Skip to comments.The Unrestrained Depravity of Man: Totalitarianism in a Nutshell
Posted on 04/16/2010 5:20:48 AM PDT by spirited irish
In an article entitled, "Atheists Plan to Arrest the Pope," author Chris Pollard writes, "Atheist writers Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who hired the human rights experts, want to exploit the legal principle used to nick late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. He was seized on a medical visit here in 1998....The pair hope to either convince Crown prosecutors to take the case, launch their own civil action, or refer it to the International Criminal Court." http://worthreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/atheists-plan-to-arrest-pope
Moral imbecile Christopher Hitchens brazenly trumpeted: "The institutionalized concealment of child rape is a crime under any law."
"Woe be to you hypocrites which strain out a gnat and swallow whole a camel! Woe be unto you, you think to cover your wickedness by the just judgment of God, but it is yourselves you thereby condemn!" Matthew 23
As is so nauseatingly common in our spiritually-dark times, Hitchens, Dawkins, and legions of hypocrites like them are conveniently blind to their own evils while seeing clearly the sins of others, especially of those who stand for God , truth, and moral rightness but who have fallen short.
All decent, right-thinking people will agree that child rape is evil. However, if it is evil when wicked priests do it, then it is evil always and everywhere without exception. However, wrong-thinking, morally insane Hitchens and his sorry ilk are not in agreement with decent, right-thinking people. We can see the truth of this claim by what Hitchens and moral imbecile Dawkins carefully omit from their faux moral outrage. Note that they accuse the Church of evil-doing but not progressive liberal shock troopers of evil, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and GLSEN, for example. These evil-minded wolves in sheepskins are busily subverting and perverting youth in the name of 'gay' rights, but Hitchens and Dawkins are strangely silent on this subject. And what does 'gay' behavior really encompass anyway? All of the following: sodomy, lesbianism, bestiality, pedophilia, pederasty, coprophilia, fetishism, sadomasochism, rape, and murder. In short, everything unnatural, socially destructive, bent, criminal, and abhorrent:
"Nationwide, GLSEN has established GSAs in more than 3,000 Leftist controlled indoctrination camps aka public schools. In bastions of Marxist control such as California and Massachusetts, GLSEN is brazenly sensitizing youths into trying diverse alternative lifestyle choices that decent people everywhere recoil in horror from. Both the infamous sadomasochistic Fistgate and Little Black BookQueer in the 21st Century were sponsored in part by GLSEN" (Fistgate Special Report, http://www.massnews.com; The Little Black Book, Http://www.article8.org)
"Towards the goal of perverting and subverting children, a California GSA had its middle and high school members march in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade in June 2003. They mingled freely with nude males, topless females, and sadomasochists. Simulated sex acts were performed along the parade route. At least one sign read, Sodomize me, its legal! ....GLSEN used a yellow school bus to ferry youths to the parade". (Selling Homosexuality to America, www.coralridge.org, 2006) Source: Marxist Subversion and Perversion of Youth, http://www.theroadtoemmaus.org/RdLb/21PbAr/Ed/MarxEdYth.html
"The creation of gender confusion among boys and girls is being taken to a new extreme in the Maple Shade School District in Burlington County, Ne.......During Womens History Month, boys are being asked to wear dresses to school to celebrate the history month....It is probably no coincidence that the cross-dressing day is to take place on April 16, which is the gay activists Day of Silence pushed by the GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. (GLSEN was founded by Kevin Jennings, who is currently Obamas Safe and Drug Free Schools Czar.).....The promotion of cross-dressing for boys is part of the overall political agenda of GLSEN and other LGBT activist organizations." (Source: http://worthreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/school-wants-boys-to-wear)
In an article entitled, "Hundred Years of Pedophilia," Olavo de Carvalho warns of evils yet to come:
"In Greece and in the Roman Empire, the use of minors for the sexual satisfaction of adults was a tolerated and even prized costume.(sic) In China, castrating young boys to sell them to rich pederasts was legitimate commerce during millennia. In the Islamic world, the rigid morals that ordain the relationships between men and women was not rarely compensated by the tolerance with homosexual pedophilia. In some countries this lasted all least until the beginning of the 20th century, making Algeria, for example, a garden of delights for depraved travelers (read the memoirs of André Gide, Si le grain ne meurt). ....In all the places where the practice of pedophilia receded, it was the influence of Christianism practically alone that freed the children from this awful rule. .....But this had a price. It is as if an undercurrent of hate and resentment had gone through two millennia of history, waiting for the moment of revenge. This moment has arrived. " (http://www.olavodecarvalho.org/traducoes/pedophilia.htm)
The undercurrent of 'hate, resentment and revenge' works through the programmatic subversion and perversion of America's youth and is visible in the rotten fruit it has thus far produced:
The 'gaying' of America has now compromised the last bastion of moral sanity: the Conservative movement's CPAC. In the following YouTube video, Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans condemns CPAC for inviting GOProud, a political group comprised of individuals who identify themselves not by male-female sex norms but by their irrational feelings, destructive compulsions and appetites. Sorba is virulently booed and hissed off stage by the terrible infants whose underlying threat is: Give into our appetites or we will destroy you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuBlFflPOIg
On April 25, between 150-200 students converged on a handful of parents demonstrating outside Brookline High School to protest the pro-homosexual 'Day of Silence.' One father describes the depravity he was met with:
"My arguments in my flyer seemed devastating to the gay agenda and totally captivated the students. . . At least one hundred kids were surrounding me like buzzing bees debating these arguments, some yelling degrading comments like "moron", "idiot", cursing, occasionally throwing food and wads of paper at me, burning my flyer, doing simulated homosexual sex acts, telling me they were going to sodomize me, boys were kissing and making out with other boys and girls were making out and fondling other girls to loud ecstatic cheering. I was amazed that none of these kids were even told to go to their classes! One boy walked past me several times over the course of a few hours eerily holding up two fingers clad in surgical gloves. It was like being in Sodom and Gomorrah! However, I couldn't help but feel compassion.." (http://www.massresistance.org/docs/events07/day_of_defiance/index.html )
When youth eventually find themselves spiritually dead, burnt-out, sterile, drug addicted, and diseased as a consequence of the depraved mind-conditioning and hedonism promoted by moral imbeciles, the criminally insane and other wolves in sheepskin, what do the wicked say to them in consolation? In essence: "Just go ahead and keep right on fornicating yourselves to death and save the planet! "
Yes indeed, sanctioned by the 'just judgments of God' but twisted out of shape and turned upside-down, hypocritical shock troopers of evil are conditioning youth throughout the West to rebel against their own parents, to hate God, to hate white people, to hate parents, to hold in contempt male-female sex norms, to hate their own society, to make themselves sexually available to each other, to flesh peddlers, and to evil-minded pedophile-pederast-teachers. Note that these transgressions, these evils, are very carefully omitted by hypocrites Hitchens and Dawkins.
Collectively, these and all other progressive-induced evils plaguing Western society are the 'politically correct' gorilla squatting in and obscenely 'dumping all over' the living room of the West, and Hitchens and his sorry ilk, which now includes some who pretend to be Conservatives, not only carefully avert their eyes from the gorilla but speak no evil about it, for truth be told, they and their unholy brethren see the filthy, stinking gorilla as something good. Like flies to dung, they are attracted to its filth and putrid stench.
The West's power-mad, genitally-obsessed shock troopers of evil are nothing new. Under the tyrant Nimrod who called himself god, hedonists of every bent were given plenty of license to commit every evil of which their twisted psyches conceived. As historians have disclosed, children of both sexes were freely used for every sort of evil appetite. Nimrod commonly made 'use' of other men's wives as well as other female family members. The Tower of Babel was in fact, merely an earlier version of Sodom and Gomorrah where the rationale for liberty was the license to gratify illicit passions---unholy lusts.
The Soviet Union, heralded as a 'worker's paradise' and by Progressive Socialists as 'the mother country' was nothing more than a modern day reprisal of Nimrod's totalitarian Tower. The genitally obsessed were seduced by promises of 'free love.' What was 'free love'? In his well-researched expose of Communism, The Naked Communist, author W. Cleon Skousen reveals that 'free love' was made possible when women were declared the property of the pagan-materialist god-state. Anarchists were given control of the sex-slaves and they then issued 'usage' licenses to 'workers.' In other words, women were forcibly dominated and violated and this was called 'free love.' Skousen quotes a Communist official who says:
"There is no such thing as a woman being violated by a man; he who says that a violation is wrong denies the October Communist Revolution. To defend a violated woman is to reveal oneself as a bourgeois and a partisan of private property." (The Naked Communist, Skousen, p. 73)
Throughout America and the West, the ground has long been prepared for the next transgression: the conditioning of youth to make themselves available to evil-minded adult deviants throughout the general population.
In anticipation, iniquitous fantasies have already been scripted within the satanically-twisted imaginations of the criminally insane throughout 'gay' conclaves and elsewhere. San Francisco's Castro District, considered to be on the pioneering edge of the 'gay' rights movement is setting the tone for the New Age neo-pagan spiritual paradigm with its ideal of androgyny in replacement of oppressive male-female sex norms, writes Peter Jones and Tal Brookes in their collaborative essay, "Strange Fire: The Invasion of Pagan Spirituality."
Once a small aberrant pinpoint on a map, the 'politically correct' Progressive Castro District is now free to 'normalize' and spread its sicknesses in the name of politically correct diversity, gay rights, tolerance, and progress. Illustrating the growing fascination for Castro District's strange fire, The Village Voice announced a cultural milestone:
"This week (March 2-3, 2000) New York University hosts a conference to celebrate Dennis Cooper, the 47-year-old writer who has come closer than anyone to reanimating the spirit of Burroughs." A homosexual pedophile, Coopers' "two great themes are murder and rimming...A dedicated young following---of both sexes and all sexualities---has honed in on Cooper, and his name keeps popping up on the pomo pedagogy circuit." "Every work of Cooper's 'produces a minor insurrection on several levels'....his work is as dangerous and exhilarating as Madame Bovary (though) in Cooper's case, the object of forbidden desire is...a drugged-out, dissociated boy---the kind of kid who could get picked up on a freeway, taken to some basement, raped, and disemboweled." (Strange Fire: The Invasion of Pagan Spirituality, SCP Journal, Vol. 25:2-26:1 2002)
Totalitarianism and the Depravity of Man
"Make yourself sheep, and the wolves will eat you." warned Ben Franklin
Depraved wolves brazenly declare: "Life has no rules." EST's Werner Erhard
Those who love morally-ordered freedom, decency and order versus those who lust after power, chaos, and dung in a Tower of Babel are aptly described by John Milton:
"None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license, which never hath more scope than under tyrants." John Milton (1608-1674) English Poet, Scholar, Writer, Patriot
We cannot understand the seething hatred of God, the treachery, pathological lying, obscenity, perversity, blasphemy, the subversion and perversion of youth, the power grabbing, megalomania, and other evils so obviously endemic here in America and throughout the West unless we return to the Biblical view of man:
"....the basic insights of the Christian faith provide the best insight we have into the nature of man and of the crisis we find ourselves in..." observed Conservative John Hallowell. (The Conservative Intellectual Movement, George Nash, p. 53)
No concept gives "deeper insight into the enigma that is man" than original sin. Evil is not just a "bad dream," warned Richard Weaver, author of "Ideas Have Consequences." Evil is not "an accident of history," or the "creation of a few antisocial men." It is a "subtle, protean force," and original sin is a "parabolical expression" of this "immemorial tendency of man to do the wrong thing when he knows the right thing." (ibid)
Man is not born good, as self-deluded Progressive Liberals of both atheist and cosmic humanist schools claim. Nor is man 'evolving' to some higher, more godlike spiritual state. The ugly truth is that all men are born terrible-willed hedonists, says Dr. Terry G. Shaw:
"To understand...principles of human behavior...we must first begin by accepting (that) all humans are born hedonists (aka narcissists) and have an intrinsic need to seek pleasure, avoid pain, and engage in those activities that best accomplish both with the least amount of effort." (Born Liberal Raised Right, Reb Bradley, p.19)
In 1926, Governor Theodore Christianson of Minnesota established the Minnesota Crime Commission to study crime and evaluate its causes. The commission eventually concluded that criminal tendencies were not the result of poverty, education, or environment. Instead, it offered the following brutal observation:
"Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother's attention, his playmates toys...or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which could be murderous were he not so helpless. He's dirty; he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children, but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist." (ibid, p. 21)
The architects of our nation were men who did not shy away from the ugly truth about man's Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde nature, which meant that if the American experiment in national self-government was to succeed, then as the Founders strongly advised, all children would need to be trained against their natural self-centered inclinations from birth:
"Since private and public Vices, are in Reality...connected (it is necessary) that the Utmost Pains be taken by the Public, to have the Principle of Virtue early inculcated on the minds of...children, and the moral Sense kept alive...For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued when knowledge is diffused and Virtue preserved. On the contrary, when People are universally ignorant and debauched...they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign invaders." (Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, p. 26)
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin, quoted in Born Liberal Raised Right, p. 15)
"The government...can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people." George Washington (ibid)
More than forty years ago, repentant ex-Communist Alexander Solzhenitsyn called upon America and the West to turn back to the transcendent God . He testified to the evils he had committed and repented of, and perceptively noted that Communism and the gulag are the logical end of modern history once God the Father, Original Sin, immutable truth and universal morality have been removed from men's lives. Evil cuts through the heart of every man, noted Solzhenitsyn, and atheism is the outworking of that evil---the madness-- in man's nature while the unrestrained madness, murder, and Gulag are the logical expressions of this evil. In summation, Communism---modernity's Tower of Babel-- is "... a concentration of world evil, of hatred for humanity..." (Communism: A Legacy of Terror, 1976)
A tsunami of concentrated evil swept over Orthodox Russia. Historian R.J. Rummel details some of its evils:
"...communism--Marxism-Leninism and its variants---meant in practice bloody terrorism, deadly purges, lethal gulags and forced labor, fatal deportations, man-made famines, extrajudicial executions and show trials, and genocide." With this understood, "the Soviet Union appears the greatest megamurderer of all...killing near 61,000,000." (http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/POWER.ART.HTM)
With America and the West "universally ignorant and debauched," the West is sinking under its own corrupt weight, and totalitarianism is triumphing:
"The greatest triumph of Marxism will not be the victory over the temporal, political, and economic orders, but rather, the destruction of the human spirit, the transformation of a free people into a nation of bystanders, executioners of their own and their neighbors God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If Barack Obama is not stopped in this course, we will be legislated and Executive Ordered into the mental and physical Gulag. We will first tolerate in the name of patriotic obedience, then endure in the name of personal preservation, that dehumanizing servitude from which we spent a century fighting to deliver the rest of the world. (What Will Our Children Say to Us? Three Commandments to Add to the Decalogue, Jessica M.; http://worthreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/what-will-our-children-say-of)
Over fifty years ago, Conservative John Hallowell wrote that if America and the West are to find redemption from the tyranny of evil, "We must restore to our vocabulary a word discarded long ago, namely sin." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George Nash, p. 52)
If we do not, then wicked delinquents will continue pretending that they are good and the truly good, decent people are evil. The genitally-obsessed will continue to pretend that their erotomania is normal, harmless, and deserving of rights, which means that tots to teens ought to be taught its' unholy delights. Pretending that their power-grabbing is really for the 'common good,' god-man megalomaniacs will continue brazenly grabbing power until we have become their slaves. Liars will continue lying and pretending that their falsehoods are truth. Moral imbeciles and the criminally insane will continue sanctioning evils by the faux-moral authority of progress, multiculturalism, green sustainability, diversity, 'gay' rights, scientism, inclusion and the rest of the morally-bankrupt politically correct canon. And finally, when the moral imbeciles and the criminally insane have firmly grasped Saurons' One Ring of Power, a 'protean force of evil' will completely transform our society into a stinking rotten, fly-infested dung-hill, a murderous Sodom and Gomorrah where irrational Libido Dominandi---the evil will to power---is the total controlling factor. In other words, we and our children will become the slaves of evil tyrants and hedonists, and live or die in gratification of their evil lusts. The unrestrained depravity of man is the tyranny of evil which in a nutshell, is the 'parabolical expression' of totalitarianism.
copyright Linda Kimball 2010
Linda writes on culture, politics, and worldview.
Something for you to ‘get your teeth’ into ping
The analysis here nails the hypocrisy and the hate that first fires the 'will' and harenesses the energy of a every Leftist.
ahhh that would be of course. . .’harness’ the will. No rabbit ref intended.
“Atheists Plan to Arrest the Pope”
Good luck to them getting past the Swiss Guard.
Hope somebody videos that wonderfully stupid stunt.
Me too. It will literally be an ass kicking of Biblical proportions.
Do we hear your collective condemnation? Are you there? Think not. . .
How long has it been since a halberd was put to good use?
Brilliant, thanks for posting.
snip:Am wondering if these two - and Lefties et al, for that matter - feel ANY outrage at the sexual perversions and death by ‘honor’imposed against the innocent that we witness daily that are perped by radical Muslims
Spirited: Doubtless, because they see this evil as the ‘cause’ of religion. Being in denial of their own dark side, they do as hypocrites have been doing since the beginning: transfer their guilt onto scapegoats, which they then self-righteously crucify.
I remembered when Pinochet was arrested in 1998 on a sham charge. Grated there were some issues but he was the best thing for Chile.
Thank you, will sit down a bit later for some concentrated pingifying!
Once people lose hold of God, and once they lose the moral sense that flows from awareness and communion with God, freedom becomes an intolerable burden which they will give up gladly.
snip: freedom becomes an intolerable burden which they will give up gladly.
Spirited: Dostoevsky zeroed in on the type of freedom they want to be unburdened of: moral freedom, the ability to choose between right and wrong, lie and truth, good and evil. Communism and socialism promise to relieve them of that unbearable burden. All ‘babies’ will be able to sin and not be held accountable.
These two could care less about protecting children. It’s not like they shed a tear when HUMAN animals rape and kill the helpless.
It’s ALL about destroying religion.
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If people have no time to read all the pings lately, please read this one. Please read it carefully. It is packed, there are many sentences, both the author's and quotations from others, that should be added to collections of concentrated truths.
She really hits this one out of the park. The situation we find ourselves in - the descriptions of the evils of which she writes - has accelerated to G force since the election of the Usurper in chief. He has surrounded himself with the foulest of foul, and for some reason, those elected and appointed public sercants who have an "R" next to their names (for the most part) seem to have lost their voices.
Linda Kimball has her voice. Andunless people en masse do something, we will all lose ours.
Note: A change of party in power, or term limits, or a new law or repeal of an old law, will not change what needs to be changed. A spiritual regeneration is the only cure for the spiritual sickness that is the root cause of all these evils. But that doesn't mean that practical work and struggle is useless; it's just that the work in the world has to be fueled by prayer and principles that transcend the political and worldly gauges.
There have been so many articles about the attacks on the Catholic Church that it is impossible to read or post all of them, or even a quarter of them.
This article, while not addressing the details of the subject (who did what when, what was/wasn’t/should/shouldn’t have been done, who was responsible, it’s better now, etc) - gets to the real heart of the matter. Why these attackers hate the Church - because they hate God.
Thanks for the ping!
snip: A spiritual regeneration is the only cure for the spiritual sickness that is the root cause of all these evils.
Spirited: Right there, in a nutshell, is the crux of the situation. The early Conservatives came from backgrounds of communism, socialism, and atheism. And as they saw the unfolding evils produced in the name of communism, progressivism, socialism, etc., they all-—like Hallowell-—realized that evil ideas lead to evil deeds.
These early conservatives turned back to God and repented of their sins and then with clear consciences (spiritual regeneration, in your words) were able to go forth and fight the good fight against the forces of evil.
The silence of the Reps mentioned by you is doubtless due to various causes, for instance: fear of being ‘not like the crowd,’ fear of loss of status, lack of moral convictions, apathy, and for many, dirty consciences. Consider for instance, the Rep. Log Cabins-—the ‘gay’ caucus. Their consciences are filthy dirty.
For all too many today, pride (narcissism) is the stumbling block to the desperately needed spiritual regeneration our dreadfully sick, increasingly twisted society needs.
For this reason, I dare say that Kimball’s essay is an affront to many rather than the neon arrow pointing to what is necessary.
Please keep speaking out.
BTTT for an article that has to be read.
I think the ping listees are all on vacation!
(I will keep bumping this for a few days because people need to read it!)
heheh - Maybe Linda Kimball will stop holding back one of these days... ;-)
heheh - Maybe Linda Kimball will stop holding back one of these days
Spirited: Should I hear from her, I’ll ask her why she’s doing that
If she stops holding back, we’ll have to hold our hands over our ears and wear dark glasses to shield our eyes from the sparks.
I love her articles.
BTTT. Read this!!!
The heart of the matter is the matter in the heart.
LJ: Why these attackers hate the Church - because they hate God
Spirited: Christendom died long ago, and what emerged out of its’ dead body was a spiritually dead secular state described so very well by Mark Steyn.
W. Europe’s acedia is so extreme that people there for the most part, are like deer helplessly mezmerized by the headlights of the onrushing jihadist-vehicle of doom. In essence, they believe in nothing so they defend nothing.
The point I’m driving at is this: With W. Europeans drowning in apathy and helplessness, just how much of a backlash would result if the Pope was arrested? If it were to be measured by America’s outrage at the blatant evils taking place here, what’s being done to our youth for instance, then it seems reasonable to believe that the criminally insane could pull off the arrest of the Pope with the expectation that what outrage that does occur will quickly drown in W. Europe’s sea of apathy.
Once the most powerful,influential Church has been decapitated, silencing the rest of them will be like shooting ducks in a barrel.
One jewel of an observation after another....
snip: One jewel of an observation after another
Spirited: Ever notice how those who outwardly claim to be adherents to the scientific method, which is a logical, rational search for truth, are also the ones who prefer Orwellian illogic, inversions of reality, fantasy, and irrationalism?
Just the thought of that possibility makes my skin crawl. ....Shudder.
You are absolutely correct about the onslaught of Islam - if the people of Europe had living faith in God, they would have the strength and the will to fight back against the takeover by Muslims. But they are now weak and without heart or higher intelligence. It’s a form of mass suicide - noted also in their below replacement birth rate, few marriages, and love for euthanasia. Cultural and national suicide.
I only hope that there are enough people in Europe who will not go down with the ship. I know they aren’t all hopeless faithless suicide cases, but so many are.
Ever notice how those who outwardly claim to be adherents to the scientific method, which is a logical, rational search for truth, are also the ones who prefer Orwellian illogic, inversions of reality, fantasy, and irrationalism?
That one’s great!
Bkmk for later reading
A case in point is the AMA's decision to remove homosexuality from its list of disorders, which was a political decision, not a scientific one based on conclusive studies, after storms of homosexual activists attacked their annual meeting and they then appointed gays to the decision committee.
The thing about studies of gayness is that it is difficult to obtain the truth about such private behavior. Although I am a woman, or because I am one, it seems logical to me that a man with a few isolated incidents of homosexual experimentation in his past would minimize or deny he ever committed or valued such behavior once he grew out of it, and especially if he wanted to make a stable relationship with a woman and have a family. The only men who would admit to such behaviors, even for study purposes, are those still vulnerable to thinking it might be acceptable or cool to be gay.
snip: A case in point is the AMA’s decision to remove homosexuality from its list of disorders, which was a political decision, not a scientific one based on conclusive studies, after storms of homosexual activists attacked their annual meeting and they then appointed gays to the decision committee.
Spirited: While outwardly described as a furtherance of progress, equality, and the rest of the intellectually and morally bankrupt canon, at bottom it was the elevation of disordered passions over truth and reality. Which brings us back to the previous issue we discussed: that what Libs really crave is irrationality, nothingness, and fantasia which they disguise as science, reason, etc. And of course all of this is really why they hate God, for He is Truth, Reality, and the Author of Universal Morality.
Everything you say is absolutely true.
They hate God because they are living in utter rebellion. The only thing they worship is His creation, and that in a perverse manner. Their envy and jealousy of God blinds them to all reality.
Deceit, duplicity, and self-delusion are inherent in their characters.
I couldn't agree with you more, little jeremiah. Beautifully said!
Thank you so much for your excellent essay/post.
snip: A spiritual regeneration is the only cure for the spiritual sickness that is the root cause of all these evils
Yes, that is the cure, yet how to spiritually regenerate a people who for the most part believe they have no souls?
Early Church Father Athanaseus described the spiritually diseased condition of all too many today. Their souls he said, are materialized. By this he meant that their souls are closed to God the Father. Their downward-looking focus is on gratifying their appetites: pride, covetousness, gluttony, lusts, etc.
Thank you all so very much for sharing your insights!
Thank you~ This thread needs to be bumped a lot. This article is immensely important and needs visiblity.
And even atheists can change, I used to be one.
Nowadays, the idea of a "spiritually diseased condition" is virtually unheard of. But major thinkers of the ancient world were very much preoccupied with this problem pneumopathy (in contradistinction to psychopathy). Plato perhaps the greatest analyst of the soul qua soul who ever lived called it nosos; Aristotle, nosemos; Cicero, aspernatio rationalis, which translates as the "the contempt for reason."
Well before Christianity, going back millennia, it was generally recognized that human beings have souls, and that they could become disordered. And when they do, then everything else in a man's life becomes disordered; for the soul is the foundation of the human person (so to speak), the very seat of human will, of choosing and acting, on whose order good or bad reason itself ultimately either stands or falls.
Nowadays, of course, atheists among our intellectual elites have taken the position that, since there is (allegedly) no God, then likewise, there is no such thing as a soul. Both are undetectable (i.e., by the scientific method); therefore they do not exist. So there is no basis for "spiritual regeneration" according to them, there's nothing to regenerate.
Which if course is a most breathtaking redefinition of the human person. That which makes man unique in the animal kingdom is wiped out, and man is leveled to the status of any ordinary beast, and then encouraged to act like one. He is told he is most "free" when he indulges himself in every kind of base behavior.
But even beasts have more dignity than a "free" man indulging himself in every kind of base behavior. For instance, homosexuality is rare in the animal kingdom, and where it appears it is usually a sign that something is terribly awry in the environment. This insight is based on rat studies. Where a rat population becomes exceeding concentrated in a small space, very atypical rat behaviors have been observed to emerge male "gang-banger" behavior and, most interesting, homosexual acts and cannibalism.
But human beings are not rats, even if many times they act like them.
Just a quick observation before moving on, about human freedom. Today we are told that a man is most "free" when he can do anything he wants without limit. The reigning intelligentsia like Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor tells them it is perfectly okay to sin. But the Grand Inquisitor knows that, not only is this not true, but is tantamount to the abolition of human freedom.
Yes, we shall set them to work, but in their leisure hours we shall make their life like a child's game, with children's songs and innocent dance. Oh, we shall allow them even sin, they are weak and helpless, and they will love us as children because we allow them to sin. We shall tell them every sin will be expiated, if it is done with our permission, that we allow them to sin because we love them, and the punishment for these sins we take upon ourselves. And we shall take it upon ourselves, and they will adore us as their saviors who have taken on themselves their sins before God. And they will have no secrets from us. We shall allow or forbid them to live with their wives and mistresses, to have or not have children according to whether they have been obedient or disobedient and they will submit to us gladly and cheerfully.... And all will be happy, all the millions of creatures except the hundred thousand who rule over them. For only we, we who guard the mystery, shall be unhappy. [Right. /sarc] .... Peacefully they will die, peacefully they will expire in [Christ's] name, and beyond the grave they will find nothing but death. But we shall keep the secret, and for their happiness we shall allure them with the reward of heaven and eternity. The Brothers Karamazov, emphasis added.The Grand Inquisitor's definition of "freedom" is a classic example of how atheists appropriate Christian symbols in order to destroy their meaning and to con people who know these symbols into a false sense of security that whatever the intellectual elite's proposal might be, if it has Christian "bona-fides," then it can be trusted. (Obama himself waxes Christian every now and then; but he is utterly false, a bond-servant of the father of lies who does not wish Christians well, especially Catholics.)
This is a terrible trap from another standpoint; for rather than becoming "free," men become slaves to their own disordered appetites. For self-indulgence requires objects of gratification delivering "doses of satisfaction"; and as with, say drugs, the dose and frequency ineluctably needs to increase in order to achieve the desired level of satisfaction (which gets harder and harder to do over time). He becomes the slave (and victim) of the next "fix" slave to his own disordered desires.
A man enslaved by his own disorder is the most miserable and wretched thing in the world. He has no future, in this world or the next. JMHO FWIW.
The great paradox is that man's freedom can find its true scope, its own perfection, only if he submits himself to God's Word, His Logos. Such a man is the freest man in the world, and no one can take his freedom from him not even Satan himself.
Back to our main topic, spiritual regeneration. If there is to be such a thing, then it can only come from people who recognize that they are ensouled beings. That is, creatures of God made in His image.
And such people need to realize who the enemy is which Linda Kimball's masterful article describes so well. Boiling it all down, they are the self-appointed intellectual elite who have "annointed visions" of a "better world" (if only we'd all just do as they say). In order to get to that "better world," the present one must be annihilated. They start with God; but as ever, it is man who "takes the bullet."
Sometimes I wonder whether the atheist elite has given up on trying to kill God (which I suspect even they know deep-down is impossible); so they go after man himself, particularly those men who believe in God. (Which is the most sensible thing to do, it seems to me.) This explains their concerted attack on Christianity and Christians.
With the result, as Alexander Solzhenitsyn put it, in his Harvard Commencement address in 1978:
Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence, such as, for example, the misuse of liberty for moral violence against the young people, motion pictures full of pornography, crime, and horror. Life organized legalistically has shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil. Harvard Magazine, JulyAugust 1978.Oddly enough, I am not too terribly depressed about the foregoing. It seems to me that more than half the battle consists in understanding the enemy. When you know how he thinks and acts, then you can fight him on more level ground, and with increased probability of defeating him....
And defeat him we Christians must. First of all, we are his first intended victims. And with us gone, with the moral order in which we stand obliterated along with us, the rest of society doesn't have a chance....
Onward Christian soldiers! Speak truth; raise prayers for our beloved country and its constitutional order.
May God bless America!
Thank you ever so much, dear spirited irish, for your excellent essay/post!
betty: Nowadays, of course, atheists among our intellectual elites have taken the position that, since there is (allegedly) no God, then likewise, there is no such thing as a soul. Both are undetectable (i.e., by the scientific method); therefore they do not exist. So there is no basis for “spiritual regeneration” according to them, there’s nothing to regenerate.
Spirited: The position these brazen hypocrites have taken is nothing more than a smoke-screen. Privately they don’t believe a word of what they preach to the gullible masses.
Just the other day I visited a so-called science blog and read a rather long dissertation, the whole point of which was to explain ‘scientifically’ why free will does not exist. Why not? Because said the pompous gasbag author, God is the ‘cause’ of our evil.
Hmmm, God ‘caused’ this fool to cast blame on Himself? God ‘caused’ this fool to hate Him? Now how can God be the ‘cause’ of man’s evil when ‘science’ has supposedly shown that He doesn’t exist?
If belief in God is superstition, then by this logic belief that God ‘causes’ men to do evil is superstition as well.
We can see that these hypocrites both want God to exist so they can blame Him for their sufferings and they don’t want Him to exist so they can pretend to be gods and supermen.
This is the depravity of man. And it is why America and the West resemble Sodom and Gomorrah.
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!
The atheists are going to have a real problem when the critters start asserting that THEY can capture a soul in a technological bottle/cage and keep it captive for THEIR purposes . . . and supposedly demonstrate same.
Thankfully, God is supreme.
Though I don’t know what He’ll allow with folks not IN HIM, IN HIS FOLD, IN HIS KINGDOM.
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