Thursday, September 25, 2008

Here's a thought

What if our sins showed on the outside?

I mean, what if we couldn't hide our wicked deeds and thoughts because they showed on our faces?

Apostasy, fornication, lust, lies, abuse of love and trust, petty thefts from the office? What if it all showed and only Confession could restore your face?

What kind of attraction would sin have then?

I think God should have thought of that.


Chimera said...

He already did.

Anonymous said...

Ms. White, I'm sure that you knew what you were doing when you selected the grotesque painting to illustrate the idea of our sins manifesting themselves physically on our beings. However, your readers may not be familiar with the painting. As I was just standing in front of it two days ago, I am familiar with it.

It is part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. The artist's name is Ivan Albright. He painted the lurid portrait for the Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. As I'm sure that you know, in Wilde's tale, Dorian Gray commissions a portrait of himself as an attractive young man and later trades his soul for an ever-youthful appearance. As the still-handsome Gray leads an increasingly dissolute and evil life, his painted representation rots and decays, revealing the extent of his moral corruption. Albright's renown as a painter of the macabre made him the ideal choice of Albert Lewin, the director of the movie, to paint the horrific image of Gray.

The painting is very impressive and must have stood at least four meters tall. It is a magnificent representation of the physical manifestation of sin.

Dad29 said...

He already did

Chimera's right.

But when He thought of that, He also knew that reproduction would grind to a halt immediately after Adam and Eve.

No babies?


Chimera said...

Good point, Dad29. But I was thinking more along the lines that the truly ugly do not see their own reflections as being anything but beautiful.

It's a blind spot that only humans have.

Mulier Fortis said...

Given the state of human nature, fallen humanity would do everything in its power to make the appearance of sin to be considered beautiful... as it does at the moment!