In talking about the Bible's influence on Western civilization and America, Christian scholar Vishal Mangalwadi highlighted that what the U.S. Declaration of Independence states as being "self-evident" truthsâ€“ life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness â€“ are not self-evident without the Bible: "It has never been self-evident to any culture. It wasn't self-evident to Osama bin Laden that he should not be killing innocent people," said the scholar. "It was not self-evident to Gaddafi. It was not self-evident to Saddam Hussein. It is not evident to the presidents of Syria, Yemen or Saudi Arabia that human rights are self-evident." (Christian Scholar: America Could Produce Antichrist of the 21st Century, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=15425 )
Nor was 'life' a self-evident right to Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and Hitler, any more than with eugenicists such as Margaret Sanger. The first four men and their murderous regimes liquidated in excess of 150,000,000 'already born' men, women and children while eugenicists have thus far liquidated in excess of 60,000,000 unborn just here in America. The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform reports that around the globe, 42,000,000 abortions are performed every year.
Western civilization and America in particular arose to heights of glory on the wings of Christian theism. But having rejected its spiritual foundations it has rejected life. Hence the pale horse of death has appeared in the West and is forcing it to commit suicide.
The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the book of Revelation. They appear when the Lamb (Jesus) opens the first four seals of a scroll with seven seals. As each of the first four seals are opened a different coloured horse and its rider is seen by the apostle John as described in Rev 6:1-8.
When the fourth seal is opened a pale horse appears, its rider is called Death and Hades is following close behind him. The pale horse symbolizes death.... from spiritual,to mental--as in death wishing, to actual physical death. Thus from the moment that Western philosophers of naturalism such as Kant liberated themselves from their Creator to Nietzsche, who brazenly declared the death of God the Father, Western secular naturalists have been compelled to commit suicide---to self-destruct and condemn themselves to hell by denying their own souls. As CS Lewis astutely observed: hell is for those who freely choose it.
We see this with the Marxist materialists of the former Soviet Union. Upon seizing control of Othodox Christian Russia, they tried to liquidate all expressions of God-endowed individuality in favor of the soulless nothingness of collective-consciousness. But unable to kill the souls of Russians, they fell upon and in a sadist-fueled orgy of blood-letting murdered millions of Gods' image-bearers, thereby condemning themselves to hell.
From the death of God the Father to the death of Christian symbols and holidays to the death of the unborn to the death of everything good, true, and natural, to the death of the West and everything that made it great, post-Christian Western intellectuals and their followers are obsessed with death.
In these days of uncertainty, increasing lawlessness, addiction to death, and growing awareness of evil all around, Jesus Christ reminds us to:
"... not (fear) them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28, King James Bible