Don’t Drink the Wrong Elixir!

By Brent King On November 16, 2015 Under Christian Fantasy, Lessons in Fantasy

Hyde Tweety“I’ve gone too far. I can’t be good, and now even God can’t help me!”

Those were the words of a colleague of mine—with whom I worked side by side for over a decade—just before he killed himself. Of course I was deeply troubled, first because he was my friend, but second because the thought of stepping past the point of no return terrified me.

As I contemplated the fate of my friend, images of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde flooded my mind. Dr. Jekyll wants to become a better person and, thinking he can accomplish this himself, he develops a potion to exorcise the dark side from his life. But it turns out that his bad side is worse than he expected. It completely seizes him every night in the violent and selfish form of Mr. Hyde. Even in this dark turn of events, Dr. Jekyll still thinks he can control his dark side. Yet, though he resolves to take no more of the magic potion, Mr. Hyde becomes too strong.

The end of the story is alarming, especially in the aftershock of what happened to my friend: Dr. Jekyll despairs of ever changing himself for the good…and commits suicide. How tragic that he couldn’t extricate himself from Mr. Hyde. The elixir he concocted to free himself entangled him.

What Is Really Happening Here?

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” If the tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tells us anything, it tells us that the Bible is right. We can’t be good. We have a terminal disease that only God can cure. The cure doesn’t come in any elixir that we can concoct.

Our Blunder Is In Playing God

We cannot get beyond our identification with Mr. Hyde. In truth, we just want to live outside of the battle that rages deep within us. We want to live without repression. So instead of trusting this problem to God, we think we can do what He does all by ourselves. The trouble is that when we take away our repression we become evil, but when God takes it away we become good. It’s simply a bit of magic that God does for us if we cooperate with Him.

11044586_626370990841289_9113828150544660510_oWhich Elixir?

So if we turn from playing God, then what are we suppose to do? God is very clear, and it is so simple that a child can do it. He wants us to put away all of our concoctions because He is the elixir that will actually kill Mr. Hyde!

“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.’” John 7:37

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3

The demise of Mr. Hyde comes not by what we do, but Whom we know. If we come to Jesus and get to know Him, then He will be to us the only elixir that can free us from our treacherous dark side. My friend didn’t have to despair. He only needed to know the same thing that Dr. Jekyll desperately needed to know: He was drinking the wrong elixir!

The elixir is Jesus, and when we choose to be close friends with Him, He drives away the violent and selfish Mr. Hyde and introduces us to a Dr. Jekyll we have never known before. It’s simply a bit of magic that comes with drinking the right Elixir.

Are you drinking the wrong formula? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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