—The Way of the World

2 Corinthians 10
3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Well, we provoked a response, which is not to say, a “discussion”. I suppose it is at least a little encouraging that modern Catholicism has progressed from flogging and hanging its critics to merely “demagoging” them as hate-filled bigots.

I’ve had virtually the same non-discussion with Buddhists, Muslims, and representives of other religious groups, lawyers, business managers…. A “pretension” to the Truth does not elevate itself to reality by impassioned repetition in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Such powerful “walling-off” from criticism does not make the pretense intimidating, only even sillier.

Consider how dangerous our world has become. On one hand, we have a zealous religious group which believes it can “run around and do as it pleases” and call it a religion [FOXNews.com [AP]], which is collecting impassioned warriors and suicides and nuclear weapons technology. In another place, we have a belief system that encourages followers to collect trinkets and view relics and recite stuff that their leaders made up, distracting them from the Truth that renews spiritually dead, fallen sinners to Life. Others think that with sufficient self-will and analysis and technological sophistication, we can “think” our way out of this mess. Perhaps we can “teach” people ethics as a kind of self-improvement course, and learn to explore the deadly unknown of the Universe with “bleeding edge management theory”. The American justice system, and probably most others, thinks one can exploit weaknesses in our political system to place one’s fellow criminals in judicial and legal positions of authority to facilitate wholesale stealing and oppression and call it the “law”, and everyone will simply have to blindly follow this “anarchy of priviledge” through an orderly cradle-to-grave feeding frenzy.

There is one answer to all of this “skubalon”—demolition. Nothing but the Truth will stand in the end—everything else will pass away. Which side do you want to be on when it does?


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