The Unseen Enemy

The enemy’s greatest strength was its invisibility.  For thousands of years, the whole army never laid eyes on it.  Even the individual guards, whose job it was to keep watch, rarely glimpsed the enemy crossing their lines.  The advanced cloaking device let the enemy slip past.  Once inside the command post, the enemy took over and revised the orders.  Nanotech machinery, gateways, and transport systems would now be in enemy hands.  In time, communication lines would be disrupted, disorder would ensue in the ranks, and the entire army would be following instructions that came directly from the enemy.

Though this may sound like something from a sci-fi battle drama, it is the reality of the virus.  About a hundred years ago, scientists didn’t have the proof of its existence.  It was an unseen enemy.  The scientist is a human organism, so it represents the ‘whole army’ consisting of trillions of ‘individual’ cells.  Many animal viruses get past the membranes or ‘guard’ of the cell by using a piece of membrane as a cloaking device.  New virions steal a part of the host membrane to continue the cloaking operation.

battle against the virus
battle against the virus

Consider the power of such a tiny particle, depending on stealth for ages.  Even as scientists continue to research into ways of stopping such an enemy, the virus retains mystery.  If an unintelligent being could wreak such havoc with the power of stealth, imagine what an intelligent being could do with such power!

The Stealth Bomber is an example of stealth in modern warfare and the newly developing anti-stealth tech: http://tech.mit.edu/V121/N63/Stealth.63f.html

Suppose you led the enemy forces that would attack the entire race of humanity from earliest history to the end of its history.  Would you choose a pitchfork to be your mightiest weapon, or would you choose stealth?  Our meme of a caricatured Satan chasing us with an over-sized fork is a meme that works well in the enemy’s favor.  Imagine if we assumed that all terrorists looked like unicorns.  We’d either be lunatics looking for nothing, or else we’d give up and say that terrorists don’t exist.  We’ve got to realize that first, the enemy is other-dimensional.   Second, he’s got all of human history to bide his time in unseen attacks.  Third, human ignorance of his existence is an ignorance that works in his favor.

If you led enemy forces to attack the entire human race, would you choose a pitchfork to be your mightiest weapon, or would you choose stealth?

Of course, stealth is only part of the enemy’s operation.  The next step is to take over the command post and revise orders.  We can see this happening in the beginning of the Bible.  I’ve come across this question many a time – “Was Satan a real serpent, or is that a metaphor?”  First, let’s agree that the ‘serpent’ was unlike any we see in modern times.  Snakes don’t speak.  (One possibility is that species-to-species communication was more advanced in the very beginning.)  Whatever cloak of disguise Satan took, it was a form that Adam and Eve would be acquainted with.

Now let’s review the command from God to Adam and Eve.  “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  (Gen. 2)  So the original command gave instructions on how to preserve the life that they had, where they could partake of the tree of life and live in perfect harmony with their biosphere.  The enemy, on the other hand, introduced a virus.  It was disguised as one concerned with the good of Adam and Eve, and yet it subtly changed the wording.  

  • First, the serpent questions the original instructions: “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
  • Next, the serpent inserts his own qualifiers: “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  So the element of death was cloaked in a supposed heightened quality of life.
  • Adam and Eve were sold to the idea that the fruit was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make wise.  Instead of trusting in a God that provided good and protected from evil, Adam and Eve sought their own selfish good and introduced evil to their environment.

I find it interesting that within the fruit lies the seed.  Perhaps the seed was edible, beginning some biochemical reaction that altered the structure of a more perfect human organism.  Either way, the action of sin made a statement to God that mankind did not need God with His commands as a source of life.  The virus took over the human mind, soul, and body.  The stealth of the enemy won over that day.  And yet there remained a hopeful ‘antivirus’ from God – a ‘Seed’ that would one day bruise the enemy.  Jesus contains the new, non-corrupted instructions for life, the unlimited, immortal life that we were intended to have.

Sources:

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/alllife/virus.html

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/courses/bio106/viruses.htm

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