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Friday, March 11, 2005

Dennis Prager: Hate evil: Case for Judeo-Christian values, part VII: "Much of humanity doesn't. But if you embrace Judeo-Christian values, you must."
Must what? Read the article.

Regular readers of this blog know that my favorite Jew is Dennis Prager. If you link to you will find a series of articles making the case of Judeo-Christian values [meaning the Ten Commandments, of course]. He makes a much better case for Christianity than many Protestant preachers.

Hating evil is the flip side of loving good. Ps 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

The best is to love the good and hate the evil. Second best is to love the evil and hate the good. Worst of all is to refuse to see the difference. According to Revelation 3:16 such people make God sick to His stomach. [This is a figure of speech of course, as should be obvious, even to Biblical literalists. But that is another blog.]

The reason that God gets sick to his stomach over such people, is that they are so santimonious about their superior intelligence and fine sensitivities. They are above good and evil, because they love everybody so much. How could they be judgmental? Judgmentalism is so red state. In this they take their God-given intelligence and ability [which they deny because they think these things are their own] and allow them to be used in the service of evil. As Hosea puts it, Ho 2:8 "For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal." The good gifts of God come from Him, and it is a frightful thing to turn these things to the use of evil, especially while you are pretending to be above good and evil.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

A man may choose which ideas he is going to believe, but he is not free to choose the consequences of his choice. Life is something like those little books that children read where they come to a place where they make a choice and then are directed to a page where the story proceeds according to the choice they made.

That's why man's misery is so great, as Solomon put it. Ec 8:6 "Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man [is] great upon him." The consequences of our choices reveal the nature of our purposes, and because man's natural purposes are sinful, when the time and judgment arises man's misery of great.

A man may choose to believe that men are naturaly good. He will then conclude that man must be free to live his life according to his good impulses. The experiment will fail, as it has for the last two or three generation of Dr. Spock America. The public school system, based upon that desperately rosy and unrealistic expectation of human nature, is an unmitigated disaster, and everyone knows it, except the teacher's union and politicians bought and paid for by the union.

But people hold to their delusions, as Solomon again put it: Pr 17:12 "Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly." People don't mind being wrong, but they hate to have their folly exposed. A man may play the fool, but he hates to have it pointed out. A man's ideas are so dear to him that the anger of a mother bear is safer than his.

Augustine had the grace and character to write his Retractions near the end of his life. Unfortunately, Rousseau and Dewey and other fathers of liberal thought did not live long enough to see the unmitigated disaster their ideas have wrought. But they will know at the Day of Judgment.

Ideas have consequences and men have no choice in the matter of consequences.


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