… But if you close your eyes Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? And if you close your eyes Does it almost feel like you’ve been here before? How am I gonna be an optimist about this? How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
We were caught up and lost in all of our vices In your pose as the dust settled around us
The rough draft of this post got erased somehow…I guess I shouldn’t leave things on this site…
So starting over from scratch, what would be a good thing to write about?
I know that my original point was how well this song describes us now. I mean us in the Western World.
You know it’s funny how much depression runs rampant in our cultures, considering we have more benefits than we ever have.
But that’s actually something we have in common with animals.
A study was done on rats, where they were given everything they needed, all the time, never had to work for it.
The rats developed depression, as well as other unhealthy habits, for rats…and for humans.
But you might see the same thing with dogs. They’re bred for work, and when they’re kept as pets but not exercised properly or given any tasks to do, they will also get depressed.
And so do humans.
This life of staring at screens and working from home, and not getting outside and having to really work to solve problems that many of us have is making us depressed. We feel like we have no meaning, because there is no effort.
We don’t have to be fighting for survival, to feel accomplished, any creative goal can help, but most especially if it’s necessary.
I know each generation has its issues with how the younger one has it easier and isn’t disciplined.
I do think there’s some truth in that, though. Even I feel less invested in homework assignments since I had to do them digitally, and it’s just a little too easy now. I know it doesn’t prove I’m smart now, if I succeed, it just proves I knew what the teacher wanted. Many times I could have done way more if left to my own devices.
But the education system encourages me not to be creative, because my grade will suffer if I don’t meet the exact requirements of the assignment. Ever get in trouble for going over the page limit? Yeah…
But anyway, my point is, we don’t have to really work. There are people who do, but the ones who are the face and voice of our culture don’t.
And that is every race, gender, and whatever else.
i think that’s part of the reason we spend so much time fighting each other, really. While history shows people would fight each other no matter what, it doesn’t help that we really have all the time in the world to do it now, instead of having to set aside time to go to war.
All this has got me to thinking.
About how few people under 30 even know history now, they really don’t know that much period. Not science, or religion, or how people work.
You have your outliers, like my cousin, who like to do their own research, but they’re not the majority.
Not that this is unusual, in pampered societies, it’s pretty normal, actually…and then they crumble.
That’s what the song Pompeii is about, really. How when we’re left to ourselves, to follow our own whims, we get buried in our sins, until disaster strikes, and freezes us that way forever.
And how can you be an optimist about this? When there is only one outcome ever to societies in moral decay like that.
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25, 17:6)
Both those instance talk about someone doing something pretty stupid and wrong. And also it says:
“Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)
We are wise in our own eyes now aren’t we?
Like all this prattle about not getting married and staying single that I wrote about before. What is that but being wise in our own eyes.
And we don’t seem to care what generations of humans before us said or thought. We’ve got it figued out now.
I mean because with zero experience, zero study, and only the corrupt examples of current culture to go by, clearly we’re well informed on these issues.
But the depression of this age has gone so far now, that a lot of kids don’t even care anymore if they’re right.
Case in point, just yesterday, I was in YT comment thread with someone who said that truth doesn’t matter tot ehm.
I was asking them why they bothered to watch the whole video of a debate if they didn’t care about the truth or what was right.
I got no answer to that so far. I probably never will.
At this point, admitting you hunger for a definitive truth is like a weakness to our relativistic young people–and some older people also.
Of course the dismissive attitude of older people isn’t helping.
I mean, who let the kids watch PBS and Disney Channel and Cartoon network? I noticed the bad messages of those channels when I was a kid. I’m not surprised the people who never questioned it have now swallowed it hook line and sinker.
I mean, you take a whole show like Dora the Explorer, and you go on a quest through a fake map, looking fora fake item, learn a few Spanish words…and you call that exploring?
Nothing against Dora personally, it’s an okay show for entertainment–but it’s not really educational. And it’s not even the worst one.
It’s hard to blame the young, they’re just doing what they were taught to do, and by the time they realize it wasn’t right, they’ll have a lot of regrets.
Still we have our own responsibility. And they do choose not to think, not to try, not to explore for real. And that’s on them.
I bring all this up, but do I have a solution?
I think the solution is the same as it’s always been.
Person by person, the only thing to do is try to get people to understand the condition they’er in.
Debate isn’t always the best way to do that, I admit. Though it works for some.
I’ve had most people just duck out of arguments when they realized I was going to win because I was better informed than them, or just straight up insult me.
But people can’t always be so quick to dismiss if you touch them on a personal level.
We need both.
But it’s hard, there’s so few people fighting these battles compared to the people who are casualties in them.
But that’s how it usually goes. We preserve a remnant of the people. The majority of them don’t want to be helped.
Some will literally say so, I have grandparents who would say that.
We love our sin so much.
We love being able to do what we wnat.
And now it’s not a secret, you’d even hear it hailed from the streets and the theaters and political campaigns that we’d rather die doing what we’d prefer to do, right or wrong, then live submitting to God’s will.
I saw this comment today, it was like this: I don’t believe in God because there’s nothing about same sex relationship in the bible and He’s not okay with them.
First: There’s actually plenty about homosexuality in the Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah, the books of the Law, and Romans 1 all talk about it. (It’s called Sodomy in the old Testament)
Second: I find that these types of objections completely misunderstand the nature of God’s existence.
You see, if God exists does not depend on our personal preferences. He either does, or He doesn’t.
If He does exist, He is the final say on what is right and wrong. You, as His creation, don’t get an opinion.
Sure, against other humans, you do. But not against God. If God was in front of you and He told you, that would be the last word. And if you saw God, in His Glory, the last thing you would dream of doing is arguing with Him.
See, the point of contention is not if God supports what we feel is right.
If God is the Reality, then that is the reality we have to deal with. Even if He was the bloodthirsty God of many religions, cruel and spiteful, which would be bad for us. But it would be Reality, there’d be nothing we can do about it.
Thankfully, God is not like that. But He’s still unchangeable. Your preferences donesn’t come into it.
You may not like it….and God has never said we have to like doing what He says…but He does say we need to do it.
As a Christian, I do find that the rewards of serving God is that if you do it long enough, you will start to like it, and then eventually, you won’t be able to do without it. But that’s sort of an insider bonus. The bible promises that one day everyone will have to submit to God’s will, whether they like it or not.
It’s a bit like Gravity. Many of us wish we could fly, and though we can sort of, using machines, we have to borrow that from things God made that can defy gravity, we ourselves can’t defy gravity more than a few feet in the air before it yanks us back down.
In the same way, we can’t defy God’s design for very far in our moral lives. Maybe if we had the “help” from the devil, we can go farther…gross.
But that’s short lived, and on our own, the consequences of our actions will always pull us back down to the ground eventually.
Christians believe that one day God will set us free form the law of Gravity, just as one day, we don’t need the Law of morality anymore…because we’ll become things that don’t need gravity, and things that don’t need law. We’ll have a new nature.
Like a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
But until then, this is what we’ve got. We have to work with it.
I’m not an optimist about Mans’ ability to fix this world. I think we’re as doomed as Pompeii.
But I always knew that.
But I still have hope. I hope in God’s ability to always save some people, as He promises to do. And in that hope, we keep trying to be a part of that.
Last week this Christian went to her first college party (at least it was basically a college party) with my dance classmates.
When I arrived on the scene, all 3 of the guys I knew were already high or slightly inebreiated.
The one girl I knew came high, apparently, but she’s they type you can’t really notice it with, so she was acting pretty normal, just tired and lethargic.
On top of that, the guys were all flirting with us big time.
Well, two of hem are pretty socially awkward, so they didn’t have the best game, the other really has player, f—-boy vives, if you kow what I mean.
You maybe be wondering why I bothered to do to this thing at all, if you’re read my posts at all, you know it’s not really my scene.
I definely wourld recomemen that any Christain who can’t hande peer pressure does not go to one ofthese.
I was asked when I would start drinking at least 4 or 5 times by the same three people, because they apparently had short memories while under the influence…or they were just being annoying.
I’ve never been one to cave into peer pressure, and I wasn’t going to start at a party of total strangers, and people I barely knew, just because I’m legal, thanks. I also drove myself there, which I told them.
I decided to go only to be polite and to not step on the olive branch with people. I’ve been given the shelteredChristian is a snob treatment before in highschool and middle-school and even at college, and I’m sick of people thinking I can’t handle this kind of crap, and that’s why I don’t go.
I’m teling you if I had 10 bucks for every time some idiot has found out I’m a Chrisitan and said soemting along the liens of:
“Oh I don’t think she’s ever heard cussing before.”
[You should have met my dad, girl.]
“You probably don’t know what — is…”
[I’m homeschooled and I watch YouTube, wanna bet?]
“You don’t like gay people right.”
[Personally? I don’t care. Morally, it’s a long story.]
“You should broaden your horizons.”
[Broaden yours first.]
So yeah, I’ve developed a bit of a snarky approach to this over the years.
I mean, Jesus ate with tax collectors, which would be like lawyers or drug lords in the eyes of their public, and harlots, which would be like the LGBTQ and drug community was viewed not that many years ago before Hollywood popularized it, so I think Christians are well within our rights to hang out with worldly people if we feel called to do so.
The apostlate taught us to be “in the world but not of it.”
Paul even said: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”’[1 Corinthians 5:9-13]
So yeah, non Christians always give people like me crap for being exclusive, but any Christ who actually studied their bible knows better than to think that, usually. the ones I’ve been around most of my life don’t subscribe to the exclusivity line.
All that said, going to wild parties is probably not a wise practice.
If it had been too crazy, I would have left right off, but as it was mostly just people doing those things, but not pushing it on other or getting really out there (yet anyway) I decided it was okay, for a short time.
I wouldn’t be going to a rave or an orgy or something like that just to show I could.
Paul said “All things are permissible to me, but not all things are helpful.”
If you can keep yourself pure as a Christians, you can do almost anything, short of blatantly forbidden sin. But not all things promote godliness.
Christian can drink alcohol, despite what many say, it’s even suggest to do so by the Bible for illnesses purposes.
But for many Christian with checkered pasts, it’s not a good idea to touch anything that reminds them of that. So they stay off of it.
That choice becomes a trend, and you get denominations that support it, like Baptists.
I have nothing against Baptists, personally, they are often very strong in the word, well founded people.
But I do have an issue with them judging Christian who do not feel it’s necessary to abstain from drinking, (usually Catholics, but some Charismatic denominations also think it’s okay), and say they are unbiblical.
It’s simply not, sorry. Jesus change water into wine.
I know I’ll get hate for saying that if someone who disagree reads it, but I think the Word also cautions us again making something into a sin if it’s not a sin, because it leads to problems like pride and dischord in the church. I’m not willing to make a huge issue out of a fellow believer getting a few drinks once in a while.
But that doesn’t mean I just think we who should all get smashed whenever we want.
I don’t know if anyone cares about my opinion as a laywoman, but assuming you click on this post because you do, he’re my hot take on the use of drugs and alcohol in Christian life.
Drugs are different.
The Bible identifies drugs as a form of witchcraft, one of the greek words for sorcery include drugs and potions. Because they cause hallucinations and mood change and addiction, much more easily than wine or alcohol do. And are more damaging to your body.
People disagree about what is what. But I know that Christian who’ve gotten off even pot, which many consider hardly even a real drug, and saw spiritual effects even from that. And anything stronger then that is a no brainer really.
Drugs are supposed to be completely off the table for Christians, anything to do with witchcraft is.
In proverbs, the writer spends a bit of time talking about drinking. Warning against being a drunkard (alcoholic) and a fool.
Later her writes that his mother cautioned him not be drunk, but to be sober, as king. That wine if for a troubled man to forget his troubles. [Proverbs 31: 4-7]
In other places, the Bible says not to be drunk with wine, or tempted by it in an unhealthy way.
But Jesus drank wine, and even commanded us to do it as part of communication. Noah drank wine. Paul tells Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach. Maybe Timothy was having doubts about it being okay also, and Paul was reassuring him.
Throughout history, wine and other alcohol was about the only way to clean really strong bacteria, or aid in sickness as a pain reliever or cleanser. It has some nutrients that are good for you also.
It also could clean water in areas where water couldn’t be relied upon to be clean.
The Word says God gave man wine to make his heart glad. [Psalms 104:15]
All this to say, the Bible doesn’t condemn the use of wine, but it does condemn the abuse of it.
A few drinks at a party, not a huge deal.
Getting black out drunk and making unwise decisions, or realizing on alcohol to make you happy or functional, that is a huge deal.
Or, in my case, drinking when you know you’ll have to drive, and while you’re around guys who already acting kind of sus, is just idiotic.
I’m not a victim blamer, but any woman who does that and gets harassed…well, it’s wrong that they did it, but with all due respect, what did you think they were going to do if they already seemed sleezy and you left yourself wide open.
I won’t judge anyone for being taken in if a guy is really good at acting, but if he’s a dip from the start and you made yourself vulnerable…I just think you have to take some responsibility for what happens.
I know it’s taboo to say that now, but I wouldn’t hand a gun to a murderer in a rage either, guys.
I was talking to a guy at my church the following morning about being in that position, and he was telling me he’s often the same around his friends, the designated driver, and they smoke pot and drink while he’s around, but he doesn’t really mind being the odd one out, they don’t really care, I guess.
It can be awkward.
But in a way, you also can be a witness in your actions.
Some might say that you’re just condoning that behavior.
Well, in my experience, most non-Christians at least know that Christian do not condone drugs and assume that offering them to you is pointless. While I was offered alcohol, no one offered my pot, thank goodness, I hate the smell of weed.
The alcohol thing might depend on whether they know any Catholics, who are more famous for allowing alcohol. A lot of people I know assume Catholics and Protestants are the same, I’ve had to explain the difference multiple times.
So the drinking thing can be hit and miss. I usually just explain honestly that while I don’t condemn it at all times, I drive myself almost everywhere, and I need to be smart.
Also I have alcoholism and addicts on both sides of my family, and I don’t need to push my luck that I might have that gene. If I ever do try that stuff, I want it to be around people who will make sure I am safe and wouldn’t spike my drink or push more on me.
So when it comes to condoning it, most people , at least who are my age, already know we don’t. They might think you’re a hypocrite, but I was quite clear abut my standards, so I doubt it.
In fact, what did happen was my female friend who was there and knew I was sober, asked if I’d take her home, even if it meant leaving early, since her mom didn’t want to drive her.
[Her mom was an idiot to drop her off there at all with a bunch of strangers when she was already buzzed, but I guess that’s just how some parents are.]
One of the guys, probably the nicest one, heard her ask me and asked if I was gonna, and I said yes, I’d rather it be me than a stranger at the party.
He said “You’re a good person.”
I thought, “I think it’s just decent, she’s on my way anyway, and not feeling too good.”
I said “It wouldn’t be the first time.”
I’ve never taken someone home from a wild party, but I’ve driven a classmate to the doctor for an injury and taken a lot of girls home from church or picked them up. So it’s something I try to do when I can. Makes it easier for them if their parent can’t bring them and they want to participate. Id’re that them be at crush than out doing other stuff, which I know a lot of the kids who come to church but aren’t really christian spend their time doing if they aren’t at our events.
And as the girl who grew up not going out to a lot of events because my mom didn’t like going out, I feel bad for people who miss out just because no one will take them.
I know this girl too, and she’s been through a lot of crap, so I wasn’t sure leaving her with guys who were already in super clingy, and any amount of other guys who I knew nothing about, one of of whom was casually tossing a knife in the air most of the time I was there, was smart.
Yes, you read that right, a knife. 🔪
In a way, my presence might have protected her from anything worse in the first place, as one guy was putting an arm around her, but kept looking at me like “whacha gonna do about it?”
I dint say anything, but I was right there, with pepperspray in my purse, though he didn’t know that. No way was I going to this without something.
I don’t bash on men but…some guys are just…so disgusting…
Some girls are too, I’ve actually seen that behavior from plenty of girls, even at Church events, so I’m not sexist about it. I’ve know very polite men, and very skeezy ones. Who hasn’t?
But this bunch of them really were walking stereotypes, you’d almost not believe anyone could be that predictably cliche. Do frickboys think it’s cool to act like this? I don’t know.
Well, basically I had one Mansplainer, one r/nice guy, and one frickboy. It was like a show roster was filled or something.
I could handle the Mansplainer and r/nice guy, just reminded me of my dad really, but the frickboy was too tall and muscular for me to feel 100% confident about taking him if he was aggressive, luckily he stopped just short of that, but let me know, like he was trying to be bad, that he was holding back.
So, I’ve told you the learning part of the experience for me, and why I was glad I came if only for the sake of my girl friend.
But just to leave you all with something funny, want to hear the cheap crap they tried on me in order to…I don’t know I think they were trying to see me flinch, but it was more amusing than scary:
So Frickboy is still trying to sound edgy, but the edgiest this guy really is is college frat playboy geek who might be a harasser if you were drunk enough, but probably is too chicken to try anything if you’re fully late.
But he thinks he’s so cool, you know.
And he starts in, I kid you not, on how bad and wild his family is, and he uses, I’m dead serious, the Disney character Maleficent as an example.
Yeah cause when I think dark and freaky I go to Disney villains, immediately…not the myriad of other crap out there that’s way worse. Though I do dislike that Malificent movie.
Basically this genius’es take on it is that Aurora’s parents were trying to keep the bad stuff out of her life, by not letting Maleficent be around her, but that just made her naive.
And ou hv t let the darkens sin to your life so you understand it.
Well, I, being my fiery, and fully over it self, wasn’t just going to take that from this wannabe edge lord.
I literally shook my finger in a sassy manner and said something like “Boy, you dont know the kind of stuff I’ve seen!”
And of course he and the other idiot were like “Tell us!”
But, you see, the kind of stuff I’d seen would probably traumatize these guys if they experience it, I know it traumatized me for years, until God healed me.
And I have a feeling they would have thought I was either crazy, or else being way too intense.
And I could destroy them either way.
So, I wasn’t going to take that bait. For their own good, I don’t mind talking about it to people who can handle it, but my bet is these posers couldn’t.
Anyone who uses a Disney villain as metaphor for evil to the “sheltered” Christian girl is not ready to face real evil, if you ask me.
And of course you may be thinking “What the heck is she talking about?”
I don’t think I should share all of it here, for the same reason. not everyone is ready to hear stuff.
But a lot of people have witnessed the supernatural up close, like I have.
I’ll try to put this in a not too weird way without mincing matters:
In a nutshell, my dad had a stepmother who was a witch for many years, she later became a Christian and one of the nicest ladies I’ve known.
My dad also was in a cult for 2 years, and suffered the after effects of it for all his life up to this point, as far as I know.
I both few up hearing stories I was not ready to hear from him, and then witnessing the effects of it firsthand.
On top of that I went to church for several years where seeing that kind of thing was literally a weekly occurrence for a long time.
My dad let plenty of bad influences into my life via movies and people who should not have been hanging around us girls, though nothing really ever happen to us, but we saw and hear things.
And outside that, I have cousins who clan to worship the devil, and do drugs, and think having a seance is something to joke about.
And I have many friends who’ve encountered the occult, in numerous ways that would shock the lucky people who have not had that experience.
I really think anyone who thinks this stuff is imaginary has not talked to enough people about it, you can’t make this crap up.
I don’t think I need to go into the details for you to get the picture.
And even if it was imaginary, the idea alone is pretty horrifying and torments many people, and I’ve talked to them about it. Been on the phone with people who are panicking because of it, and done many a prayer intervention to help with it, once with a deaf guy of all things where I did in ASL.
And that’s just my firsthand experience. I’ve read and heard plenty more.
Take all that, and picture me, a veteran in this area, listen to some 20 some twat who’s probably done drugs and voodoo or some crap like that, tell me I should understand darkness better.
I almost laughed in his face. I understand it, boy, you just have no idea what it does to people who aren’t just playing with it like you are.
And as a believer, I make no bones about that. Sorry if someone reading this has a problem with me calling it what it is, but the occult is a foolish thing to play with, there is always a price. Usually depression and anxiety is the fist thing you have, health problem usually follow.
I don’t want to dwell on it, just thinking about it is creepy and I dont like to give the devil too much attention.
And I’m no one of those Christian who rebukes the devil every time I have a problem, and assumes that demons are responsible for everything. Or that all magic in stories is evil. I love Narnia, and other old classics.
I care about symbolism usually. Magic can be used to depict divine things, but our culture has taken to glorifying it because it’s dark, and because it’s evil, and sexualizing it.
It’s all nonsense, People who actually are terrorized by this stuff don’t like it.
Anyway, so yeah, I got a lot of entertainment out of seeing these scrubs trying to frighten me, like they thought I wouldn’t know what they were at. Once you’ve read The Cross and the Switchblade, not a lot fazes you anymore, I can tell you.
But I also pity them.
I’m reminded of how empty the live of my generation can be. We’re expected to be like this. And many of us are foolish enough to get led astray by it.
Sadly, these three guys aren’t even I’d say all that bad for what they are. There’s worse out there. It’s also sad how much they remind me of guys at church that I know.
Wannabe edgy, but really just insecure.
I know it’s tempting to show off how edgy we can be. As a Christian woman who’s been told one too many times by more uptight believers that I shouldn’t like what I like, I don’t like to be put in that same box.
But I also know as a member of the body, I’m called on to be considerate of my brothers and sisters who have more sensitive consciences. I get it. I once did too. And I dont care if they don’t like that stuff, as long as they step off of me, if it’s not forbidden, then I’m going to have to work it out with God, not you.
If I am doing something that is forbidden, please tell me.
One problem though, before I end, I do have to admit.
Things like sexual content, and occultic content started bothering me a lot less when I read more stuff and watched more that allowed for it. It was no longer shocking.
Usually it just take reorienting myself through the Word or a good message to snap out of it, but if I go without that too long, I get dulled to it.
In some ways, I can’t avoid exposure to all that. I’d see it even if I didn’t want to.
But there are things I can’t control it’s tempting to let them slide.
It hasn’t made me engage in sexual or occultic activity, but it has made it seem less of a problem.
While it’s good that I am fazed less by people who do those things, the idea of the things themselves should still be grotesque to me.
It is if I really think about it, but the trick of media is to get you to see something in semi positive light, until you no longer feel triggered by it, and then to get you to either do it, or at least laugh at it and be too uncertain to tell anyone else the truth about it.
Again, all things are permissible, but not all things are helpful, or edifying.
I think I’ll leave it at that.
Until next time, stay honest, and don’t do drugs–Natasha
I have had this idea in my queue for almost a year, and I never got around to finishing it, figured it was time to remedy that.
I had a conversation recently too that seemed to go along with the topic (of course I’ll simplify it in the recounting.)
We were having “philosophy class” (as I jokingly call it) with mes cousines (French plural form of “cousin” if you don’t know), and we began plying my 13 year old relative with some questions about moral compasses, and worldview.
I introduced the Kohberg 6 levels of Moral Development to him. You can Google that, I got the idea from Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire” and have found them very useful for examining people’s character, real and fictional.
I don’t want to get in trouble
I want a reward
I want to please someone
I follow the rules
I am considerate of other people
I have a personal moral code and I stick to it
Well, finding his level to be from 1-3, in his opinion, maybe also 4, we asked him why. Upon more delving into worldview, we pointed out that though level 6 is the goal, according to the author of said book (Rafe Esquith), level 6 is only good if you know your moral code is good. Suppose you were Hitler, or Stalin, people with their own code… and it was of the devil.
Well, that’s a difficult question for a 13 year old, though, I will say, one I would have definitively been tackling at that age, I’m special. But he considered it and said that “We can’t really know we’re right. Anyone could be right or wrong.”
My sisters and I exchanged looks.
“So, pluralism,” I said. “Or, Post-Modernism, moral relativity. You believe that there is no right or wrong answer.”
“Yes, ” he said “anyone could be right, and it’s just the majority’s opinion that they are wrong.”
“What about Hitler, don’t most people feel that Hitler was wrong?” We pointed out.
After some discussion, he declare “Hitler could have been right. If that majority went with him at that time.” The rest of his argument basically constituted that society determines our moral compass because we don’t go against it, but since he admits that majority rule is really no guideline, he refuses to pick a single world view that is right.
The news that he, in fact, already has a worldview, Pluralism, seemed to come as a bit of surprise to him. Especially when I asked “Where did you hear that?”
“Nowhere” he said.
I said “But you must have got the idea of pluralism form somewhere, someone must have said it.”
(Naturally, I was thinking of a previous debate I had with his mother while he was in the room that included the flaws of pluralism among other things, the kid had to remember that, I asked him later what he thought, his answer back then was “I don’t know.”)
Finally, he seemed to leave it at “I don’t know. I just thought of it.”
I informed him that his view was held by quite a lot of people nowadays, though it didn’t used to be popular. Then I explained at some point that I wouldn’t have his same difficulty with answering our questions about how he knew right from wrong, because I didn’t believe in majority rule, or that people decide that answer. I’m not sure what he thought of all that in the end.
But when I looked at this old post idea, I saw a similarity:
About a year ago now, my history class was covering Ghandi for about a- week.
No denying he was a great man. I studied him back in my homeschool co-OP days. But even back then I wondered why we were studying this philosophy as well as Christianity, theism, communism, etc. Without a real point, it seemed, except to compare them.
In this history class we do the same thing, with far less direction than before, not really discussing what was right or wrong.
I didn’t know this before, but apparently Ghandi saw it as fine for Hindus and Muslims to share their faith as both being seeking the same God.
I remember years ago now, I mentioned that creepy movie “Life of Pi” in a post (I could not find the post for the life of me…) Anyway, the guy in the movie is Muslim, Christian, and Hindu, and claims he gets different things from each religion.
It’s been said that to be completely open minded is to also be empty headed.
I hear more and more this idea, people who don’t wish to condemn religion entirely decide to just say that you can get something good out of all of them. This is the wisdom of the world.
To me, among other objections, this has always been a statement of gross ignorance of what religion is, and what some of them teach. If you;re going down that road, you can call a cult a religion, and justify some of their thinking. This is the wisdom of the world.
If anything, diving deep into other cultures for studying purposes has convinced me that if there is an obviousproblem on the surface, if you go deep down it only gets worse. It does affect the whole attitude of the culture and people.
Why are some cultures so passive in the face of oppression, and others so violent about enforcing their beliefs?…Is it not because that is what those beliefs lead to?
Of course, someone could say “Well, Christianity does not always lead to peace, so how are you any different?”
Fair enough, but I’m not saying that violence is wrong, or that passivity is wrong. The Bible allows for both approaches in their proper time, Ecclesiastes 3 says “a time for war, and a time for peace.”
It’s a mistake to rule out any one approach completely, history will always provide you with counter examples, even if you don’t care about religion. If I learned anything from my philosophy class, it’s that someone can always find counter evidence, though we may not always decide it’s valid.
But, I find this fad of accepting all religions disgusting for another reason:
It can sound good at first, it would create peace between people if we all stopped arguing about our beliefs right? It’s our own truth, and if we respected that, no one would die over it.
Yes, Religious Exclusivity is the problem, if Muslims and Christians would just stop insisting that one of us had to be right, they’d stop killing us off…
(This is meant to be ironic, I’m not making light of either faith, but the implications that come with saying it could be solved that way)
Look, let me say it like this. I am a Christian, and I would never tell a Muslim to just be more open-minded. I would not blame them in the least for getting offended if I said that, I don’t agree with terrorism, but I agree with their sentiment that you must do whatever God requires of you, in that way, they are far more similar to us than Hinduism is with it’s nonviolent, detached way of looking at worldly things.
Of course, any extremist would be insulted if I compared us at all, but let’s just say we are both willing to die for what we believe, they are just also willing to kill for it, and not in war, where it is an understood thing, but innocent people (I know not all Muslims are extremists, just like not all Christians are radicals, but we get compared to that, so it’s the best example of what I’m talking about).
Like many Americans, I don’t consider War, or Self Defense killing to be murder, or evil, but anything beyond that is not justifiable except as legal punishment.
This is what I mean by whatever God requires of you, it should be unpleasant to have to do these things, but it can be necessary.
If we take issue with the Muslim, or Christian, because we say they are too exclusive, we fail to understand what they really believe.
Some Christians, influenced by the culture, are now trying to be inclusive. They are welcoming the LGBTQ practice into their churches, they justify abortion, they teach things that contradict the Bible, not because they have decided that those things have just been misinterpreted, but because they think the Bible can be ignored, completely, since it’s more important to just believe in Jesus and love other people.
That is an effort to make peace. But at what cost?
Jesus said “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)
Yet, Jesus brings “peace on Earth, and goodwill to men?”
It can be confusing, but certainly, Jesus brought anything but peace with his ministry, always stirring up trouble with the Pharisees.
The biggest problem in the Christian Church, at least in the Western part, is the compromise with worldly ideas.
I run into it all the time. Other people my age who just can’t understand why I’d bother arguing over beliefs. Often I find out people even at Youth Group have this idea.
The point is not that I like to argue (though I do) but that even when I’d rather not make more work for myself, I still feel I need to, not because I feel I will lose my faith, but because people need to hear.
And the question I finally want to get to, is why is it so important to have a Single Belief?
Isn’t that old fashioned? Isn’t it more progressive to try to include everyone? Wouldn’t Jesus want us to do that?
In fact, Jesus might have called it blasphemy to even suggest God had part in more than one religion. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6: 15-16 “And what accord does Christ have with Belial? [a false god mentioned often in the old testament] Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols. For you are the temple of the living God.“
Jesus said “No one can serve two masters.”
It could not be much clearer that it’s against biblical doctrine to be inclusive about religion.
Now, the intellectual might ask me “Why? Why does your God have to be the Only God?”
The Bible tells us (and any christian with a living relationship with God would confirm it) that God is a jealous God, a consuming fire, and that we should not serve any other Gods but him.
Or before Him, as it’s put in the older translation.
That’s an important difference. If we serve any other god before God, eventually we will not serve God at all. Why? Because the Nature of God makes it impossible to serve Him the way He requires of us, and serve another god, if you stop serving God, you’ll serve something else. You cannot do both.
Which is why I decry anyone who claims to believe Christianity as well as two or three other religions as a hypocrite who understand nothing about it.
It’s, in fact, pleasing lie to the skeptics. It gives them such a smug feeling of rubbing it in the Christians faces, I see it on YouTube all the time.
“Just let us enjoy this…”
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s religious or not…”
“Let’s all just get along…”
Newsflash: Human beings are not meant to “just get along”
And we never will, till Jesus comes back. Even then there will be rebels (see Revelation and Isaiah)
I am not sure why even we in the church are so obsessed with getting along. Jesus said we never would get along with the world. That it would hate us, as it hated Him.
It does make me mad, too, this compromise. It’s not because I don’t like to have my beliefs challenged, its because it’s fraud.
I care about truth (hence the blog name) too much to want to see it water down and mixed with other stuff like some juice concentrate. Till it’s of no use to anyone.
And I would not consider myself a Real Believer, if I did not feel this was the only Way, Truth, and Life.
I would be more furious with someone trying to blend two incompatible religions, than one sticking to one I don’t agree with it, but doing it with integrity.
The person who knows what devotion is, can change the object of it and not lose their character, the person who never understood devotion will be useless to anyone as anything, because they cannot really believe any more than they can commit.
The problem with how little the church is confronting this belief, at least in the mainstream, is that it knocks the spine out of new believers and old alike.
They are passive, they accept the world’s way because they are never presented with an alternative.
And me, as someone who has always been fiery and passionate, have been told by my pastors and leaders that students just aren’t ready for that.
It’s a lot of poppycock, no one ever is ready. Can you be ready for God’s power? It is something only He can give to people. Do I feel ready now to do anything He might tell me to do? No, but that has nothing to do with doing it.
We are told to be ready in season and out of season, but the church is often not teaching us that we have A Single Religion, that we must not be afraid to tell people that, that if we accept multiple faiths, we dishonor all of them.
It’s like people think Christianity will somehow override the other beliefs and make the person okay, but nothing in the Bible or in history implies that is true. Everything tells us that once you let in a conflicting world view, it takes over until it’s rooted out.
I think this old song by Green Day gets more of what we’re going for here:
At risk of sounding nuts, I could almost picture this song being from Christ to the church, I mean, the biblical allusions are there:
“She’s a rebel, she’s a saint, she’s the salt of the earth and she’s dangerous.
She’s a rebel, vigilante, missing link on the brink of destruction.
… She’s the symbol of resistance, and she’s holding on my heart like a hand grenade.
Is she dreaming, what I’m thinking? Is she the mother of all bombs, about to detonate?
Is she trouble, like I’m trouble, make it a double twist of fate, or a melody that
She sings, the revolution, the dawning of our lives. She brings this liberation, that I just can’t deny.”
My pastor was preaching on just this subject this week, and I would encourage any Christain reading this to see it as a call to action. I don’t know what all you can do, in your situation and life, but I know that my cousin is not the only kid who desperately needs to be taught about this, the whole world does.
I think that’s where I’ll leave it.
Although I literally added a bunch to this old post, it’s still like 500 words shorter than my recent ones, go figure, until next time, stay honest–Natasha.
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Before you read any further, I recommend watching this video, it just popped up on YouTube and I was curious.
I do try to avoid politics due to not wanting to make this blog all about that, but given the current situation, of course I’m thinking about it, like most people are.
I was not too surprised with this video, just with the quick turnaround of all but one of the students.
If you must criticize someone, keep to the moral side of the issue and explain why you think they are wrong, don’t just spout off terms everyone uses and no one really understands.
Take the term “racist” no one even knows what that means anymore, it’s used so much.
Wearing back face paint in kids movie has been called racist, even though no connections to Africans were actually made.
Racist means to see someone as lesser because of their color or ethnicity. Less smart, honest, capable, etc.
The term has been expanded to mean any generalizations about a race, even if it might be considered a good thing, like black people can rap, or dance.
(Saying White people can’t rap or dance is perfectly okay, however.)
Not everyone takes it that seriously, but as far as politics are concerned, if you so much as reference what life is like in a bad neighborhood, it can be construed as racist.
Or you seeing things through your “white privilege”.
Anyway, the point is these students are clearly not thinking for themselves, and that can’t be denied, but they think they are.
The thing is, while I am disgusted, I can no longer judge them quite as harshly as I used to, because I’ve started to experience why they turn out the way they do.
A lot of them it’s their parents, but assuming not every single one of these students has liberal parents (or just ones who hate Trump) then why do they end up like this?
And some of you may even think they are right, though I don’t think a whole lot of liberals read my blog just because the nature of what I write about, but hey, it’s possible.
Or you may not be american and may not care that much.
Well, whoever you are, I think you’ll still find my story interesting.
So, before this year I had not taken any completely leftist themed classes at my college. Of course I noticed a bias in all the textbook for any of my humanities courses, but it wasn’t a huge focus, and at least one of my professors was far more fair.
Then I took a Philosophy class, and so it began.
That class was far more fun though, the real trouble was that dang history class I’ve taken this last semester.
I really began to see why college students are so dumb.
It’s a real strain on your mind to be fed propaganda constantly and tested on it, but the problem is even worse when its hidden in what are true historical events and facts, the propaganda gets slipped in with a lot of interesting and useful things.
The average college student at a public college like mine will already be primed for Leftist philosophy by their high-school experience and the News media–and Twitter.
So they enter college, and the textbook are ready for them.
All of us have been taught to be triggered by a few key words.
Textbooks throw these terms in whenever they need the student to start coming to a certain conclusion.
When we are looking at the past hundred years and how America, England, France, Belgium, and Portugal (to name a few, and to ignore the Asian countries doing similar things) interfered in other countries, to “improve” them, we will call it Western ideals of “Manifest Destiny.” White Supremacy, you know. Cultural Appropriation.
When we look at the past 30 years, such as the horrible holocaust in Rwanda, we will drop the political terms and start saying America should have gotten involved in another country’s business, because it was clearly our moral duty to stop them from killing each other off.
Now, when the Portuguese stopped Aztecs from sacrificing each other to gods, that was intruding into their culture
but when we didn’t interfere in Rwanda, after its own government told us not to, (for 3 months, we did help eventually) we were to blame for it.
I don’t disagree with us helping, of course. I am pointing out how doing very similar things can be spun two different ways by using the right words, and the right pictures.
There are differences between now and then, naturally. But the point of the history course is to make it clear to students that getting involved in other countries moral problems is arrogant on our part, the nuances about how and why it was done are inconsequential.
That said, how does it tie in to the present situation?
In every way.
The students even referenced some of the ideas I’ve been hearing. It’s arrogant, it’s not right…it’s America’s Superiority idea.
The college student who goes to my class is not likely to realize exactly how all this is presented to them in such a way to make sure they get to one conclusion. Because it’s sneaky.
Out of one side of their mouth, curriculum makers say they want everyone to be equal, but they make sure you know that anyone who disagrees with them is ignorant.
I got called ignorant and narrow minded, in so many words, in the class discussions, just for daring to disagree or to suggest we were being too hard on one people group. Imagine that.
It’s hard to explain unless you live through it, but even as strong willed as I am about what I think, I found it tempting to give in.
I am sure my professor would tell me if I opened up to it, I might learn a new perspective.
But I neither want to, nor see the wisdom in allowing my thinking to be influenced by these books and people. They often don’t know all that much about what they are talking about.
In fact, I read more of the curriculum, and faster, than a lot of them did.
This book covered slavery in America but neglected to mention there were Black Slave owners, a lot of them.
My professor also strove to justify the slavery in Africa as of a different nature than slaver in America… because somehow, that makes it better.
Hey, I think maybe it was, but if your argument is that slavery is inherently evil because it’s removes equal rights (the argument in every college class) then it doesn’t exactly matter how good or bad it was, the slaves were still not equal to their masters.
Digressing, College Students are not just inherently stupid.
It’s very artfully planned.
But no one can control your mind without your permission.
You make a choice at some point to look no further than school and Twitter for the worldviews you support.
Despite having conservative parents, I read liberal philosophy plenty growing up, before I even knew what it was, and later because I either had to for school, or because it was part of the book and I just had to take the meat with the bones.
It’s easy enough to get that without even trying, it’s all over TV and movies too.
But it’s far harder to get a Conservative perspective without trying to.
In fact, since we’re on the subject, I’ll open up the floor.
I am not ultra Conservative, but I’ve been raised around it and I have a pretty good grasp of the general philosophy, if anyone is curious about it, comment a question, and I’ll try to answer it.
I mean just a genuine question, like “how can you support this?” “Doesn’t it bother you when..?” “Why do you believe in so and so?”
Since I’m preaching that we should get informed, what better way to follow up than to offer to answer myself.
But you don’t have to take me up on it, just thought I’d put it out there.
The thing is, the actual students I’ve talked to don’t even know what people like me believe, and are surprised when I can explain anything to them in a way that makes sense.
All they hear from TV is prejudice, prejudice, prejudice.
And to be fair, I know the few Conservative news Networks are prejudiced against the Left, and I’ve taken some of what they said with a grain of salt.
(Though this last week, I think I’ve never agreed with them more, I really can’t believe some of the crap that’s going down.)
But I cringe sometimes, people like to say controversial stuff when they talk politics, and the drama is mostly why people enjoy it anyway, and I am not a huge fan of that way of discussing stuff, but I recognize that doesn’t make all of it untrue, just uncomfortable.
Anyway, I think I’ll have to end it there, look forward to your responses if you have some, and until next time–stay honest–Natasha.
So, now you know I’m not making this up, but why am I bringing it up?
Because in a college history class, this is not mentioned. I have never seen it mentioned in any history book I’ve ever read, especially not ones about slavery. They grudgingly mention that slavery existed in Africa, taking great pains to tell us that it was “different from Western Slavery” and “Europeans made it worse” and oh, we had slaves at a time when slavery was a social norm and no one would have thought much of it.
It wasn’t, from the accounts we have of the slaves who came from Africa, the idea of slavery that they objected to, it was the nature of slavery of Europe was different, and they didn’t like it. That’s fair, but is it fair to make it seem like it was mostly the Europeans fault?
Usually, in politics, we blame the preexisting system for the fact that outside forces can take advantage of it. Like, do we blame China for the fact that we outsource our businesses to them because its cheaper that way for us, even though it’s an inefficient system that hurts the people actually making the products?
Is it China’s fault? Or ours, for building our economy on that?
No one is going to say China, here, guys.
Yet, it was somehow Europe’s fault for doing the same thing, when slavery preexisted in Africa and we could only take advantage of it because of that, in Europe, after the Empires died away, slavery was not a thing.
But, they will say, Slavery is a clear evil, and Europeans should have known better.
Well, firstly, slavery is not denounced as evil in almost every major world religion, though it is given parameters, at least in the Bible, for fair treatment, and the ability of slaves to be freed after a certain length of time.
Slavery is a historically acceptable thing, up until the last 200 years, in fact.
So, why should the Europeans have known better? Do human beings innately question things like that? We’re told it’s wrong now from preschool to adulthood, to the point where no one can have an intelligent conversation about why it happened at all, just that it was wrong.
I am no fan of it myself, I live in free country, I like freedom. I am not interested in enslaving anyone.
But I am also not interested in presenting a view of history that is completely skewed one direction, not by logic, not by virtue, but by the wish to inflate the crimes of 1/3 of the world, and ignore the crimes of the other 2/3.
I call it facing facts. The fact is, everyone sucks. No matter what country you’re from, unless its Greenland, because they never do anything that I’ve heard of (but if you go back far enough, who knows? Vikings right?)
Does it not strike anyone else as irresponsible to leave out of history books about the Slavery movement, that black people owned slaves?
I mean, doesn’t it suggest a certain… bias?
Even that one of them maybe was part of normalizing it to begin with?
That’s not something anyone wants to hear, is it?
There’s a lot of white people who get a kick out of shaming their ancestors over slavery, and it’s fair enough to say it was evil… but it’s not fair to say white people are to blame.
The terms “White Supremacist” “White Misogynist” get thrown around a lot.
And if a white person has the audacity to stand up for this country, or any aspect of European history, well, prepare for battle (I should know, I get this in my history class if I ever try to bring up counterpoints.)
Now, I am not blaming black people. (Which is a blanket term anyway, because if I said African, I’d actually exclude a lot of the countries slaves were taken from.) I think all of use are responsible. There were other races involved too. Eastern peoples.
Slavery was a Global problem, it looked different in different nations, but it was Global.
History books now slide a certain way, against White people.
Never mind that Irish, Scottish, and any number of other ethnicity in Europe could be almost as oppressed as slaves, and rarely if ever owned enough property to own slaves. And I am more those ethnicities than I am any that would have had slaves. So, as someone with a very small claim to fame in that part of history, I feel even more annoyed at the marginalization.
Profiling is only profiling if you’re not white.
I wish I was kidding, but I just watched a movie last week, a good movie, that has a couple of lines in it that are just… so, so hypocritical.
The worst is a black woman in the movie makes this joking comment “I never get tired of watching white people fight.”
It’s laughed off, and truthfully, I am not really offended by the idea of it being funny to see white people fight. I think it’s funny too. BUT…
Can you imagine the same line, spoken by white person, of a black couple?
Picture it “I never get tired of watching (insert any other race) people fight”
I am pretty sure the Racist Comment Police would be all over this in two minutes.
And this movie is not supposed to be social commentary, it didn’t see any problem with saying that.
Because no one would have a problem with it, on any given TV show, because it’s okay for black people to make fun of white people because we can’t dance, can’t rap, and fight differently (supposedly) but it’s not okay for white people to say even a good thing about black people, if we say it’s because they are black. At least not without feeling like we’re taking our interracial social life into our hands.
I know some people at my church who don’t care if I say “black” because they know I am not trying to be disrespectful, it’s just easier than trying to remember where they are from. Cause guess what? My church has had black people from the UK there, so I can’t very well just assume everyone is African American, can I? (See why that term is so stupid as a blanket term? It’s more exclusive than black is because it makes it sound like there are only African Americans, and my French Professor was black too, she was form France.)
To be fair, usually it’s other white or Hispanic people who make the jokes that we can’t say “black” no black person has ever told me they don’t like it. (If you don’t, sorry, no offense intended).
Anyway, Political Correctness is dependent upon being technically incorrect, a lot of the time, as I think the above examples illustrate.
If I suggested that black people were partially responsible for slavery on any social media platform, I would get flame warred to death.
Even if, I could historically prove I was right. It wouldn’t matter.
The reason I think I have to talk about this is because my blog is literally about finding truth, protecting the truth, and understanding the value of it.
If the truth doesn’t fit any political agenda, that’s a shame, but it doesn’t make it not true.
Well, I think this is the most controversial post I’ve written all year, I wonder if it’ll get comments.
Though, why it is so bad to just give historical facts and suggest that they should be in history books, I’ll never know. 😐😤
Until next time, stay honest and stay healthy–Natasha
I’ve been going through my history book’s Imperialism section. Otherwise known as the make-white-people-look-bad section.
Our companion book right now is called “King Leopold’s Ghost” it’s got its own movie, King Leopold is quite famous as it turns out, though I never remember hearing of him before now. People say this part of our history has been hushed up. Now that I’ve read of it, I think maybe it was better that way.
I’m not about suppressing the truth, but for as much good as rehashing it has done us, we might as well not.
Think about it, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But do we learn from history?
Or does dwelling on the past lead us to repeat its mistakes?
It’s a sad fact of humanity that we tend to repeat our errors whenever we are most desperate not too.
In our age’s rush to eradicate racism and inequality, we’ve gone to the other end, making more racism and inequality.
Case in point:
In my history class we’ve had two separate discussions of European conquest over black people, some Aborigines and some African.
One week, my classmate and the textbooks ripped one British missionary to shreds for presuming to eradicate the culture of the Aborigines by teaching them European ways, and how to read, and plough, and raise crops.
“Oh he taught them how to grow their own food, and how to read, so shoot him! That’s just so despicable.”
For real, Education, the thing people now say changes the most for oppressed people, and brings about the most Social Equality, is decried in this case because it destroyed their culture.
I’m sure it wasn’t the fact that the army was slaughtering them like sheep, this Missionary was trying to preserve them, in the end he failed to save most of them, and felt it badly, crying at their deaths, as his own account goes. But he felt they were better off dying there than in the bush.
My classmates and the textbooks called this an attitude of “Moral Superiority.”
I called it common decency, thinking someone is better off dying with some dignity, around people who care for them, then shot in the bush like a wild animal. Morally speaking, that sounds like the superior option, doesn’t it?
I wish I was exaggerating how unfair this was. But because he was a Christian, he must be wrong for assuming he was morally superior to these people. He must be justifying his part in this.
Robinson, was his name, if you want to look it up. Robinson seems to me to be more against his own people’s ruthless treatment, then to feel he is better than the Aborigines, but I suppose I’m just too white to understand.
The following week, we discussed the Congo, the subject of the book I mentioned above.
My teacher made the ironic statement, backed up by our textbooks, that the reason things finally changed in Africa after many decades, was because some of them were educated like Europeans, and learned to speak their language and reason with them in ways they could understand.
You catch that? One week, it’s bad to educate them and override their culture, the next week it’s the only path to their freedom. (My professor said it was complicated, which is another way of saying we don’t have an answer for if it was right or not.)
I would add that is why The Civil Rights movement succeeded here in America, slaves who got educated, freed people got educated. One can quibble all day about equal opportunity, but education was the only doorway to it for them.
And it was often White Masters who educated some of their slaves, though later it was made illegal, and white people started schools for them.
It was unfair still in many ways, prejudice is ugly, but it’s kind of funny that the very people (by race) who enacted it, also gave the oppressed the tools to break free.
If you think my Secular history class at my liberal college is going to acknowledge that with any sense of injustice toward the White people for ignoring it, then…you didn’t read the above carefully.
While my class begrudgingly admits there was good Europeans, they pass over the glaringly obvious truth, that Europeans were always part of toppling the Imperialism that they enacted. No nation is entirely unified in how it perceives what its leaders are doing.
They are even more anxious to ignore the other obvious truth: Christianity, which is blamed for aiding in the oppression, was the only reason it ever ended.
It’s like an inoculation. Christianity came into the other countries with the Oppressors, like a mild form of the disease, carrying some incorrect ideas of the times, but also the worldview that does the most universally for the dignity of human life, and the value of charity. Like a vaccination, Christianity helped the native peoples build up an understanding of European ways and religion that they later used to protest their rights to freedom and fair treatment. The Missionaries were also the only ones who usually educated the natives, which is what enabled them to integrate and rise above the culture.
In effect, Christianity was warped into something that would justify White Oppression, but it also preserved the idea of all human beings having value, which later was what put a stop to at least some of the oppression.
People fault Christianity for being used the wrong way,, but will barely give a mention to how it was used the right way, to help people.
And I have yet to hear anyone talk about how Christian based systems basically give power to anyone they oppress to eventually overthrow them, based on moral reasons. It’s like they give the knife to cut off their own arm, if they start to sin.
The only thing that would satisfy these people is the notion that Europeans should have just stayed home to begin with, never changed anything, and contented ourselves with our eager resources…how unrealistic that option is is negligible, because it’s clearly morally wrong to take over another country…
I mean, are we going to start saying it’s morally wrong to take over another business? Where does it end?
Despite what they try to paint it as, the Europeans were not solely violent. A lot happened with trade deals, also. Sometimes unfair ones, sometimes they started out as mutually beneficial and then devolved. Sometimes, it didn’t happen that way at all.
You won’t find it in too many religions that Conquest is actually Wrong, in the sight of God, or the gods. Some cultures glorify it to a divine calling.
Where does the notion that is is wrong even come from?
No country can really back this up. Even if it’s wrong, no one can hope to prevent it from happening in one way or another.
So, I fail to see the point of teaching us that it was wrong, and then leaving it there… well, what now? What’s the big conclusion, History?
The claim can be made that History class should not be giving us new ideas, but telling it like how it happened.
That’s ludicrous. Any narrative of history is going to present new ideas to a student who has not studied it before, and a clearly slanted narrative is going to lead them to blame one party more than another.
It used to be slanted in Europeans favor, it is not slanted against us, we must look bad at all costs.
Maybe it was bad, I think in the context of the time, it’s harder to tell.
But even so, it’s over now. We have real world problems. Oppression continues in new forms, and old forms, but not the forms of the Modern Era, as it’s called.
I don’t think we are being taught to recognize the signs of this any more in our everyday lives, or we’d realize how the modern devices every single student has in their pocket are products of a system very similar to the ones we read about.
And do we care? Can we give them up?
Maybe, it’s harder to judge, hmm?
There will always be oppression as long as people are sinful, and people are in charge, or their creations are in charge. Running things by computers has not improved them.
The question for us, is what can we do to make it better or worse?
We are dependent on these businesses for our way of life, undoing that is not the work of a day. It was the same in the Congo, the same everywhere. By the time people realize it’s a problem they’re stuck, just like with an addiction.
I choose to keep applying my faith to every situation, because I think G. K. Chesterton was right when he wrote that the charge that Christianity obscures progress and keeps us in the Dark Ages is ridiculous when “Christianity is the only thing that has ever gotten us out of it.” (Orthodoxy)
Which is not to say Religion has never been an obstacle to advancements, but it has also been the main drive behind them. It comes down to the individuals every time.
The Bible is also concerned more with men’s souls then their station, and Christians have often taken that attitude also, but in the process, have done more to elevate men’s station in their concern for his soul.
For Missionaries have worried that mistreatment will make men bitter against God.
This is how things come right in the end, that and the Grace of God. There’s ups and downs in history, I for one think we should be looking to see what they did right, and not forever listing what they did wrong, as if we are free from error and know so much better than our forebears.
That’s what they thought too.
Mistakes have to be remembered if anyone is tempted to think their nation is perfect (that has led to a lot of evil) but it’s better to feel there is nobility left to preserve than to feel your people have always been irredeemably bad.
That’s where I leave it, I’d rather be proud of my heritage than ashamed of it, until next time– Natasha.