|symbol on Forbidden's cover|
In the book, it's about 500 years into the future. And all emotions have been genetically stripped away except fear. Through the help of a few bold, young people, a vial of pure blood, a crazy, old man, and a crippled boy, they learn that not only are people unemotional but they are technically dead.
In the book, the main character (and instigator of this unbelievable truth), Rom says, "'Where there's no capacity to feel and love, where the soul of humanity itself has been stripped from the genetic code, there's no life.'" But by taking a small amount of pure blood, from before the emotionless days (called Chaos), life is restored. Rom and four others take this blood and have emotions they could never have dreamed off.
I think our world today has gotten a dose of this emotionless disease. There's not much true love left, not the real love I believe in. And if there's no love, there's no real life. So, like the book's world, our world is full of "dead people".
The future world of Rom is not lost though. They have a hope. The blood that can wipe away the disease affecting their genes and emotions. We have hope too. It is also blood. It's an innocent blood that was spilled for our benefit. The pure blood of Christ.
To you who know these facts, this love, we are encouraged... no, commanded to tell others about this love and light. Those around you, at school, at work, in the library or at the store, they are lost. They are walking in darkness. And God has told us "You are the light of the world...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16). We must show them the way, the light, the truth, the love. Just like Rom and Avra and Triphon and a crazy, old man must show their dead world the truth.
A single light is so bright in the darkness, even if it's not that bright.
I'm not guilt-tripping you into doing something. You make the choice to be a light and follow Jesus. I'm just encouraging you to take a new perspective on the world and to read a really great book. :)
More info on Forbidden can be found here.
Many of the pictures are from my sister, Becca. (She's a missionary) Her blog can be found here.
The other pictures are from friends.