In his book, â€œEnvy: A Theory of Social Behavior,â€ Helmut Schoeck calls our humanist age the â€œage of envy.â€ By this he means that fewer people than ever are ashamed of being envious, seemingly believing that the fact of their envy is proof that social injustice has been done, that the envious one is in fact justified in verbally crucifying and seeking vengeance against the object of his envy. Schoeck comments: â€œSuddenly it has become possible to say, without loss of public credibility and trust, â€˜I envy you. Give me what youâ€™ve got.â€ (p. 148)
Schoeck identifies envy as the single most powerful and destructive passion a human is capable of experiencing while Joseph Epstein, former editor of The American Scholar considers envy one of the "cold-blooded" deadly sins because it emmanates from a state of mind, rather than the emotions. For this reason envy may well be the cruelest sin of all said Epstein, who also sees a connection between Marxist Communism and envy:
"When I say that Marxism is based on envy, I mean that the glorious revolution of the proletariat that it promised was really a promise to put a final end to all conditions that make for envy." (Truths About Socialism, Coral Ridge Ministries, p. 66)
Envy begins with an inflated sense of self and aims at destroying another person's good fortune, whether it be tangible, such as property-holdings, money, or beauty, or intangible property such as popularity, courage, success, and status, or spiritual, such as intellect and righteousness.
In his book "Idols for Destruction," Herbert Schlossberg, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, notes that if envy is not either sublimated or assauged by the doing of some injury to the object of its wrath, the result is a persistent mental disorder stemming from the repression of culturally unacceptable feelings, compulsions, and impulses. The consequence of this is hatred and the impulse to spite, malicious gossip, slander, and outright character destruction in order to detract from or destroy another manâ€™s worth. Vengeance is the principle secret manifestation of ressentiment. Vengeance is the unholy rejoicing at anotherâ€™s misfortune, especially that misfortune brought about by the scheming of the envious one. (p. 51)
â€œSocialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.â€ Winston Churchill
Envy is the great leveler of humanist egalitarianism, whether Marxist, socialist, or 'gay,' which means for example that failure and incompetancy are elevated over success and competancy; cowardice, parasitism, disorder and mean-spiritedness celebrated rather than courage, goodness, order and productivity; the needs of animals, insects and sea creatures are raised in importance over human needs; the filthy, blasphemous, violent and sterile are above the pure, holy, peaceful, and procreative and sodomy and lesbianism are elevated over natural male-female relationships:
â€œThe gay revolution will produce a world in which all social and sensual relationships will be gay and in which homo- and heterosexuality will be incomprehensible terms.â€ (Gay Revolution Party Manifesto, 1970, cited by Dr. Peter Jones in â€œMale and Female â€” Incomprehensible?â€ truthXchange, 8/14/2012)
In his "Journey to the Celestial City," Wayne Martindale describes the envious as haters of good people. Self-centeredness, hate, and envy twist their hearts, thus they prefer evil companions and evil acts, though it makes them wretched and miserable:
"When they...encounter good persons, they condemn them, perverting their reason by rationalizing evil and finding ways to blame the good or God or religion for their problems and the problems of the world. They already hate goodness because it implicitly condemns the evil they have chosen. They wouldn't like heaven if they could have it. They are, in a sense, already in hell, preferring darkness to light." ( Eternal Perspectives, Randy Alcorn, p 76)
Scripture combines envy with self-centeredness, jealousy, covetousness, greed, and hate into a single concept that is idolatry of self and teaches that envy exists within all men, none barred.
â€œEnvy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead." Ovid, Amorum (I, 15, 39)
"(Envy is the passion) which causes evil (it is) the father of death, the first entrance for sin, the root of wickedness, the birth of sorrow, the mother of misfortune, the basis of disobedience, the beginning of shame. Envy is the death-dealing sting, the hidden weapon, the sickness of nature, the bitter poison, the self-willed emaciation...the fire in the heart, the flame burning on the inside..." (St. Gregory of Nyssa, "Life of Moses," para. 256-257)
From antiquity, envy has not only been greatly feared but has played a fiendish role in human dynamics through scape-goating, meaning that the envious transfer their own sins upon the object of their envy in order to spiritually and physically crucify and murder them. When unbridled, envy swells to the point where man seeks to murder the living God and burn down His Created Order:
Our war is against God and the world created by Him, declared Karl Marx, father of the Communist Manifesto. In his poem, "The Pale Maiden" he admits that he has willfully opted for Hell:
"Thus heaven I've forfeited; I know it full well; My soul, once true to God; Is chosen for hell." (Marx & Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, p. 22)
"The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority....Socialists recognize each other by the words, "In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done....Satan (is) the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds." (Mikhail Bakunin, comrade of Marx, ibid, p. 27)
In the struggle to liberate their enmity-occluded conscience, Marxist and Nazi self-idolators transfered their ill-will to human scapegoats so they might be free to immolate them. Though numbers vary by researcher, the 20th century's humanist Communist and Fascist regimes immolated between 100,000,000-250,000,000 men, women, and children.
In his book, "Death by Envy," Fr. George R.A. Aquaro writes that we often assume that it was the Father who placed the sins of the world upon His Son Jesus Christ when it appears that it was Christ's persecutors who had projected their own sins upon Him as well. Ultimately, the Pharisees disbelief and idolatry,
"... resulted in the murder of the God they claimed to worship, a God they envy because of His perfection." (Aquaro, p. 62)
The scapegoat theme is mirrored in the Gospels in Jesus Christ who was led out of the city as the scapegoat. Jesus Christ God Incarnate is the final Scapegoat, and from the time of His crucifixion forward there is nowhere else men may transfer their sins. From this time forward, people are saved by seeing the fruit of their sin. They must accept personal responsibility for the spiritual and physical murder their wicked idolatrous envy results in. By seeing and accepting responsibility for their own sins people can have eternal life in paradise because,
"...they are able to repent as they were exhorted to in the beginning of the Gospel, Mt 3:2, Mk 1:15 & Lk 13:3....His blood completes the cycle of idolatry-envy-murder while at the same time preventing us from murdering so long as we accept His blood as the fruit of our sins." (Aquaro, p. 62)
With repentence comes cleansing of the troubled, dirtied, restless conscience resulting finally in a state of peace:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
Thus by "the Holy Spirit of God" we "are sealed unto the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30), and therefore we already possess "redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:14). (Now and Then by Henry Morris, Ph.D., icr.org)
Our age, however, is an age of humanist rebellion, an age of envy and idolatry. Herbert Schlossberg has surveyed the numerous secular and religious idols of modern Enlightenment thought in his book and the idol at the top of his list is deified man.
Schlossberg notes that the idea of humanity as a deity is seldom avowed openly but rather is,
â€œâ€¦expressed by ascribing to man attributes of God: sovereignty (or autonomy), complete rationality (reason), and moral perfection.â€ (p. 42, emphasis added)
Jesus Christ's earthly ministry centered on convicting the world of idolatry and envy. The Cross is a symbol of mankind's envy and murderous intentions. His shed blood completes the cycle of idolatry-envy-murder while at the same time preventing us from murdering so long as we accept His blood as the fruit of our sins.
However, in our age of autonomous humanism, increasing numbers of Westerners and Americans no longer accept personal responsibility for their own sins. In fact, the words 'sin' 'envy' and 'idolatry' have virtually disappeared from public discourse, and worse, from pulpits.
Envy and idolatry lead to the murder of God and the rejection of His work on the cross. This means that by their own choice, autonomous self-idolators are shutting themselves out of paradise. Hell is of their own choosing:
"No one who is ever in hell will be able to say to God, 'You put me here,' and no one who is in heaven will ever be able to say, 'I put myself here." (John Hannah, Eternal Perspectives, p. 74)