June 16, 2006 Leave a comment
This is the universal symbol applied to substances that are hazardous to human health. Literally, hazardous to bios. Bios is Greek for life (Biology, the study of life), more specifically natural life.
C.S. Lewis had something to say about this natural life in his work, Mere Christianity:
"The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe. And especially it wants to be left to itself: to keep well away from anything better or stronger or higher than it, anything that might make it feel small. It is afraid of the light and air of the spiritual world, just as people who have been brought up to be dirty are afraid of a bath. And in a sense it is quite right. It knows that if the spiritual life (Zoe) gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that."
Examining my life (no pun intended) I agree with Lewis, my bios clawed and fought against the zoe that Christ has to offer. While I chose to subject my bios to Christ's Zoe, this side of eternity, bios won't be fully vanquished (hence the fact that every day I violate YHWH's Law and sin, while I'm not identified as a sinner any longer, the paradox is delicious.)
Thinking about this, I thought that the life (Zoe) that Christ offers those who choose to follow Him is the ultimate biohazard (bios-hazard for the more precise amongst us.)