I’ve been thinking a lot in these days about the possibility of genuine and deep-seated change taking place in the life of an individual.
Is it possible for what our ancestors in the Christian faith called ‘repentance’ and ‘amendment of life’ to take hold of a person and really re-make them into a new creation?
I must say I may have been looking in the wrong place for the answers, having been drawn in these past days to the Jewish wisdom book of Ecclesiastes – Qohelet – the Teacher.
His direct, no nonsense understanding of this anthropological dilemma is summed up in one pithy phrase – ‘the crooked cannot be made straight.’
In other words, bad habits, compulsive and addictive patterns of behaviour and what used to be called ‘sin’ are forever in the hearts of those who practise them.
Beauty cannot come from chaos.
Or do we know different? What is our personal experience of change, of amendment of life?