The smallest unit of true life is called a cell. (Viruses aren’t cells, as they can only function in the presence of living cells). Bacteria are cells, though they lack a central organising nucleus. A cell with a nucleus is called a eukaryote, and is the most advanced cell of all.
All higher forms than single cell life are formed from communities of cells living together, each with a different talent to contribute to the whole. These multi-cellular communities are called organisms. You and I are such.
The thing that defines a cell is its cell membrane. This provides its perimeter and demarcation from the environment in which it lives. Without this demarcation, the biochemical processes of the cell would cease as the components diffuse away from one another. Cell death is marked by the breakdown of the membrane, after which the former cell contents just become part of the environment (again). Ashes to ashes, etc. Within that membrane, life can function safely and in an organised fashion. Energy production and usage, and structure formation can occur therein, undisturbed by the environment outside. Ultimately, if the cell is successful and it is permitted by its programming, the cell will divide, and donate its membrane to its two beautiful daughters.
Membranes are walls, but they do have doors. No cell can exist without some contact with the outside. Supplies of nutrients need to enter, waste must leave, communication with the outside, and other cells must happen, or the cell will malfunction. An example of this is a cancer where a single cell stops listening to its neighbours (and it’s own programming), and starts dividing like mad. Soon a tumour results, a community of like minded mad cells. In an organism/community of cells, this kind of behaviour by a tumour will lead to dysfunction, illness, and ultimately death of the whole community of cells.
The function of the cell membrane is essential to life both of the cell, and of the community to which it belongs. Many antibiotics act by preventing bacteria from correctly forming cell walls. Go figure.
For life to exist, a boundary is needed. to separate the living from the dead. Whether that boundary is a cell membrane or one’s skin, it is an absolute necessity. The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and when it is damaged, severe illness or death soon follows, as any burns sufferer can demonstrate. Burns are intensely painful, and rightly so. Protection, or “saving one’s skin” is essential to survival. In hazardous conditions, one protects one’s skin with clothes and creams and so forth.
The boundary around a human being encloses their identity. Loss of one’s identity is what happens in mental illness, bad religion or demonic possession. Christianity strengthens identity, while keeping it in proportion and right order. Egoism is identity gone mad. Anything that promotes egoism is pathogenic (disease-producing).
On the human level, the boundary also represents the Law. Certain behaviours are proscribed that are incompatible with human health and growth on the personal and social scale, and must be kept out. Just as it is a recipe for disaster to play with fire, so too is it wicked to play with the passions, our own or those of others. Humans are not selfish, whimsically behaving beasts, their health, growth and integration have an eternal, spiritual endpoint that transcends this universe. Beware of those who want to break down necessary boundaries. Such are invaders and parasites.
Like creation itself, the Law comes from above. For the sake of humanity, creation and eternity, our home, we must all play by the Law. Playing by the Law has been made easy in our lawless times. We have the example of Christ Jesus to follow. He came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfil it, for He is the Law itself. Life lies with Him. Amen.
The alternative to the Law is an inescapable, entropic decay towards madness and Hell.
Make your choice now.