The Effects and CURE for Mankind’s Contagion

Posted: September 9, 2011 by jperritt in Thriller
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Yesterday we determined that every human being is designed for community, but every human being has been infected by a ‘virus’ called sin.  Let us get back to the garden to look at this a bit more closely.

Adam was created by God and God educated us that the first thing in creation which was not good was for man to be alone [Gen. 2:18].  He created Eve to be with Adam and the three of them dwelt together in perfect communion. However, Adam and Eve gave into the temptation of the serpent and lost perfect communion with God.  Instead of having perfect, immediate communion with God, it now must be mediated communion with God (Note: Tim Challies’ book The Next Story has a great chapter on this).  Our contagion put us into a quarantined (if you will) relationship from God.  But God, in his grace and faithfulness, did not leave us without a Cure.

In the movie, Dr. Leonora Orantes’ (Marion Cotillard) character is the one who attempts to find the source or origin of the virus.  The obvious hope of finding a source of the virus is also finding the cure.  Throughout the movie, paranoia begins to spread, because there are rumors about this cure.  It is said that the French and Americans have a cure, but they are keeping it to themselves.

This points us to our sin all the more.  Sin causes paranoia, fear, and hatred.  It causes all these things, because sin is smart.  It possesses a power over us. When speaking of the virus in the film, someone remarks, “It’s figuring us out faster than we’re figuring it out.”  Is this not true of our sin?  Our sin has got us pegged and owns us, in a sense.

It possesses such a power that the apostle Paul said, “I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” (Rom. 7:15, 19)

Just like the infected subjects in the film, Paul found that he too was infected with a virus that had infected his entire being.

There is no doubt that Contagion is a frightening thriller that resonates with most audiences.  However, the reality of our sin is something more alarming than anything a Hollywood screenwriter could conjure up.  Our sin infects mankind to the core and renders them capable of horrors that are only limited to the fallen human mind.

Unlike the phrase uttered in the film, “The truth is being kept from the world”, we cannot say that.  We know both the origin and the Cure of our contagion. The origin is us, we rebelled against God and ushered in sin, but he did not leave us to ourselves.  Rather, he provided a cure through his one and only Son.

The truth is not being kept from the world, rather the world has rejected the Truth.  But in the Truth of Jesus Christ, we move from a broken fellowship of fear into a communion of peace and harmony that will never be broken.

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