By R.J. Godlewski
May 19, 2010, All Rights Reserved.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:15 NEW AMERICAN BIBLE
Any personal belief can lead to violence, and this includes those encompassing religion. It is simply an unpleasant fact; that humans can commit great deeds or undertake horrendous actions. It is when institutionalized beliefs, particularly those whose atrocities are planted firmly by the founder’s own actions, necessitate violence that Evil rears its ugly head.
The civilized often think of religion as a “touchy, feely” do good unto your fellow man form of social justice and welfare. Part of this problem rests with the modern interpretation of Christianity as one of always “turning the other cheek”. Fundamentally, however, the problem in the world today is that the Progressive movement has created an environment in which no one particular belief is more advantageous or “right” than another. The truth is, in the end, there is only one correct answer for any given problem despite the calls of countless mathematicians that 5 and -5 both multiply to provide 25.
In what I like to affectionately refer to as the “real world”, two negatives do not add up to a right. Mathematicians might provide altering solutions to a range of complex problems, but the fundamental goal of human life is to reach immortality. This is why Hollywood types continuously seek to further their names through egregious action and politicians will lie, cheat, and steal to remain within office. People will do whatever it takes to avoid dying as a has-been.Christ understood this intimately, which is why he offered only a single method of entering Heaven: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NAB). He knew that since people would do whatever it took to gain eternal life, he wanted to make it as simple and as precise as possible. Heaven therefore represents 1+1, not 5 or -5 times itself. Along the road of our life, there is only one shortest route to a specific location. For gaining entrance into Heaven, it is simply: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength…You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31 NAB). That there may exist “anonymous Christians” within life does not dissolve this need to be Christian to gain paradise.1
We see this singularity throughout the Bible, especially when it comes to marriage: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body” (Genesis 2:24 NAB). Taken as a rule, one cannot divorce their spouse anymore than they can deny themselves their very body. Furthermore, the simplicity of this 1+1 arrangement forbids the concept of polygamy. Yet, billions today seem to seek marital bliss through “whatever it takes” except following this fundamental rule. God gave us the easy way out – bind with one husband or wife and to love all others equally, just not as much as we love Him.
Almost from the very instant that there existed two humans upon the planet, Satan has tried to deceive us into complicating matters: “You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it [the fruit of life] your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad” (Genesis 3:4-5 NAB). In other words, disobey God and “whatever it takes” is open to debate. Being cunning and manipulative, but not very bright, Satan also tried to deceive Christ: “I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me” (Luke 4:6-7 NAB). Christ, being God, could not be so deceived and so the Devil left to seek out other prey.It does not take very much imagination to see the results of Satan’s “slumming”. The perfection of the Gospels simply cannot be altered, yet many try. The world is awash within a sea of alternative faiths such as UFOs, astrology, ancient astronauts, and cults, particularly within this “incredibly credulous age” of ours.2 Foremost amongst these alternate faiths is, of course, Muhammad’s Islam. That Muhammad both borrowed heavily from pre-existing Jewish and Christian heritage and endorsed their doctrine as divinely inspired attests to the confliction of the “Prophet”.3 If one accepts any legitimacy to the Gospels, they are hard-pressed to find fault with them yet; obviously, Muhammad could not accept their finality. Like tainted human souls throughout the whole of civilization, Muhammad believed that he could outdo God one better.
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