After one of my favorite days of the year, the one day of the year I watch one of my favorite movies of the year in celebration, you’d be hard pressed to guess that I’ve have V on the brain today. Despite the ‘gunpowder, treason, and plot’ swirling ’round my mind all day, I didn’t expect this marvelous story to actually influence my day much. Until I got into a comment thread. I had a very respectable dialogue on Christianity with a Christian who was actually willing to listen and appreciate my views. In the end we agreed to disagree in the most polite terms and went our merry ways. It was extremely refreshing.
During the dialogue, however, I came upon a revelation. The original topic began regarding people who have never experienced Christianity and what their fate is in the Christian doctrine. The evolved into God’s wants of us in terms of Christianity, and his reward/punishment system for us. The analogy was presented by my discussion companion of a doctor. We humans are ‘infected’ with the virus of sin. God is the doctor specialist who can cure us of this virus if we only go to the office and visit him, and do as he prescribes us. I did admit it was a pretty good analogy…
Except that God is the one who created the virus and infected us in the first place. God allows the existence of the virus of sin, allows us to be vulnerable to that virus (all while having the omnipotent power to destroy the virus of sin, or make us immune to it.) God then develops the cure of salvation for the virus of sin. So God says to himself, “What do?” His decision? Infect his creation with the virus, and then hold the cure over their heads.
Sound familiar? If you haven’t seen V for Vendetta, then I will give you a little plot summary. The current government of England is practically dictatorial, and declares divine inspiration is backing its government. Said government came to power after several very deadly outbreaks of what is later called a biological terrorist attack. The biological attacks, on an elementary school, a subway station, and a water treatment plant, kill over 80,000, and coincidentally happen around the time of the elections. The now-dictator wins the election, and lo and behold, not a month later, a cure to the biological virus is found and mass produced for all. Turns out *SPOILERS* the now-dictator and his lackies developed the virus and the cure themselves (which ends up being the origin of V himself). Once the virus and cure were both in their hands, they debated how best to use both to gain power. One lacky suggests that, to gain the most guaranteed and easily withheld power, they should be used on their own people, not as an act of war against another country. And it works.
You see the parallel now? Let me put it in steps:
- Government/God creates virus/sin.
- Government/God creates cure/salvation.
- Government/God releases virus/sin upon its subjects.
- Government/God offers cure/salvation from virus/sin, for a price – total compliance, obedience, and submission.
- (And lets not forget the incredibly ridiculous punishments for disobedience…)
What makes the God example worse is that He not only creates the capacity for sin, creates the saving grace from sin, but creates His subjects, we human beings, with the capacity to contract the virus of sin in the first place. All while having the omnipotent power to prevent ALL of it. I know there are people who find comfort in the Christian God and His ways, basically because they think they’re on His good side. I just don’t get it.