May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thoughts On Natural Law, God, and Our Decaying Civilization

I've been thinking much lately about God as Natural Law and Love. I do this because I'm trying to find a way to communicate to atheists and secularists the importance of God, of Natural Law, that is necessary to the cohesion and survival of civilization, and importantly to me, Western Civilization and my country. Once that dialog is open, then we can discuss God; need to open the door. 

The move to remove God from our culture has been going strong, and successfully for nearly fifty years, having a strong launch in the 1960's. The strong Judeo-Christian culture that served so successfully for a couple centuries began to crumble. Whole books have been written about this, and the best I found so far is Bad Religion by Ross Douthat.

As a result, promiscuity and adultery are more and more rationalized and acceptable, overeating and drinking the same, being self-serving rather than serving others, being autonomous over family, the promotion of homosexuality above heterosexuality. We don't care much who one is poking or whatever, but the purpose of sex is procreation, which comes as natural law. I've got to say to intolerant homosexuals that bash hetero's, if it weren't for us, you wouldn't exist, so show some respect.

God's creation, containing it's beauty, it's love, it's bounty, good people wanting to do good is more and more being rejected. Marxist Materialism is on the rise, only the physical matters. The brain releases chemicals governing our behavior, the world exists to serve our needs, and nihilism is the philosophy of the time.

One can reject Natural law, men and women coming together, Love, God, Creation, Beauty, Justice (not what's fair to men in power, known as "social justice"), moral teachings found in the Ten Commandments and throughout Scripture that are not relative to what feels good at the moment. God thought us, all creation, into existence, and yet so many refuse to accept those God thoughts as right thoughts, natural law and Love thoughts, because it's inconvenient to their own desires.

 By his own wisdom and Word, who is our Lord and Savior Christ, the all-holy Father (whose excellence far exceeds that of any creature), like a skillful steersman guides to safety all creation, regulating and keeping it in being, as he judges right. It is right that creation should exist as he has made it and as we see it happening, because this is his will, which no one would deny. For if the movement of the universe were irrational, and the world rolled on in random fashion, one would be justified in disbelieving what we say. But if the world is founded on reason, wisdom and science, and is filled with orderly beauty, then it must owe its origin and order to none other than the Word of God. 
 He is God, the living and creative God of the universe, the Word of the good God, who is God in his own right…. the Word that created this whole world and enlightens it by his loving wisdom….produced the order in all creation….and gives order, direction and unity to creation.
 By his eternal Word the Father created all things and implanted a nature in his creatures. He…in his goodness he governs and sustains the whole of nature by his Word (who is himself also God), so that under the guidance, providence and ordering of that Word, the whole of nature might remain stable and coherent in his light. ~~From a Discourse Against the Pagans by Saint Athanasius
 If one studies pagan society, there was no justice, women were treated worse than slaves, there was no charity, no compassion, it was all selfish and hurtful. It rejected everything that even secularists claim to want; love, compassion, justice, charity. Those don't come from brain chemistry, firing synapses, government, or Marxist philosophy that denies men's souls.  It comes from natural law, from Christianity, from God.

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