Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathmatician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Catholic philosopher. Of all religions and philosophies, both past and present, Christianity stands alone, said Pascal, for: "No religion except our own has taught that man is born sinful, no philosophical sect has said so, so none hold the truth."
Pascal went on to say that though this truth is utterly repugnant to proud man, it is only by this truth that men can comprehend themselves:
"Certainly nothing jolts us more rudely than this doctrine (inherent sinfulness), and yet, but for this mystery, the most incomprehensible of all, we remain incomprehensible to ourselves."
Man is one being with two spiritual natures, one is good, the other is bad. Thus even though a man is born into an imperfect yet nevertheless good, loving family and by extension into a larger social environment conducive to good behavior, he still has the dark tendency to willfully choose to do the wrong thing, even though he knows perfectly well that it is wrong.
The classical Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC) described man's dual nature as a ruling power in us men that "drives a pair of horses, and...one of these horses is fine and good and of noble stock, and the other the opposite in every way. So in our case the task of the charioteer is necessarily a difficult and unplesant business."
In other words, man is divided against himself.
Though Robert Louis Stevenson rejected the God of the Bible and was unscrupulous in many ways, he nevertheless accurately portrayed the dual nature of man in his story about Jekyll and Hyde, which led G.K. Chesterton to describe him as a "Christian theologian without knowing it." With his dual-natured character Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde, Stevenson unwittingly makes clear that man is divided against himself, he "knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it" (James 4:17). Stevenson also shows that man is destined to become enslaved either to his dark side--sin, or to his good side--righteousness (Romans 6:16-18), and when he becomes the slave of his dark side, it will lead him to murder and ultimately to suicide. (The Deadliest Monster, J.F. Baldwin, pp. 21-22)
The West, including America, arose to heights of glory on the wings of Christian theism. But despite all too brief upward ticks, the West began its downward descent around the time of the Renaissance. Contrary to popular myth, the Renaissance was a time of great turmoil characterized by an enthusiastic embrace of the ancient magic wisdom teachings that had come flooding into Christendom at that time.
By slow degrees, men who called themselves Christians turned back to nature worship revamped and revitalized as modern evolutionary naturalism. Revived along with naturalism was the ancient teaching of continuity, which means that:
"god and man were of a common substance. There was no point at which one could erect a boundary line and state that here the one substance changed from divine, superhuman, and immortal to human and mortal as this common substance was shared by the entire universe in varying degrees. Both gods and men evolved out of Chaos, the very first substance in existence." (Ordo Ab Chao: The New World Order Evolves Out of Chaos, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=14369 )
In this view, all men contain within themselves a spark of the impersonal god-substance. Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World perfectly expresses this idea:
" It is because we don't know Who we are, because we don't know that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, that we behave in...silly...insane...sometimes criminal ways....We are saved, we are liberated and enlightened, by perceiving the hitherto unperceived good that is already within us."
Huxley of course is not speaking about the transcendent, living, personal God the Father Almighty, but rather of the immanent, impersonal god-force within each man. Men can save themselves once they remember "Who" they are, that is, gods.
Erich Fromm, an atheistic psychotherapist provides an even more explicit expression of the "you are God" notion in a denunciation of original sin in his book, You Shall Be as Gods:
"The Christian interpretation of the story of man's act of disobedience as his 'fall' has obscured the clear meaning of the story. The biblical text does not even mention the word 'sin;' man challenges the supreme power of God, and he is able to challenge it because he is potentially God." (ibid, p. 32)
Modern evolutionary naturalists have embraced the ancient teaching of continuity, hence they believe that man is not only basically good but potentially god. And despite the genocide of in excess of 150,000,000 men, women, and children perpetrated by atheist Communists and National Socialists during the 20th century, and additionally the abortion holocaust unleashed upon our societies by so-called "basically good beings," contemporary naturalists stubbornly persist in their rebellion against God the Father. They are not sinners, no, they are potential gods who stand outside of good and evil.
Some of San Francisco's potential "gay" gods call themselves the Naked Guys, and just like the libidinous Baal Peor and Dionysus they strut down the streets in the nude. San Francisco supervisor Scott Weiner believes that in deference to other people, the "gods" ought to at least cover their seats and wear clothes in restaurants. But gods are not sinners and need not defer to anyone. Why should they? They are gods, and all others must submit to their whims, caprices, and desires. This being the case, it is more likely that Scott Weiner's head will roll than that the Naked Guys will defer to Weiner's request. "Ordinance Would Cover Naked Bottoms: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2011-09/13/content_13674468.htm