Tag: Humanism

THE END OF AN IRE

No, dear reader, I haven’t mis-spelled a word in my title, I’m just rather partial to puns…

393px-Gojira_1954_poster_3Do you ever wish you could read a book or watch a movie in which nothing goes wrong, where nobody gets hurt and there are no problems to solve? I’ve discussed with my sons the fact that works of fiction probably would never meet with much, if any success, without trouble at their center.

Without some sort of tension to resolve-injustice, war, loss, unfulfilled desires, threats or enemies-any movie, novel or drama would probably be rather hum-drum and not very interesting to the majority of people. Can you think of any work of fiction without at least one problem to put right? Even Christian stories center on family break-up, loss, persecution or aggressive debate.

It seems that while we all hate to suffer ourselves, we want to see others suffering, at a distance…but then perhaps to see the problem resolved at the end of the story. The hero must win the battle, or wreak revenge, or get his desired lover. If there isn’t a problem, we like to create one…don_quijote_and_sancho_panzaWe like to tell ourselves that we enjoy seeing suffering because it “reflects reality” and touches upon our own struggles. Even sci-fi and fantasy stories are really just dressed up hypothesized versions of real-life problems, although in these times some Hollywood-style stories attempt or hope to shape reality rather than mirror it.

History is a long succession of stories filled with tensions and resolutions, and in many cases there is no happy ending. So it is even in the Biblical narrative. Problems begin almost on the first page, when Adam and Eve fail a simple test. But wait a minute: why is there a test to pass or fail in the first place? Wasn’t it God himself who put that nasty tree in the garden? And wasn’t it God who seems to have turned his back while the Tempter came to persuade Eve to disobey? Behind it all, God had a grand plan-a scheme, the subject of the Bible: a narrative which is still in process of being acted out and fulfilled. I’ve written about this in my series “Why Do We Suffer?”Ary_Scheffer_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ_(1854)I was looking at a few facebook pages of people I used to know, and I was amazed to see even there that a common source of mirth and hilarity these days is ridicule of Donald Trump. Of course this isn’t news to any of us-it’s going on in many places. And the things they say about him are hateful, spiteful and most often completely false. They come from a media and an entertainment industry which has declared war on the world’s leader and his supporters.

So what do they want in Trump’s place? Who would they replace him with? I’m convinced they want more of the same. They want what President Obama was working hard to give them: a throwing off of the influence Christianity has had over the past two millennia, and a reversal of the confusion and separation of Babel. At Babel God acted to prevent the world of men from being unified. He did that because he knew that any such unity would be in opposition against him and against all that he created mankind for. And sure enough, the modern socialistic, one-world movement seeks to redefine marriage, spirituality, gender, love, and just about everything you can think of which relates to the original plan of God for mankind. Trump, imperfect though he is-as we all are-and his supporters, seeks to set back the clock on the perversion of God’s plan. The dissenters, the “jokers” and the haters all seek to continue the movement away from God, which was so enthusiastically facilitated and encouraged by our last president, his appointed judges and his devoted followers.800px-Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project_-_editedThe history of man has been likened to a tale of two cities: one the celestial city of God, and the other Babel, the city of man. It’s all actually one story only: history is His-story. I’ve written before about the “Beautiful City”, a place in which man will one day, he hopes, realize his Utopian dreams; where he can do whatever he wants without consequence or criticism, and from which God is banished forever. However, proponents of modern humanism and secularism do seem to like the idea of inviting into the free world one version of god and his followers, in the hope that this god will aid in the removal of the one they see as the great ogre-the Biblical God.

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot in vain? (Psalm 2:1 ESV).

Behind it all the devil works to take down free society so that the gospel of Jesus Christ can be strangled once and for all. Many people see this as a top priority in life. They just refuse to see the fact that the gospel cannot be controlled or suffocated, any more now than it ever has been; any more than it was at the beginning when Jesus Christ was crucified and his disciples scattered and persecuted throughout the world. Persecution, as horrible as it is, only serves to further the cause of the gospel.What-is-truth02All these people will accomplish is the loss of freedom. But freedom will not only be lost for those that they hate: it will be gone from them also, because the system they work to impose in God’s place is intentionally excluding the only source of freedom.

All the machinations of those who seek to destroy what the West has stood for, with all its failures and weaknesses, may succeed temporarily, and on a superficial level- the only level they’re willing or able to see and detect. But in fact they’re expending all their energies only upon that which God has already planned and foreseen. Man without God is like a convict digging an escape tunnel, only to find that the entire prison guard are waiting for him at the other end.

God’s grand story is still unfolding-we’re in the middle of it now. The last page of the story of rebellious man is not far away, and man himself is helping to write some of the detail. Our Creator will bring to completion the Resolution of all resolutions, when those who’ve sided with God’s only son Jesus Christ will experience the happiest ending of all. And the happiest ending of all will begin a never-ending succession of wonderful, amazing stories without tension, trouble, or problems.

There can be no other outcome for the world than God’s victory over man’s rebellion, because God is the creator and sustainer of all things. Not only this, but he, and his Son, are the beginning and the end of the grand story:

Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:12 The words of Jesus Christ-see verse 16)

 

 

 

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THE LAST TOWER

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(DOODIS: “I See You”)

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the official viewpoint of the amazing Last Tower project!

Join with me in a celebration of the greatest, the most awesome… the only perpetual capital and home of the human race for all future generations- a structure our ancestors could only dream of!

From this most impressive vantage point you can see the entire structure as it nears completion.

Beginning a survey of our Glorious home, I would have you notice the tower’s foundation, entirely and uniquely visible from the surface, consisting of only the finest quality silica or, to those less educated among you, sand.

The tower itself is just a little over one hundred and two miles high. Its thirteen point seven billion bricks are made of one hundred percent lie-stone. Yes sir, I said “lie-stone”- the only material we need to bake the very toughest bricks known to man-thoroughly tested and refined to withstand the most determined onslaught of our Enemy.

Why is the stone black? Well sir, the stone is completely black because it’s designed to reflect no light whatsoever: scientists and designers have successfully removed all traces of God-contamination.

Windows? Yes sir—I was just coming to that…

Yes sir, there are windows-seven billion of them! You may not be able to see them from here: our technicians are still working on the lighting system.  Anyway, the windows, like the bricks, are formed with lie-stone, in order to minimize reflectivity, and to filter out all harmful radiation emitted from our Enemy’s Celestial City.  We don’t want to lose any power because of Him now sir, do we?

The tower has exactly seven billion luxury living quarters. Each room-aa-mansion is fitted with the latest in language translation technology, so that everyone will instantly hear and understand the pronouncements of Our Glorious Leader. And, in a spirit of true unity and reciprocation, every word uttered by humanity will be instantly collected, translated, scanned and scrutinized in our Control Room. In this way, any attempt to cause dissention or variation from the accepted norm, and any failure to pay, can be dealt with swiftly and decisively.

Expressing the incredible generosity of Our Glorious Leader, the Tower has been built with one living quarter for each person, because as he has made clear, no two people should live together for any length of time:

“Family breeds insanity; family perpetuates ignorance.”

In this way, total unity and happiness of mankind will be achieved.

Priests of the Great Prophet Darwin are already escorting residents to their place of termination-I’m sorry-I mean their terminal, from where they will be led to their very own home.

You can just see the structure at the very top of the tower. This is our newly-designed Multi-Mega-Waste telescope, built to detect even the faintest of messages from the depths of space, while simultaneously filtering out all messages and interference transmitted at short range by our Enemy.

The noise sir? No-do not cover your ears sir! The noise you can hear is the Tower’s sound system, audible in every single room, playing Justin Bieber’s latest creation, “Oh baby, yeah baby”.

At the heart of the Tower-in an entirely secure area-is the Control Room, where Our Glorious Leader will reside and rule, and around it, as you can see, Our Leader’s Ten Commandments adorn the central part of the tower in one-mile high letters. Now let’s all say the Greatest Commandment, our Leader’s dictum:

You shall love Your Glorious Leader with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your body, and with all your soul, and him only shall you serve…”

(Copyright © Nick Fisher 15th February 2014)

BEAUTIFUL CITY: WHERE IS IT?

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I once was involved as a musician in a professional tour of a popular rock musical. It was based on gospel parables, complete with performers representing Jesus and his disciples. The Jesus of the musical was a hippy-like guru with a band of admirers. He wasn’t the Son of God, and he didn’t die for our sins.

One of the songs was called “Beautiful City”. It had a terrific melody, and it was one of those easy-to-sing-along-with songs which makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over.  What I didn’t notice or realize at the time, being a non-believer-and I suspect most of the audience was unaware of it- was that rather than being a Christian song it was really a strong dose of humanistic ideology, being surreptitiously poured into our sub-conscious without any threat of question or analysis, since most people are totally unaware of Biblical theology on such subjects.

In the early 5th century AD Augustine, a famous Church “Father” wrote a book of Christian philosophy which when translated from Latin is titled, “The City of God Against the Pagans”, or simply “The City of God”. The book played no small part in shaping Western civilization.  The Church, argued Augustine, should be concerned with the Heavenly city promised in Bible scriptures, and not with earthly politics or earthly pleasures. He saw all of history as a conflict between what he called the City of Man and the City of God, a conflict destined to end in victory for the latter.

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What “Jesus” was singing so lustily about in that 20th century musical was an earthly city. It was most likely intended to be a direct contradiction of Augustine’s philosophy:

“We can build

 A beautiful city

 Yes we can

 Oh yes we can

 We can build

 A beautiful city

 Call it out

 And call it the city of man

Of course, the writers of the musical must have read the gospel accounts in order to use the parables of Jesus to make their fortune. But they must also have intentionally ignored numerous passages of scripture, such as this one, where Jesus said:

“My kingdom is not of this world…” (John 18:36).

My purpose here is not to offer an incredibly late critique of the musical or of the song, but to express amazement that people even now – especially now – are thinking that they can build a beautiful city, a wonderful humanistic society, without God. They are working very hard on it. Some of them will send me angry, critical comments upon reading this post. There are millions of people who desperately want to rid the world of God and of gods, and they think that by so doing they will create a happy society of citizens, free of mental illnesses (caused by religion, they say) and prejudices. Everyone will be jumping for joy, hugging each other, and rolling in prosperity. This was the claim of Marx and all who fell for his lies. They thought that by eliminating God, and if necessary, all those who wanted to believe in God, everyone who survived the purge would be too happy and prosperous for words.  History shows abundant evidence of the fallacy of that notion. See my series “War, Religion and Atheism” for some documentation.

Since prayer was outlawed in schools in the US, and since atheism has become the state-sanctioned religion (along with Islam), and since abortion has become the new contraception, we find that more people now die of suicide than by car accidents, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1). To my mind, just the road deaths alone prevent our society from being any kind of Utopia (over 32,000 in the US alone in 2011- note 2). Ask any of the family members or survivors how they feel about it.

Currently, 2.2 million people are locked up in the US alone (3).

If you begin to consider the multitude of societal, medical and personal problems we have you can find yourself becoming fearful and depressed. There is no real answer without the intervention of our Creator: why would we want there to be no Savior? Why do we not seek God but instead welcome the insistence of the “experts” that there is nothing but death to look forward to? Why should we want to be without hope?

Read what the Bible has to say about the City of Man and its determination to live without God:

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?

The Kings of the earth take their stand

And the rulers gather together against the Lord and his Anointed One.

‘Let us break their chains, they say, and throw off their fetters’.

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them…” (Psalm 2: 1-4).

Whereas humanism believes human nature to be basically good, and only needs the right conditions to bring out its goodness and produce a perfect world, the Bible’s view is totally opposite:

“There is no one righteous, no not even one…” (Romans 3:10).

In the sight of God, human nature is far from good, and that applies to  all of us. We need His nature within us to be what we should be: we need to be “born again”. Not only that, but left to ourselves, there can be nothing but trouble for humanity:

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Ultimately, only the return of our Creator to the earth is going to stop mankind from totally destroying itself:

“…then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).

It’s right (and godly) for all of us to make the world we live in as pleasant as we can for each other. But the only “beautiful city” will be the one built by God, for his creation (Revelation chapter 21) in which God himself will be the only ruler. So don’t expect your politicians, philosophers or scientists to make one.

1 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/health/suicide-rate-rises-sharply-in-us.html?_r=0

2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year

3 http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/page.cfm?id=107