Baby Futures

Angel - Demon

Demon:

“Another baby born!

Excellent! Another chance to corrupt God’s image into its antithesis: to transform a life made to be God’s friend into God’s inveterate enemy.

All the odds are on our side: its inherited original sin which mires it from birth, the minute-by-minute temptations we can bring to bear to distract it from eternal considerations, the careful fostering of Adam’s old jungle law – ‘an eye for an eye’ – to give it specious cause for hating everyone who wrongs itself.

It is a glorious thing to see something of no account transformed – under our careful mentoring – into a master of villainy, expert in every vice: perfidious, arrogant, petty, heartless, self-indulgent: finally becoming as proud as hellfire, thus richly deserving its share with us in our eternal home.”

Angel:

“Another baby born!

Excellent! Another life to transform God’s incipient image into His likeness: to see one estranged from God become adopted as His own child, to call Him Father.

All the odds are on our side: where sin abounds, God’s grace super-abounds. By God’s command we penetrate each soul’s prison-cell to illuminate it with revelation: shocking the soul into seeing eternal realities. Thus God disarms the old jungle law of Adam, as each soul realises that God’s Son died in its place and while it was still a sinner. For love most surely proceeds from love: just as life proceeds from and begets life.

It is a glorious thing to see the babe grow into the man or woman: by the grace of God each transformed into the image of our master, Jesus Christ. Each spiritual fruit ripens within to bear its seasonable harvest of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control: fitting the man and woman of God for heaven, to rule over us in our eternal home.”

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