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Werewolves and Fruit

Jesus will tackle those werewolves with you and prevail.

Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” Matthew 7:16. Jesus spoke concerning false prophets. Can we extend the metaphor to include religions? We can judge religions by the fruit they produce; we can judge people’s beliefs by the person’s fruit.

Remus Lupin WerewolfDoes what I believe produce goodness, including everything I keep private from others? Or, do I go around hurting others and myself?

Two examples of how people perform harm: 1) the demon-possessed man in Mark 5:1-20 hurt himself and possibly others. 2) Remus Lupin of the Harry Potter series was an unwilling victim of werewolfry. Remus Lupin suffered greatly by the harm he caused himself and those weaker than he. (Werewolves cannot keep themselves from killing others Harry Potter Wiki.) His wife loved him and his many friends loved him. He did much good in life. Nonetheless, neither their love and acceptance of him, nor his own love and acceptance of himself, neither all their combined willpower, nor their wizardry, nor any manner of ways of thinking positively about his problem could heal or change his affliction. His mental pain concerning his affliction may have diminished, but the affliction itself remained. If Remus had his druthers, he’d druther not be a werewolf. His fruit included good fruit and bad fruit. Is that the kind of fruit Jesus had in mind when he spoke of a tree as being “good?”

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Jesus healed the man afflicted with demons. This man went home changed, clothed, and in his right mind. This man “believed in Jesus” after that and went home to tell his own people  how much the Lord had done for him, and how the Lord had mercy on him Mark 5:19-20. His life bore fruit. All the fruit was good. He did not sometimes cut himself and sometimes not. No one ever needed to chain him again. By their fruit you shall know them.

I love wizardry. Who doesn’t? But I love Jesus Christ more, because he has real power to change me. Although those who know me well on a personal level might disagree, I no longer hurt others the way I used to do. Although the harvest may be small, my life does show signs of bearing fruit.

What about you? People are ready to invest years of their lives searching and trying to gain control over that which masters them, when the answer is so simple:  Invite the Lord to come near the place where you keep your heart protected. Werewolves cannot live in his presence. Jesus will tackle those werewolves with you and prevail.

 

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