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Linda Kimball, Friday, June 17, 2022
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche predicted that the death of the Christian God would unleash madness that over time would eventually infiltrate every area of Western and American life. That time is now.
In 2013, AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen described American culture as warped and twisted with few core values and a perverted sense of propriety. (Our Culture Of Deranged Values, Larsen, Western Journalism, July 2, 2013)
From an almost boundless menu of madness, Larsen selects a few:
Such madness evidencing the devolution of our culture could go on inexorably, said Larsen, but clearly, we are a ludicrous, nihilistic, upside-down society of skewed priorities and values, shaped by convoluted notions of what acceptable or politically correct behavior should be:
Once the citadels of Christianity, contemporary Western and American societies are now godless, nihilistic, idolatrous, esoteric neo-pagan and mystical pantheist societies that dehumanize and disintegrate imago dei (the unique imprint God placed upon humanity), and openly promote vice (sin).
For more than seventy years this disastrous and still unfolding state of affairs has convinced many perceptive thinkers to believe that Western civilization has shifted to decline, disintegration and atrophy. For example, more than sixty years ago, German sociologist Karl Mannheim saw that Western civilization was in sharp decline and is even now “collapsing before our eyes.” (Man and Society: In an Age of Reconstruction, Mannheim, p. 15)
Western and American society is variously described in such terms as post-capitalist (Ralf Dahrendorf), post-bourgeois (George Lichtheim), post-modern (Amitai Etzioni), post-literary (Marshall McLuhan), post-civilized (Kenneth Boulding), post-traditional (S.N. Eisenstadt), post-historic (Roderick Seidenberg), post-industrial (Daniel Bell), post-Puritan, post-Protestant and post-Christian (Sidney Ahlstrom). (Faith and History: A Comparison of Christian and Modern Views of History, pp. 162f, from “Idols for Destruction, Herbert Schlossberg, p. 2)
This outpouring of pessimism and despair is what we ought to expect from mainly secular intellectuals. Their religiously pagan worldview within its’ closed system (anti-supernatural universe) positing the evolutionary ascent of man from primordial matter to a more perfect state leaves them confounded as well as spiritually and morally impoverished. But supernatural Christian theism along with its Hebraic antecedents and in particular its’ doctrines of creation ex nihilo and eschatology (Rev. 22:13) are explicit statements that history has both a definite beginning and end. Events between these two boundary stones have ominous meaning relevant to the ‘death of God,’ moral decay, idolatry, perversely sexualized nature worship and collapse of Western and American civilization.
In order that we may understand the spirit of madness sweeping through our decaying, ‘death of God’ society Herbert Schlossberg, author of “Idols for Destruction,” and leading scholar on the relationship between Christianity and the societies in which it has existed, proposes we use idolatry as a framework for comprehension. The biblical explanation of madness and depravity in connection with the end of society resides in the concept of judgment upon an idolatrous people, who being evil and perilous to their own existence and that of others, and have liberated themselves from God’s perfect law.
According to Pastor R. Mark Musser, author of “Nazi Oaks: The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust,” the worship of the Holy God as the Creator and human ethics go hand in hand in the Mosaic Law. The first four commandments demand love for the Holy God. Commandment five demands love for parents, and commandments six through ten demand love for other people. Man was thus commanded to worship and love God as His Maker,
As such, the entire Mosaic code was written with the reality of Genesis 1-11 (creation ex nihilo) in mind, “and once this truth was forgotten or compromised by idolatrous nature worship,” love and respect for both God and man inevitably diminishes as the fundamental distinction between man and nature becomes increasingly blurred:
Scripture depicts a societies’ people as either having submitted themselves to their Maker, the Triune God and His moral law, or else as ungodly idolaters who have rebelled against him. The judgment and wrath of God is a divine response to Godless idolaters. This is how the Old Testament portrays Israel. Israel had become an evil nation of idolaters fully deserving the judgment God brought against it. Its’ rebellion against God was accompanied by a turning to idols, and this self-serving Godlessness and unrighteousness brought the nation to its’ end:
The Decalogue shows that the beginning of idolatry is pride (preference for self over God and neighbor). The will of the idolater is not in submission to God but self, thus having made an idol out of himself he assumes he possesses honor and rights. This is why pride leads to contempt for and outright hatred of God the Father Almighty and neighbor, unchanging truth, moral law, goodness, wisdom, norms, authority, standards, rules, and institutions in favor of lust for power, perverse sexuality, vengeance, and dehumanization of other people. In the Soviet Union, Darwinism unleashed madness, vengeance, and evil that resulted in psychological and physical slavery, population control schemes, brutality, terror, mass-murder (genocide) and man-made famines:
According to the authors of “The Black Book of Communism,” Communist regimes did not just commit criminal acts but were criminal enterprises in their very essence:
Marxist Communists systematically stole the personal property of Russians, confiscated and sexually perverted their children, desecrated and blasphemed churches, crucified thousands of nuns and priests and in general, committed monstrous crimes against humanity which took the lives of sixty-million men, women, and children. For example:
How many died in all? Estimates vary from a low of 160,000,000 to a high of 300,000,000 men, women and children worked to death, burned in ovens, gassed, starved, shot, knifed, electrocuted, tortured to death, hung, crucified, and cruelly murdered in many other ways.
For more than two centuries Western and American ‘death of God’ religious and culture leaders have disregarded God even though the evil effects of their rejection of Him were mostly confined to their own circles. But then they deliberately desecrated Western and American Christian tradition and lived in ways that would have spelled disaster if emulated by rank and file citizens said Os Guinness:
The moment has indeed arrived for pedophile sex rings and sex slavery in our idolatrous, dehumanized post-Christian culture:
In declaring the nonexistence of the supernatural dimension and the death of the Holy God Creator of heaven and earth and two thousand years of Christian witness, Western society has systematically replaced the living Holy God with “idolatrous self ” and nature worship (energy and Gaia); the Word (John 1) with evolutionary energy or Christ consciousness; Holy Scripture with scientism as the only legitimate form of knowledge; man as Gods spiritual image-bearer with evolved and depraved ape-man as god; the Ten Commandments with relativism; and sin and free will with natural causation, a process commonly referred to as secularization.
Whatever man places at the top of his idolatrous pyramid of self-gratifying, self-glorifying values is ultimately what he serves and this profoundly affects the way he lives and interacts with the people around him or her.
When a society turns away from the Holy Triune God to deified self, it is an idolatrous society heading for destruction because at the root of the rejection of the living God is the rebellious assertion that man has not been created by Him, that he is not dependent upon Him for his own life, thus is not created in His spiritual image. Because man is a product of evolution he is not dependent upon the living God but is rather a man-god, the creator of God, and the master of time, being, and the world who through his own powers will save himself.
But as the days of (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”Matthew 24:37
Scripture tells us that prior to the return of Jesus Christ at the end of history, the nations of the earth will have become evil swamps of idolatrous tyrants who have forgotten their own souls, believe that all that exists is the evolving universe of psychic energy, and prefer evil over good. Earth and its idolatrous citizenry will have deteriorated to the evil, Godless condition that it had been during Noah’s day.
Lest we mistakenly perceive idolaters as nice, misunderstood people, in “Journey to the Celestial City,” Wayne Martindale sets straight this error with his unvarnished depiction of hell-bound idolaters as haters of good people. All that’s left in them is darkness – self-centeredness, hate, envy, lies, thoughts of theft and murder and sadistic pleasure received from hurting other people. They are evil, violent idolaters who prefer evil thoughts, evil words, evil companions and evil acts. Thus when they encounter good people they,
Since idolatry leads to the conceptual murder of God and the rejection of His work on the cross, this means that by their own choices they choose Hell by judging themselves unfit for Paradise. In affirmation, C.S. Lewis says that Hell is of their choosing:
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Date: Sat Jun 18 2022
From: Vic Biorseth
All of this rings true as ancient, repeated prophesy, as old or older even than all of recorded history. Humanity just keeps doing this to itself. This is the best both deep and concise description of it I have seen.
Date: Sat Jun 18 12:46:54 2022
Over on The Stream, John Zmirak's thoughts are running along similar lines.
Read his article, "The Democrats are the Party of Elder Abuse...and Child Castration...and...Demons?
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