The Greatest Anguish of Belly-Worshippers

Considered by many to be the 19th century's greatest apocalyptic prophet, Fyodor Dostoevsky's profound spiritual insight allowed him to dig into and unpack revolutionary atheism and its philosophical, religious, moralistic, and scientistic derivatives. Upon close study Dostoevsky saw two things at the bottom of the entire edifice of revolutionary atheism: The creature in rebellion against the Creator, His creation, immutable truths, moral absolutes, and the natural order and the face of the devil, the father of lies.

Two of the biggest lies told by revolutionary atheists are "God is dead" and man is fully determined (predestined or fated) in all that he does. Whether good or bad, man is helpless to do otherwise.

Speaking through his character the Grand Inquisitor, who though not the devil is the man whose mind is in tune with the devils' will, Dostoevsky reveals that rebels really do not want to be free in the knowledge of good and evil and adds that in their eyes it is God’s fault that things are in such a bad.

The Inquisitor adds that during His time spent here on earth as the Christ, His cardinal error was in exalting spiritual freedom and the spiritual bread of heaven above everything else. The Christ sought man’s love through faith freely chosen, but the effect of this has been to create man the rebel, said the Inquisitor. This is because though God’s greatest gift to man is spiritual freedom, freedom of choice in the knowledge of good and evil is man's torment, his greatest anguish.

So the first lie, that 'God is dead" is revealed as man's rejection of his own personal responsibility through indictment of God. Sinful man has transferred his own guilt onto God the Father that he may then crucify Him.

The second lie, that man is determined in everything he does, actually describes the “tellers” of the lie, meaning that in order to believe that one is incapable of resisting depravity in its many forms, one must believe and propagate the lie. Thus the rejection of free will in favor of determinism. The rejection of the two sexes and self-control in favor of sodomy, lesbianism, pederasty, pedophilia, incest, rape, and androgyny. The rejection of the living, personal God in favor of the impersonal, non-lifebearing god of forces. The rejection of absolutes in favor of moral relativism. The rejection of committed monogamy in favor of easy divorce, promiscuity, and alternative arrangements, i.e., shacking up and hooking up. And finally, the rejection of perseverance in favor of change.

The Inquisitor reveals that what the tellers of the lie desire above all is to worship their bellies but without any sense of guilt. The Inquisitor adds that the promised bread of heaven can never compare with “earthly bread in the eyes of the weak, ever sinful and ignoble race of man."

For the self-deceived people of the lie, the biggest stumbling block to guilt-free worship of the belly are the people who demonstrate by word and deed that not only is resistance to depravity fully possible but that rising above it-—reaching for that "Rock that is higher than I"-— is attainable as well.

The greater the number of belly worshippers within a society the greater the tolerance of depravity paired with intolerance of the knowledge that man really is free in the knowledge of good and evil, for as the Inquisitor points out, belly worshippers want to hear the words:

“It’s not your fault” “You could not help yourself” “You could not be expected to know better” "You deserve a break today" "You have a right to (fill in the endless blanks)"

America's downward spiral into the abyss is due to the fact that from the highest levels of society and power to the lowest, belly-worshippers are predominant.

@Linda Kimball