Reset (A Parable)

I know next to nothing about computers. I can find the power button, the CD tray, and I can navigate enough to check my email while listening to my favorite Neil Young song, so when the screen went blank one day, fear clutched at my heart. 

Darkness... non-traversible... unresponsive... 

I sighed and sat back. What do I do now? I brought my PC to Nathan. 

"Ah, yes," he said after doing some inscrutable tests. "Seems as if you have a virus."

An uncomfortable feeling crept over my skin. "What exactly does that mean?" I asked. 

"Well," he said, taking off his glasses, "There are different kinds of viruses. Generally, once they enter, they begin to replicate themselves, and they'll start to take up the existing empty storage space you have. Certain ones will delete your files or lock them. This one seems to be what's called a crypto-locker."

"What's that?" I asked.

"It gives whoever sent it access to all of your personal files while cutting off your own access. Then the person demands a ransom in return for a key that you can use to unlock the files. It's basic extortion." 

"How do you fix it?" I asked.

"You can't." 

"Can't I just restart my computer? That seems to work, sometimes." 

"That may provide some temporary relief," he replied. "But eventually you won't be able to maneuver around all the glitches. You see, there's a lot that goes on under the surface of a computer. There is a lot of background activity, many programs that enable you to do what you need to do." He hesitated, watching my face. "What you need to do is a total reset."

I gulped. "What exactly does that entail?" 

"Everything must go. Clean slate. Back to the origins. We'll have to upload all new software, and your previous files will be lost. But, so will the virus! You'll lose everything, but what you'll gain is potentially greater than what you had before, depending on how you rebuild." 

Through the trepidation I felt, I heard a little flicker of hope. I began to wonder what the original computer would be like. Was it simpler, easier to use and under-stand? Would it be virus-proof? Was it worth losing everything? That material had been precious to me, but...

A mounting curiosity and excitement was growing in me to start fresh. "A clean slate," he had promised. I began to imagine a fully functional, virus-free computer, something I could completely pour my heart and soul into without any fear of loss. Now it was undeniably clear what I should do. "Alright," I said. "Let's do it. Let's reset it."

Nathan smiled, "Good choice." 

What if you could reset your life? What would original human life look like? We're not talking cavemen here, but the Creator's original intention for human life, the way it was meant to be. Has your experience in Christianity ended up at a "blank screen"? Have you ever wondered what the original pattern of the church was?

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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