In the Wall Street Journal's “Notable & Quotable” column, historian Paul Rahe writes:
"One key indicator [of readiness for revolution] is that those with access to the levers of power within the ruling order cease to believe in the religion or ideology that legitimizes the regime. . . . First goes the belief in the legitimacy of the system. Then comes a trigger–an event which causes large numbers of people to say to themselves, ‘I cannot take this anymore.’ Then, the crucial question is whether those in charge have the nerve to try to crush the rebellion and whether their underlings will follow orders. If the powers that be are hesitant, ambivalent, or divided, if their underlings are fed up, things can very easily come apart (as they did in eastern Europe, in the Soviet union, and in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria).” (Why has there been no revolution? William Lafferty, freedomoutpost.com, March 23, 2013)
Western civilization, which includes America, is chiefly the product of faith---in the God of Revelation and Biblical precepts and injunctions. But like the majority of those who hold the levers of power and influence today, Obama is an ideological heir of a rebellion against the God of Revelation that began during the Renaissance.
The assault against the living God and Christian absolutes gained speed and force with the philosophical materialist implications of Darwinian theory. The idea that humans evolved by chance and natural selection from indifferent primordial water lay the axe at the very foundation of the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo. On the heels of Darwinian theory Christian theism came under forceful attack allowing a secular liberal (apostate Christian) and atheistic-mindset to be declared a scientifically supported reality.
In "The Theme is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition," the highly respected historian M. Stanton Evans affirms that the entity known as "Europe" was chiefly a product of Christianity, so much so that Europe and its offspring were once described as Christendom:
"Without Christianity, there would no doubt have been some kind of civilization in the West, but it would have been quite a different civilization from that which we know; for it was only as Christendom---the society of Christian people---that the tribes and people and nations of the West acquired a common consciousness and sense of cultural and spiritual unity...." (Christopher Dawson in The Theme is Freedom, p. 28)
It was Christianity that suffused Europe with a common outlook and gave to the West its distinctive view of tradition, culture, morality, family, sexual ethics, and statecraft:
"That biblical teaching was the formative influence in the creation of Europe, and that Europe was the nursery of freedom as we know it, are both established facts of record....In fact, the precepts of our religion provided the conceptual building blocks for the free societies of the West---including the very idea of liberty (together with) limits on the power of the state..." (ibid, p. 29)
Christian thought is the father of limitations on state power. Man is fallen, from birth he is a pleasure-seeking egocentric who desires power over others to get what he wants. America's founding generation embraced this Christian precept and knew therefore that temporal law cannot do away with or even prevent evils arising from the human condition, thus there must be limitations on power of the state:
"There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America...I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion---for who can search the human heart?---but I am certain that they hold it indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions." (Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1955, p. 316)
Stanton Evans reveals that the defining attitude of secular philosophers and ideological systematizers of the Renaissance and Enlightenment rests on the principle that religious absolutes by their nature,
"...and the Christian religion in particular, are congenial to oppression." (ibid, p. 39)
If Christian doctrine is opposed to freedom, then respect for human life as well as liberty should have flourished in secular communist and national socialist regimes. Yet the reverse was true as slavery, cruelty, terror, genocide and catastrophic destruction characterized 20th century's murderous secular regimes.
If Christian absolutes implies oppression, then it follows that denial of absolutes will lead to freedom. Thus moral relativism, the erasure of male and female distinctions, alternative lifestyles, diversity and pluralism (equality of all belief systems except for orthodox Christianity and faithful Judaism) are among politically correct outlooks for our secular dystopian society.
While our dystopia draws on all of these nihilistic notions, the evolutionary-scientific-rationalist bias of modern secular thought is the foundation stone since evolutionary theory has supposedly cast down the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo. Here freedom from oppression means that man is no longer created in God's spiritual image.
The apostate Christian philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was the first rebel against the living God to gaze fully upon man’s loss of faith and its terrifying consequences. With no living God to obstruct his vision, the utter emptiness--the nihilism he saw was agonizing. In “The Gnostic Religion,” Hans Jonas provides a full-scale study of the heretical world of pre-Christian and Christian era Gnostic nihilism together with its modern variant.
Jonas points out that whereas the ancient gnostic conception was antagonistic, antinomian, demonic and anti-human, it nevertheless retained a source for soul/spirit. Not so for its’ modern counterpart. With its’ completely godless, soulless nature, it represents the “absolute vacuum, the really bottomless pit.” (Jonas, p. 339)
For the evolved soulless human-ape there is nothing—no living God Who will hold every human being accountable for how he lived his life while in the world; no soul/spirit, no heaven above and no hell below.
If all of this is accepted, then there is no reason whatever to observe normal standards of truth, to play by the rules, to respect the institution of marriage, to refrain from social parasitism, theft, force, murder and violence, or to respect the rights and liberties of anyone since human life is cheap, even worthless, since it is the chance product of evolution:
"(Video) MSNBC Repeatedly Calls Babies 'The Things That Might Turn Into Humans:'
Melissa Harris-Perry denies that babies are humans and tells us that her opinion is based on "science" and not "faith" and she also warns us that if these "things that may become human" are allowed to be born, they might represent a financial burden to us all.
Since Christian absolutes are oppressive, why not demonstrate our contempt and outright hatred for their Author Jesus Christ by writing His name on a piece of paper and then stomping on it? In "Professor Makes Students 'Stomp on Jesus,' Todd Starnes reports:
"A Florida Atlantic University student said he was suspended from class after he refused a professor’s directive to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” written on it." (Starnes, Townhall.com, Mar. 22, 2013)
The secular university naturally defends professor Deandre Poole's directive:
"The lesson on bashing the name of Christ is included in a textbook titled, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”
Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson:
“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.” (ibid)
Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News he’s not surprised by the classroom lesson:
“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ – empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional Christian and conservative beliefs..." “It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities..." (ibid)
And finally, if you’re a pastor who seeks validation from secular nihilists and you've just got to be accepted at all costs, then you'll distance yourself from orthodox Christians and faithful Jews, and like the hipster apostate pastor Rob Bell, you'll demonstrate your worthiness of acceptance by embracing moral relativism, mystical pantheism and same-sex marriage. (Rob Bell, Homosexuality, and the New Cultural Acceptance, by Owen Strachan, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Mar. 19, 2013)
Or perhaps, as Brannon Howse of Worldview Weekend reports, you'll receive acceptance by mocking Christians who want to go deeper into the study of God’s Word. If mockery doesn't go far enough, then maybe you'll bring our sick, nihilistic culture right into God's House by playing AC/DC's satanic “Highway to Hell” to start off the resurrection service at your church. (Watch Hirelings vs Shepherds, available online for next three days http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv )
"Understand, you unwise among the people: and you fools, when will you be wise? The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity....And he will recompense them their wickedness..." Psalm 94: 8, 11, 23)
Unless they wise up and repent, all of the faithless who seek entrance into secularism's inner sanctum need merely to reject the God of Revelation and embrace nihilism in its every permutation to receive their just reward: a smooth, fast ride on the Highway to Hell, down, down, down into the bottomless pit.