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Ferocity is not Faith
Advertiser, Sat. Dec. 7, 1999
People with a self-fulfilment, a self-expansive or a self-consummating concept are not in the arena of faith. Others parading their ferocity, however, may well be in the arena of their delusions, like lions set loose.
It matters in this, little if it be religious or political or economic or even social. The results are always, like the poor, with us!
In the report on the consensus between Boris Yeltsin and the Chinese government, we find that "human rights" really do not figure when it comes to the needs of the rulers. These little things cannot "harm an independent country's sovereignty". They must not "interfere".
We have long insisted that China's failure, its sorrow, is in effect, not so much the Yellow River as the insurgence of vile violences to swamp those brave enough, and at times wise enough, to stand on a different ground, though in the same country. The young visionary, however misguided (and the case of Han Suyin is pertinent here, as noted in our last new item) may have stimulus to provide the nation; he/she may have a voice to show up some blindness, some cruelty, some extortion, some deep loss of ideals, some hope. Allowing the bulls to bellow in their pride and governmental authority, deciding as if God, presuming in what is not given to man to perform, and doing it while blind, when those who see may be calling: this is no way to run, but to ruin a nation*1.
What then are the so sacred national desires, to be protected at whatever cost to whomever ?
What are they, when they are looked at clearly ? To be great ? How and in what manner, great ? Great in gut ? great in selling souls to feed stomachs ? Great in tongue to execute the unloved ? Great in smell as the flesh of the undesired is consumed ? In what manner is all this greatness to be found ? Greatness to exterminate a people, to give to a free nation the 'liberation' of being slaves ?
The use of force in the area of faith is the ultimate in folly. It is not relevant. It is brutal, worse than the work of animals, which after all are not radical visionaries, the pompous pursuit of vice as a delusion. This has been examined earlier in SMR pp. 978ff., 986ff., 1186Aff.. Faith is oblivious of force; force is irrelevant to faith. Faith concerns, in the meta-religious Christian sense, what is true, what is from God. Nothing that hands can do can alter this; no words can downplay the word of God. Nothing else can create the universe, nor any make man. Nothing else foretells what is to be; or rebukes what is wrong with absolute authority, as distinct from the wily wishes of the privileged, as in the case of Communist rulers, whose powers make those of many monarchs seem like scooters in the presence of rockets.
To divide up the 'multi-polar' world, this is the stated aim of these, for the time, the free with the company of the cosy Communists, with Yeltsin's pocket money from Uncle Sam, by the billion from the World Bank, while he expends it on systematic and vast dislocation of hundreds of thousands. Is the World Bank to bank-roll such things ? and is it to do so while "human rights" are relegated to the halls of shame ?
It is certainly true that
"human rights" is an unfortunate term. What RIGHTS do sinners have
God ? And for those who make themselves into wrong gods, why, what they want is what is right in their sight! If you are foolish enough to take on the divine image, and dictate to man, then of course the delusion is likely to go further into the realms of paranoia, and the imagination can come to the point of believing its own mind, albeit without any significance logically, is the arbiter of the destiny of man (oh! throw in a few other powerful ... not minds, but men, equipped with the means of terror and make it a sort of mini-team thing). How Stalin watched it work: terror! a profusion of delusion and a cornucopia of confusion, along evidently, with deliberate starvation and the slow labour to death, to fulfil the needs of greatness! No justice can speak, for the State is justice; no right can cry, for the State has usurped the place of God!
Such then is the nation which is given the management of South Australian electrical power, it seems, via one of its citizens, whose human "rights" MUST not interfere with what is in the ... interests of the State. Is it imagined that it will magically acquire the exact opposite, in time; will you put your wife into the hands of a self-confessed power pundit, whose whole being sings one song: WHAT IS IN MY INTERESTS!
It is nothing to do with the individual or
company concerned. It is everything to do with the CLAIMS of POWER OVER
INDIVIDUALS of the country of base; and if it is
And as to
WHAT they say has been considered in its place (see SMR pp. 1032-1088G, 50ff., 830ff., 983ff., 987ff., 125-127,707, 732B, 332D-E, 303ff, 614, 684, 925ff., 971ff.). What they have done, without that repentance which is steely in its truth, compassionate in its change and transforming in its object: this too is obvious and has been well-attested. It is time to realise that human beings are God's property and helping the wild to deal viciously with their prey is no part of wisdom!
Will mere commercial interests heed this voracity ? Will they incline nations to 'overlook' the villainies of long constraint, interminable imprisonments, solemn farces that play god like puppet shows, human toys, and treat their victims like little else! Will political hopes make these atrocities like those of the Jews, wrought by Hitler upon them, come to seem small ?
Is not the desire to gulp down Taiwan into the Communist mess, and to overlook human beings in the oblivion of the RIGHT which is God's, violated as if by compulsive obsession, is this not enough to suspend aid to GOVERNMENTS who so act, and COMMERCE from nations which make this not merely their action, but their PRINCIPLE! Are governments then unlike actual people, who must be careful what they do ? Is it then that a government is amoral ? has no feeling ? or a nation, MUST it be complicitous to every nuance of evil ?
There IS no must. It is mere folly, and it deserves its name.
Hitler too was appeased, not appraised. The
results were not kindly. Unkindness to the oppressed is unwise. It helps the
harbouring of ceaseless quest for the very undivine, the very inhuman, the very
exalted abasement to which the human spirit is heir, when it forgets itself and
shames the beasts by devilries.
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke !" - verse 7.
SINCERITY and HUMANITY, with FAITH and REALITY in the love of God, these are as far from those violent vices of world-seeking contrivings, as is the sun from the core of the earth; and as different as its flames from the cool waters of a deep lake. Destroying, ignoring, mocking the human spirit WITH the human spirit is possibly the most inane invention of that free spirit ever made. Where FAITH is in aspiration, made SUBJECT to FORCE, it has its acme, and there is its consummation. It CANNOT be done; but it acts as if it could, savaging and torturing, talking and threatening. If money was in its love a major vice, what of this, the playing of god altogether, not merely with purchasing power, but soul stinging piercings, as if hell were not available any more, or the reek of blood did not count.
There IS however, still a refreshing, even in this digital millenium to come. It is where it always was, where the humble and contrite heart meets with the Lord of glory, and in sincerity and love, lives in His presence, based on His redemption, working not FOR salvation, but BECAUSE of love for the Saviour. For just as faith without works is dead, a sort of spiritual cancer, dead and deathly; so love without mercy is lust. It is only when the final, last rites of unreason, disfaith (cf. SMR 172, 774) and seared conscience have come, that the woes of spiritual death confine their incumbent to the dwelling of his heart. THIS, it is not quite the same as what his heart desires; it is WHERE IT DWELLS!
But as for the
merciful, the humble, the meek, the poor in spirit, the contrite who seek the
Lord WHERE and WHEN HE MAY BE FOUND (Isaiah 55), theirs is rest, and there is
refreshing as He acts to "revive
the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
THE TERRITORY OF THE EXCURSIONS
This question of the attitude
of government to its nation like that of an individual to his quest, is as
readily made amoral as it is in a commercial firm. The better question, for
Distancing from God, and the
various sloppy authoritarian governmental or government sponsored ways in
religion (see That Magnificent Rock Ch.8 and the Volume 22 which is
planned for production by early in the new year - Lead us not into Educational
Temptation!) comprise no solution. They are mere provocation to the
Almighty, just like the synthetic cretans of gods made by
The entire book of Hosea is built about the narrative of the unfaithful wife, a harlot to start with (expressly designating by this error - Hosea -17, the spiritual reality of mixing the gods, unfaithful to the true and ruling one, who is there), who plays the harlot after being mercifully married.
From this, she has to be bought
back, redeemed from her unfaithful dalliances, just as
In fact, however, if there is one lust which seeks to snare this land more than another, it is this patronage of the gods either as a religionist or patron of religions for social reasons. If this prevails as the old Commonwealth connection is dissolved, then not the later, but the former will be the active constituent in ruin.
Whether in the
What is needed is ...
These things follow from a Christian ethos, which is also eminently desirable even for a secular nation: for love of justice, non-vindictiveness, encouragement to mercy, to love one another and to be spirited in seeking and relishing truth, without trying to take control of people by human institutions, are nowhere so heartily and purely to be found.
NOT a Christian nation is it which currently must answer; for there is none such, nor will be any till Christ come and His special "nation" of actual believers is apparent to all (Psalm 96:13, 98:9, Revelation 14, Psalm 67:3-5, Micah 4:2-3, I Peter 2:9). This therefore is not now the pure presidential aim: none is to be forced, nor any enticed by spurious rewards. Yet righteousness does exalt a nation, improving prosperity with peace and productivity with stability, whilst helping strength with security. Only in appreciation of these things, and the integrity to pursue them, without looking for selfish advantage for himself or his people, can any President do well.
The concept that some hog trough of mere pleasure, personal or national, is the - or even an - objective, very understandably leads to reaction. Where ? asks the beleaguered human spirit, where on earth if not here, is there that inspiration beyond myself and my people which I seek ?
Certainly this is not the whole answer for man, for only the gospel received and a changed heart are that.
Since however these necessary and excellent things are not dispensable by government, this is the casing which promotes peace and good understanding. The ambition of man, of course, when divorced from God, will not rest there; but it is nonetheless the place of presidential aim for the wise.
Only unproductive seekings - like this ludicrous and smashingly abased and abashed Mars probe for life in 1999 , twice in technical oblivion just as it was long so, in logical folly (cf. A Spiritual Potpourri Ch.3) - can result when the spirit, denying God, is unleashed in the political milieu of pomp, pride and restlessness. Miasmas, however idiotic, come like swelling waters over the dam wall in Spring, when there is no due release for the waters of life.
They come the more treacherously through distancing from the long preached goodnesses of the Lord, called forth from the yearnings of frustration, like those of the Cambridge perverts in Britain, who, to take but one example, cheerfully betrayed their nation and freedom in their inundations of spirit, and confusions of soul.
Thus have many shouted folly! and secreted venom, perhaps not least because foolishness rules, whether of this kind or that, and folly is (rightly) disdained. When the heart is empty, folly readily flows in, and is caught in its own bitterness. The eruptions which result when the Lord is not the governor of the soul are one of the chief declarations of the 20th century, on the tarmac ready to take off into the 21st. They can swiftly surpass in folly the provocations to which they so treacherously, rigidly or even vehemently react. In this, far more than in some computing bug, however disordering, is to be found dire peril to each 'rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly' (Zephaniah 2:15, cf. Isaiah 29:1-10).
Have you noticed that PRECISELY the qualities needed of a President are FOUND in Christ; are never removable from Christ; are indelibly imprinted on history through Christ (SMR Ch.6,Appendix C, ROP 7); and have you realised that His word rules like that of a King (SMR Ch.8 ), which is what He is; and that God is on record that NO ONE will be able to rule this earth, at length, but He! (cf. SMR pp. 623ff., cf. 611ff.).That is being fulfilled with an exacting exactitude at this time! Blindness does not remove it, nor does irrationality exclude.
The confusions of delusion are the
experiences of this world, and its glamour is routinely, as predicted,
fading... The glory has departed and it will not return till He comes to whom
it is due, and for those by whom He is given it. As a spectacle, it will
appear; as a wonder, however, it is for those who have come to Him. The
children live in the house. (Cf. Revelation 1:7, Matthew 24:30-51, I Thessalonians
RELIGIONS WHERE THE
SKY IS THE LIMIT
These three are amongst those predicted by
Christ in Matthew 24:24. Thus the Moslem religion represents the unredemptive
false Christ, the Romanist the pseudo-saving false Christ and the Communist the
false prophet of twice double delusion. Our references amplify these points and
As to the last,
Communism, a further word in this context may prove helpful, apart from the red
coloured references in the colour coded list above.
In Communism, you have a religion without morals telling you what you ought to do; and machinery of matter so certain that it is perfectly clear what it MUST do, though of engineer it is utterly devoid, in this bearing the marks of mind though defined as matter. Tooled without tools, it must triumph in a predestined end which none predestines. From mindless matter comes the determination of all mentality, to the effect that what it is has no intrinsic reality. That is the theory. That is the province of matter. This is the basis and determinant. The real produces the unreal which is so real it tells the real what it is. (In fact, the reality of mind is a pre-condition of the theory of matter being true; so that materialism is self-contradictory at the outset; and inadequate at the outcome.)
What follows ? Thus and in this way,
the mindless makes the minds that declare their basis mindless, and tell us to
mind what they say, for it is utterly true, though no truth is possible in the
swirling dialectic of constantly changing forces ever new in their inventions.
In this, matter as basis, the forces are invested with all needed for outcomes:
History develops what is to be in every synthesis of opposing forces, for in this world there is inherent contradiction, we read, with its thesis and antithesis merrily chugging along; and in that current synthesis of a given moment (time t), we have a stage and status which is not yet what it is to be, when the next round of conflict enters new ideas and thoughts and understanding into its sequence and synthesis which results. Far less is it the END in which what WAS to be, actually IS!
For all that, we find, in ONE point in this unenviable process (t), ONE man is able to KNOW the END result so well that he can OVERSEE all the preceding ones and tell what their OVERALL NATURE is with a finality which pre-empts the end, and allows one to know where it is, so as to look for it and go there, and so avoid the death penalty on the day. Indeed, he can kill those who are not ... wise, profound enough to know this unknowable thing, for the sake of making sure that what HAS to happen, WILL do so! In such a contrived collation of inherent contradiction, the murderous machine of Marxism has taken its experimental toll, following its theoretical demise. The 'heaven' is not even a haven, except for every polluted bird and power-abusing mogul.
Truly a remarkable system, it wants TRUTH NOW in a scenario which allows it ONLY THEN; and OUGHT as an obligation NOW, when it is constantly thrown up by synthetic forces only in the premature stage of an embryo; and at that, its OUGHT facility is founded on NO ONE and NOTHING which really OUGHT to be done, but on the assumption that what is not yet here, and what is known to be coming, and what should come because it may come, is what MUST be followed MORALLY in a world where statedly no eternal moral principles so much as bother to exist.
This is self-contradiction so numerous that to call it double delusion is flattering; so having expressed its many facets of flaw, it is apt for one to call it twice doubly delusive. However, as to the simple 'double delusion', at least that term draws attention to the two most massive idiocies of the system: telling us what we OUGHT to do when there are (said to be) no eternal moral principles, and all that is in mind, even if this were correct, is what in fact is thought to happen - a mere process; and in telling us the TRUTH in a world which has no mind of its own, but can produce millions of them, which is only now inventing itself, and able for all that to be inspected as to what it is really doing, by someone who is a mere thrust of this world in its various essentially mindless motions.
Indeed, just as Marx left out entrepreneurial management in his list of productive powers in economics, so he has left out truth-finding, and truth-funding in his understanding of mentality.
You do not HAPPEN to make a clever factory, and make it function wisely; you do not HAPPEN to make a clever mind and have it know the truth. There is between the ears something called brain, and there is between material reality and surveying mentality a necessity of operation at a level of understanding, facility and validity which is not the same as action, any more than bombing is building, or cutting is surgery.
Put otherwise, truth is not served by consulting the efflorescence of the meaningless (like Marx's brain, in his own terms); nor is any path prescribed by description. Reductionism may seem cute to kids, but to omit the validity of your own mind in advising other minds what they ought to do is like omitting a scalpel when in surgery. Validity is a necessary condition of truth. To tell men, indeed, what they should put their minds to, by the grace of a mind made by mindless matter, this you cannot ... logically do, unless of course you wish to abandon your reductionism.
In that case, Marxism is dead, and you MAY live, if your mind is led to the actual validities that do not at the outset deny their own possibility by positing a system which imported a validity which its nature excludes. Inventing truth in a system which precludes it by initial reductionist definition, and then knowing it, and then telling it, and then enforcing it, this is more than a caprice or quirk; it is a farce and a fiasco.
To imagine a world which has no truth, so that one can know it, and then declare it (cf. SMR pp. 125-127, 299ff., 307ff., 877ff., 999-1002C) ; and then require it of others; and then make it immoral to disobey this 'insight' when objective morality is specifically precluded from existence; and then predict what must be, and have it not happen with an irksome thoroughness as though history were answering a foolish child (SMR pp. 925ff.): this is an object of thought which vies within itself, whether to be called the very exemplar and paragon of what is irrational, or what is arbitrary; but the former seems more direct, and the latter follows.
IF the world were constructed IN TRUTH by TRUTH, then in it, we could expect to find some reflection of truth. If not, and if truth is not relevant at the outset, neither is it at the onset or the outcome. IT CAN be relevant ONLY when it is KNOWABLE outside all system which constrains, influence which controls, limits which blind, constraints which debase: in fact outside PRECISELY what Marx makes to be the nature of things. It CAN be known ONLY from ONE WHO has this capacity. It IS then known ONLY by those who know this ONE so that HIS truth is given and not secured by their own limited, controlled, constrained or coerced capacities.
IF matter HAS this power, it does not show it. IF it had, it would NOT be what conforms to in-built codes of conduct, but what MAKES codes of conduct because it also KNOWS what both IS the nature and things, and (in the case of any divergence ) what SHOULD be the nature of things. Yet how can what IS the nature of things know what SHOULD be the nature of things in divorce from what is, unless it by itself IS NOT the nature of things!
This inherent contradiction spells the end, is automatic logical finis to Marx. What is cannot be dissatisfied with what is, unless what is has beyond the STATE of things at any time, the KNOWLEDGE of another perspective, desideratum which by definition IS NOT. You thus cannot escape the personal as BASIC when you look for what OUGHT to be, and insist that it MUST be done, in a world which is in part what OUGHT NOT TO BE.
In Marx's view what SHOULD be the nature of things is NOT AT ALL what IS the nature of things, nor does it so much as have objective existence, but is wholly a revelation courtesy of moral principles which to which he is evidently devoted, and for all that does not know to be there; so he is positing an eternal knowledge of eternal truth and morality, even while this is not merely expressly denied, but directly excluded by the system of thought itself. In fact, as Stalin stated of Lenin, when necessary he just KNEW what had to be done and stood against the majority (cited from Stalin's Sochineniya, Vol. VI, pp. 58-59 by David V. Benson, in Christiantiy, Communism and Survival - Regal Books). He certainly COULD not know what ought to be scientifically by WHAT WAS, even if he were right about it, rather than unscientifically failing in verification (SMR pp. 925ff.). Here is subjectivism in all its self-important squalor, based on internal morality whilst damning and indicting morality.
For a world the chief visible feature of which is deemed (in Marxism) to be RAVING INJUSTICE and GROSS evil, it is rather much to find there is no moral law by which one even COULD know this; since such law is deemed not even to exist. In the dynamics of dialectic, it is all the more submerged, even if it wished, despite Marx to exist, for the forces which constrain and dissociate the mind from truth are doing their stuff on Marx and Engels as well as on everyone else (in this system), so their INABILITY to know truth has this added difficulty. It is on such a basis as this, not only NOT THERE to be known, but it is divorced from knowledge of such things as mankind, by the nature of the world which they so authoritatively define.
To read the mind of mindless matter with the mind that matter made is an exercise in delusion which makes the causal necessities of the eternally sufficient cause of mind, matter and spirit, finding the mind of the Spirit who made us and the causative complex of matter, the analytical instrument of mind and the surveying composure of spirit, to be sheer joy, even rapture by comparison. After all, in this: so far from self-contradiction there is logical necessity, evidential verification and scientific method's consummation (cf. SMR Chs. 1-3,10, That Magnificent Rock Chs. 1, 5).
Providing detailed maps of what controls the world from the heart of men sunk in it, however, and unable to rise above it, is playing God without the power or the knowledge of God. When you do as here, it is merely one more fiasco instead of faith, religion without truth, by-product of the human will, in the face of Almighty God.
Religion ? Indeed, it is precisely that: a system which
Logic, history and evidence alike fail. It violates the first, fails in the second and is absent in the third. This, Communism, is merely ignorant religion in which the facilities of God are abstracted, put blindly where they do not operate, matter, shelving the entire reality, its source, and using the name of an -ism as a surrogate for God: with neither goodness glory, grace nor intelligence. As idols go, this is one of the worse ones.
False prophets such as Marx and all who, like
Darwin and Freud (SMR Index q.v. and cf. pp.612ff.) , share his world view with
the same or similar fundamental deficiencies, are sprinkled like the products
of explosive Chernobyls upon the earth. Final decontamination of peoples and
persons from the effects of these is not possible except by a superior power,
and there is none but God. Return to reality is the prescription for possession
by unreality; and indeed, it was in the first place, failure to know God which
has led to all these hopelessly irrational and hideously reductionist
philosophic baubles. You cannot toy with truth without a penalty far worse than
comes from toying with a bomb.
POWER OF GOD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF,
ACTS FOR ITSELF AND WORKS
ACCORDING TO PROMISES GIVEN TO HIS PEOPLE :
HE IS, AFTER ALL, THE KING
However, with God truth is provided in ways infinitely different from toys. It involved His own excursion into this world, not for synthesis, but for sin.
As one old lady in bed with a bone breakage, and set in bed so as not to damage herself, shining with clear blue eyes and no loss of humour in the midst put it, 'THAT ought to be sufficient.' WHAT ?
I had read from I Peter. GOD, the Almighty Creator and Saviour - for His own, His power OUGHT TO BE SUFFICIENT! The beautiful irony of those words stays with this author to this day. Here she was in total weakness able to dwell on the power of the Person who made her, and His word and works, and seeing her plight overshadowed by His Almighty capacities, could say: That OUGHT TO BE SUFFICIENT.
It is abundantly sufficient; and this Physician can heal any Marxist, any Communist, any subject of Romanism or Moslem false christs. It is the TRUE who has power over the FALSE. It is not only in logic that they fail; they lack the power. Not only the practical power (failing in verification - SMR pp. 925ff.), but the psychic power of peace and truth and understanding for human beings. It is the lack of this power which is one item on the languishing agenda for this degraded and often neurasthenic world (when it is not charging vainly like Don Quixote, at wind mills on Mars or elsewhere - let alone with dysfunctional horses) .
Natural power has a natural inhibition, limitation, career and course. Supernatural power is what is needed WITHIN Nature for correction and consummation, pardon and support. Without that, the follies of having a nature which knows, when it knows nothing but interaction; which should (even if it 'should' do what it 'darnwell pleases'), when it knows only compulsions: these have no 'final solution'. Natural power is in nature, which continues to be what it is, but does not make itself. Supernatural power is the source of nature, and can make it any time, but does not, having done it already.What it DOES make however is the power of pardon in the heart of a man, peace because of objective payment of the price of justice in terms of its own UNALTERABLE LAWS, through an INTRINSIC LOVE which nothing defiles, but which much rejects.
The limitations of merely natural powers, as if it were a forbidden thing to come to the Maker of nature and find the recipe for this PRODUCT of nature, called man ?
They are the angst base, the madness thrust of nations and individuals. To be right, you need to know the One whose word made what is, and who IS right. You cannot be right because you follow what happens for the very simple reason that often, in the eyes of all men, it is NOT RIGHT. But with Him whose right we are, and who made us, and whose demonstrably true word, enshrined in wisdom, valid in demonstration is available and operative, there is no limit. Then what we ARE NOT, but would like to be; and what we SHOULD BE and cannot become: this becomes the reality, and the 'dialectic' of endless advance in a broth of bits becomes, with reason, the pilgrimage of spirit in an ocean of truth, full of opportunity, with directions and maps provided.
For this transition, see Romans Chs. 7-8 and note the flow. You come to Him; He becomes yours and you become His; He lives in you by His Spirit, having covered your sin (such as reductionism and its immoral rages and presumptions against a man's fellows) by an active and practical love, which did it personally on the cross (Galatians Chs.3-4). His word becomes your delight and your heart is attuned to it.
(Cf. Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium, 1, 3, 5, 9 esp. *1, *2, Wake Up World! Your Creator is Coming ... 5 (incl. end-note 1A), 6 , Stepping Out for Christ 10, 9, 5, Barbs, Arrows and Balms 30, Appendix 1, IV, A Spiritual Potpourri 12, Scoop of the Universe, 43, Repent or Perish 7, Joyful Jottings 5, 14.)