 and yet again when He clothed His martyrs in Rev 6:11.
FOURTHLY, do not be hasty to minister as servants of God. Grow in the Light first, into Spiritual maturity, through careful obedience and faithful perseverance. Only after having thus equipped, empowered and enriched yourself by the Spirit, should you venture forth.
REMEMBER AND UNDERSTAND, if the condemnation has already come upon the world because of the things that cause people to sin (Matt 18:7), how much more will the condemnation be on the one who causes “A BORN-AGAIN CHILD OF GOD” to sin (Matt 18:6)!
Refer Matt 18:6, “But if anyone CAUSES one of these little ones WHO BELIEVE IN ME to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” In other words, so severe will be the Judgment that will come upon such a one.
So as children of Light, meaning we who are born of the Holy Spirit and the Word ought to continue to be raised by THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WORD ONLY in order that we may worthily serve as servants of God.
LASTLY, having thus confessed and discarded the old sinful ways, let us continually flood our innermost being with the Light of God’s Word. Let His Light shine through and through until we become emboldened and strengthened in the Spirit to live transparently before the world so that all may see the difference and praise our Father in Heaven like it says in Matt 5:16.
Understand that opaqueness is not a Heavenly characteristic. This is why as opaque people of this world we had failed to reflect the glory of the Lord. (For those who are still in the dark, understand that Heaven is where everything is transparent, even its streets and walls. This is why Heaven radiates the majestic glory of the Lord through and through, the brilliance of which is such that there is no need either for the sun or the moon.)
For, where there is Holiness – the surpassing and majestic holiness of God – there is nothing to hide!
In conclusion, I will just quote a few verses from Ps 32. “Blessed is he whosetransgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” (Ps 32:1-2)
For only through confession comes the forgiveness of God and only through His forgiveness comes the true covering for our sins.
“Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not COVER UP my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’ – and You forgave the guilt of my sin.’” (Ps 32:5)
“Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to You while You may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.” (Ps 32:6).