Evil Is Winning For Now

It’s good to know where you stand.

It seems as if everything is falling into line for me. Pieces of the puzzle that have attracted me over the years, which I tucked away for future consideration, are now surfacing with a new potential. Most of these fractions of the whole are in the category of things that rang true to me for one reason or another.

Not that reason was in any way a determining factor, no my barometer for establishing something to be of potential value was more in the realm of intuiting. Does it feel right? Not in an emotional sense but more from a holistic use of all the things that make up a human being, such as head, heart and spirit. At least that’s how I’m imagining it because it is necessarily vague I’m thinking.

Various scriptures have provided many of the nuggets that I’ve found to be pertinent in my search for the facts, “just the facts Ma’am”, a la Dragnet. For me Jesus is the gold standard in truth telling. When I consider the words that He said I cannot for the life of me find any errors that might make me suspicious of this Holy man. My conclusion: He must be who He says He is — a direct representative of our Creator, God the Father.

So before things squirm away from me again and become a mere mist with promise, let me try to give you a glimpse into what I’m talking about. If I start with the revelation I had upon finding the word Anomie, I should be able to coast downhill from there; and that is fitting because it is a downhill road on which the story appears to be based.

Definition of anomie:

Social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values.
Also: personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.

By golly that’s it! Our nation and the whole world have a rapidly spreading case of anomie. Good to know because I have been wondering under my breath about such things for some time now. I’m old enough to have seen the creeping effects of our brand of anomie first hand as we’ve gone from a nation that had at least some vague awareness of God-given spiritual values to what we see today — a mishmash of conflicting sound bites passing for values. Most anything goes, we are unrestrained and entirely free from the “tyranny” of God’s rules for living.

I’m reminded of one of the first instructions given in the Garden and that is to avoid the fruit of “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. And symbolically we have all eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and are now reaping the consequences of that action. God allows us to go our own way but He also requires us to reap the just rewards for our ill-conceived actions.

Throughout history humans have pursued their own ends without regard to the instructions given by God and we find this to be true in our current times more than ever before. We are now being encouraged to live as we see fit, to make up our own understanding of good and evil, to be our own judge and jury on what is right and wrong. Or as Alister Crowley (the English occultist) put it “do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”. Is Alister Crowley someone we want to be emulating?

“Social instability resulting in a breakdown of standards and values. Personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.”

I notice that there are other variations on the meaning of anomie mentioned, among them lawlessness, rule-lessness and norm-lessness. I can see why that would make people kind of jumpy. No matter how shallow our spiritual roots may have been in the past, now we are, as a whole, rootless and unmoored from any collective spiritual understanding. We are drifting with the tide, having no agreed upon standards or values to hold us together, no spiritual context upon which to view ourselves and find meaning that rings true.

Or as Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based advocacy group that is involved with a number of secular holiday displays this year puts it:

“At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

I agree with her that the Winter Solstice is the reason for the season. I also agree that her assessment of religion is the one most commonly held today in the world but it is also the exact world view being pushed by that “nonexistent” devil the adversary of God. Perilous times have come. I hear that on the news daily, it is common knowledge, the rules are no longer in place and the resulting uncertainty is causing social instability big time with no end in sight.

Today we are taught that making up our own versions of good and evil will lead to health and happiness, and it is an easy philosophy to sell. Do whatever you want and everything will be just fine is always going to attract a willing audience for the short run. But it soon devolves and falls apart because there is no foundational comfort in lies that are hollow and without reality.

As the nation became evermore without a spiritual foundation something had to replace it and blunt force materialism (the adversary’s philosophy) was eager to take over. And by spiritual foundation I don’t mean the country as a whole but at least some people saw the wisdom in seeking God. For that reason the Bible did have some, if little, influence on the country as a whole.

I grew up in the fifties when spiritual values were still a part of the national psyche. And my parents and lots of other parents regularly attended church and took their little tots with them. But by that time most people I suspect were merely going through the motions without having any firm standing on the matter one way or the other. But because there was still some unconscious awareness that spiritual values were a positive thing our parents “learned us” to be fair and kind and honest, which are prime spiritual values in all religions I would dare say.

So in the intervening years we have slipped off any pretense of having spiritual values and now we live in an open world without rules or constrictions on pursuing, each of us, our own path to happiness, and it’s not working out so well.

Our current social instability and the resultant alienation and uncertainty are causing people to basically fall apart internally, in their inner selves, in their consciousness due to the despair over a hopeless situation that has no apparent human solution. And here is where it gets good because I’m playing with a deck that includes divine intervention; and of course on the other side there are the ways and means of the adversary to deceive and lead astray those who aren’t paying attention and are oblivious to the spiritual warfare going on around them.

So yes, what I am saying is that the adversary is behind the erosion of our values, it is the prince of this world who passionately desires that we don’t recognize and honor God and so bring the Spirit into the conversation. It says in the Bible it is a victory for the devil when we worship the things we make with our own hands, when we worship ourselves, each other and the things that are created rather than the Creator who created them all.

According to the Book the adversary and his followers at the end of the age will ramp up their assault on the earth and what is happening will become more and more apparent as time goes on and as evil becomes more, and more aggressive. The whole world was deceived it says. That’s a pretty blanket statement and I guess we have all have had the wool pulled over our heads. To some degree we all fall short. That’s a given. But here we are talking about the truth. Is our understanding of the truth solid and settled or is it now fluid and in perpetual motion?

Are the values we hold based on something that does not change or are they open to interpretation and held only until something better comes along? Are we as a society ever shopping for values without deciding on any because we have become spiritually rootless and unable to propagate anything worthwhile in the way of values to live by?

And in these increasingly tense and trying times, we are apparently reaching back to an ancient past and reviving the worship of the old gods — at least there is some evidence of this. Two things from the last couple of years have been kind of peculiar. One was a replica of the entry arch to the temple Baal being constructed and paraded around the world as a poke in the eye to Isis who had torn it down — and that seems reasonable.

As I understand the situation, it was to be first in New York but there had been a bit of a scene made when it was in the headlines as Temple of Baal coming to New York and so they declined for the time being. So the arch ended up in London just in time for Beltane and the festivities, which attend that pagan holiday and then I think on to Dubai for such and such a reason and gathering of the powerful there, eventually arriving in New York under another name.

No big deal you might think but add to that the potentially in-your-face worship of the original pagan god Baal (meaning boss), the openly pagan Goddard Tunnel Opening Ceremony where the cream of European politicians and businessmen gathered to witness a flagrant display of pagan worship professionally choreographed with all the stops pulled out, nature worship on display and impossible to mistake for anything else.

It was a super organized brilliantly enacted denial of the spirit, and an adoration of the heart of paganism. And this took place with dignitaries and heads of state in attendance. I mean this is like some scene from “Rosemary’s Baby” or something. Is this the new normal where evil can flaunt itself with impunity and acceptance and no one seems to notice because we are now under the spell of a weird form of anomie that makes us incapable of bringing all the threads of our national fragmentation together to create a picture that is complete, accurate and true?

Could we have been made to believe the lie as a consequence of our false worship, our worship of things created by human hands while at the same time denying the existence of the Creator? In Bob Dylan’s song Gotta Serve Somebody he says “ya gotta serve somebody, maybe it’s the devil or maybe it’s the Lord but ya gotta serve somebody”. So I’m thinking that for human beings the default setting is taking what is for the most part the devil’s view, that matter is all that exists and death is our end.

That is to say that when we are born into this world we are by natural inclination materialists who worship nature without giving it a thought — that is until we are informed by another source. In order to see beyond matter and materialism we need to develop a relationship with the supernatural that can free us from the illusory nature of matter and its unquestioned covenant with death.

One of those significant things I’ve labeled good to know is that Jesus says He has conquered the devil, which is death. The equating of death with the devil seems oddly interesting. What could it mean anyway? How can defeating the devil (our accuser and the adversary of God) represent defeating death itself?

It is Satan and his philosophy that are responsible for our believing in death in the first place. That is his “grandest” lie, one that holds the world hostage to seeing the world just as the adversary desires. Of course his other big lie is that there is no God and the best we can do here under the circumstances is to “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die”.

The prince of Matter, the prince of this world holds sway over the material world. It is his natural domain after the fall. And so he is our first role model on how to get along on the earth. We know nothing about God and the spirit at this stage so we fall into worshipping nature and things made by human hands; we worship the creation not the Creator and thereby deny God His proper due.

Working on how to tie this up in a nice bow, have to stop somewhere…….

Our society has become one where pursuing wealth and acclaim is at the top of our national to-do list. That is, being greedy, conniving and self-promoting are now what we consider our national values while seeking God is considered the most unproductive of paths. But there is a price for opening up the possibilities of human behavior and encouraging the notion that everyone should construct their own personal set of values based often on the whim of the moment. And that appears to be where we are at now.

I’ll leave you with a tidbit from an article on the rise of paganism.

When you compare the diverse, beautiful and fun loving gods (and goddesses) of pagan religions with the morbid image of a bleeding corpse nailed to a cross, it isn’t hard to see why rational people are deserting Christianity for paganism. (R. Simha, 2018. http://indiafacts.org/pagan-revival-why-it-is-a-nightmare-for-christianity/)

Wow, isn’t that something? In our modern age we can see this happening in real time, we are being set up to prefer the old ways with their “beautiful and fun loving gods and goddesses”. Why? Because who, after all, wouldn’t prefer them to a suffering servant who tells them that this world is at its heart evil and under the influence of a demonic prince?