Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Deadly Nightshade

Deadly nightshade:  Atropa belladonna
Belladonna is one of the most toxic plants found in the Western hemisphere.  All parts of the plant contain tropane alkaloids.  The berries pose the greatest danger to children because they look attractive and have somewhat sweet taste.   The consumption of two to five berries by children and ten to twenty berries by adults can be lethal. The root of the plants is generally the most toxic part, though this can vary from one specimen to another.  Ingestion of a single leaf of the plant can be fatal to an adult.

Atropa belladonna has occasionally been used as a recreational drug because of the vivid hallucinations and delirium that it produces.  These hallucinations are most commonly described as very unpleasant however, and us is considered extremely dangerous because of the high risk of  unintentional fatal overdose.  Death.

As we walked through our field and found these very beautiful flowers in a shady area...I thought; this is just like sin.  Sin is very attractive and does have a somewhat sweet taste.   But the consequences are deadly.--eternally deadly.  If we compromise a little here and a little there, but not intending to really SIN BIG...we may have an unintentional fatal overdose. Death.

Proverbs 2:10-18  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

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