The Question of Evil: Libertarian, Darwinian and Biblical Perspectives

In an opinion piece entitled, "Are We Rome Yet?" Libertarian John Stossel writes that a group of libertarians gathered in Las Vegas recently for an event called "FreedomFest" during which they debated whether America will soon fall as Rome did.  (Stossel,  July 31, 2013, Townhall.com)

Matt Kibbe for example---president of the tea party group FreedomWorks---commented on the ominous parallels between modern America and Rome:

"The parallels are quite ominous -- the debt, the expansionist foreign policy, the arrogance of executive power taking over our country... But I do think we have a chance to stop it."

Libertarians are motivated by the question of evil: why does it exist and what can be done about it. 

 They believe that through movements like the tea party, libertarian philosophy and events like FreedomFest that hopefully alert people to the danger in imperial Washington and try to fight it that they can wake up the public.   This is our only  hope, said Stossel.

Despite that some Christians embrace Libertarianism, at bottom it is a form of materialist atheism that with Freud believes the supernatural Triune God is an illusion since all that exists is matter in motion, so by extension, man is not fallen, is capable of perfecting himself and evil arises from unjust social institutions, moral laws, sexual ethics, and all other restraints on autonomous man's freedoms.  

Ayn Rand is one of Libertarianism's most influential thinkers and is therefore representative of the Libertarian worldview.   Rand was an egocentric atheist whose philosophy called Objectivism combined elements from Aristotelian rationalism (knowledge begins in the senses), Nietzschean 'superman' atheism, Adam Smith's capitalism, Sigmund Freud's materialist-based illusionism (God is an illusion caused by movement of chemicals in the brain) and hedonistic egoism.  

Rand declared that life spontaneously generated and/or created itself from eternally existing matter in much the same way as the Egyptian Sun-God Ra created himself from eternally existing primordial waters (matter).  For Rand then, the god she has raised up over the earth,

"...this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy, and peace and pride (is in) one word: I."  (For the New Intellectual, p. 65)

Rand populated her novels with morally and intellectually perfected heroic men and women (supermen) who by their own great intelligence, courage and independence changed the face of the earth.   Following this line of egoistic reasoning, heroic Libertarians such as Stossel and Kibbe believe that if they deliver the "right" knowledge to sleeping Americans they will "wake up" to their dangers and fight back.  

This line of reasoning makes sense only if self-created man is basically good (not fallen) and his capacity for self-redemption comes from right knowledge and unfettered liberty to do whatever he wants so long as it doesn't harm anyone.   By extension of this way of reasoning, right and wrong are determined by a majority of people.  This is moral relativism, a type of nihilism wherein the eternally unchanging Triune God does not exist and life has no higher, fixed meaning or purpose with neither hope of an afterlife nor any accountability to his Maker for his actions here in this world, therefore,  since men no longer have reason and purpose for being good, they are free to be bad.  

This is where Libertarianism falls apart.  Where there is no fixed meaning, purpose, ultimate accountability and no restraining influence of Biblical morality, Libertarianism quickly devolves into the evils of Anarchy, which then quickly leads to yet more evil, the necessity for Caesar-- totalitarianism.

Over on the conservative Free Republic website a fan of Thomas Malthus and Darwin offered his self-described "humble opinion" and implied prescription to the concerns raised by Libertarians.   He begins by saying that though we like to believe otherwise, our evolved species isn't that long "out of the trees" and the same laws of nature that affect all of God’s creatures apply equally to us, meaning that when species, especially the genetically inferior, are allowed to reproduce without limitations there will be dire  consequences.

With respect to the genetically inferior---the weak, lazy and stupid according to the Darwinian---when they are allowed to reproduce unimpeded they soon outnumber the genetically superior---the strong, productive, and intelligent---and when the genetically inferior dominate the gene pool, the entire population becomes "weak/ lazy/stupid, and then the population collapses."

According to the Darwinian, in the past when these collapses occurred they were referred to as a “Malthusian Collapse.” Though Malthus, a Nineteenth Century Economist, never really pinned down the exact reason for these collapses, it is now thought that they occur whenever the genetically inferior greatly outnumber the genetically superior and being too lazy to perform the work necessary to provide for themselves, what's left of the genetically superior refuse to continue to do it for them.

Here we have another egocentric atheist philosophy that combines elements from Aristotelian rationalism (knowledge begins in the senses), Malthusian population control schemes, Nietzschean 'superman' atheism, both Darwin's materialist evolutionary conception and a spiritual 'pantheist' conception. 

Darwin was a physical materialist, which means that all that exists is physical matter and evolutionary energies (elemental spirits) acting on matter, thus the supernatural Triune God, heaven, hell, demons, angels, soul/spirit do not and cannot exist.

But the mention of a God bespeaks a nonphysical or spiritual evolutionary conception such as Teilhard de Chardin’s quasi-Hindu pantheist idea which has a god-force emerging from spontaneously generated matter, making all matter spiritual and divine rather than merely physical, while evolutionary energies become living, conscious self-directed forces like the Force of Star Wars.

The Darwinist turns out to be an evolutionary theist whose god is a Gnostic Manichean demiurge, a pathetically limited, demonic deity that is the deterministic cause of all evil---death, suffering, and of course of unfit, weak, stupid life forms.

But in the Darwinists Gnostic tale of good versus evil all is not lost as the divine living Force otherwise known as “laws of nature” selected (predestined) a few highly evolved human beings and setting them apart from the rest of the genetically lazy, stupid herd (forces of corruption/evil) endowed the small, select brotherhood of heroes with the super genes of strength, courage, intelligence and great wisdom.

It is up to the band of heroes to defeat evil and its' genetic spawn by way of abortion (of the unfit, unwanted), euthanasia (of worthless human vegetables), eugenics (careful breeding of the genetically superior), and the Final Solution: famine and genocide---mass murder of the genetically unfit.

The Gnostic Manichean Marxist Communists put this plan in motion and liquidated 60,000,000+ unfit human weeds, dinosaurs, and other useless eaters while Hitler's Socialists accounted for about 30,000,000 more.

While the Libertarian and Darwinian answer to evil boils down to, "the devil made me do it," God's Word charges out of the gate with the vastly uncomfortable, entirely offensive words,

"There is not a righteous man, not even one..." Romans 3:10

Romans 3:10 is eloquently expressed by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his response to the Gnostic Manichean view of good and evil held by Marxist Communists:

"The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being." (The Deadliest Monster, J.F. Baldwin, p. 58)

The brilliant psychotherapist Victor Frankl, who survived Auschwitz and all the horrors of Nazi death camps saw human nature at its best and worst.  In a paraphrase of  Romans 3:10 he said,

"After all, man is that being who has invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who has entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." (ibid)

The checks and balances within the power structure of our government's judicial, legislative, and administrative branches is due to Madison's conviction that all men are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3) bent inward on themselves and if given half the chance, will further their own interests at the expense of others.   While Libertarians, Darwinists and other atheists call this a backwards, superstitious, and pessimistic view of man, Madison thought it was a very realistic view of the human condition.  

Commenting on man's fallen condition, his kindly Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde sides, Blaise Pascal said,

"What sort of freak then is man!  How novel, how monstrous, how chaotic, how paradoxical, how prodigious!  Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, repository of truth, sink of doubt and error, glory and refuse of the universe!.....Certainly nothing jolts us more rudely than this doctrine (inherent sinfulness), and yet, but for this mystery, we remain incomprehensible to ourselves." (ibid, pp. 58-59)

 Men can be both bestial and heroic.  Even little children recognize this, according to psychologist Bruno Bettelheim:

"There is a widespread refusal to let children know that the source of much that goes wrong in life is due to our very own natures---the propensity of all men for acting aggressively, asocially, selfishly, out of anger and anxiety.  Instead, we want our children to believe that, inherently, all men age good.  But children know that they are not always good, and often, even when they are (bad), they would prefer not to be.   This contradicts what they are told by their parents and therefore makes the child a monster in his own eyes." (ibid, p. 59)

Libertarianism, Darwinism, and all other atheist philosophies are forms of nihilism unable to account either for life or the being of man, and because they are morally relative, they are unable to address the issue of evil without making everything much worse.

We will remain incomprehensible to ourselves and unable to understand why things are going so very wrong here in America unless we turn back to our Divine Creator, the ultimate Source of Life, Truth, Moral Law and man's being.   We must return with the understanding and acceptance of our fallen nature because as Pascal said, unless we know ourselves,

"...to be full of pride, ambition, concupiscence, weakness, wretchedness and unrighteousness, we are truly blind." (ibid, p. 60)

@Linda Kimball

 

When Evil is Good and Good is Evil: The Worldview of the Marquis de Sade

In striking down Section 3 of DOMA, Justice Kennedy accuses men and women who support traditional marriage of harboring an "animus" or hatred of  homosexuals---sexually confused males and females who perceive themselves as two-in-ones, that is, androgynes.  

 Scalia's dissent suggests that the majority's arrogance betrays its own "animus," toward men and women of faith in the living Creator:  

"In the majority's judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to 'disparage,' 'injure,' 'degrade,' 'demean,' and 'humiliate' our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual....All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence -- indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race."

This issue is about far more than just marriage rights.  It is really about the disintegration of man’s inner person (his soul) and the demolition of the worth and dignity befitting the spiritual image bearer of the Triune God.  This insidious process  began during the Enlightenment when Deists and fellow thinkers elevated 'reason,' or the corrupted intellect of man over the Trinity and Scripture and inferences from Scripture:

"Rationalists of various kinds in the 3rd and 4th centuries tried to minimize the mystery of the Trinity by reducing the persons to appearances or by making God’s essence plural. The church rightly rejected these attempts as heresies."  (God’s Eternally And Only Begotten Son And His Adopted Sons, R. Scott Clark, The Heidelblog,  August 28, 2014)

When Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published on November 24, 1859, all 1,250 copies sold out on the day of publication. God-hating Westerners and Americans alike had long been waiting for a theory with so-called 'scientific' prestige to render the Bible and the God of Revelation obsolete, thus they immediately jumped on the bandwagon of Darwinism. George Bernard Shaw described the relief of men at being rid of the Triune God and declared the world jumped at Darwin.  (Is Evolution Proved?, Dewar and Shelton, p. 4, cited by R.J. Rushdoony, The Necessity for Creationism)

With great haste, many compromising churchmen immediately scrambled aboard the Darwinian bandwagon followed by a long line of theological pied pipers right into our own time. For such people the appeal to compromise is irresistible.  Why not be fashionably "scientific," or "scientifically" respectable rather than faithful?  If the Genesis account of creation is such an embarrassment, why not accommodate the Bible to evolution? Why defend unscientific creation ex nihilo and risk being considered ignorant and backward by the world's 'inner circle' despite St. James warning,

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).

Similarly, anyone who denies the authority of Scripture at one point has denied it at all points.  Rushdoony comments:

" If we assert that we can set aside the six-day creation doctrine, we have asserted our supremacy over Scripture. Our mind and our convenience now have a higher authority than the Bible, so that we have denied its authority totally and asserted our authority instead. If we claim the right at any point to set aside Scripture, we have established ourselves as the higher authority at every point. Clearly, therefore, the question of authority is at stake in Genesis 7: God or man? Whose word is authoritative and final?"

Working in unison, God-haters and compromising theologians have replaced the personal Creator with evolutionary scientism, thus man is no longer a living soul created in the spiritual image of God, nor male or female, but rather a sexless aggregate of matter in motion while the powers and abilities of his mind (spirit) are nothing more than energies acting on grey matter, that is, chemical interactions and the firing of synapses. In short, man is nothing but an evolved animal or bio-machine, a conscious product of energy acting on matter, a process called evolution.

The disintegration of man’s dignity as a rational creature of God is not the result of true science, as  evolution worshippers claim, but rather the product of a depraved conscience that justifies the depersonalization and abuse of others as the exercise of freedom. It is hostility and outright hatred of God and His image-bearers disguised behind linguistic sophistry.

With the Triune God who spoke creation into existence ex nihilo in six days out of the picture, then so too are the fall, sin, heaven, hell, angels, demons, immutable truth, universal moral absolutes, the two created sexes (male and female) and the entire structure of morally grounded presuppositions, norms, standards, principles, law, sexual ethics, social institutions and society built thereon.    In the resulting void, everything---no matter how depraved-- is now possible.

Long before Nietzsche announced that with the death of the Christian God an inversion of the West's biblically-based moral foundations would be the result, the thoroughly evil Marquis de Sade, a murderer whose name is synonymous with sadism, had already arrived at that conclusion.   Thus he brazenly defended his bestiality, sodomy, sadism, and murder as moral, and redefined both God and Biblical morality as truly evil

Building off of this foundation, he denied any need for limitations on the appetites of animalistic men. Whatever they saw and desired was absolutely permissible. Consistent with his logic was the repudiation of the idea of crime, which de Sade regarded as an imposition on animalistic man’s freedom.   According to de Sade, the criminal---the murderer, rapist, sodomite, pedophile, thief--- is the truly free man.

In short, within the evolving universe of matter and energy, all appetites, no matter how sick and twisted, are normative and ideal, but when the Bible declares these to be fallen and depraved, it is abnormal and evil.  Hence sodomy, rape, sexual abuse of children, tearing unborn babies apart in the womb, euthanasia and genocide are normal, good, and entirely permissible, while dissent against any or all of these evils is itself evil.

De Sade was a thoroughly reprobate man who refused to consider his perverse ideas and evil actions as in any way wrong. He was an intellectually and morally insane sophist who whipped up moral outrage against God and His Law and relished his self-appointed role as His accuser.

According to de Sade's twisted reasoning, all things unnatural, filthy, and vile are entirely justified by evolutionary naturalism, which has freed man from the God of Revelation and His Law.

The real horror of this worldview is its positive declaration of a “new” satanically inverted-morality which we commonly think of as political correctness with its two overriding absolutes: “tolerance” and “inclusion.” Thus today the brazenly perverse claim of  “politically correct”  moral imbeciles to the high ground where they point accusing fingers at Biblical ethics and the faithful Christians and Jews who hold fast to them.

De Sade was the forerunner of all contemporary shock troopers of evil who today demand total freedom for everything except Christian theism and faithful Judaism, a policy now well-entrenched in the American psyche, and as a consequence, in the White House, Congress, Supreme Court, schools, universities, unions, lower courts, city halls, statehouses, Hollywood, the music industry, and even seminaries and pulpits.

In the burned out areas known today as the post-Christian West and America, self-worshipping conscious products of evolution identifying themselves as everything from witches to goddesses, shamans, “gays,” abortionists, earth worshippers, communists, trans-humanists, and international occult "elites" hold the pseudo- moral 'high' ground from whence they demonize decent, law-abiding  men and women as anti-science creationists, haters, heterosexists, homophobes, racists, fascists, and bigots.

Predictably, the day will arrive--- and perhaps more quickly than we realize---when being a faithful Christian or faithful Jew  is to be a criminal.   This will become our 'new' norm because contemporary products of evolution are just now arriving at the more consistent worldview of de Sade and proactively imprinting it upon our culture, with special emphasis upon our children. De Sade’s evil worldview is coming to fullness within Western and American culture. It is a part of our educational system, our laws, politics, courts, the arts, and entertainment.

We cannot stop the evolutionary worldview merely by opposing it. The worldview that justifies evil and demands the right to debase, pollute, depersonalize, kill and enslave must be opposed by its sole antithesis, the God of Revelation, the Creator who called everything into existence ex nihilo and sustains it by the power of His living word.

The modern faith in man-as-god and the supremacy of his base urges must be countered with God Almighty as the Sovereign dispenser of law and grace. The evolutionary worldview is consistently meaningless and suicidal and casts its followers into the void. The gospel of Jesus Christ however, opens up a supernatural worldview that offers ultimate meaning, hope, and purpose.

Fundamentally, there are only two choices before all men: hope or despair, the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of bestial man, eternal life in Paradise or an eternity in outer darkness.

@Linda Kimball

When Lying is Accepted it becomes Required and Society Turns Upside Down

In "Do Blacks and the Left Really Believe This?" Dennis Prager begins by observing that every time you think that the left and its political party have hit moral bottom, they will eventually prove you wrong.

The most recent example occurred last week in Louisiana when the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, stood before her colleagues in the state Senate and announced the reason people oppose Obamacare is because they are racists.  It is President Obama's skin color:

"It isn't about the administration, and it should not be about the administration of the state nor federal level when it comes to Obamacare," she said. "But in fact it is. And why is that? I have talked to so many members in the House and Senate and you know what it comes down to? Are you ready for this? It is not about how many federal dollars we can receive. You ready? You want to know what it's about? It's about race. Now nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African-American president. ... It comes down to the race of the president of the U.S. which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill." (Prager, Townhall.com, June 4, 2013)

Prager wonders why the head of a state Democratic Party -- and a state senator -- would say something that is equally vile and moronic?

There are two possible explanations, and one is worse than the other:

"One is that Peterson doesn't believe what she said; that she said it solely in order to intimidate opponents of Obamacare. When a prominent black accuses anyone -- even if it is most white people in America -- of racism, it usually ends all debate."  (ibid)

But if not that then she really believes what she said:

"And if she really believes that the more than one hundred million Americans who oppose Obamacare -- a CNN poll last week found that 54 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare -- do so because Obama is black, America is in trouble. America is in real trouble if Peterson represents a large majority of black Americans. And we have every reason to believe that she does. She represents a 48-percent black district. And virtually every black leader routinely charges whites with racism." (ibid)

Now either the great majority of American whites are profoundly racist (or homophobic and anti-Muslim) and oppose Obamacare solely because the president is black,  or the great majority of blacks wrongly perceive reality when it comes to their perceptions of whites. In either case said Prager, blacks and whites are living in parallel universes.

One of them is both factually and morally very wrong said Prager and added that the idea that whites only oppose Obamacare because the president is black is one of those terrible lies that shape a society for ill.   Furthermore, it is the non-black left that routinely accuse whites of racism.   In fact, it is mainly white-skinned Leftists such as Paul Krugman of the New York Times, Chris Matthews of MSNBC, former president Jimmy Carter, Frank Rich of New York Magazine, and so many other Leftists who perpetuate the lie of racism (and homophobia, sexism, etc).  And their charge is not only malicious, notes Prager, but is just one more example of the societal destruction wrought by the left.

 Americans are thoroughly entangled and increasingly isolated within a massive and still growing web of delusion, false perceptions, propaganda and lies mainly perpetrated by God-hating Leftists who want there to be no Triune God Who created everything seen and unseen ex nihilo as Thomas Nagel, professor of philosophy and law at New York University admits in his book, "The Last Word." 

According to Nagel, rage against God has produced poor science (and other pathologies) among unbelieving scientists:

"My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time.  One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about life, including everything about the human mind." (The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, Peter Hitchens, pp. 149-150)

 Thus evolutionary thinking and Darwin's theory in particular---which proposes that everything emerged (evolved)  out of self-generated matter----is the central and radical lie ".. in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives..."  said C.S. Lewis.  (Letter to Bernard Acworth, Spt. 13, 1951)

"I suppose the reason we leaped at the origin of species was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores," confessed Sir Julian Huxley, former president of UNESCO and grandson of Darwin's colleague Thomas Huxley. (Henry M. Morris, The Troubled Waters of Evolution, Creation-Life Publishers, 1974, p. 58)

In his masterpiece, "Ideas Have Consequences," early intellectual conservative Richard Weaver traced the first threads of today's matrix of lies to the late 14th century when Western man made an "evil decision" to abandon his belief in transcendent, unchanging "universals" and thus the position that "there is a source of truth higher than, and independent of man..." The consequences of this revolution were catastrophic:

"The denial of everything transcending experience means inevitably...the denial of truth. With the denial of objective truth there is no escape from the relativism of 'man is the measure of all things." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George H. Nash, pp. 30-33)

As lies, corruption, false perceptions and self-delusion rapidly spread and deepened, the web expanded and the downward spiral continued:

The living, supernatural God was conceptually murdered, heaven shut-down and nature (matter) and the physical world of the senses elevated to the supreme reality. The doctrine of original sin was abandoned and replaced by the 'goodness of man' and the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo dehistoricized and replaced with evolutionary cosmogonies claiming spontaneous generation and vast ages of time.  As supernatural Christianity declined, rationalism and then Protestant Liberalism (pantheism) arose and reductionist evolutionary science became the most prestigious way to study man. With knowledge limited to the sensory realm, Jesus Christ the Word Incarnate was reduced to an immanent mystical evolutionary force or Christ consciousness within nature while man's spiritual attributes — soul/spirit (mind, conscience and will) — were soon lost in an endless cycle of reductionism and determinism. Man, created in the spiritual likeness of his supernatural Creator would be lost. In his place would stand the soulless hominid, an accidental emergent product of spontaneously-generated mystical matter and evolutionary forces:

"Marxist philosophical materialism remains beyond all doubt that at some time or other in the remote past, life must have arisen from non-living matter." (Outline of Dialectical Materialism, 1948, p. 494)

Spontaneously generated dead matter not only thinks but is divine:

"...matter itself continually attains to higher perfection under its own power, thanks to indwelling dialectic...the dialectical materialists attribution of 'dialectic' to matter confers on it, not mental attributes only, but even divine ones." (Dialectical Materialism, Gustav A. Wetter, 1977, p. 58)

In "Socialism and Religious Beliefs," Enrico Ferri (1856-1926), a prominent socialist of his day and editor of Avanti, a socialist daily, confesses that Darwinism is fundamental to socialism and further reveals that forces or energies of nature substitute for miracles and divinity:

"....modern positive science...has substituted the conception of natural causality for the conception of miracles and divinity....I add that not only is Darwinism not contrary to socialism, but that it forms one of its fundamental scientific premises. As Virchow justly remarked, socialism is nothing else than the logical and vital outcome partly of Darwinism and partly of Spencerian evolution." (marxists.org)

 Darwinism has destroyed the foundations of supernatural Christian theism, immutable truth, moral law, man's soul/spirit, the two created sexes, and sexual ethics:

"Darwinism came at the desired time; Darwin's theory that man is the descendant of a lower animal destroyed the entire foundation of Christian dogma."   (Anton Pannekoek, "Marxism and Darwinism," translated by Nathan Weiser. Transcribed for the Internet by Jon Muller, Chicago, Charles H. Kerr & Company Co-operative Copyright, 1912 by Charles H. Kerr & Company)

For many long years, thoughtful, concerned people have been pointing out the connections between Darwin's evolutionary theory and the spreading epidemic of hard-edged egoism, pathological lying, narcissism, moral insanity, hatred, despair, paranoia, disordered thinking, dark fantasies, psychosis and other spiritual pathologies together with the murder of 150,000,000 men, women, and children by God-hating Communists and Fascists, the breakup of the family, the abortion of 60,000,000+ unborn here in America, the perversion of children, rampant hedonism and sodomy, and the relentlessly rising tide of psychiatric drug and porn use, crime, decadence, homicide and suicide in the 'evolutionized' West.

But for the most part, their concerns have been ignored, derided, scoffed at and mercilessly ridiculed by the ignorant, gullible, scientism idolaters,  and fools who hate truth.  This is also the case within the whole body of the church wherein evolutionary scientism is supplanting the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo.  So completely has the evolutionary transformation been that it has successfully inverted the order of creation and reversed the direction of Biblical theism.  With creation ex nihilo virtually replaced by evolution, it is now believed that men have not fallen from perfection but instead are gradually evolving upward from their ape beginnings toward greater and greater spiritual perfection.   

As a result, moral duty has turned upside down because "lying is accepted instead of condemned," said J. Budziszewski, a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas. (What We Can't Not Know, Budziszewski, p. 197)

The moment lying is accepted it has to be required because it is the means to an end, the way to win, to have what we want, to preserve our inflated conception of 'self,' to dominate and control others, and to shift personal guilt away from 'self' and onto 'other'.   Thus refusal to lie for the cause---whatever that may be---- makes you guilty of betrayal, of being a spoil-sport, of being unscientific, backward, insane, and hateful.

For our generation of liars there is no heaven above nor hell below.  There is only sovereign 'self' who knows only personal selfishness, ambition, physical lust and hate.  Being immeasurably proud (narcissistic), 'self' detests moral absolutes, authority, obedience, accountability, direction, rules, restraints, and truth since narcissistic 'self'  already knows everything worth knowing.

A nation of liars.  This is where we are and what we are becoming.  The problem is not just in Obama, Leftists, 'gay' radicals, and abortionists but in our churches and in ourselves. If only there were evil liars somewhere,

"... insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”   Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The source and taproot of all lying in whatever form is pride (preference for 'self' over God and others).  Pride is the beginning of all sin and the,

"...beginning of the pride of man is to fall away from God." ("On Nature and Grace", St. Augustine, from Ancient Christian Devotional, Thomas Oden, p. 73)

As confession is good for the soul, Budziszewski wonders if we might finally repent of our lies.  Will we at last,

"...yield ourselves to Truth, to be scraped, scoured and made honest until we can give back His light?"

If not, then the Christian Church and our nation, individually and corporately, will continue to reap the consequences of the lies we have been sowing.

@Linda Kimball

Idolatry and Human Sacrifice

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness" Romans 1:18

God has revealed Himself and His truth with clarity.  Even apart from the explicit revelations of the Bible beginning with the Genesis account of creation, God has made sufficiently clear some of the principle elements of spiritual truth to all people through creation and conscience (Romans 1:19-20, 2:14-16) so as to leave the entire human race without excuse.(Roman's 1:20) But from the beginning, many have refused to profit by the light they have, and love the darkness rather than the light. All who do not live up to the spiritual truth they possess, who choose to do worse than they know, hold the truth in unrighteousness. They resist and obstruct the truth, rather than let it have free scope.

In the beginning wickedness did not exist said Church Father Athanasius.  It was men who later on began to contrive it and to elaborate it to their own hurt and the hurt of others.

The truth as to 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)

With their understanding sundered from God they fell lower in their ideas and imaginations and "gave the honor due to God first to the heaven and the sun and moon and the stars, thinking them to be not only gods, but also the causes of the other gods lower than themselves."  Advancing still further in evil, "they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed..."  And then, creeping in the slime like land-snails, the most impious of mankind, "set up as gods men, and the forms of men, some still living, others even after their death (and they even) transferred the divine and supernatural name of God at last even to stones and stocks, and creeping things both of land and water, and irrational wild beasts, awarding to them every divine honor..." 

But going even further in their audacity these foolish men mixed "up the rational with the irrational, and combining things unlike in nature, they worship the result as gods, such as the dog-headed and snake-headed and ass-headed gods among the Egyptians, and the ram-headed Ammon among the Libyans." 

Still others, straining impiety to the utmost, "have deified the motive of the invention of these things and of their own wickedness, namely, pleasure and lust, and worship them, such as their Eros, and the Aphrodite at Paphos. While some of them, as if vying with them in depravation, have ventured to erect into gods their rulers or even their sons, either out of honor for their princes, or from fear of their tyranny, such as the Cretan Zeus.. and the Arcadian Hermes; and among the Indians Dionysus, among the Egyptians Isis and Osiris and Horus, and in our own time Antinous, favourite of Hadrian, Emperor of the Romans whom, although men know he was a mere man (and) full of licentiousness, yet they worship for fear of him that enjoined it. For Hadrian... ordered (Antinous) to be worshipped; being indeed himself in love with the youth even after his death, but for all that offering... a proof (of the) idolatry... of the lust of them that imagined it." 

 "According as the wisdom of God testifies beforehand when it says, 'The devising of idols was the beginning of fornication. Wisdom 14:12 .” (Against the Heathen, Athanasius, New Advent)

The Decalogue shows that the beginning of idolatry (preference for self over God) is pride, since a proud man makes an idol out of himself, thereby assuming he possesses honor and rights.  This is why idolatry leads to contempt for truth, law, wisdom, norms, authority, rules and other people in combination with any or all of the following existing within a climate of treachery, deceit and violence: lying, gluttony, greed, cheating, promiscuity, sodomy, pederasty, pedophilia, adultery, theft, and the dehumanization of other people resulting in slavery, population control schemes, abortion, brutality and murder.  

The Carthaginians for instance, worshipped Saturn, the Roman name for Cronus, the lord of the titans in Greek mythology.  The Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans had given the honor due God to Saturn, the second largest planet to which they attributed their own self-serving motives. The Syro-Palestinian archeologists Lawrence Stager and Samuel Wolff suggest that:

"Among the social elite of Punic Carthage the institution of child sacrifice may have assisted in the consolidation and maintenance of family wealth. One hardly needed several children parceling up the patrimony into smaller and smaller pieces . . . for the artisans and commoners of Carthage, ritual infanticide could provide a hedge against poverty. For all these participants in this aspect of the cult, then, child sacrifice provided special favors from the gods."  (Stager, L.E. and Wolff, S.R., op. cit., pp. 50,51 from Abortion and the Ancient Practice of Child Sacrifice, Andrew White, MD, 1/5/2012, Associates for Biblical Research)

Dr. White reports that in 1921 the largest cemetery of sacrificed infants in the ancient Near East was discovered at Carthage.  Hundreds of burial urns filled with the cremated bones of infants, mostly newborns but even some children up to age six years old, as well as animals, have been uncovered at Carthage.  All of the sacrificial victims had been burned to death on the altars of idolatrous men and women.

The actual rite of child sacrifice at Carthage has been graphically described by Diodorus Siculus:

"There was in their city a bronze image of Cronus extending its hands, palms up and sloping toward the ground, so that each of the children when placed thereon rolled down and fell into a sort of gaping pit filled with fire." (ibid, Dr. White)

Plutarch, a first and second century A.D. Greek author, adds to the description that:

"...the whole area before the statue was filled with a loud noise of flutes and drums so that the cries of wailing should not reach the ears of the people." (ibid)

The earliest reference to child sacrifice in the Bible is found in Leviticus where the practice is forbidden by Moses in connection with Molech, "the detestable god of the Ammonites" (I Kings 11:7):

"Do not give any of your children to be passed through (the fire) to Molech for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord." (Lev. 18:21; 20:1-5)

Dr. White reveals that the Hebrew word Molech is the same Semitic root as the Punic word mulk which was found inscribed on several burial monuments at Carthage giving linguistic evidence for the continuity between the practice of child sacrifice in Canaan and at Carthage:

"But whereas at Carthage the word refers to the sacrificial offerings including human sacrifice, in Leviticus it refers to the god who demands child sacrifice. The "passing through" refers to sacrificing by burning in a fire. For this "passing through to Molech" (same Hebrew words in Leviticus and Jeremiah) took place later in Israel's history in the region of the high places of Ba'al in the Valley of Ben Hinnom in Jeremiah 32:35."

This murderous scene was described by the Lord through the mouth of Jeremiah in earlier chapters:

"For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned sacrifices in it to gods that neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah ever knew and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. They have built me the high places of Ba'al to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Ba'al -something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind. So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call this place Topheth  or the Valley of ben Hinnom, but the Valley of slaughter. (Jeremiah 19:4-6; 7:31-32)" (ibid, Dr. White)

 Moshe Weinfeld, an Old Testament scholar, connects cultic prostitution with child sacrifice in Isaiah and Ezekiel saying,

"The children born of cultic prostitution associated with Molech were presumably delivered to the idolatrous priests, even as the offspring of a regular marriage may have been handed over to Molech." (Dr. White)

Many of the children offered to Molech were conceived illegitimately either by way of adulterous affairs or prostitution, so it seems probable that sacrificing babies to Molech was a convenient way to dispose of the consequences.
 
By New Testament times idolatry took on a broader meaning.  Commenting on the New Testament authors' understanding of idolatry, Herbert Schlossberg notes that,

 "a man can place anyone or anything at the top of his pyramid of values, and that is ultimately what he serves. The ultimacy of that service profoundly affects the way he lives." (Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 6)

And so Church Father Tertullian sees no difference between the idolatrous Carthaginian practice of child sacrifice and the equally idolatrous Roman practice of infanticide:

"...there is no difference as to baby killing whether you do it as a sacred rite or just because you choose to do it."

 No matter how it is rationalized it is still murder, and for followers of Christ,

"murder is once for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb, while yet the mother's blood is still being drawn on to form the human being, it is not lawful to destroy. To forbid birth is only quicker murder. It makes no difference whether one take away the life once born or destroy it as it comes to birth. He is a man, who is to be a man, the fruit is always present in the seed." (Tertullian, Apologeticus IX.- 6, 8)

In Pauline theology idolatry is recognized as any worshipping or serving the creature (i.e., 'self,' nature, cosmos, elements, matter, chemicals, genetic material, or mystical concepts such as natural selection, and evolution) rather than the Creator as this is equivalent to exchanging the truth of God for a lie (Rom. 1:23,25):

"Placing anything above the Creator and His truth is idolatry, for in this idolatry the creature's erroneous value judgments are substituted for the Creator's correct ones. Sadly, people know the truth but suppress it , Rom. 1:18." (Dr. White)

In 1977 British journalist William Rees-Mogg saw that the West had lost its faith, and like a fish out of water or a drowning man was,

"...desperately thrashing around for lack of oxygen.  Since the time of Christ there has been no period in which there has been the same feeling of...spiritual impoverishment."  (from Idols for Destruction, Schlossberg,p. 2)

Thirty-six years later, but for a remnant, Christendom is dead and America's idolatrous, nihilistic post-Christian culture and narcissistic postmodern church are quickly following suit.   While there are as yet many churches, pastors, evangelists, distinguished Christian laypeople and missionaries here in America and around the world proclaiming Christ crucified for the sins of all men and fulfilling their vocations with humility and integrity, the culturally-relevant church of "what's happening now," the contemporary Church consisting of trendy, disaffected Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholics and 'new' Protestant evangelicals practices a spirituality that is Christian in name only, a spirituality that is trivial, irreverent, self-affirming, fun-loving, irrelevant, and permissive to the point of practicing abortion:

"..the practice of abortion by Christians is spiritual prostitution to an idol, defiles God's sanctuary and profanes His holy name. God alone is the Author of life and it is not the creature's prerogative to question the Creator's wisdom in bringing to life a fellow human being at conception. Whenever men disregard their Creator's wise judgment by destroying His innocent creation, they are serving another god. They are, in fact, spiritually prostituting themselves to the idolatrous self whom they believe is wiser in its value judgments." (Andrew White)       

Consequently, our land is being filled with the blood of the innocent, spilled not on the altars of Cronos, Molech and Saturn but in charnel houses run by executioners like Kermit Gosnell.

We are an idolatrous people who hold the truth in unrighteousness, and unless we repent and are cleansed by his merciful forgiveness, the Lord will set His face against this nation. This is what the Lord says:

"Look I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions." (Jeremiah 18:11)

@Linda Kimball      

Dante's Inferno: Circle 6 for the Heresy of Materialism

Dante's Inferno categorically presents the different strata of sin. The concept of sin revolves around the rejection of God's Revelation and Christian virtues. 

 Circle 6  (Canto 10) is the place of torment for all who commit the sin of heresy in deference to "profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called" (1 Timothy 6:20).   Among the heretics are both the materialists of his own time as well as the Greek nature philosopher Epicurus (341-270 B.C.E).   While the common definition of materialism is love of pleasure, wealth, and things for example, the presence of Epicurus points to something far worse, something altogether sinister.

Epicurus was one of the important theorists in ancient Greek natural philosophy who taught that the universe is composed of physical atoms. Indian Buddhists such as Dharmakirti and others, also contributed to well-developed theories of atomism,  the idea that everything ultimately consists of aggregates of matter.  Reality, soul, and mind are nothing but matter in motion.

Atomism is metaphysical nihilism, 

"... the theory that there are no objects (objects do not exist). This position has been held by philosophers such as Parmenides, Buddha, Advaita Vedantins, and perhaps Kant (according to some interpretations of his transcendental idealism). Blob theory can also be considered very closely aligned with mereological nihilism (there are no parts and wholes). Obviously if metaphysical nihilism is correct, empirical reality is an illusion." (What is Metaphysical Nihilism? OpenTopia.com)

What this means is that so radically has atomism banished God from nature that not only is there no ultimate source for life but none for man's 'self'---- his soul/spirit, the seat of his personhood:

Jesus to Buddha,   "You seek to solve the problem of suffering, and in order to solve it, you say that the self doesn't exist.....you took God away from them (and) your espousal of an absence of self is the most unique and fearsome claim you made...First, you told them there is no God. Then you told them there is no self.  You also told them there is no one to pray to.  You told them there is no evil one to fear. You told them everything is only within themselves, even though those selves do not exist."  (The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha, Ravi Zacharias, pp.59, 60, 67, 70)  

Atomism set all things in unceasing, purposeless motion by reducing everything---including man, his soul, and even his thoughts---to mindless atoms perpetually colliding with each other in a void.  Man was reduced to a biological machine, mind (spirit) to brain, and thought to movement of chemicals and firing of neurons.  This view has changed very little:

"We are descended from robots, and composed of robots..."   --Daniel C. Dennett, Kinds of Minds

Plato was one of the most forceful and compelling critics of Atomism.  In Book X of Laws, he indicts  Atomists for reversing the natural order, which they did by placing non-life bearing matter before Nous (mind/soul), and for the reductionism that sets everything in motion and reduces man to a machine. 

Plato foresees only misery, social disintegration and ultimately,

"...the ruin of both states and families" should Atomism become the accepted view."  (Darwin Day in America, John G. West, p. 6)

Though Christianity reared a mighty barrier against Atomism, it would be resurrected along with ancient esoteric doctrines during the Renaissance by among others, pantheist Giordano Bruno, Thomas Hobbs, Descartes, and Paracelsus.

With the source of man's humanity (mind/soul) expropriated by materialists and conferred upon "lifeless chemicals" "electricity" "phosphorous" and "blood," for example, a rush to discover the key that unlocks the mystery to life and mind was ignited which has been unleashing unspeakable evils ever since. 

Believing that some type of electricity was the animating principle of machine-man, Giovanni Aldini performed macabre experiments on the decapitated heads of animals and once he had overcome his repugnance, on humans.  For his experiments, he procured the freshest specimens possible by placing himself,

"....under the scaffold, near the axe of justice..."   Rationalizing his horrible experiments by saying that only the, "unenlightened part of mankind (will be) apt to entertain a prejudice..."  Aldini applied electricity to various parts of decapitated human heads which produced "the most horrid grimaces (but the) action of the eyelids was exceedingly striking.."  (Darwin Day in America, p. 15)

Julien de la Mettrie (1709-51), Paul Henri Thiery, and Baron D'Holbach (1723-89) all agreed that the mind is the property of dead matter and man nothing but a machine.  La Mettrie speculated that machine-man's rational life is entirely determined by physical causes  running the gamut from raw meat, to climate, blood circulation, and gender.  Genetic inheritance, posits la Mettrie, causes machine-man to commit crime.  This view casts parents, and especially all traditionalists such as faithful Christians and Jews into the role of "first cause" and would later manifest itself in the belief that State ‘experts,'  or Hillary's "village" experts should have control of children.   (ibid, pp. 16-18)

Pierre Simon Laplace (1749-1827) viewed scientific materialism as not only the pursuit of God-like omniscience but of the Holy Grail itself---power to create a New Man.   If an intelligence could grasp "at a given instant...all the forces by which nature is animated" proclaimed Laplace, it could devise a mathematical formula that would predict everything that would ever happen, and "nothing would be uncertain, and the future, like the past, would be open to its eyes."  Scientists should reduce everything in the universe to mechanical laws that could be expressed in terms of mathematics, advised Laplace, for the promise of such knowledge was incredible power...even over life and mind itself.  (ibid, p. 20)

Herbert Spencer, Fechner, Lotze, Wundt, and the pantheist monist Ernst Haeckel, inventor of the scientism dictum---ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny---all agreed that life and mind are properties of dead matter.  Haeckel moreover imagined ether to be the primitive life-making substance which, as was the case with the primitive fire of the Stoics, changed one part of itself into inert mass while the other part became the active principle, spirit.  Today, many scientists routinely resort to Haeckel's postulate without ever inquiring into its pantheist implications.

Haeckel would later write,

"Pantheism teaches that God and the world are one...pantheism is...an advanced conception of nature (and) a polite form of atheism."  The truth of pantheism, confessed Haeckel, "lies in its destruction of the dualist antithesis of God..."  The godless world system being constructed, said Haeckel, "substantially agrees with the monism or pantheism of the modern scientist."  (Monism, Ernst Haeckel, www.pantheist.net/)

During the century to follow, Charles Darwin (1809-82)  helped spread materialism to the masses.   As Stephen Jay Gould argues,

"Darwin applied a consistent philosophy of materialism to his interpretation of nature, "and "the ground of all existence; mind, spirit, and God (are reduced to) neural complexity." (ibid, p. 41)

According to Darwin, natural selection and the laws of heredity acting on matter produced mind, morality, and civilization.  By describing how lifeless natural mechanisms caused the complexity of life to alchemically emerge from lifeless matter, Darwin helped transform materialism from a fantastically bizarre tale told by power-mad Prometheans on the fringe of society to a hallowed scientism principle enshrined and worshipped by modern scientism and ‘enlightened' Westerners and inadvertently by intellectually proud and weak priests who have supplanted the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo with Darwin's materialist theory.

It was during this time that Social Darwinism, Progressive Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Nazism, Secular Humanism and Transhumanism were developed out of metaphysical materialism.  Classical Liberalism on the other hand, was subverted and corrupted by the materialist faith into what is now known as modern Liberalism. 

Of these, Communism (Marx and Engel's dialectical materialism), is considered to be the most highly developed philosophy of materialism.  It rests on three fundamental metaphysical presuppositions:

1. Deified Matter: The Ultimate Substance which, though non-living, non-intelligent, and non-conscious, nevertheless somehow possesses the emergent properties of life, mind, consciousness, and soul.

2. Evolution: Since Marxist dialectic requires a theory with clashes (thesis and antithesis) and leaps (synthesis), Marxists have all but abandoned Darwinism and have instead embraced punctuated equilibrium:

"Many people confound dialectic with the theory of evolution," noted G. Plekhanov. "Dialectic is, in fact, a theory of evolution. But it differs profoundly from the vulgar (Darwinian) theory of evolution." (Fundamental Problems of Marxism, 1929, p. 145)

3. Spontaneous Generation: An offshoot of specifically Darwinian thought accepted unreservedly by Marxists as their dialectic requires a strictly materialist explanation for the origin of life from dead matter. In the words of M.A. Leonov:

"Marxist philosophical materialism remains beyond all doubt that at some time or other in the remote past, life must have arisen from non-living matter." (Outline of Dialectical Materialism, 1948, p. 494)

In a modified version of the Stoic conception of the earth as a living organism possessed of its own soul,  dialectical materialism declares that earth is "one entire organism...its organs the various races and nations of men."  Not only is the earth alive and evolving upward on evolution's magical escalator, but so too are history and society, for they also are living entities in a continuous state of motion.  And man?  In a modified conception of Atomism's dehumanizing view of man, dialectical materialism states that man is nothing but,

"...a colonial aggregation of cells," and to "consider him an individual would be an error."  Man---the aggregate of cells--- is nothing but an extension of society, history, and earth.  (Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics, Chapter II: The Constitution of Man as a Political Organism)

It was Marxist materialists who made the first attempt to scientifically re-engineer human beings after the fashion of Buddha's metaphysical nihilism said Vishal Mangalwadi, India's foremost Christian intellectual.  After seizing control of Russia, they utilized terroristic mind-conditioning techniques and re-education with emphasis on Darwinism as well as brain-altering drugs, electro-shock therapy, torture, and other brutal measures to,

"...liquidate all expressions of individual identity in favor of an impersonal collective, communal consciousness." (The Book that Made Your World, Mangalwadi,  p. 74)

Modern materialist states began by rejecting the living God of Revelation and man's soul/spirit, and then moved to deny immutable truth and objective standards of right and wrong.  They threw out sanctity of life and demonically reduced man to matter in motion.   The end case, in every instance, was to place absolute power over  "atomized masses" into the hands of psychopaths and autocratic states to be wielded without restraint or mercy.  

Of all belief systems, the materialist faith has been by far the bloodiest.  In his book, Death by Government, R.J. Rummel comprehensively details the roughly 170 million people murdered by materialist governments during the 20th century. 

From 1917 to its collapse in 1991, the Soviet Union liquidated about 62 million.  During Mao Tse-tung's reign, 35,236,000 were murdered.  Hitler's Nazi's killed 21 million.   

 Even at its mildest, as is thus far the case here in America, there is a steady level of confiscation, corruption, fraud, lying, propaganda, and stifling of freedoms and free speech.  For the first time ever, Americans are afraid of saying certain words.  Parents fear disciplining their own children.  To dissent against evolution is to become a social leper.   More ominously, America's Ruling Class materialists have banished the living God of Revelation, thrown out both sanctity of life and objective standards and are in process of undermining and destroying traditional marriage.   In their eyes,  "We the people" are atomized beings.   Totalitarianism and genocide loom just over our horizon.

As early as 1926, President Calvin Coolidge was aware of and deeply concerned by the insidious spread of scientific materialism in America.  As he knew, Americans are free only because of the Judeo-Christian foundation laid by the country's founders.  In a speech he delivered in Philadelphia, July 5, 1926 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Coolidge tried to call Americans back to their Judeo-Christian heritage.   He told them the Declaration's principles of liberty arise from man's God-given inalienable rights.  And these are found said Coolidge,

"...in the texts, the sermons, and the writings of the early colonial clergy..."  The clergy preached equality "because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man."  Sanctity of life, the right to self-defense, and all the rest of our individual liberties were justified "by the text that we are all created in the divine image, all partakers of the divine spirit."  God's children therefore, have no "superiors;" there are no modern-day "divine rights kings" who possess "any right to rule...over them."    (Back Fired, William Federer, pp. 269-271)

The Declaration said Coolidge,

"....is a great spiritual document."  Its principles are not material but spiritual.  "Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man---these are not elements we can see and touch.  They are ideals (whose) source and roots (are) in religious convictions.  They belong to the unseen world."

President Coolidge cautioned Americans that,

".....unless the faith of the Americans in these religious convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration will perish.  We can not continue to enjoy the result if we abandon the cause."

Coolidge ended his speech with a stark warning,

"We must not sink into a pagan materialism..."   (Back Fired, William Federer, pp. 269-271)

Heedless to Coolidge's warning, "we the people," whether outside the church or within it, have embraced the sin of materialism in the form of endless pleasure, wealth, status symbols, and so forth.   Stupefied by "pagan materialism" we have in effect ceded control of our children and our country to today's other heretics, America's materialist Ruling Class who, believing they are "enlightened" and "scientific,"  have unleashed misery, social disintegration and ultimately, as Plato foresaw, are bringing about "the ruin of both states and families."  

Today's Atomists are leading America over the Gadarene Cliff.

In this light, we are able to understand why Dante placed both the materialists of his own time as well as the Greek nature philosopher Epicurus in the 6th circle of the inferno.

@Linda Kimball

Devilish Mind Games: Why the Loveless Forbid Faith and Belief

The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization. It must be destroyed.” (Karl Marx, quoted in Marx and Satan, p. 59). 

The living God of Revelation  "..... is the leftists' chief rival," said Peter Hitchens, brother of the now-deceased atheist Christopher Hitchens and author of The Rage against God.  

Hitchens goes on to say, 

"Christian belief, by subjecting all men to divine authority and by asserting in the words 'My kingdom is not of this world,' that the ideal society does not exist in this life, is the most coherent and potent obstacle to secular utopianism." (p.134)

From Kant to Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Lenin, Freud, Nietzsche, Sartre, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Sanger, Herbert Marcuse, Saul Alinsky, and America's "death of God” theologians to name but a few, loveless God-haters have been waging war against the God of Revelation since the Renaissance. 

Having successfully 'murdered' Him they mean to see to it that He does not return.   This leads us to ask, why do the loveless want there to be no God of Revelation?

One answer comes from Thomas Nagel, professor of philosophy and law at New York University.  Nagel is no friend of Christianity.  In his book The Last Word, he confesses,

"I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.  It isn't just that I don't believe in God...It's that I hope there is no God!  I don't want there to be a God; I don't want the universe to be like that." (Ibid., p. 150)

Nagel goes on to inadvertently confess that he has a Cosmic Authority problem, and states his belief that this same Cosmic Authority problem is not only widespread, but has produced bad science among his fellow unbelievers within the scientific community,

"My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time.  One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about life, including everything about the human mind."  (Ibid., p. 150)

In other words, God and man-hating evolutionary biologists have taken it upon themselves to reduce man created in the spiritual image of the transcendent living God to a highly evolved ape...an evolved soulless product of natural forces.   Now, according to God-haters, man's mind--the citadel of his soul--is nothing more than his material brain and his mind’s intellectual powers  the firing of synapses and the interaction of chemicals.     

Darwinian reductionism is a sadistic swindle perpetrated against unsuspecting Americans by the loveless, who having rejected Jesus Christ's offer of salvation want no one else to have it either.   All of it, from Darwinism to evolutionary biology and global change is a Big Lie.

The truth is that each man is an embedded soul whose citadel is mind (will, conscience, reason) or spirit.  Scripture uses these two words, spirit and soul, interchangeably.

The spirit is vertically open to the receipt of “heavenly manna” (communication) from our Father in Heaven.   However, because it is spirit it is also open to influence and suggestion from the spiritual dimension....the demonic realm, the intelligent powers behind the haters of God.

Because man has 'will', he is able to believe in and accept by faith or to reject communication from God.   Belief, faith, and/or rejection take place in spirit (mind) and precede thought---both spoken and written----and action.

In the American Dictionary of the English Language of 1828, Noah Webster defines belief and faith,

1. Belief: “…an assent of the mind (spirit) to the truth of a declaration, proposition… distinct from personal knowledge; as the belief of the gospel.”

. Faith: “The assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another; in theology, the assent of the mind…to the truth of what God has revealed…”

Note that assent of the spirit always precedes what we “believe" and have "faith” in as true and real. This is true of all people, from Karl Marx, Nietzsche, Popes, priests, pastors and bishops to "gays," evolutionary biologists, Presidents, Prime Ministers, university professors and atheist intellectuals like Thomas Nagel. 

The atheist scientist for example, must “believe” in his findings, but more importantly, it is by “faith” that he “believes” that his mind (spirit) is capable not only of 'knowing' but of separating reality from fantasy.

All of this being the case, when during the Enlightenment Western apostates declared the death of God and elevated 'nature' to the supreme position they were immediately faced with irresolvable problems. Of these, three are of primary importance.

The first had to do with the ultimate source of life, and the second with man's embedded soul/spirit, or “being."   If the living Creator of life and man’s being is dead, then there is no source for life and being, making man a nonbeing, a walking dead body that nevertheless speaks, thus the question becomes, “What is man?”

Darwinian naturalism provides no answers as it posits that life emerged from pre-existing lifeless matter, which begs the question, where did the pre-existing matter (watery pond and earth) come from?  Furthermore, lifeless chemicals cannot produce life, and without life that can be 'naturally selected' then evolutionary process has nothing to work on.    

The second unresolvable problem emerges from the first.  If the living God is dead and man is a nonbeing, then what can the mindless trousered ape know and how can he account for what he knows?

The answer: he can neither account for his own life nor how he knows anything.   

Philosophically, Darwinian naturalism is a species of nihilism (subjectivism/moral relativism) and monism (naturalism), which holds that all that exists is one self- created, self-sufficient nonliving, unknowing substance comprised of matter animated by unseen energies.   The implication of continuous change means that since humanity has evolved from chemicals to lesser then greater biological organisms, the same change process is in play in the area of truth, morals, gender and biblical infallibility. Therefore, all that can be known at present – and forever – is that there is no absolute or fixed certainty in the areas of truth, morality, gender, and the Revealed Word of God.

Additionally, the elevation of lifeless matter and energy to "creator" is worship of nature while the insane notion that man is a nonbeing completely controlled by instincts (genetic and chemical forces) and environment, which is another way of saying unseen directive forces, is the grossest of superstitions.
 
If love of truth and compassion for other souls (persons) animated the cold, shriveled hearts of the loveless, they would repent of their infernal project, but as it they work around the clock to ensure that since they have chosen hell then all of us must end up there, thus their relentless mind-bending psychological assault, intimidation and projection of false guilt upon those they hate.  Peter Hitchens comments, 

"The current intellectual assault on God in Europe and North America is in fact a specific attack on Christianity - the faith that stubbornly persists in the morality, laws, and government of the major Western countries." (The Rage Against God , p. 134)

The essence of the "intellectual assault" is psychological bullying and coercive manipulation.  It takes the form of a two-pronged attack.  One prong consists of guilt-trips, temptations to sin, sugar-coated lies, Big Lies, double-speak, half-truths, evasions, insidiously revised history, propaganda of the lie, and teaching of evolution as factual science.    The other prong consists of a campaign of terroristic intimidation in the forms of relentless browbeating, sadistic ridicule, slander, backstabbing, cruel innuendo, projection of false guilt and persecution of all who prove resistant to the first prong process.

In terms of procedure, men must first be intimidated to accept without question that evolution is a scientific fact and that man is a loathsome product of time plus change. They must blindly accept that they are nothing more than evolved apes and that anyone who disbelieves this canon of superstitious nonsense is a stupid redneck bible-thumper.

Second, human apes must be conditioned to speak in terms such as “it seems to me,” “it appears to me,” "I feel" "and “suddenly I realized” rather than “I believe” “I think” “my faith is in,” and “it is my belief.”    Why? Because the former terms are abstract enough to imply “something caused” in the brain by chemical interactions while the latter specifically point to “assent of spirit.”   And man must never, ever be reminded that he has a soul/spirit within which assent of mind occurs. Therefore, words such as belief and faith are verboten...forbidden. 

Hitchens tells us that the ultimate and only defense against infernal God-haters and their worship of human power, their moral relativism, and the notion that ends justify means is a return to  fundamental Biblical doctrines and teachings such as:

"…sin…conscience…eternal life, and…divine justice under an unalterable law…" (Ibid. p. 135)

In other words, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, signaling a return to sanity....of life, of soul/spirit and of the light of truth and righteousness.

@Linda Kimball

Gnosis: the Main Expression of Secular Pagan Religion in the New Age

In the essay, "The Paganization of Biblical Studies," Dr. Peter Jones, Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Calif., identifies liberalism and/or progressivism as a form of neo-Gnostic paganism, or mystical pantheism.   

Though Gnosticism emerged in ancient Babylon during the Jewish exile and eventually developed a 'Christian' variant, neo-Gnostic 'Christianity' first developed in 19th century Germany.  Its first real manifestation was at the University in Tubingen where an apostate Christian theologian named Ferdinand Baur (1792-1860) had formed a school of theology which would raise questions about the Christian faith, a tactic designed to undermine its status as the fount of truth and moral law through destructive criticism.  Among areas which came under attack were the person of Jesus Christ, the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, the fall and nature of sin, the authority of the Bible, the way of spiritual salvation, apostolic tradition and Church doctrine.

By far the most heretical and destructive incursion into divine truth was the neo-Gnostic assertion of the immanence of God at the expense of His transcendence (separateness from His creation) so that the personal Creator becomes an impersonal expression of an evolving cosmic process. 

Neo-Gnostic 'Christianity' has absorbed and radically reinvented and inverted the Bible,  thus Peter Jones describes the essence of liberalism throughout its history as the importation,

"...into the church via the use of Christian terminology...the various historic expressions of pagan notions, in particular, the denial of God's transcendence.   In this sense, the first "liberals" were the Gnostics.  Certainly a form of Gnosticism, sometimes called proto-Gnosticism is behind the denial of the incarnation in the Johannine epistles, and of the resurrection in the early and later Paulines.   Interestingly, the Liberals of the modern period have had a great admiration for the proto-Gnostics, in particular, Marcion.  In A.D. 150, Marcion, a theologian from Pontus in Asia Minor, was excommunicated from the Church in Rome for heretical teaching.  He dismissed God the Creator, the Old Testament, the Mosaic law, and three of the gospels. From the few epistles of Paul that he accepted, he expunged Old Testament quotations and claimed to worship the "alien god" behind the God of Scripture." (Dr. Peter Jones, 2007, truthxchange.com) 

Dave Doveton, Canon theologian and Director of the Training Centre for Ministries and Community in the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius holds that the Gnostic temptation is at the root of every Christian error and heresy:

"In gnosis everything is the intellectual self-production of the individual."  Gnosis is the pretension of a self-redemption of man "who does not need the intervention of the Other of (One) on High, that is the intervention of God." (The Episcopal Church: the Way of Baalam, Dave Doveton...False Teachers and the re-appearance of ancient Gnostic beliefs, reviewed by David W. Virtue, virtueonline.org, March 28, 2011)

In "The Pagan Temptation," the Catholic philosopher and historian, Thomas Molnar (1921–2010), writes that the gnostic pagan temptation is never very far from a civilization organized by the Christian religion because  what paganism and the occult promise is self-created, deified humanity whose soul is "no longer touched by God." (The Pagan Temptation, p. 3)

The atheist claims there is no living God "up above" (in the third heaven) and that matter or energy in motion is all there is.  This view, however, has already been eclipsed by the thinking of neo-Gnostic mystical pantheists such as Hartford Seminary professor of liturgy worship and spirituality, Miriam Therese Winter.  Winter teaches:

 "Our Mother who is within us we celebrate your many names. Your wisdom come. Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us..."  (ibid, Dave Doveton, virtueonline.org)

Thomas Molnar writes that the idea that "Our Mother who is within us" or perhaps a "divine spark" within us or maybe "world spirit," "One Spirit," "spirit of the age," "Spirit" "Christ consciousness," "deepest self," "Universal Mind," or "divine essence" is the spontaneous bent, 

"...of the archaic mind which predominated in most parts of the world and which threatens to prevail once more in our time the temptation. to identify God and self, to recognize in the soul a divine substance, indeed the seat of divinity." ("The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism," Thomas Molnar, The Journal of Christian Reconstruction, Vol.1, No.2, 112, 1974)

Now that the supernatural Triune God "up above" is dead in the hearts of millions of Westerners, man's mandate in the gnostic-pagan process of conscious evolution depends upon the initiative of man, said the mystical pantheist heretic Teilhard de Chardin.  Christians should not fear the process of evolution because it only brings them inexorably into "oneness" or "convergence" with the impersonal, omni-gendered divine substance, Monad, Spirit or Universal Mind:

"Though frightened for a moment by evolution, the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is nothing but a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God...In a spiritually converging world, the "Christic" energy acquires an urgency and intensity of another order altogether." (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 590)

Dave Doveton says the Gnostic pagan tendency places gnosis and/or inner knowing---intellectual pride, personal feelings and mystical experience---above clear scriptural teaching, and this tendency is behind the decisions of the Episcopal Church  to permit the 'blessing' of same sex unions.    In other words, said Doveton, gnosis can overturn the,

"....pervasive, absolute and strong biblical prohibition of same-gender sexual relations which has been interpreted as such and upheld by the church for two millennia..." (ibid, virtueonline.org

The Gnostic paganization of Biblical studies can be summarized thusly:

1. The Gnostic doctrine of the migration and/or evolutionary progress of the soul results in spiritual elitism

2. Gnostic influence reduces faith to inner knowing and feelings

3. The Gnostic idea of salvation is similar to forms of Hinduism and Buddhism calling for absorption into the One Substance

4. Gnostics believe that man's problem is not sin but ignorance  

5. For the Gnostic, the problem is not 'original sin' but the captivity of divine spirit in the material body

6. For Katherine Jefferts Schori, 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States, Jesus, or Teilhard's 'Christus energy," is not the Incarnate Word but the route to the impersonal God for Christians.

7. Since evolution implies continuous change, becoming, and/or progress, Gnostic pagans claim that there is nothing immutable about the authority of Holy Scripture.   Holy Scripture and by extension the traditional church are subject to change because everything is infused with impersonal divine spirit in continuous process of change, therefore Holy Scripture, truth, moral law and tradition live and evolve and  must in fact be changed as their purpose is to express the inner knowing and feelings of each new generation.  

8. Because feelings and inner knowing are 'divine' Gnosticism is bound up with victimhood.  This enables anyone with hurt feelings or gnosis to both claim the high moral ground and invent various 'identities' which demand not only special privileges (i.e., 'gay' marriage) and protection (i.e., safe spaces, hate crime laws, speech codes) but immunity from critique. 

9.Gnostics regard "consciousness" - individual (state of mind) and collective social as of primary importance.   This mystical pantheist notion is expressed repeatedly in Gnostic pagan writings  in terms such as "immanence", "consciousness raising," the "world spirit", "the One Spirit," "the spirit of the age," "the Spirit" "oneness" "Christ consciousness" "we are the world" "collective consciousness" and other like terms.  Since this "spirit" is always evolving and changing with the dominant ideas of the age not only must religion change but behavior, no matter how criminal, decadent, rebellious, and obscene is of secondary importance. 

10. For many churchmen in the Episcopal Church sin is not a breach of right behavior but rather, "sin lies not in the specific actions but in the context and intention with which it is performed and received."  

When Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio was effectively disinvited from delivering an inaugural prayer at President Obama's second inauguration and was replaced by 'gay affirming' Rev. Dr. Luis Leon, Dr. Albert Mohler noted that America has begun a new chapter in its downward spiraling moral revolution.  

From now on said Mohler,  if you believe in and teach God's Revelation and Christian truth you will be required to offer public repentance and evidence of having 'evolved' on the issue in question:

"This is what is now openly demanded of Christians today. If you want to avoid being thrown off the program, you had better learn to evolve fast, and repent in public." (The Giglio Imbroglio---the Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism, Albert Mohler, Jan. 10, 2013, AlbertMohler.com)  

Dr. Peter Jones warns that we are in the presence of a powerful pagan/Gnostic theological agenda, claiming to be spanking new, objective, scientific, and Christian but is in fact both Godless and as old as the hills:

"It is my belief that this trend in biblical studies is part of the setting in place of a pagan reconstruction of human culture for the planetary era.  Gnosis in one form or another is expected to become the main expression of secular religion in the new millennium. In order to equip the Church for this new age, the scientific study of Gnosticism is vital." (The Paganization of Biblical Studies, Peter Jones)

@Linda Kimball

 

Extraterrestrials: Evolved Space Beings or the 'Watchers'?

In 2012 a Reason Rally was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..    Advertised as "the world's largest secular event," it drew more than 20,000 militant non-believers attracted by big name anti-religion 'preachers' Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters, and the world-renowned Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins.("How could anyone really rally against reason? Fearnow & Woods, theatlantic.com, Mar 25 2012)

Figuring prominently among  Dawkins more profoundly inane preachments is this gem:

"How could anyone really rally against reason? Conversely, how could anyone have a rally for reason?" (ibid)

If Dawkins was honest, he would not have asked how anyone could rally against reason but rather, how is it possible for a foolish pagan like himself to reason at all when from within the constraints of his own evolutionary materialist worldview he is unable to account for his own life and mind?

Richard Dawkins worldview is completely godless and soulless, and as Hans Jonas said in his epic work, "The Gnostic Religion," it represents the “absolute vacuum, the really bottomless pit.” (Jonas, p. 339)

Dawkins gnosis, his secret knowledge, is that he really does know that for the evolved human-ape there is nothing— no source for life and no source for mind and reason.   So while out of one side of his mouth he calls upon his mindless adoring fans to harshly ridicule believers, out of the other he quietly confessed to the Archbishop of Canterbury not too long before the Reason Rally that he’s, 

"....not actually an atheist, but an agnostic. Unlike his adoring crowd at the  Reason Rally, he’s not really a full-fledge non-believer." (Ridicule them with contempt, Dr.Benjamin Wiker, tothesource.org, March 29, 2012)

In his own words, Dawkins is an agnostic because:

  "I cannot know for certain [that God does not exist] but I think God is very  improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there." (The God Delusion, 2006).

Why the grand deception?  Because as Dawkins has admitted in his candid moments, 

"...the possibility that lifeless chemicals  could combine by mere chance to make the first living, functional cell, even by  being built up in some imagined step-by-step accidental way, is astronomically  small. It would be, in effect, a kind of miracle."  Dawkins needs just this kind  of miracle said Wiker, " ...so that he can eliminate the need for God as a guiding creator to  explain the mysterious origin of life." (ibid, Wiker)

In modern "scientific" terms, the idea that life miraculously emerged over time by chance from spontaneously generated lifeless chemicals is abiogenesis.  On the basis of this completely foolish conception, evolutionary naturalists (materialists) assert that the personal Triune God, souls, spirits, angels, demons, heaven and hell do not exist.

But lifeless chemicals cannot and will not produce life no matter how often and in what combination modern alchemists mix them in the vain hope that life will emerge from nonlife.  And this is the conclusion reached by philosopher Thomas Nagel in his book, "Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly  False:"

It is prima facie highly implausible that life as we know it is the result of a sequence of physical accidents together with the mechanism of natural  selection....giving what is known  about the chemical basis of biology and genetics, what is the likelihood that self-reproducing life forms should have come into existence spontaneously on the early earth, solely  through the operation of the laws of physics and chemistry? (and given this improbability, what are) the sources of variation in the evolutionary process that was set in motion once life  began.."  (A Different Way of Thinking---Thomas Nagel Considers the Mind, by Warren Nunn, creation.com,  28 March 2013)

Nagel admits that his change in thinking was inspired by the defenders of intelligent design:

In thinking about these questions I have been stimulated by criticisms of the prevailing scientific world picture from a very different direction: the attack on Darwinism  mounted in recent years … by the defenders of intelligent design.   Even though writers like Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer are motivated at least in part by their religious  beliefs, the empirical arguments they offer against the likelihood that the origin of life and its evolutionary history can be fully explained by physics and chemistry are of  great interest in themselves. … Even if one is not drawn to the alternative of an explanation by the actions of a designer, the problems that these iconoclasts pose for  the orthodox scientific consensus should be taken seriously. They do not deserve the scorn with which they are commonly met. It is manifestly unfair.”

Unlike Dawkins and other hard-core naturalists, Nagel is willing to at least hear the claims of intelligent design proponents even though his hostility to young earth (i.e. biblical) creation is  obvious:

ID is very different from creation science. To an outsider, at least, it does not seem to depend on massive distortion of the evidence and hopeless incoherencies in its  interpretation. Nor does it depend, like biblical literalism, on the assumption that the truth of ID is immune to empirical evidence to the  contrary."

Nagel is not alone in questioning abiogenesis.  The idea that life arose from lifeless chemicals is such an obvious embarrassment that today naturalists such as Richard Dawkins, SETI researcher Paul Davies and Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA molecule, have abandoned it in favor of panspermia.

Panspermia is the idea that life on earth was accidentally seeded by meteorites miraculously containing the essential building blocks of life or perhaps by highly evolved extraterrestrials who for billions of years have been guiding the evolution of man.   The extraterrestrial idea was favored by Arthur C. Clarke in his book, "Childhood's End" and a variation on this theme has been advanced by Davies, Crick, Ralph Pudritz of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and Richard Dawkins who in an interview with Ben Stein posited that long ago extraterrestrials seeded life on earth. (Ben Stein interview:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZtEjtlirc  )

Davies has written seriously about the possibility of "alien bioengineering" that could be detected in the DNA of life on earth and suggests that citizen scientists and school students be enlisted to help search for evidence. (An Alien Code Close to Home: Seeking ET Beyond the Radio Silence, Astrobiology Magazine, Jeremy Hsu, 10/27/2011)

Though unable to account for life Pudritz nevertheless theorizes that humans and aliens may share the same DNA which itself could be part of a universal structure "of the first genetic codes anywhere...." (Why Aliens Might Look Like You, Eddie Wren, dailymail.co.uk/ June 11, 2012)

Francis Crick proposes a theory called "directed panspermia," the idea that,

"...life on earth may have begun when aliens from another planet sent a rocket ship containing spores to seed the earth."

He admits however that his theory only pushes the unresolvable problem of the origin of life out into deep space:

"This scenario still leaves open the question of who designed the designer [aliens] — how did life originally originate?"   (Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature, 1981)

As Hans Jonas has made clear, the modern neo-Gnostic evolutionary naturalist worldview is completely godless and soulless, thus it represents the “absolute vacuum, the really bottomless pit.”   Lacking an ultimate source for life and being, it is entirely irrational.   

Yet what is even more irrational is for Dawkins, Crick, and other naturalists to embrace the myth of extraterrestrials in a further attempt at evading the living God.  

In his book, "Scientific Mythologies," James A. Herrick traces the 'aliens from outer-space' idea back to certain Renaissance astrologers, occultists, and mystics such as Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) who claimed to not only receive telepathic secrets from spirits but to have visited populated planets during out-of-body experiences.

Swedenborg's influence is far-reaching.  From Kant to the occult theosophist Madame Blavatsky and points in between and on into our own time to psychologist J.B. Rhine, a vast array of science fiction writers (i.e., Clarke, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Steven Spielberg) and numerous evolutionary scientists.

Over time, Swedenborg's astral plane 'space travels' gave birth to what Herrick dubs "The Myth of the Extraterrestrial."  As far back as the seventeenth century science fiction writers were imagining "the intelligent extraterrestrial visitor" and preparing the public to accept their existence.   And accept them they have, for the twentieth century has witnessed a veritable population explosion in the alien domain, said Herrick.  (p. 43)

After many years of investigation, modern UFO researcher John Keel is convinced that UFOs,

"....do not seem to exist as tangible, manufactured objects.  They do not conform to the accepted natural laws of our environment...The UFO manifestations seem to be...merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon." (Unholy Spirits, Gary North, p. 291)

 French physicist and UFO researcher Dr. Jacques Vallee concludes that something strange is happening to human consciousness that is causing a major shift in man's belief systems and his relationship to the concept of the invisible.  Vallee believes that the same "powerful force' (demonological phenomenon) that influenced the human race in the past is influencing it again:

".....human belief...is being controlled and conditioned, man's concepts are being rearranged, and we may be headed toward a massive change of human attitudes toward paranormal abilities and extraterrestrial life."  (Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 109)

In light of this, Vallee proposes the hypothesis that there is a control system,

"... for human consciousness...I am suggesting that what takes place through close encounters with UFOs is control of human beliefs, control of the relationship between our consciousness and physical reality, and that this control has been in force throughout history...." (Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Gary Bates, p. 158)

In occult terminology, transformation of consciousness egregore, a concept representing a "thought form" (i.e., Richard Dawkins' memes) or "collective group mind," resulting from a psychic entity (demons) influencing the thoughts of a group of people.   However, egregore derives from the Greek word for "watchers," leading the French occult magician Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) to identify egregore with the fallen angel 'fathers' of the nephilim.  

In Christian language, transformation of consciousness means "demonic outpouring.'  Vallee's "powerful force" is a new demonic outpouring loosed upon unbelieving, unrepentant mankind.  In this light it becomes clear just how dangerously irrational are Dawkins and all who seek to evade God by looking to 'extraterrestrials.'

@Linda Kimball 

 

 

Secular Dystopians: they've got a ticket to ride---into the bottomless pit

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.

Video:   http://conservativeamericaonline.blogspot.com/2013/03/video-msnbc-repeatedly-calls-babies.html

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.

@Linda Kimball