Thursday, January 10, 2008
Can You Really Unring a Bell?
One of my all-time heroes is Spider-Man. Well, that's a little misleading. I have not actually read a Spider-Man comic book in many years. I had quite a collection back in the day, though. (For me, "the day" is, like, the late 80's, dude.) One of the classic issues of "the Amazing Spider-Man" was the one in which Peter Parker and Mary Jane got married. Remember it?
Anyway, I just happened to spot an article online today that said the comic book writers introduced a new storyline in which the villain, with some supernatural power, undoes Peter and Mary Jane's marriage, and returns them to their pre-marriage lives, with no memory of their relationship at all. (Drama, drama, drama....)
Ha! Ha! What a can of worms to open up!
According to the article I was reading, many loyal Spider-Man readers are upset about the storyline. Of course, in real life, you can't unring a bell, no matter what the script says. Words and actions are powerful, and they leave marks, good or bad.
But, God forgives sin, right? Isn't that making it like it was never there? I would say, "Yes", but in a spiritual sense only. The earthly consequences of our mistakes and sins don't go away when we're forgiven.
I pray that I can be the husband and father who won't have to wish for a do-over.
P.S. On the Spider-Man front, my youngest brother Sam has been in faithful possession of the Spider-Man comics collection since I gave them all to him, I think, when I graduated from high school. ('91; yes, I'm ancient...) Sam, you deserve them. You've taken better care of them than I think I would have.
P.P.S. Can there be too much of a good thing? The same article I was reading linked to an article about a possible Spider-Man 4 movie! Don't get me wrong; I love it, but I am also afraid of pushing it a little too far.