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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
TITLE: Facing an Exotic Foe
By Victoria Catron
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After waking up again Phoebe couldn’t help but think of that horrible dream as she prepared for work. The lion was an exotic animal to an American but she hadn’t ever thought of the devil as being exotic. She carefully slipped outside to care for her animals before she left for the day. Though she knew she shouldn’t be fearful she still paid extra attention to her surroundings. She would need to look up that word exotic later in order to see if it somehow applied to the devil more than she realized.
A handful of hours later when Phoebe had a break in her work she pulled up the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary which gave four definitions for the word exotic:
“1. :introduced from another country: not native to the place where found
2. archaic: foreign, alien
3. :strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual
4. : of or relating to striptease
Thinking for a bit she realized that: God didn’t design the earth for the devil to rule but instead humans chose his leadership. A good illustration in less important issues was like when Americans introduced foreign animals and plants into our natural habitats without knowing the full range of consequences. It would seem that the devil does fit into the first and/or second definitions quite smoothly. Looking at the second definition it comes to mind that often the devil may appear to be an angel of light [2 Corinthians 11:14 KJV] which is deceptive but could be exciting or mysterious since it’s of the spiritual realm . So it fit into the third definition in a sense as well. The last definition while not what I would desire to discuss could very well be like how the devil dangles sin in front of people, appealing to physical senses…. Yes, I think the devil is exotic… though I’d be careful in saying so… I wonder if others would agree.
*Author's note: Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. copyright 2013. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exotic
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