(The parable of the infatuated young man)
Nathan Bond, June 2004
A young man went to a place of learning and fell in love with a beautiful young woman. He gifted her with flowers and chocolates and airtime. The young woman had many temptations as she had many suitors.1 The captain of the First XV2 wanted her. The rising young professor of physics wanted her. Even the rag queen looked upon her with lust. The young man knew of her temptations and wanted her all to himself, but of her own free will. Therefore he allowed her free reign on campus in the hope of her choosing him above all her other (suitors). And it came to pass that the young woman knew3 the rugby captain and that she did feel regret and that she did find comfort in the arms of the professor of physics. And she went forth and knew first the back line, and then the tight five and then the loose forwards of the rugby team. And she then did turn upon the bench and knew them all. First the replacements and thereafter the impact players. And she did regret her actions and went on to her abode. But as she passed her on the streets, she went in with the rag queen and knew her and then she did flee, as her burden was heavy.
The wrath of the young man flared against his lover and he pursued her for many days and when he did find her, he took her and her child and carried them off to a distant location where he did torture them for many days. And when the young man was apprehended he told his captors that he did love the young woman and that she was the apple of his eye.
Free Will. Yeah. Right.
We despise the young man’s dreadful action, yet when God acts accordingly, people build him cathedrals and sing his praises. Religion… no insult great enough, no greater lie has anyone.
1 Greek peirazo, tempter.
2 Greek theriomacheo, to fight with wild beasts; met. to be exposed to furious hostility, cf. 1 Co. 15.32.
3 Greek porneia, fornication, whoredom.