We have a lot of discussion today about the “persecution” of Christians. Modern “Christians” feel persecuted because the churches are closed, because they do not open together with the… other businesses, because there are no religious events while other events perhaps are allowed, because they will put a chip in us and the Antichrist will come, etc. All this – at least some – are legitimate questions that need to be addressed. However, there is a fine line between what concerns us as Christians and what is really important. And equally important is the way we express our concerns. A post? Two posts? Crying out loud (online) about upcoming doom? Because anxiety is good to have in moderation if needed, but a lot of anxiety eventually becomes funny.
Christianity will not die because COVID-19 has come. Not even because of the lockdown. Christianity has survived – to be more precise, it had FLOURISHED – in times of great persecution. If today’s concerned “Christians” were living in the times of the great persecutions, they would probably have died on the spot from a stroke before they had time to worry (or they would have changed their minds and denounce Christianity). Because, unfortunately, hypocrisy, like stupidity, seems to have no limits. From the time when some people went to church, we have now reached to a time when online hordes of Christians protest because the churches were closed. Not because they are anxious about Christianity per se. But because they are anxious that they do NOT appear to be Christians. And in today’s era phenomena are not just important, they are all we have left.
Hey you. You, who are protesting …
How many times do you pray at home? How honestly do you believe in God? How much do you need others to know that you believe?
I’m sorry to say it, but the comparison with Muslims is heartbreaking. No, I am not in favor of Islam as you (might) know. I am a Christian. But let’s be honest. While we are anxious and afraid that Christianity may be destroyed by “persecution” on Earth because due to a sudden WORLD VIRUS OUTBREAK and in the middle of GENERAL LOCKDOWN the churches are closed, the Muslims simply continues to believe and pray wherever they can.
No, Christianity is not going to die because of quarantine. It has already died inside you a long time ago…
Modern people. Anxious to buy a dog. Disgusted to the idea of having a child.
How times have changed.
In the old “dark” times Kings begged for a child to pass over empires. In today’s “enlightened” times ordinary people kill children because they wish to go to Starbucks alone. In the old days one would rejoice to the news of becoming dad. Now people rejoice to the news that they are NOT going to become one.
We have killed our self. And we don’t even realize it. We believe we are alive, but we are not. Worrying for nothing. Never turning back. For if we do, we will see our self in the mirror.
“Knowing how to tell a clear and coherent story is an important skill for helping young children to develop strong reading skills, which, in turn, can help them to be successful across a number of different subjects in school,” said FPG advanced research scientist Nicole Gardner-Neblett. “Prior research suggests that historical and cultural factors foster strong storytelling skills among African American children, which has implications for their development as readers”.
Two years ago, Gardner-Neblett’s own research was the first to demonstrate the connection between African American preschoolers’ storytelling abilities and their early reading skills in kindergarten. That study found a link between storytelling and reading only for the African American children, from households across income levels, but not for any other demographic group. (1)
We have lost the art of storytelling.
Now we just believe the “Facts”.
It is the most “primitive” ones who will ultimately save our heritage as human beings. Soon enough, when the forest is empty, when the river stays silent, we will remember. That there is magic in the world. And that this magic only exists if you believe in it. The river does not make any sound. You are the one making the tree leaves thawing. By just sitting down and closing your eyes. Start analyzing them and you will see that the sound is gone. We are the vessel which receives the cosmos and gives it shapes and sounds.
Neo marxist ideology has for a long time conquered the West.
Even though we believe we won the Cold War, ideologically we lost.
The materialistic ideology of the atheistic USSR, based in part on the revolutionary liberal rhetoric of the age of revolutions which started with the French Revolution, has appealed to many people. More and more we hear every day about the “right” to kill (babies), about how we do not have free will but do whatever our genes tells us to do, about how the brain produces consciousness as it has been “proved” by science (it has not), about how religion is bad and against the human “right” to do whatever we please et cetera… The protest against some wrongdoings of the church (which are clearly surpassed by the benefits generated for society – see here or “religion” tagged articles in Harmonia Philosophica for more on that) has resulted in an ongoing hatred against anything christian.
The masses in the West have been absolutely mesmerized by this liberal communist materialistic ideology.
But why is that?
Well, the answer is simple and disappointing at the same time.
This all happens mainly and simply because people are stupid. Surprised? Well, perhaps you belong in these masses. Because the masses are never keen on knowing their history (and the history of science and humanism in Europe is Christian – see here). The masses were never able to apprehend philosophy, let alone understand the solution to philosophical problems so difficult that they eluded the wisdom of the greatest philosophers of all times for thousands of years. The masses are easily lured to believe things. Mix that with massive media propaganda in favor of a materialistic and more liberal point of view, you have an exploding mixture of ignorance and pure hatred threatening to swallow up everything our civilization is based upon like a landslide.
Stupid people tend not to question what other “wisest” people tell them. If science has “proved” that we are just matter, then so must be it. Science is the new religion and if science says so, who are we to doubt it? No one cares to examine any further the stupidity of such an announcement. No one cares to check that materialism is an obsolete (for centuries now) and unproved philosophical dogma. And nobody cares to actually see if other ways of modeling reality (e.g. the human brain is a receiver of consciousness) can fit to the observational data we have (which they can). [see here for more on this matter]
Stupid people prefer tangible benefits than the truth. So if one of the possible philosophical choices grants us more “freedom” why not take that choice? People like being free. People like liberty. Why being oppressed by God? Let us become gods instead! Why being oppressed by religion? Let us be “guided” by wise scientists. It does not matter that we do not understand (let alone question) what they tell us – all it matters is that science is not called “religion”. It doesn’t matter if religion said the same things that science tells us know. (check this article) Now we have “proof”. It doesn’t matter that the only thing science proved is that if cannot prove anything [Godel]. (check “dogmatism” and “science dogmatism” articles in Harmonia Philosophica) We believe in science. Who needs virtues, when we have good tasty stakes here and now? Who needs reaching the truth while we can have sex with anyone we want here and now? Who wants philosophy when we are able to make more money here and now? Who needs rules to follow? (ok, natural laws are something else and we have no problem following them since they are soulless, objective and do not come from religion…)
We want to call ourselves “free thinking”, but we follow the good old USSR propaganda every day. We killed God in order to take His place. And we did. But without first reaching theosis. All we want is freedom. To do whatever pleases us. But we forget that the world itself has rules. We forget that life has rules. We forget that consciousness and Being also have mystical eternal rules which cannot be broken without reverberations. Believing in total and unconditional freedom is just as illusionary as believing in a Communist paradise after seeing what it has done.
A return back to the Christian values which made Western civilization great is now more than needed. It is essential for survival. We need to find our compass quick enough before we are lost in the woods of existence for ever. In a world of order, the only safe way of thinking is to follow… order. The road of ethics is a difficult one, but this is how the correct road has always been: hard to follow. We must understand that although it seems that our parents try to oppress us, they actually try their best to care for us because they love us. Our juvenile revolt against our Father has lasted all too long. We played enough. Now in the face of total extinction we must face reality and come back home. And like the prodigal son, our Father will still love us. The same as the son who stayed home…
We want to be just matter, so we are free to do as we please!
We want to be lifeless beings, so it makes no difference if we sin or not.
We want to be pre-programmed robots.
So that we do not care what we say or do…
We wish we are all born equal (rocks) and we want sex!
Because we are “free” !!!
(raising hands again)
Wait a minute. Why is that rock staring at us? Is it smiling? Nuuuh…
In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer”, explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.
‘What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field”, says Dr. Somé. These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.
One of the things Dr. Somé encountered when he first came to the United States in 1980 for graduate study was how this country deals with mental illness. When a fellow student was sent to a mental institute due to “nervous depression”, Dr. Somé went to visit him.
“I was so shocked. That was the first time I was brought face to face with what is done here to people exhibiting the same symptoms I’ve seen in my village.” What struck Dr. Somé was that the attention given to such symptoms was based on pathology, on the idea that the condition is something that needs to stop. This was in complete opposition to the way his culture views such a situation. As he looked around the stark ward at the patients, some in straitjackets, some zoned out on medications, others screaming, he observed to himself, “So this is how the healers who are attempting to be born are treated in this culture. What a loss! What a loss that a person who is finally being aligned with a power from the other world is just being wasted”.
Another way to say this, which may make more sense to the Western mind, is that we in the West are not trained in how to deal or even taught to acknowledge the existence of psychic phenomena, the spiritual world. In fact, psychic abilities are denigrated. When energies from the spiritual world emerge in a Western psyche, that individual is completely unequipped to integrate them or even recognize what is happening. The result can be terrifying. (1)
See the disease as your friend.
Imbalance must be treated harsly.
Only through war can you reach balance.
Take a look at that crazy person.
Listen to insanity in a cosmos which is nothing but sane.
How can the spirits affect the body peacefully?
Let the pain run through your body.
You are not a peaceful creature destined to find happiness.
You are here to suffer.
You are here to die.