You must understand. Poneros has not been around forever. Well, let me clarify. Poneros was not part of original creation. In fact, Poneros is not a creation at all. No one is sure about the Landlord’s exact intentions with Poneros, but we do know how the old stories about him go.

When the Landlord gave the first house to the first two people it says that He created the house with His own breath. The first two people were given their house just as you and I are given ours. They did not ask for it and had nothing to do with its creation. The first house was perfect in every way. The house was situated and built without any defects. The foundation was always secure, and there were no Uninvited guests to be found. Sadness and crying did not even exist. Depression and denial were never heard of. Pain was not even a theory. If Poneros did exist at this time, he was not allowed into the house uninvited. There were no problems whatsoever. The situations was beautiful in every way.

At this time, the Landlord used to visit the house all the time. He would sit with the owners at breakfast and share afternoon tea. There were no doors to the house, since there were no threats from outsiders. All the Landlord asked was that the first two people keep up the house and build rooms on for children. The groceries were plentiful and the joy extreme.

What happened? That is a good question. Most of us would look to such a situation in wonderment and jealousy. What we would give to have such a situation. But Poneros was allowed. Poneros was invited by the first two people. Now, I am sure that they did not fully understand what they were doing when they invited Poneros. They had never heard any of the stories about his destructive capabilities for there were no stories to which they could refer. Poneros was to them a warning. You must understand, Poneros is not really an entity. He is more like a shadow. His substance only exists when another substance is lacking. At least that is the way he was introduced so long ago. But this shadow is infectious. It is like a disease that works its way through situations, hopes, and plans. It is heinous to look at because it, like a black hole, sucks up all the light around it. It prevents all that is good. This is why when he shows up in your living room, fear and dread can overwhelm any situation.

The first two home owners were not in their house long before they invited the Uninvited. As the story goes, someone else was in their house who had already been exposed to Poneros and been infected with the disease.  No one knows why or how this someone gained access to the first two people’s house or why the Landlord allowed him to influence the first two. People have speculated about his previous encounter with Poneros that caused him to hand over his house to its control, but when it comes down to the basic facts, we have very little information. I am sure that there is a history and a tale behind it all that would make for a very interesting read, but we don’t know that tale; we only know ours.

Anyway, this mysterious “intruder” told the first two home owners some glorious lies about Poneros. He said that Poneros just looks bad on the outside, but when invited, he provides much insight and power. He said that Poneros was able to take their current house and make it much like the Landlord’s house (which was even better than theirs). I don’t know why, but the possibility of living in the Landlord’s house intrigued the first two people to such a degree that they believed this mysterious intruder, and, in doing so, suspended their belief in the testimony of the Landlord who had previously told them that Poneros should always remain Uninvited.

Well, they invited Poneros nonetheless. Poneros was then given a key. I don’t think that the first two realized that he would be given this key by the Landlord, but he was either way. This key was not an ordinary key; it was one of the master keys. Master keys can get in any door at any time. That is why Poneros has a key to my house. I did not give him one. I would like to think that I would never have invited him in the first place, but I have seen the destruction in a way that the first two could not have ever foreseen. Therefore, it is hard for me to say what I would have done.

Since then Poneros has been an Uninvited guest in all houses of all time. The stranger in the first house is still active and continues to tell the same lie about the power and insight of Poneros. Even knowing what we know, we still often believe him. This is curious, but is a natural result of the ongoing infection that began so long ago. 

Well, such is the story of how the Uninvited was first invited.

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

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