Is the Holy Spirit God's Gamma Radiation?
Many males like electronic devices, I am no exception. I was at a shopping center once. I saw one of those stores that specialized in electronic devices so I went in to browse. A few feet from the entrance they were featuring a new Home Theatre sound system. The sound system was connected to a high definition flat screen showing a movie in high definition. The image was incredibly real. The movie they were showing was "The Incredible Hulk."
In this story, set in 2005, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross meets with Dr. Bruce Banner the colleague and lover of his daughter Betty. Ross wants Banner to revive a World War II-era military super soldier, but tells Banner the goal of the experiment is to make human beings immune to gamma radiation. The experiment fails, transforming Banner into the Hulk. After this, whenever Banner becomes angry he transforms into the Hulk.
One of the salesmen and I started talking about the plot. And, I heard myself saying that "the premise of the movie is one man transforming into another." The gamma radiation affected something in Dr. Banner's molecular structure to make this happen. So, a highly intelligent normal size Caucasian male turns into a highly muscular green giant brute. They are virtually two different men. I thought this is similar to what God intends for our Christian walk to be: One man transforming into another. But, instead of gamma radiation being the changing agent, it is the Holy Spirit. And, instead of normal transforming into giant brute, it is sinners transforming into the likeness of Christ.
Paul tells us where we start in 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 7,
2Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Paul rewords it in Galatians 5: 19 - 21
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Galatians 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But, when we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us we then become as Galatians 5: 22 – 23,
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Paul says in Ephesians 4: 22 – 24 how it works,
Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
If we allow Him, the Holy Spirit renews our mind and heart. He turns our hard heart into flesh (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26). He writes the law into our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). Without gamma radiation He transforms us into the new man.