Mirror of Destruction: Cainite Humanity in the Face of Lupine Iniquity

We know that one called Wolf has been loosed upon the world, untied and unbound, for the purpose of tormenting the mind, heart, and flesh of all living. By what act was this one called Wolf loosed? It was by this act: the Adam knew the Mother of all Living, his wife, and she conceived; for forty times seven days she agonized before the Satan and in time came to bare Cain, and said, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord’ (Gen. 4:1). With the birth of Cainite humanity came its counterpart, Lupus, who was born in secret. He is one who circles on the periphery of light, skulking in gray darkness that is not quite light.

As a laughingstock, Cain walks the face of the earth in shame. Indeed, the city established by Cainite humanity, the City of Wandering, is established in the light of day. “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden” (Gen. 4:16). Cainite humanity therefore cries out, “Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me” (Gen. 4:14).

You see, Cainite humanity is hid from the face of the Lord and put on display for all fleshly eyes to see. What is more, Cainite humanity is threatened with recurring death. This thought is buried deep in the flesh of Cainite humanity.

Now Lupus, or Wolf, is not Cain, but his analog. Lupus is the shadow-image of Cain. Cain walks in light and Lupus hides in darkness. Because Lupus hides from the face of the world, his iniquity is greater than that of Cain. This is what we call the mirror of Lupus-Cain, the instrument through which all confusion enters into the world.

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To Know Yourself Truly is to First Know You are a Foul Worm

One theologian spoke rightly when he said:

“Even though we may flourish, and even though before other people we have a certain beautiful luster, and even though it seems that we have something which gives us value, we are poor swine and there is nothing but rottenness and infection in us; God considers us abominable and we are damned and lost before him; the angels have contempt for us; all creatures detest and curse us and cry out for vengeance against us since we pollute them; because there is such corruption in human beings that the heavens and the earth are bound to be infected by them until God changes them” (J. Calvin, CO, 51:351).

But was Calvin speaking of the whole human, flesh and inward part, or strictly of the inward part left to itself?