In his article, "Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson: Let the Demon of Chaos Reign in the Churches," Paul Melanson wrote in response: "It was St. Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church, who explained that the vice of sodomy "surpasses the enormity of all others," because, "Without fail, it brings death to the body and destruction to the soul. It pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust: It leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind . . . It opens up Hell and closes the gates of Paradise . . . It is this vice that violates temperance, slays modesty, strangles chastity, and slaughters virginity . . . It defiles all things, sullies all things, pollutes all things . . . " (The Book of Gomorrah)." (La Salette Journey, Melanson, July 6, 2012)
Referring to the work of "gay" activism, Mr. Robinson said,
"This is hard work, but we can do it because it is worthy work and it is Godly work" and further asserted that, "We will live to see the day that the church of Jesus Christ, in whatever form it is, will repent from what it has done to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people the way it has repented for slavery." And, referring to the turmoil and divisiveness which is ripping apart the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches as "holy chaos," Robinson insisted that this confusion represents "a step forward" from the certainty that most Christians felt when it came to what God and churches thought of homosexuals." (ibid)
Robinson's hatred of Jesus Christ is a very real 'existential' atheism burning with hatred of a seemingly unjust or unmerciful God. This is a pathological spiritual state described by the prophet of nihilism, Friedrich Nietzsche. Calling himself the antichrist, Nietzsche foresaw and foretold the coming of the "new" immorality which would usher in the Beast:
"The time has come to oppose morality with immorality, to call what priests call good, evil and what they call evil, good. The time has come for the transvaluation of all values." (Thus Spake Zarathustra, p. 144).
Nietzsche boasted that nihilist adherents of revolution and immorality,
"would come into power without the truth....The magic that fights for us is the magic of extremism." (Karl Jaspers quoting Nietzsche in his Nietzsche and Christianity).
Extremism--brazen egoistic arrogance---is one aspect of their magic. The other is the Lie---big lies, small lies, subtle lies, lies of omission, etc--- which is all that is left when God's eternally unchanging truth no longer exists.
Nihilism is the logical assumption if the living, personal transcendent God does not exist. Nihilism is spiritual, moral, and intellectual suicide because if the living God of Life Who created all men in His spiritual image does not exist then it logically follows that there is no source for life, consciousness, soul, spirit and will, or for human dignity, worth, liberty, and property. Without God the Father unalienable (God-given) rights are meaningless.
Seraphim Rose, author of "Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Ageâ€œ observes that nihilists scorn all Biblical theology, metaphysics, and any thought or action concerned with heaven and hell. Holding that only the natural dimension exists nihilism reduces everything to its simplest foundations such as chemicals and the firing of neurons. More profoundly,
"....Nihilist 'simplification' may be seen in the universal prestige today accorded the lowest order of knowledge, the scientific, as well as the simplistic ideas of men like Marx, Freud, and Darwin, which underlie virtually the whole of contemporary thought and life."
If man is not God's spiritual image-bearer, as nihilist simplifiers claim in the name of their corrupt science, then he is less than nothing, a conclusion Buddha reached long before Jesus Christ walked this earth:
"Six centuries before Jesus Christ, the Buddha already knew that if God does not exist, then the human self cannot exist either......Therefore, he deconstructed the Hindu idea of the soul. When one starts peeling the onion skin of one's psyche, he discovers that there is no solid core at the center of one's being. Your sense of self is an illusion. Reality is nonself (anatman). You don't exist. Liberation, the Buddha taught, is realizing the unreality of your existence." (The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, Vishal Mangalwadi, p. 6)
For the last two hundred years, Enlightenment atheist humanists â€” nihilistic rationalists, materialists, positivists and their modern naturalist counterparts such as Theosophists, occult New Agers and spiritual transhumanists â€” have been moving the West and America closer and closer to Buddha's denial of the soul.
After seizing control of Russia, nihilist simplifiers utilized mind-conditioning techniques such as propaganda and re-education with emphasis on Darwinism as well as mind-altering drugs, electro-shock therapy, terror and other brutal measures to effect a soulless New Man. They liquidated,
"... all expressions of individual identity in favor of an impersonal collective, communal consciousness." (The Book that Made Your World, p. 74)
With B.F. Skinners' nihilist behaviorism there is neither God nor soul. Human beings are chemicals turned into psychochemical machines determined by environment, chemistry, chance, and cultural conditioning.
With Richard Dawkins nihilism, metaphysical "thinking" memes plant thoughts in the grey matter of psychochemical organisms that are fatalistically determined by DNA.
Cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism, is really a nihilist simplifier who claims there really is no you, that soul, spirit and will are illusions caused by chemical interactions in the brain while his partner in nihilism, naturalist Tom Wolfe proclaims,
"Sorry, but your soul just died." (The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, Beauregard and O'Leary, p. 4)
In no Western thinker has the nihilist doctrine been more clearly expressed than in Nietzsche's ecstatic utterance, "God is dead." God is dead in the hearts of modern Westerners:
"...and it is as true of the atheists and Satanists who rejoice in the fact, as it is of the unsophisticated multitudes....Man has lost faith in God and in the Divine Truth that once sustained him; the apostasy to worldliness that has characterized the modern age since its beginning becomes, in Nietzsche, conscious of itself and finds words to express itself. God is dead..." (Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, Eugene Rose, p. 60)
In his essay, "The New Man," Dr. Pedro Blas Gonzalez, Professor of Philosophy at Barry University, Miami, Florida, describes America's New Man as the product of nihilist simplifiers. Nihilists have successfully destroyed the dignity, personal autonomy and capacity for self-knowledge of vast numbers of Americans. Today this new man,
"...is a finely tuned twenty-first century automaton. What greater efficacy than to devoid man of his sense of dignity in order to rule over him? The new man is a hollow entity whose entrails have been removed by guilt and self-doubt. Yet the new man does not notice this, for he has no internal reservoir from where to draw any moral or spiritual strength." (OrthodoxyToday.org, 2009)
The New Man is a mutation, said Seraphim Rose. He is a rootless entity,
"...discontinuous with a past that Nihilism has destroyed, the raw material of every demagogue's dream; the "free-thinker" and skeptic, closed only to the truth but "open" to each new intellectual fashion because he himself has no intellectual foundation; the "seeker" after some "new revelation," ready to believe anything new because true faith has been annihilated in him; the planner and experimenter, worshipping "fact" because he has abandoned truth, seeing the world as a vast laboratory in which he is free to determine what is "possible"; the autonomous man, pretending to the humility of only asking his "rights," yet full of the pride that expects everything to be given him in a world where nothing is authoritatively forbidden; the man of the moment, without conscience or values and thus at the mercy of the strongest "stimulus"; the "rebel," hating all restraint and authority because he himself is his own and only god; the "mass man," this new barbarian, thoroughly "reduced and "simplified" and capable of only the most elementary ideas, yet scornful of anyone who presumes to point out the higher things or the real complexity of life.â€ (Seraphim Rose, Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age)
Dr. Gonzalez concurs,
"The wisdom contained in history is ruled out by the new man" who has been taught that "he is the stuff of the future. Thus, the past must be obliterated to make room for the designs of social-engineers.."(ibid)
In other words, the "simplistic ideas" of nihilist simplifiers like Marx, Freud, and especially Darwin, have
"...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." (Hijacking Scripture in the Name of Evolution, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18894 )
Thus the new man absolutely believes that he is the stuff of the future. This rootless entity actually believes that he is moving forward toward greater and greater spiritual perfection. But all of this is a great lie, a massive deception, said Rose:
â€œIt is of course no secret to contemporary philosophers and psychologists that man himself is changing in our violent century, under the influence, of course, not only of war and revolution, but also of practically everything else that lays claim to being "modern" and "progressive." We have already cited the most striking forms of Nihilist Vitalism, whose cumulative effect has been to uproot, disintegrate, and "mobilize" the individual, to substitute for his normal stability and rootedness a senseless quest for power and movement, and to replace normal human feeling by a nervous excitability. The work of Nihilist Realism, in practice as in theory, has been parallel and complementary to that of Vitalism: a work of standardization, specialization, simplification, mechanization, dehumanization; its effect has been to "reduce" the individual to the most "Primitive" and basic level, to make him in fact the slave of his environment, the perfect workman in Lenin's worldwide "factory.â€ (Seraphim Rose, Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age)
The New Man is the product of nihilist philosophies which have been working their way through our culture, embedding themselves, often unconsciously, within our psyches where they eventually effect a counter-conversion of souls. This means that in falling away from the living Triune God comes the reversal of conversion in which the soul ceases to live from the spirit and begins to live with the life of the body. The disordered passions thereby revived absorb the life of the person who spiritually dies resulting in the natural man of 2 Tim. 3:3. (St. Tikhon, Works II, as quoted in Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor, Ellis Sandoz, p. 120)
"..... I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life..." Deuteronomy 30:19-20
The Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Word become Flesh, Jesus Christ the Physician came to heal the spiritually sick---the New Men, including V. Gene Robinson. But whoever rejects the Physician and his own soul, whether through indifference (willful ignorance), foolishness, or outright denial, rejects His prescription, hence destroys him or herself.