Friday, August 05, 2005

Does Christianity Preach Fear? p7

Hell = Control? (2 of 5)

Controlling Fear or Paradigm Shift?

Many portions of the Bible that condemns immoral behavior are becoming outlawed from American society today, primarily through judicial activism from State and Federal courts. The House and Senate have been as active with such reform as Drivers licenses and The Patriot Act to name only two reforms taking place now that will lead towards the loss of even more civil liberties, mostly caused by preaching fear on war and terrorism. These two reforms will bring American governance into federalism, thereby creating a socialists union.

Paradigm shift created: Fear
  • Create Problem: War and terrorism
  • Cause Reaction: Curb laws for - peace and safety
  • Goal-Solution: Loss of civil freedoms - Socialism through reforming laws.
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
Propaganda from the humanists (secularists) claim that Christianity is out to control society by declaring morality through the use of government. These extremists claim that Christianity is attempting to turn America into a Christian theocracy, describing such people as; right-wing religious fanatics, the religious right, Christian fundamentalists, Red State Republicans!

Paradigm shift to create change: Division
  • Create Problem: Moral authority
  • Cause Reaction: Isolate Christianity
  • Goal-Solution: Create laws to ban its usage - To bring forward centralized government.
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. ~Benjamin Franklin (Reported by many to have been declared at the signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)
The claim being made is that what the bible declares as immoral cannot be allowed as civil law, because it is unconstitutional to promote a religious belief through government, therefore cannot be accepted as law, because the claim is that government would be actively promoting Christian values. The foundation for this type of attitudinal change came about by adding to the First Amendment the Establishment Clause which added the following statement to the original declaration: "prohibits the establishment of a national religion by Congress or the preference of one religion over another".
The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. ~Charles-Louis De Secondat
One of the main issues today causing division is same-sex marriage. Once same-sex marriage becomes legal, the outlawing of important parts of the bible will be complete. The process which brought us up to this point started back in the 1960's with the entrance of liberalism into our society, with the Vietnam war being a catalyst for the transformation of society by using the dialectic of problem - reaction - solution to ultimately bring about more reform. In other words, changes to our laws. Such reform is what brought about the legalization of abortion in the early 1970's.
A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left. ~Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
Paradigm shift of the late 1950's to the early 1960's
  • Problem: Vietnam War (started by America - Gulf of Tonkin)
  • Reaction: Protests (civil rights movement)
  • Solution: Liberalization (entrance of socialism)

    (notice: the exact same method is used to create change today)
What is true though in 2005 is the exact opposite of what is being made into law. The vast majority of Americans do not want a godless secular society, as they have overwhelmingly voiced their demands on what is morally acceptable and what is not, such as refusing to accept same-sex marriage as a legal constitutional right. This is the reason we see the effort to draw up state constitutional amendments preventing federal laws changing what the definition of marriage has always been; that of one man and one women. What is happening instead is that a small few un-elected judges are deciding what [they feel] is the law, reversing the laws that the Federal Union recognizes as acceptable throughout the Republic. These rights should be handled though the States, which is how our government operates, that of States rights.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. -- Thomas Jefferson, Bill for the More General diffusion of Knowledge (1778)
This division creates confusion by removing what federal laws declare as marriage. This issue becomes a nightmare between different States because they do not always recognize each others laws, thereby creating a legal can of worms for American federal laws, with the example of Massachusetts and the legalization of same-sex marriage. A small minority of god-hating humanists continue to make the bogus claim that Christians controlled by the fear of going to Hell must forcefully place their beliefs on society by demanding that the whole of society accept that which some do not believe to be true.

The Christian declaration of immorality (sin) is what the secular humanists consider as hate and intolerance, because they have another belief of what is considered moral. Therefore, we have arrived again at the intentioned dialectic of problem - reaction - solution to create a paradigm shift within the society.

Paradigm shift of major issues from mid 1990's to today
  • Problem: Homosexuality, cloning, stem cell research, partial birth abortion
  • Reaction: Public division (moral values)
  • Solution: Redefining laws (completing the entrance of socialism and loss of guaranteed freedoms)
Preaching Truth of Judgment

Dieric Bouts, The Fall of the Damned 1450

The benefit for preaching the truth of condemnation would certainly be effective in building the church, as people would know what God considers as moral. However, in part six of this series, I argue that Christians are not at all in fear of going to Hell because the modern Christian church avoids preaching on damnation.

Liberal minded preachers do not want to offend anyone by preaching on something as offensive as a place called Hell. Today, the plea is; purpose driven, self-help, give to get, the anointing, be your best, reach inside yourself, miracle healers and tongues. Tolerance and love is the key.

The watering down of the Gospel is what has caused the vast majority of Christians to abandon the true foundations of the bible, because they are taught only half the message. This is what causes apostasy and spiritual blindness. The bible teaches that sin (immorality) is what separates man from God.

Friend, love will not save you. The only thing that will save you is the death of Jesus Christ, for forgiveness of sin, through his precious blood (Matt:26:28, 1Pet:1:2).

The liberal, ecumenical christian church of the 21st Century, preaches that God is only love, that He will not judge sin, immorality and wickedness. They are false teachers, bringing in damnable heresies, accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9) Friend, God is love and this is why He sent Jesus, who testified of the Father and was put to death by men for speaking blasphemy, but was put to death by God, being cursed for the punishment of sin, purchasing our freedom from death, through [his act of love]. The message from God is to listen to His declared morality, to repent of sin. For judgment rests upon those who refuse.

Here is love... that judgment would have mercy, providing pardon towards us though his free gift of salvation, as given by his grace and forgiveness, because God loves us (John 15:13). All that God is asking anyone today is to look at the evidence of his truth, as written in the scriptures, and ask yourself only one simple question: am I a sinner, who has broken God's declared laws? If so, we are able to make the free-will volition to believe in faith. This is the Gospel message as given by Jesus himself; that of God's absolute authority, morality and judgment.
And [Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:44-47

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