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History consists of a long series of attempts to achieve what seemed to someone’s imagination and plans to be a “better world”, but which often involved revolution, war and mayhem…

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Mankind never actually succeeds in achieving perpetual happiness for anyone, let alone everyone. But with human nature being as it is, many people are certain that they can lead us to that magical and mythical utopia.

Twenty and twenty-first century radicalism as studied by the likes of President Obama and Hillary Clinton* aspires to something seductively labelled “fundamental change”, among other things. The radicalism of such groups as Antifa aims to achieve its ends in any way possible including violence if necessary, in order to eventually end up with the kind of world radicals desire. Millions of those flocking to Western shores with the aid of globalists and radicals seeking upheaval, and well-meaning but blinkered politicians, are bringing with them their own distinct and extreme idea of utopia which is in total opposition to the founding ideas of freedom they’re invading.

Those seeking fundamental change have no regard for traditional views of right or wrong, or any fixed notion of such things. In fact, they work to dismantle or destroy traditional views of right or wrong. Since we evolved out of the slime, most radical adherents believe, there is no God to answer to, or if there is, he/ she is such a cool dude that he wants us to do what we want to do anyway. We determine what’s right or wrong, in their minds. When I say “we” I mean those who agree with radical ideology get to choose. The rest of us-those who disagree-don’t deserve to choose, because we’re “bigoted”, “racist”, “ignorant”, “homophobic” and so on, ad-nauseam. Please don’t think I mean to say that only leftist radicals are guilty and the rest of us innocent: we all hold to some degree of faulty thinking.

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In that above series of accusations which we’ve all heard many times in recent months, and in other similar derogatory labels, are attempts to blame someone-anyone- for the fact that we as a nation, as a race and as individuals haven’t arrived at the desired place of bliss and wholeness. And even if we aren’t among those who stoop to such attacks in blind hypocrisy, we all indulge in the same blame game. Husbands blame wives, wives blame husbands, kids blame parents, parents blame kids, voters blame politicians, politicians blame each other…and so it goes on. Someone else is always to blame, and in the dark world of politics there’s always someone at or near the top to blame for our problems.

Every politician attempts to ride to glory on the promise of “change”. Why is the idea of change so appealing to so many people when it comes to election time? The nicest, most constructive answer, and the ultimate answer to that question is that we as humans, having strayed far from our Creator and his ways, are attempting to bring happiness and fulfillment to our lives without Him.

Have you ever taken a wrong turn in your car somewhere, and continuing on, you find that the road you’re on gets smaller, bumpier, more remote, and more distant from your destination? That’s where the human race is now. We’re all on roads which lead the wrong way: away from our God. I’m not talking about failing to be “religious”, I’m talking about failing to seek our Almighty, Holy God.

For many people the contrary route is the chosen and preferred route. People are intentionally heading away from God, because they’re certain they’ll be better off. But  the road gets rougher, and narrower, and dirtier. It begins to wind around some tricky ledges and over some rocky passes, further into the uncertain and uncharted wilds, while the sky gets darker and darker. At the end of the road is…the end of the road.

“There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” (Isaiah 48:22 ESV).

‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14).

But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud (Isaiah 57:20 NIV).

* BARACK OBAMA’S RULES FOR REVOLUTION: THE ALINSKY MODEL by David Horowitz.

 

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YOUR NEW GOD

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There’s a big effort going on to remove any public reference to Christianity and the Christian God from Western culture, and Western governments are now determined to be leaders in this movement. The established church has largely acquiesced to the will of the politicians (it always did I suppose). Instead of looking for a man of godly character and wisdom, most people vote for the one who looks good, who can lie most convincingly, whose party can raise the most campaigning funds, and who gets the thinly veiled or open approval of our news media and entertainment industry which shares his agenda. If you listen hard, you can hear Marx cheering from his grave, because Government has become our god, just as government became god for the communists under Stalin and Mao.

Don’t believe me? Then consider that government claims to fulfill all the attributes and duties of the “old “ God, except, I would argue, its demands are far less pleasant than the Biblical God’s demands:

Your new god watches everything you do and say, and is endeavoring to control what you think. It records and catalogues all your movements from cradle to grave. It promises to provide for you from cradle to grave. It controls your actions and your business, or even whether you should have any business. It extracts from you what it wishes.

Government dictates its own views of morality, and decides what truth is: what is right and what is wrong. It controls what you and your children believe and has established and enforced the state religion of evolution. It indoctrinates you in its enforced education system, then prevents you from getting the qualifications you need to work if you do not bow to its secularized view of the world.  It gives you pills to keep you happy. It punishes and disciplines you. It decides whether you should be born, and it will soon decide when you should die. It takes your children away from you when it sees fit, and takes your children to fight its wars. It’s beginning to control what you eat and how much you eat, how much water you use, and what you do with the air around you. It demands your allegiance. It’s everywhere.12017878-birkenau

By the way, what’s the difference between democracy and bathos?

Answer: bathos is funny.

(In case you didn’t guess, that joke is one of my own creations).

Even democracy itself is negated when the government, elected by money, image and media bias, makes decisions based on its own desires and views without needing or wanting to consult the people. Yes, congressmen, senators and members of parliament take part in the passing of law, but if they aren’t listening, or if they themselves are duped, cajoled or bribed, the will of the people is ignored. Add to that the lethargy of the people, preoccupied and hypnotized as they are by entertainment and their own immediate concerns, and you have a government on the loose.

Plato said that democracy will always tend towards tyranny (Plato’s “Republic”). Why so? Because government feeds itself richly from the hard work of the citizens it claims to protect, so that it grows without limit, and gains more and more control, like a cancer. Human nature ensures that many people who want to be our governors think that they know better than their fellow citizens, and eventually some come along who demand absolute authority so that they can impose their solutions to all our problems – the problems which government created in the first place.democracy-2

Human government is alright (in human terms) as long as you agree with it. But what happens when it enacts something you do not agree with, something that you think is clearly wrong? Is it wrong for government to do that? How can it be wrong, since you  have rejected God, the only one who is True, and have thereby given human government license to decide what’s right and what’s wrong? As in the theory of evolution, there is no absolute right or wrong – life is all about survival of the fittest. If the people with the most money or the most power succeed in their wishes, you have no right to complain, if you have bought into that way of thinking. And, true to Marxist theology, your own wishes must be subservient to the will of the government:

“At no time and in no circumstances should a communist place his personal interests first: he should subordinate them to the interests of the nation and of the masses” From “The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War” (October 1938) Selected Works, Vol.II p. 198.

No, I am not an anarchist. Neither do I condone any kind of illegal or violent activity. I agree with the Bible when it says that government should be obeyed, so long as it doesn’t conflict with the will of God, and that it is used (not created) by God to maintain order and justice. I’m just saying that human government alone does not and cannot work. And if we continue to entrust ourselves to human government only, we are setting ourselves up for tyranny and some terrible times. We’re handing over our lives – body, mind and soul – to government. We get the leaders we deserve, because we turn our backs on the only true source of freedom: God.

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By rejecting the idea of willingly keeping a check on our own behavior out of a love and a fear of God, and the sense that some things are objectively good and some bad, we are making necessary a mountain of lawmaking to try to control people. We have to pay enormous sums in taxes to try to catch people, when they think that they have only done something wrong if they get discovered and are subsequently convicted in court. If they only have to avoid capture, and need feel no guilt or conscience or fear of judgment, they will try harder to do so. Man against man offers far better odds than man against God.  You could boil down the entire predicament to just these few words:

“Less God equals more law”.

The secularist will complain that religion takes away freedom and that theocracies are oppressive. I totally agree. However, the form of Biblical government given in the Old Testament, in which God sets the standards, (and not human institutions of religion) seems to me a much fairer system than is any human system I’ve heard of. Needless to say, the people of that day failed to enact the system, the greedy took over, and before long the people chose to hand over their freedom to a monarchy.

So we must either stop whining about our government, or we must hope and confess that there is a God in heaven. Why? Because if there is no God, then our “survival of the fittest” mentality forces us to surrender to the unpredictable control of government, or to fight it. If God created us, there is a hard and fast system of truth which would cause us to thrive as individuals and as a society if we lived by it: “for best results, follow the maker’s instructions”. Without those instructions, society is like a ship on the ocean with no objective means of navigation: the crew must argue about who might know the best direction to travel in, all assuming that they agree on what the destination should be.

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No I’m not saying that we must just blindly believe that there’s a God in order to have a fixed point of reference: there’s abundant evidence in nature that there is a God, and that He is a God of order. The problem is that we have been hoodwinked into believing that everything was created by fantastic chance and that we can therefore make up our rules for ourselves. No, the laws of nature didn’t just happen, and this incredible, beautiful world didn’t just form itself: they were made by a being who knows how things work.

We’re taught to not even seek God, but rather to accept the notion that we crawled out of slime, and that we must create or find our own truth. But there is a God, and there is a separate and an objective Truth which gives us the sense that some things are objectively right and some are wrong. There is a God who has a good idea of how government should operate.  There is a God to appeal to for help. There is a God who will ultimately judge us all, including those in government – all the way to the top – and He will judge by His standards of right and wrong, not by the standards of some committee, president or government. God isn’t interested in majority views: He’s already made up His mind.

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

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