In Biology (the next year, which I really enjoyed but I think I got a B in it too) I learned that there are FOUR criteria any organism has to meet in order for it to be alive.
- All life forms contain deoxyribonucleic acid, which is called DNA.
- All life forms have a method by which they extract energy from their surroundings and convert it into energy that sustains them.
- All life forms can sense changes in their surroundings and respond to those changes.
- All life forms reproduce.
You can plug these criteria into every single organism in creation and get the same answer, except for one: the virus.
Haha, it totally looks like an alien....wait, it IS an alien.
A VIRUS ISN'T ALIVE. For one thing, it doesn't need to extract energy from its environment because it doesn't need energy. Secondly, it can't reproduce. It's DNA isn't even real. Without YOUR help, the virus can't hurt you! It gets in by pretending to be a good guy. When a virus enters your body, it disguises itself as a poor old woman with a basket of apples. It knocks at the door and says "little pig, little pig, let me in!" The cells, being the young and naive little princesses that they are, let them in. Then the viruses plugs in it's DNA program into the nucleus of the cell. In the nucleus is a molecule that's a DNA factory, which takes DNA strands and makes copies. The DNA factory looks at the virus program and its like --"grandma, what big eyes you have!" --but never really catches on. Basically, the DNA factory does the reproduction job for the virus, and if they're not stopped, they grow until they take over your body.
But how do the viruses know what to do? They're not alive, but they can't be dead either. It makes you think...why would God create an organism that's neither alive nor dead, that can't "survive" without a living host, and only purpose is to infect? Is it really merely another once-perfect species corrupted from the fall, or is it something else entirely?
The Virus must have come from the devil himself.
Remember when Jesus cast demons out of those men, and the demons asked to be cast into the herd of pigs? That's because they were wraiths--without something to move through, to latch onto, they couldn't exist. They NEED to posses people, they feed off of YOU, because YOU are more real than THEY are!
The thing is the devil can't create anything alive. He can only twist things before you can use them. Evil isn't a force, it's perverted good. Satan is eternally falling, and it's all he can do but pull you down with him.
This was EXACTLY what Tolkien was trying to say with the Ring of Power. A Ringwraith is something neither dead nor alive, but only a darkness, a black hole that sucks things into it forever, like a serpent that still coils around like a living thing after it's head is cut off.
"A mortal, Frodo," said Gandalf, "who keeps one of the Great Rings, does not die, but he does not grow or obtain more life, he merely continues, until at last every minute is a weariness. And if he often uses the Ring to make himself invisible, he fades: he becomes in the end invisible permanently, and walks in the twilight under the eye of the dark power that rules the Rings."
The Dark Eldila fade in the opposite direction of the good--their atoms move away from each other until there's no realness left.
C.S. Lewis says it so well in The Great Divorce, "All Hell is smaller than one pebble of your earthly world: but it is smaller than one atom of this world [Heaven] the Real World. Look at yon butterfly. If it swallowed all Hell, Hell, would not be big enough to do it any harm or to have any taste."
Oh Evil, you seemed so powerful last night, but you look so ill and pasty in the morning....
I ACTUALLY HAVE A PART 5, OHMAIGOODNESS. My next post is this: Fairy Tales Are Real.
-The Minstrel Boy