Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
When the World Discovers God is Dead
There will be Universal Madness
~ F. Nietzsche ~
In a world where God is absent, moral vocabulary is silent. The names Weiner, Hefner, and Weinstein should say it all, but I am sure there are more to come. When a culture worships the creature and not its creator the results are predictable.
When man desires to play God, then God gives man over to his degrading passions and the deadly consequences. We are experiencing the casualties of a world where truth is relative, and to claim to know the truth is to be intolerant, not to mention politically incorrect.
Ideas have consequences, and one big idea was invited into our society through our education system in 1973 by the Humanist Manifesto. In a world without God there is no transcendent morality; humans alone determine what is ethical.
"We affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is autonomous and situational, needing no theological or ideological sanction. Ethics stems from human need and interest. Human life has meaning because we create and develop our futures." Humanist Manifesto II 1973
You say you have never heard of this movement and that it sounds like something from the 1960 -70 hippy movement. Well, it started in 1933 with the Human Manifesto I:
Second: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as the result of a continuous process.
Third: Holding an organic view of life, humanists find that the traditional dualism of mind and body must be rejected.
Fourth: Humanism recognizes that man's religious culture and civilization, as clearly depicted by anthropology and history, are the product of a gradual development due to his interaction with his natural environment and with his social heritage. The individual born into a particular culture is largely molded to that culture.
Fifth: Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values."
Mark it well and make no mistake ... ideas have consequences and we are experiencing the consequences of these ideas. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values from God and replaced them with the enlightenment from man.
What are we to do...curse the darkness?
We are to expose the darkness with the light. We are to speak truth. We are to live the truth each and every day. And always remember, as Alan Keyes stated: "It is not for us to calculate our victory or fear our defeat, but to do our duty
and leave the rest in God's hands."
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,
There are consequences to openly rebuking sin, unfortunately for most religious groups it's now taught to do so is judging and therefore has been abandoned for the most part and this has helped lead Americans down the path they've been on for decades now and the moral decay that it's brought about. God Bless You All; Clair VAN Steenwyk
A wonderful article Mr. Nietzsche. I commend you for it. Unfortunately and in spite of President Trump's remarks this AM, God is dead so far as government is concerned. God only lives in the minds and hearts of those of us who believe; not in politicians! Here is a recent writing citing my views.
AMERICA, A CHRISTIAN or POST CHRISTIAN NATION?
That America’s government was founded on Christian principles for the purpose of securing people’s unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and an opportunity for Happiness is unquestionable. America’s motto is “In God We Trust.” Its national hymn is “God of Our Fathers.” Americans pledge allegiance to “one nation, under God…”; Moses symbolically presides over Congress from his location across from the Speaker of the House; the Ten Commandments are displayed above the chair of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Chief Justice and the 97th Congress declared the Bible to be the word of God in Public Law 97-280. But just what are the Life, Liberty and Happiness we were to have? And if our ability to enjoy them has been diminished or destroyed how did it happen and what does it mean? To help answer this let’s turn to a dictionary.
Life is defined as the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones. It is the period during which something is functional. By this definition of Life, it begins at conception as we all know a fetus can kick and squirm.
Liberty is defined as freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control and from external or foreign rule. It’s an ability to be independent and free from control, interference, or obligation. It is the freedom to think, speak and act according to choice.
Happiness is the quality or state of being happy. It is characterized by or indicative of pleasure, joy, or contentment.
Once upon a time America honored Biblical pronouncements such as: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin;” “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage;” observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today; don’t get involved in usury for if you do the alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher about you, and you shall come down lower and lower…..He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail; don’t kill; and Thou shall have no other God’s before me.
Any objective comparison involving modern America’s culture with God’s instructions tell us this.
Is it not self-evident that America no longer honors God and that we’ve become a nation of sinners and hypocrites and no longer honor James 4:17 by doing what is right? Government has removed us from our biblical mooring. It no longer pursues the purpose for which it was created. Rather, it is now dragging us into the global prison called the New World Order; “a world that has a supranational authority to regulate world commerce and industry, an international organization that would control the production and consumption of oil; an international currency that would replace the dollar; a world development fund that would make funds available to free and communist nations alike; and an international police force to enforce the edicts of the New World Order.”
How did America’s downfall happen? – Is it because too many people have failed to recognize the importance of James 4:17 and to honor it by doing what is right? It would be easy to blame this failure on our educators, clergy, elected officials, and media and law enforcement personnel (including judges) as it’s clear they are all complicit in the illegal government Acts responsible for destroying our biblical based foundation. But the bottom line is that it’s WE THE PEOPLE who must shoulder the blame. By our failing to do what is right we’ve allowed the Federal government to “exceed the clear bounds of its jurisdiction under the Constitution” as alleged by 30 Republican governors on 11/22/94. It’s self-evident these unconstitutional Acts have destroyed many people’s ability to enjoy a RIGHT and those responsible for them and their perpetuation are criminals. Since many of the Acts have aided and abetted the Constitution’s enemies seeking the NWO the criminals are – according to the Constitution – guilty of Treason. Living under such a despotic system is hardly in keeping with our need to stand fast in the Liberty we were to have. (Gal 5:1) The most influential group behind America’s downfall is the Pilgrims; not those who arrived on the Mayflower, but those who control America from behind the curtain. See https://www.silver-investor.com/charlessavoie/cs_dec04.pdf.
Now what? America is suffering because of our lack of obedience to the law, both temporal and spiritual. Only if we once again choose to obey both sets of the laws our nation was founded upon can we have any hope for survival. Any hope of “Making America Great Again” as President Trump has said he will do lies with 2 Chrn7:14; “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The first step in humbling ourselves is repentance. Step 2 is to put on our common sense cap and accept the need to unite in spirit and around meaningful action as faith without action is dead. As Thomas Jefferson said: “The Constitution can protect the people only as long as the people are willing to protect the Constitution. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?” The time for Americans to take note of Psalm 118:8 (KJV) saying “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” is long overdue.
Americans must not only repent but also make a commitment to honor James 4:17 and do what is right. They should stop supporting incorporated businesses calling themselves a church and organizations and individuals professing they can unilaterally restore our Republic. They must accept that the Republican and Democrat parties are equally guilty of pulling America away from its biblical mooring and illegally transforming our government into one whereby we are now ruled according to the planks of the Communist Manifesto. They must adopt or develop a viable plan providing for unity of action on issues and actions of common interest while assuring everyone retains their freedom to pursue their special interests. And above all, they must accept that faith without works is dead and do something; even if it is wrong.
A couple of Scripture verses that cover our current situation in America very well:
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:8-9
"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Psalm 9:17
This is an excellent synopsis but the title was a little misleading in my opinion! The article was well thought out & I for one have felt that way for a very long time! I lived in the better times, even though I didn't realize it at the time!