Friday, 10 January 2014

Adultery: Walking the Hot Coals

(This reading is based on Proverbs 6 and is read in accordance with the revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs.) 
"Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared?" Prov. 6: 28
Showing a form of tolerance for something doesn't mean it is of no effect; it sometimes depends on what you're looking for.
Firewalkers date back multiplied millenia. They were seemingly around during Solomon's time. It was Solomon's studied opinion that this activity was not without negative results ("seared feet"). Of course many modern physicists and firewalkers do have a lot to say in contradiction of this declaration, and most powerfully so by simply walking and showing no signs of injury. There has however been no denying the inherent danger that surrounds this practice and is not understood as a science that would allow any average individual to participate without the risk of being being burned. In fact, there is a widespread view that the required focus of the mind takes the participant into the demonism. This would therefore stretch the idea of "seared feet" beyond the concept of a mere physical effect, but would mean that our "spiritual feet" will be seared, having left the realm and protection of Heaven.
Just thinking: could the situation with the three Hebrew boys in Babylon who were accompanied in the fiery furnace by the "Son of God" (Daniel 3: 24, 25) prove that to tolerate temperatures of a burning flame cannot be without supernatural intervention; be it from the God of Heaven or the god of this earth?
One significant fact of firewalking is that there is no time to delay; you must move with dispatch, or be seriously burned. This could possibly offer a positive message as it relates to adultery. People don't really "run" through an adulterous interface. This usually starts with a cherished lusting in the heart that eventually works its way into real action. In firewalking terms, here you'd be literally standing on the hot coals. It was perhaps from this perspective that Solomon suggested that one shouldn't even entertain lust in the heart. Jesus took this discussion further when He classified lusting as the sin itself; the actual indulgence of the act of adultery is then only the symptom - the problem of adultery is lodged in the mind (Matt 5: 28). So even if you're not discovered by your spouse and your home is not split up; or perhaps your spouse knows, but decides to live with it; even if you don't become infected with an STI, or pregnancy doesn't occur, ADULTERY (in any form) IS WRONG!

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