Do you remember the series of movies “Men in Black”? In those movies Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones play agents of a government organization that works on matters related to UFOs and aliens, particularly dealing with people who have encoutered them.
One of the coolest things in those fictitious stories is the “neuralyzer”, which is a device that the agents use to erase the memory of a person for a pre-determined time interval. The device emits a bright light, so the agents have to wear special sunglasses to not be affected while using the neuralyzer.
I always thought something like that could be very useful. Can you imagine if you say or do something that you immediately regret, and you could pull out your neuralyzer, adjust if for, let’s say 10 minutes, zap the other person, and he or she would forget whatever happened? I could use it sometimes.
It is interesting that in the movies the effects of what happen will still be there, but they won’t remember why. For example, if someone broke an arm while wrestling with an alien and the agent uses the neuralyzer on that person, the memory of the struggle will be gone, but the broken arm will still be there.
The whole concept is very creative.
Even though it is quite an imperfect illustration, this device made me think about how God deals with our sin.
The Bible says that when we are forgiven by God, He “will remember our sins no more” (Isaiah 43:45; Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 10:17…).
Obviously how God does that is a mystery because He is still omniscient, so He knows everything, but He chooses to “take away our sins” (Romans 11:27). He can’t see our sins anymore. They are hidden by the blood of Jesus. That makes us acceptable to Him.
If you thought it would be cool to have a neuralyzer to erase someone’s memory about something you did wrong, what about having God forgiving everything you did wrong, and accepting you as clean, so you can have a relationship with Him?
He sent His son to make that possible. Instead of the neuralyzer, it is the cross of Jesus that makes God “remember our sins no more”.
That is really cool. “Forget” the neuralyzer. The cross works best.