The willful disobedience of Adam and Eve resulted in their fall out of communion with God (spiritual death), and though they lived on for hundreds of years they eventually died because spiritual death made them subject to physical death. In fact, the antediluvian world was eventually destroyed and all of its' spiritually dead, horribly depraved citizens, save a remnant, died because when God sent Adam and Eve into exile and cursed the world, this means in practice that the tendency of everything is inevitably toward disorder, chaos, dementia, evil and death.
St. Augustine understood this principle to mean that as civilizations consist of fallen people whose natural tendency is toward self-love (narcissism) solidified both in rebellion against God and in lawlessness and moral and intellectual disorder or madness (unless saved by Christ), then civilizations, no matter how promising at their beginning, will always disintegrate, implode, collapse and die.
Writing at the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, St. Augustine writes in the “City of God” that the disintegrating, dying Rome populated by wicked citizens is a worldly City of Man in which every unrighteous man, whether king or slave, has as many masters as he has vices. However, the righteous man, even though a slave to wicked men, is actually the free man. Additionally, wicked men are not only the slaves of their unfettered libidos and intellectual madness but of the demons who influence their moral imbecility and inflame their disordered passions, as was the case with King Saul. (1 Sam. 16:14)
J.R.R. Tolkien was a faithful, orthodox Christian. Part of his genius was his ability to paint a complex, multi-dimensional portrait in words that allows us to see the visible manifestations of the City of Man and its' spiritually dead and depraved citizens. The City of Man is represented by Tolkien's two towers, Orthanc and Barad dur. Orthanc is the tangible symbol of the evil realm ruled by Saruman (called a wizard by men but actually a fallen angelic being of the order of Maia) while the tower of Barad dur overlooks the blasted hell on earth created by Sauron, the evil Eye suspended between the twin horns of Barad-dur. Sauron is the fallen angel who in Middle Earth is the first lieutenant of Morgoth (Lucifer). The citizens of Saruman's and Sauron's City of Man are the Orcs.
It's in Tolkien's "Silmarillion," the Genesis account of the Middle Earth trilogy that we learn the identity of the original and later Orcs. The original Orcs were of the first born children of Illuvatar, the Holy God of creation Who sang all things into existence ex nihilo and sustains all things by the power of His Word. The original Orcs then, were High Elves who by their willful rejection of the Light given them by Illuvatar were therefore abandoned by Him (John 3:19) came under the influence and control of Morgoth, and in Middle Earth, Sauron and Saruman.
As Middle Earth Orcs were animated by evil spirits there was no good left in them, hence they were full of lies, lust, covetousness, greed, and envy (2 Tim. 3). This is why they most eagerly cannibalize each other in gratification of disordered passions as well as eat man-flesh since the children of Iluvatar (Quenya for "the Father of All," more commonly referred to as Eru, the Creator of everything) are the greatest objects of their hate and burning envy. Indeed, Orcs despise all things of Iluvatar---His Word, creation, life, truth, beauty, virtue-- and instead glory in the nihilistic worldview of demons: the godless universe of matter, psychic energy and animated powers. As Tolkien explained in The Hobbit:
"Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted. They make no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones. They can tunnel and mine as well as any but the most skilled dwarves, when they take the trouble, though they are usually untidy and dirty. Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light. It is not unlikely that they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers at once, for wheels and engines and explosions always delighted them. (Tolkien, The Hobbit, 60)
The story of the City of Man and its' twin tower version under the dominion of Saruman and Sauron is the story of man from the pre-flood world to the post-flood world right through to our own age.
This story of man is the story of history, said the well-respected pastor John MacArthur. In Acts 14:16 the Apostle Paul said, “In the generations gone by, He…God…permitted all the nations to go their own way:”
According to MacArthur, no Scripture more directly addresses abandonment and its consequences than Romans 1 does. Here is the "most graphic and the most comprehensive discussion of what it means to be abandoned by God" and is the best passage to explain America's relentless slide into disintegration issuing into madness, confusion, lawlessness, sexual anarchy, and tyranny of evil.
When the Spirit of the Lord abandons a society, one of the first things to become subject to the devil’s influence are the thoughts and feelings of the citizens:
“This often results in a complete attitude of indifference to any spiritual influence, and to an open rejection of any belief in God. The Word of God loses its power to speak, and God’s promises become meaningless. The person finds he can only entertain evil thoughts in his mind and ideas which are opposed to God. He is gripped with a passion for lying and impure thoughts. Indeed, the desire to lie so fills him that he does so unconsciously. In spite of feeling no remorse for his sins, he will be plagued with a continuous feeling of restlessness, with a lack of peace, and depressive moods.” (Occult Bondage, Kurt Koch, p. 140)
Dr. Koch delineates other common features of evil societies:
1. Warped, distorted, freakish characters; narcissism, hard egoism, uncongenial dark natures, scoffing, mocking, cruel criticism, contempt and ridicule
2. Extreme, uncontrollable passions resulting in abnormal, compulsive sexuality, sodomy, bestiality, pederasty, pedophilia, lesbianism, androgyny (transgender); meanness, spite, hate, violence, wrath, explosive rage, belligerence, theft, rape, murder, killing of babies, beatings, terrorism
3. Compulsive dark thoughts of suicide and murder; hideous nightmares, the dreadful sensation of standing atop an abyss, anxiety states, persecution complexes
4. Sexualization of culture: sexualized women, teens, boys, girls, babies and animals; love of nudity and titillation, addiction to pornography and drugs
5. Automatic rebellion against any vestige of authority
6. Subjectivism and/or Moral relativism: the depraved insistence that there is no essential difference between good and evil, natural and unnatural, truth and lie. All ‘truth’ and ‘values’ are subject to each whining, demanding narcissist’s personal likes (whatever is coveted) and dislikes (whoever is hated and envied) since each narcissist is independent and a law unto himself after the dictates of his own will
5. Naturalism: all that exists is nature or cosmos (matter), hence there can be no relevance in anything beyond our senses; there is nothing above us and no hell below
6. Madness or moral imbecility: all sense suddenly seems like nonsense, nothing is ever right, natural, good and true resulting in Nietzsche's trans-valuation of values
7. Demonic subjection: confusion, psychosis, psychopathy, blasphemous thoughts, words and acts against Jesus Christ, the Christian Church, Christians and Christian symbols, Holy Days, and prayer
The beginning of subjectivism is pride (love of self), the perfect anti-God, anti-truth, anti-higher knowledge state of mind. Thus subjectivism, a spirit of madness that inverts evil over good and lie over truth very obviously works through the minds of great numbers of Western and American subjectivists, both Christian and secular, who see themselves as the measure of good and evil, truth and lie.
In practice subjectivism has led narcissistic theologians to elevate 'self' or perhaps science and evolution above the Revelation of God resulting in churches that are no longer the Church of Jesus Christ but of man.
Subjectivism also means that the sadistic dismemberment of late-term babies in the womb is not murder but a woman's 'choice,' while throwing open our borders in open invitation to terrorists, ISIS, drug lords and hoodlums is not treachery and betrayal but an act of benevolence.
Nor is the beheading of an eighty-two year old British Christian woman a crime worthy of justice. Pamela Geller reports:
"And the media and British dhimmi Uk authorities (Scotland Yard) release the story emphatically stating it “is not terrorism” knowing full well the murderer was Muslim. Their concern was not for the Christian victim of Italian descent in this heavily populated Muslim neighborhood, but of protecting Islam." (pamelageller.com, September 4, 2014)
Of further consequence, sodomy is no longer an act against all that's natural and life-affirming but just another gender orientation and Satanism, the worship of pure evil, is no longer evil but just another religion. And under the First Amendment, Satanists have the freedom to practice their evil 'religion' resulting in increasingly aggressive attempts at erecting statues of Baphomet and now the 'right' to perform a black mass in Oklahoma City:
"An Oklahoma-based satanic group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu has leased space in the Civic Center Music Hall, which is owned and operated by the city, for a black mass on Sept. 21. The event is booked for the Cityspace theater, the facility’s smallest theater space, said Jennifer McClintock, public information officer for the Civic Center." (Satanic 'black mass' gets green light from U.S. city, Leo Hohmann, wnd.com, 08/26/2014 )
The beginning of subjectivism is pride (love of self), the perfect anti-God, anti-truth, anti-higher knowledge state of mind. According to early Church Father Athanasius, the truth as to the cause of the frenzy of madness and evil overtaking our own culture is no different from the cause of the madness and evil that swept the antediluvian world. The truth as to evil lies in the perverted choice of darkened souls, 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 this light we can see why,
" God’s wrath is already at work in our culture. We’re not waiting for it, we are currently experiencing it." MacArthur
As ever greater numbers of self-centered Americans---Christian and secular---reject the Light given them by their Creator our increasingly insane, lawless, pornographic, homosexualized, disunited, satanically inverted States of Godless America passes ever more quickly into a state of confusion, evil and stupefaction. As God abandons America it becomes the City of Man populated by Orcs dominated by evil spirits. This, the story of history, is now the unfolding story of America.