Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A new take on the Seven Headed Dragon with 10 horns.

Revelation Chapter 12 describes the Devil/Satan as a beast with 7 heads and 10 horns. Fully admitting that I am take full creative license, here is a way that we can understand how he wages war against us.

The heads

It is not hard to imagine the seven heads being the seven deadly sins, each head snapping at us that it might devour us.

Pride, Envy, Lust, Greed, Wrath, Sloth and Gluttony. All seven of these heads have taken a bite out me. How about you?

The Horns

Pride has three horns- Arrogance or Narcissism, Un-forgiveness and Regret and Despair. How many people do you know that have been mortally wounded by these horns?

Envy we have to give two horns, associated with the two commandments against coveting thy neighbors goods and theirs spouses. The first horn is loving things too much, as though they are persons. The second is loving persons too little, as though they are things.

Lust possesses the most dangerous horn of all- the horn that looks like sweet fruit. It is the hardest to escape and the one that kills the most souls. This horn draws us in until we are trapped in the web. Flee! As fast as you can.

Greed. We were all taught to share when we were little. The horn of greed head is the evil taskmaster known as 'never enough'. This tyrant is the horn that kills you slowly, by making you it's slave.

Wrath. This horn has the sting of a scorpion. This horn kills you by injecting venom into you. Forgiveness is the only antidote.

Sloth. This is the horn called 'victim'. It convinces you that world owes you and promises you that it will pay. This horn kills your dignity before it kills you. It makes you bitter for receiving what you didn't earn.

Gluttony has a horn that offers you death on the payment plan- junk, processed food. A slow, methodical crawl towards diabetes, heart disease, cancer. You actually destroy yourself, this horn just hands you the weapon.

The point of this little exercise?

The Devil combats us in so many ways.

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