Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands. Cults everywhere: Islam, the State, the cult of Gay and Queer, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, 'Science', Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion....a nice variety for the human-hater, amoral, anti-rationalist to choose from. It is so much fun mocking them isn't it ?
Tempus Fugit Memento Mori - Time Flies Remember Death
It is refreshing, indeed mandatory, to read common sense and real perspectives from the past. Out of the dark and gloom of the modern era of 'scientism' [abiogensis, plant food causes climate, panspermia, life on dead rocks, algae became Achmed etc.]; and into the light of learning. In a culture which praises transgendered bathrooms and applauds a bronze age moon cult as enlightened, it is difficult to understand where civilization came from and why it formed. There is no 'evolution' of civilization to use the modern world's unscientific obsession. Civilization, as with life, art or any material substance, is designed, built, constructed and managed. It can be torn down, just as easily as it can be created.
Adams makes important notes on Christianity's seminal impact on Western Civilization, a metaphysics unlike any which had preceded it in the pagan world:
"Christianity taught also the equality of all men in the sight of God. It taught this not merely as an abstract idea. Stoicism had done that. But in the early Christianity, at least, it put the idea into practice so far as it was possible to do so. The master was held to treat his slave as a brother. They both stood on the same footing within the church, and its offices and dignities were open to both alike. ...instances are not uncommon of men from the lowest classes rising to positions in the church of the highest rank. The teaching of the church always kept before men the idea of the equality in moral rights and in final destiny of all men. That it was the chiefly effective force in establishing practical equality, so far as it has been established, can hardly be asserted."
Equality of men, leads to the equality of rights, freedom of speech and due process, between all men, and over time, women. The universal ethics of Christianity, demanded a universal creed in which all men had to be treated equally, fairly and justly.
"Christianity also taught, as a necessary result of the Christian conception of the relation between God and man, that religion has a direct practical mission as an ethical teacher and help. This was a new and most important step in advance. The ancient national religions had made no ethical demand of the worshipper. The character attributed to the gods could not be helpful to any man. The pagan priest had never looked upon himself as a teacher of morals, or conceived of any reformatory mission for his religion. The Greek or Roman in need of ethical aid and comfort sought the philosopher and not the priest. This whole condition of things Christianity revolutionized. The pure ideal of character which it held aloft in its conception of God, its clear assertion of the necessity and the possibility of such a character for every man which it made in the gospel narrative, created an intimate bond between religion and ethics unknown before. The religious life which Christianity aimed to create in the individual must of necessity express itself in right conduct. This was its true fruit, its external test, and to perfect this the energy of the new religion was especially directed."
Even when acting badly, and Christians have a long history of that, as does most any man or woman today; the ideal does not perish. The character of faith should imbue all action. God is not unknowable or untouchable. He is a part of each person and of the world around us.
...[the] fatherhood of God, typified and proclaimed in an extremely effective form in the sonship of Christ, man’s elder brother, brought man near to God and gave him a new point of view for all the future. Love became the great religious force of the new age. In the practical working of Christianity this idea did not remain a mere idea. It was transformed into a positive force in history through the keen conception which the individual Christian had of the immediate personal relationship between himself and God, by virtue of which the power of the Almighty would come to his aid in his endeavor to make himself like God. In other words, Christianity not merely taught that this relationship was an ideal possibility, but it made men believe it as a fact, so that they actually lived with a sense of the divine power in them."
Animated by equality, opportunity, joy, morality, a strong character, always trying to stay ahead and deny the baser impulses and true demerits we all possess including free will and our poor choices [sin]; Christianity galvanized and demanded action. Help to the poor, the needy; protection of the old, young, infirm and innocent. A conscious desire to do good and to be active in this life, to try to live a good, not a crude life and to participate in society in order to effect good works for the next life if grace grants us that. A commitment to life, family, beauty, reality and proper conduct. We all far short. But those attributes are what created the modern world. Christianity created that culture.
Many Greek philosophers and writers proposed world-views which were in harmony with the later historical development of the Christian church. Plato and Aristotle are two obvious examples. Not all of their writings comport with Church theology, but a good amount certainly does. Consider Plato whose ideas were Christianized by Saint Augustine, or melded into Church doctrine to support Catholic theology.
Similarities between Plato and Christianity:
-Rejection of Atheism and Materialism
-Belief in mono-theism
-Design of the physical universe by a creator
-Consciousness after death
Differences between Plato and Christianity:
-Platonic metaphysics is unclear about the nature of the one supreme creator
-Plato is unclear [unlike Christianity] about the nature of reality, proposing 'forms' or the form of 'the good' as the ultimate reality, and the 'Demiurge', or craftsman approach to the formation of the material universe, wherein a lesser divine being was the builder of the natural world, and was subordinate to the ultimate 'good' form.
-Gnostic Christian heresy proposed a Platonic version of Christianity, with the Demiurge [sometimes named Satan], responsible for the material world, and God for the soulful, mindful, 'good'. The two were in opposition.
-Platonic Form and Demiurge are impersonal concepts unlike Christianity which proposes a personal relationship to the Creator.
Moslems do not have within Mein Koran, anything approaching the grace, the glory or the truth of the New Testament. Humility, gratitude, love, forgiveness [7 times 70 times according to Christ]; these are the animating principles of Christ, the Mass of Christ and the celebration of his birth, Christ mas[s]. In Islam, or Submission the core ideas are Jihad, death to non Moslems, aggression, war, sex slaving and supremacism. These evils are emblematic of the life of the cult's founder Muhammad, and at one time, Christians rightly called Islam the cult of Muhammad, or Muhammadism. A term that is far more accurate than Islam, even though Submission [Islam] to Muhammad, is a main theme of Mein Koran.
For pagan Atheists, Christ has nothing to do with the pagan Roman worship of the Syrian Sun God or Sol Invictus. The Romans only worshiped Sol Invictus [and not even on December 25], some 70 years or more after, Christians had proclaimed and venerated the same date as the birth of the Savior. The Romans did this to try to eclipse what cannot be hidden, to darken the light that cannot be shadowed, and to move truth into myth. They along with their empire, failed.
There is no expostulation within Islam or Atheism to match the following, inspired by the truth and the Godhead, expressed in many masses across the Christian world during December 24th and 25th:
“No more let sin and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground, He comes to make his blessings flow....He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove, The glories of his righteousness...The wonders, wonders of his love.” [Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, based on Psalm 48]
“Yet with the woes of sin and strife the world has suffered long; beneath the angel-strain have rolled two thousands years of wrong; and man, at war with man, hears not the love-song which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing” [E. H. Sears, 1810-1876]
“Silent Night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight, glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing 'Alleluia'!, Christ the Savior is born. Silent Night, holy night. Son of God, love's pure light radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at they birth.” [Joseph Mahr, 1792-1848, written during the devastation of the Napoleonic wars upon Europe, another Atheist madman].
You have to be a hard man indeed, not to be moved by the grace of the Gospel, the beatific prose of John, Mark, Matthew, Paul, the early Church Fathers or great men such as Augustine and Loyola. Only a man without a conception of consciousness and the soul, can possibly reject the truth of the immaterial. What a sad life it must be, clinging to the belief that all is material, dialectical, clashing chemicals washing around 'evolving' by magic, no free will and indeed no purpose whatsoever to life. The Buddhist nightmare declaring that you are useless and destined to nothingness; pregnant in the Atheist hell of irrelevancy and hopelessness.
The virgin birth, life and death of Christ was prophesied by Isaiah, Micah, Daniel and other Old Testament prophets. The resurrection of Christ was confirmed not only by the Shroud of Turin, but by the 16 guards stationed at the tomb of Christ by the Romans and Sanhedrin, in order to stop the Christians from moving the body. The Jewish leaders well knew Christ's forecast, that his temple [meaning his body] would be destroyed but rebuilt in 3 days. The guards fled at the supernatural event, the Shroud of Turin confirms in a electro-magnetic 3D image the entire body and face of the crucified and risen Christ. Technology today cannot replicate such an image. Stained onto the linen vegetation of Israel in the 1rst century AD, is the perfect portrait of the mangled Christ. The guards attested to the risen.
The Jews and Romans, concerned with earthly, secular affairs, bribed them to keep quiet and ignored the evidence. The Jews then spent 30 years in a vicious persecution of Christians, killing many of the Apostles and early Church Deacons, along with laity, numbering in their thousands. In AD 64, Nero outlawed Christianity initiating 250 years of bloodshed and murder. Tens of thousands of innocents were murdered by the Roman state.
Yet those days are here again and have been present for 1400 years in the guise of Muhammadism, which seeks the obliteration of Christianity. The Moslem evisceration of Christians, their symbols, their women, their churches and their culture runs deep in blood, from one end of the globe to the other.
And the secular world yawns, turns away, and tunes in to their fantasy media-world, hugging their PC bibles, praying at their Atheist idols, suckling on their multi-culti baby rattles.