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    Jan082012

    Bite 18--Ambition Runs Amuck

    (from THE FALL, Ch. 3, pp. 32-33)

    In the following days, as Rapha recovered, the stench of death rose from the land while ash rained filth from above.  Panic and horror reigned as land and sea traded places and foundational stones ground together forcing jagged pinnacles skyward.  Huge tidal waves capsized forests and mountains and many of the ocean’s inhabitants were marooned in shallow pools or stranded on dry land.  Magnetic forces clawed for stability and the earth’s rotation tilted as if threatening to fall out of its appointed path in the cosmos. 

    But there were survivors.  With celestial assistance and man’s knowledge of caves and deep-water sources, discovered as they had fled Lucifer’s monster lizards, a ragtag remnant of mankind remained to defy insurmountable odds. 

    The huge reptiles, however, did not fare so well.  Stranded on the surface where sustaining plants withered and the temperature plummeted, the giant predators starved, their ice- and ash-covered carcasses the largest among the tombstones dotting earth’s strange new landscape where the titanic forces of displaced seas formed giant swells of ice on Earth’s new polar axes. 

    But, despite an unrecognizable terrain and skewed forces of nature, Earth’s life force continued to pulse, feeble but constant, beneath the shroud of death. 

    The stain of immortal flesh, Lucifer’s triumph, could not be destroyed, but the planet’s natural forces, made more violent due to its injuries, served to bury this corruption far beneath rock, soil, and water, out of harm’s way—for a time. 

    But Lucifer was nothing if not persistent.  His experiments continued even as earth limped toward renewal and many centuries of relative peace.

    Earth’s inhabitants began creeping out of hiding as air and water flowed clean once again.  As before, fierce creatures made life a constant battle, but the deeper aim of their manipulator was taking form in Lucifer’s hidden holds.

    Rumors reached Rapha’s ears of new horrors, of creatures possessing both the intelligence of humanity and the ferocity of beasts.  On occasion they erupted to fuel the night terrors of those who inhabited the yet fertile land and sea.  With the passing years these skirmishes grew in scope and intensity.  Roots of myth and legend were born while mankind became more and more like the beasts they fought.

    Finally, Lucifer’s new strategy was unveiled. 

    No longer would the fallen angel refrain from defying Adonai’s primary celestial edict, a law established from the beginning of all things—“Celestials will not join their flesh to that of mankind.” 

    But if earthly flesh and blood were required for earthly dominion, so be it.  The rebels would acquire it.

    (end excerpt)

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    Ruthless.  I will have what I want and NO ONE will stand in my way.  This personality can be said of a toddler, but it can also describe men and women whom we tend to put on a pedestal.  Celebrities, politicians, real estate moguls, you name it.  We're fascinated by those who succeed against all odds.  Sometimes this success can mirror tenacious persistence but often it's called ruthlessness.  It's all about motivation

    And if there's a way to sell out--a chink in moral armor--ruthless ambition will view it as justifiable, even inevitable/regretable fall-out.  After all, the GOAL is God.  The end justifies any means.

    In the story, Lucifer continues his downward plummet by casting off all restraint in his ambition to derail God's authority.  Whatever delicate sensibities he once possessed, they're gone

    Repeated sin will do that.

    “Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore
    think lightly of the Savior.”  C.H. Spurgeon

    The little ways we ignore God and put our efforts into OUR ambitions may seem justified in today's ME generation--even laudable--but... that road leads to death and even ruins the treasured goal.  By the time we attain the thing for which we sold our soul, we end up with a handful of maggots.

    In Christ, we lose our lives (give up OUR goals and pet gods) but end up with LIFE.  What does that look like?  Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is righteousness, peace and joy, the kind of life that flows regardless of fame, possessions and status.  And that kind of flow can only come when we're connected to the GIVER of life. 

    Sin separates us from God--the creator and giver of life.

    While we justify, coddle and protect what eats our heart out.

    

    THE FALL is my first published novel. Hopefully there will be many more to follow, but regardless, I'm hooked--addicted to the written word.

    Click the link at the top of the page if you would like to order The Rapha Chronicles, Book 1: THE FALL

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