Vastly inflated pride and haughtiness preceded primordial mans' fall into idolatry and paganism. A haughty spirit led them to accept the devil's lie that the living God no longer existed except in the form of a creative energy that enabled them to evolve into gods. The truth as to this evil said Athanasius,
"....is that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul" which, "materialized by forgetting God" and engrossed in lower things, "makes them into gods," and thereby "descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition," whereby "they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen, or that anything was good save things temporal and bodily; so turning away and forgetting that she was in the image of the good God, she no longer... sees God the Word after whose likeness she is made; but having departed from herself, imagines and feigns what is not (and then) advancing further in evil, they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent)
In Romans, the Apostle Paul teaches that there are only two sources for all of the religions everywhere around the world and over the course of history. These two are naturalism, or worship of creation (i.e., time, matter, particles, energy), and worship of the living Creator Who created time, matter, particles, energy and everything else. In accepting the devil's lie primordial people fell into naturalism, which is the belief that there is neither living God nor heavenly realm. There is only the creative energy operating within the natural or physical dimension.
After the Flood the devil's lie evolved into a much more comprehensive system. In the post-Flood system all that exists is cosmos. Cosmos is an energy field, some call it mind, others energy or light. According to ancient occult lore of the Mystery initiates (Illuminists) going back to the time of Nimrod, the cosmic light or mind eventually gave birth to itself after creating a cosmic egg which upon exploding (Big Bang), fertilized the physical universe with potentialities: of life, reason, and godhood.
Though the cosmic mind was completely unconscious somehow it nevertheless operated by pure willpower. Slowly but surely it evolved into a physical entity, the very first in the cosmos, which became the individual repository of the cosmic mind. For Eastern mystical pantheists it is Brahman (the Void). For ancient Gnostics this being was the impersonal god called Abraxas. With the Kabbalists it is En sof while for Egyptians' it was the Sun-God Ra. Ra evolved out of Nu — primordial matter (physical universe):
"I came into being from primordial matter...I made all the forms under which I appeared by means of (or out of) the god-soul which I raised up out of Nu." (The Long War Against God, Dr. Henry Morris, p. 243)
Modern evolutionary atheist humanists and their theological counterparts teach similar ideas with the difference that theologians couch theirs in Christian terminology. With them, the unconscious cosmic mind is God. Under direction of its human shapers, this sock-puppet God creates and ignites a cosmic egg which fertilizes the universe with potential life, reason, and higher consciousness and then directs the evolution of life over billions of years from lowest things to highest. Obviously, this man-controlled sock-puppet can only create evolutively and despite extravagant claims otherwise, man is not the created image bearer of the living God, thus he is not a person but the bestial conscious product of the god of forces.
Beginning at the Renaissance certain theologians, mystics and intellectuals had betrayed their calling and turned back to the magic way of the initiates. Their apostasy set off a chain reaction eventually resulting in the 'murder' of the living God and the attempted obliteration of man's soul/spirit. Eric Voegelin comments:
"....the order of being (was) obliterated (and reinterpreted) as essentially under man's control." Taking control "requires the decapitation of being — the murder of God." (Eric Voegelin, "Science, Politics and Gnosticism," p. xv)
The corollary to the murder of the living personal One God in Three Persons is the obliteration of personhood.
The term 'person' is uniquely Christian. It originated in Christian theologies developmental struggle to comprehend the nature and experience of the transcendent, personal Triune God:
"The derivative concept of human personhood is a gift of the Christian faith to culture…” (Stephen P. Stratton, Chapter 14, p. 247, The Self, Paul Vitz & Susan M. Felch, Editors)
Building off of the concept of human personhood, St. Augustine (AD 354-430) affirmed that as all men are the spiritual image-bearers of the transcendent, personal Triune God then it logically follows that each person is a trinity of being — of soul (personality, emotions) spirit (God-consciousness, will, reason, conscience) and body (physical matter).
In Christian thought, a person is a spirit and personality is the total individuality of the soul/spirit. Animals have souls but not spirits, thus without spirit man is no longer a person but a beast qualitatively no different from a rat, pig, or ape.
It is on the historically unique Christian definition of person that America’s Constitutional Republic is grounded, making America’s founding documents great spiritual documents delineating the individual God-given spiritual property and temporal rights of “we the people.”
In affirmation, more than eighty years ago President Calvin Coolidge said in a speech delivered on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 5, 1926:
"Democracy is Christ's government in church and state... Here was the doctrine of equality, popular sovereignty, and the substance of the theory of inalienable rights....When we take all these circumstances into consideration, it is but natural that the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence should open with a reference to Nature's God and should close...with an appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world and an assertion of a firm reliance on Divine Providence...In its main feature the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man....They have their source and roots in the religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world. " (Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance No Longer Tolerates Religion, William J. Federer, pp. 270-271)
Whether the Founders were individually Christian or not, there was among them a strong Christian consensus that finds some of its greatest spiritual and moral expression in the scholarly works of Samuel Rutherford in “Lex Rex” (1644) and in the writings of the 18th century jurist William Blackstone.
Rutherford reasoned that since all men are fallen (sinners), then no man---whether king, prime minister, jurist, or president for example---is superior to any other man as all men, none excluded, are sinners. This means that no man is above the law; all are subject to the law without exception, thus all men (i.e., evolutionary humanists and their theological counterparts, apostates, Obama, Holder, Supreme Court justices, ‘gay homofascists,’ lesbian goddesses, illegals, abortionists, perverse sex-educators, and elitist GOP insiders) must recognize that they are under the transcendent Law of God.
Blackstone greatly influenced early American understanding of the Triune God, the Bible, Law and nature. He taught that since the living, personal God is the omnipotent Creator who works and governs the affairs of men then all law should be consistent with His Revelation in the Bible. No law should be passed that is contrary to the higher law of God as is all too common today.
Furthermore, as all men are created spiritual equals in the eyes of God, then life, worth, dignity and other unalienable rights are conferred upon each human person at conception. For example, freedom of religion and speech are the temporal manifestations of a person’s God-given spiritual property of conscience and reason.
In "Property," published in The National Gazette on March 29, 1792, James Madison clearly defines the meaning of a person’s God-given spiritual property, some of its’ temporal manifestations and the meaning and intent of just government as opposed to unjust government:
"He has a property....in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them." "He has a property...in his opinions and the free communication of them." "He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them." "He has property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person."
"....a man's land, or merchandize, or money (and) as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties or his possessions."
Government is instituted to protect property of every sort:
"This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own." (Samuel Rutherford, Lex Rex; lexrex.com)
Vishal Mangalwadi, India's foremost Christian scholar affirms that the Christian gift of personhood gave birth to the "belief in the unique dignity of human beings," and this is,
"...the force that created Western civilization, where citizens do not exist for the state but the state exists for the individuals. Even kings, presidents, prime ministers, and army generals cannot be allowed to trample upon an individual and his or her rights." (Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations, pp. 12-13)
The Death of God, Personhood, and Our Constitutional Republic: Or the Fall all over again
"According to a recent Pew Research survey, 60 percent of all Americans believe that “humans and other living things have evolved over time”, while only 33 percent of respondents rejected this statement." (100 Facts About The Moral Collapse Of America That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe, Michael Snyder, Apr. 9, 2014, thetruthwins.com)
Nihilism, the idea that man is no longer a person but a beast qualitatively no different from a rat, pig, or ape is the logical assumption if the transcendent One God in Three Persons has been decapitated whether by the brazen declaration of his death or by the subtle method of reducing the Genesis account, particularly the first three books, to mere myth and allegory open to the endless rationalizing and arrogant assumptions of intellectually and morally corrupt men.
Nihilism is spiritual, moral, and intellectual suicide, yet for the last two hundred years, naturalistic Enlightenment philosophy, evolutionary biology, methodological naturalism, evolutionary Christianity and other derivatives of naturalism have been working their way virtually unopposed through our seminaries, pulpits, government, legal institutions, education institutions, military, and entertainment complex embedding themselves, often unconsciously, within our minds. This means that not only is the way we see ourselves and America colored by nihilism, but to the degree that our minds and conscience have been polluted are we immobilized by our own moral corruption and apathy, the spiritual emptiness that says in reaction to our peculiarly twisted, degraded culture of death, "Why bother?' Why bother when the easiest thing is to accommodate ourselves and our children and churches to it?
The brutally twisted, sexually deviant, lawless atmosphere of our age is the "death of God" made tangible and it is Nietzsche who describes our meaningless, disordered, ugly, atonal, brutal, upside-down climate of nothingness where Cliven Bundy's ranch can be forcibly stolen by tyrannical, covetous beast-men because in their eyes Bundy and his family are qualitatively no different from the cattle grazing his land:
"We have killed him (God), you and I! ...But how have we done it? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the whole horizon? What did we do when we loosened this earth from its sun? Whither does it now move? Whither do we move? ...Do we not dash on unceasingly? Backwards, sideways, forwards, in all directions? Is there still an above and below? Do we not stray...through infinite nothingness? Does not empty space breathe upon us? ...Does not night come on continually, darker and darker?" (Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, Eugene Rose, p. 108)
Such is the theater of the cruel, lawless, and absurd in which there is neither up nor down, male nor female, right nor wrong, true nor false, normal nor abnormal because the living God is dead, and while America and the West drift aimlessly in "infinite nothingness" nihilism progressively dissolves the foundation of soul/spirit, personhood, worth, morality, family, individual liberty....and Cliven Bundy's God-given spiritual right to property.
The burning question each American should be pondering is: who is next? Who will the beast-men holding the levers of power and influence at every level of our society come for next?