Closing Pandora’s Box

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

From Wikipedia; Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod’s Works and Days.[1] The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos)[2] given to Pandora (Πανδώρα) (“all-gifted”), which contained all the evils of the world. When Pandora opened the jar, all its contents except for one item were released into the world. The one remaining item was Hope.[3] Today, to open Pandora’s box means to create evil that cannot be undone.

According to Greek Mythology, Pandora was the first woman of the world. It is always amazing to me that ultimately the stories of so many societies bear a resemblance to the Bible in some way. Eve, the first woman in the world, was tempted by satan and yielded to sin.

That aside, I want to suggest to you that the journey into sin is a slipperly slope that is so similar to the story of Pandora’s box. Like a narcotic, one small compromise creates a hunger for more and more. It is a temporary pleasure that satisfies only for a moment and requires a greater thrill in order to achieve the same result.

As someone has said, “Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to be, and make you pay a price higher than you wanted to pay.” Some who read this will open or have opened Pandora’s box only to find it impossible on their own to put the lid back on. The hope of overcoming is only available through Jesus Christ. And it is not found in praying some simple prayer, filling out a card at the front of the church, and sitting on your blessed assurance the rest of your days.

Victory is found in surrender to the Lordship of Christ. It is denying self, taking up your cross, and following Christ wherever that may lead. Any resolutions that you make in the strength of your flesh for 2012 will surely fail. Only what you genuinely purpose through surrender to Christ has hope of overcoming. Cry out to Jesus today. You will be glad you did.

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