“This body comes with many inconveniences. But inconveniences don’t make me miserable! There is no reason for you to pity me! My life was put back together with alchemy by my brother. If I deny myself, that would mean I’m denying my brother, along with alchemy. I believe in the potential that alchemy holds. I want to believe in it!”
As far as I could tell, this was posted by m a u s_r a t t on tumblr, reblogged by beneath the tangles, and then by me.
I love Fullmetal Alchemist, and normally would have no other reason for reblogging anything to do with the series.
Still something more lingers in Al’s words here. And it all leads back to Christianity. FMA’s protagonists openly make it known that they aren’t religious in any way. Not like the likes of Rose or anyone else in Lior, or even the Ishvallans. Granted, the brothers’ efforts to disprove the reasoning of the [near] cult level following Father Cornello had in Lior proved to be good. It revealed him to be a crook, and helped the people see the truth.
The show itself isn’t religious, although religion does have a major role. Religion is a part of society after all.
My life was put back together with alchemy by my brother. If I deny myself, that would mean I’m denying my brother, along with alchemy. I believe in the potential that alchemy holds. I want to believe in it!
I remember reading this and automatically flashed to, well, Jesus Christ. Ed is not Amestris’ Christ. Al is not Peter, John, any of the disciples. Yet his words are reminiscent of the way Christians are encouraged to think.
Al was basically dead. He was ripped from this world in an attempt to bring back his mother from Death itself. His soul was then ripped from its body and transferred into a new [metal] one. After that, he and Ed traversed Amistris finding a way to restore him to his old body, and restoring Ed’s limbs that were taken in both processes. Basically sums up the show.
And yet, throughout the entirety of the series, manga, OVAs, series reboot that was more faithful to the manga, [with a brief period of doubt of his own identity and relationship with Ed] he faithfully believed in and followed Ed. He never blamed Ed, he thanked him for even this bit of half life. It was a gift that he would treasure forever. It was a sort of Life after all.
He never denied that the armor was his body now. He never denied that that little he got was a sacrifice from someone who was desperate to see him live. He never denied the power that allowed him to still, essentially, be alive. He will ultimately believe in it, because he experienced it first hand, and even if he hasn’t seen what he looked for, searched for, he will never stop believing in it.
As Christians, we are given a new life that is, more times than not, completely different than the one we had before. We indwell a different life, we have a different sense of being. If we deny our new selves, we deny Him, and we deny the power and sacrifice that made this possible.
But as Christians, do we want to? Is denying a change that significant even possible?
In Christ, we need to believe, we need to have faith that He can give us what we most want and need in our lives. Especially when we don’t see it ever happening.
Will we give up our belief in the one who has the power to take away, and restore, and has already proven that the potential is there ready for a witness and a vessel to be used to reveal it?
That’s it. Al had enough faith in his brother to accept his new self, his brother’s sacrifice using the power of alchemy at risk to Ed’s own life, and the power of alchemy itself, to continue believing in it, to follow Ed wherever he went. That level of trust, man. He had enough faith that Ed could fully restore him, and pull him out of the darkness he must have felt. All the time, Ed was by his side, or working in Al’s interest.
That’s the kind of faith we need. We have a new life, through Christ’s sacrifice, for us. We witnessed and are proof of the power and sacrifice. We need to have Al’s level of faith in Ed to continue believing in Christ, and trusting Him. Even when it gets rough. When the trials are too much. When there seems to be no end in sight.
We have to want to believe in it.