|The two tidal wave threats, which respond to the internal weaknesses in our region|
"It seems to me immensely unlikely that mind is a mere by-product of matter. For if my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true. They may be sound chemically, but that does not make them sound logically. And hence I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms." ["When I am dead," in Possible Worlds: And Other Essays , Chatto and Windus: London, 1932, reprint, p.209. (Highlight and emphases added.)]
[[The avant garde philosophers, teachers and artists c. 400 BC] say that fire and water, and earth and air [[i.e the classical "material" elements of the cosmos], all exist by nature and chance, and none of them by art, and that as to the bodies which come next in order-earth, and sun, and moon, and stars-they have been created by means of these absolutely inanimate existences. The elements are severally moved by chance and some inherent force according to certain affinities among them-of hot with cold, or of dry with moist, or of soft with hard, and according to all the other accidental admixtures of opposites which have been formed by necessity. After this fashion and in this manner the whole heaven has been created, and all that is in the heaven, as well as animals and all plants, and all the seasons come from these elements, not by the action of mind, as they say, or of any God, or from art, but as I was saying, by nature and chance only . . . .
1 --> once men willfully turn their backs on the evident truth that God is, and
2 --> dismiss the insight that he is a good and upright God whom we ought to love and love as well other men made equally in his image as we are, so that
3 --> God is the ground of our being and the Moral Governor of the Universe,
4 --> their rebellious minds and hearts fall into a vortex of false wisdom that endarkens and benumbs,
5 --> leading to folly in the name of wisdom, moral chaos in lives and societies, and the inversion of right and wrong described in Isa 5:20 - 21.
(This requires some explanation, as there has been a lot of spin on this too. Please forgive further ruffled feathers. Many informed observers will explain why Mormonism is highly questionable as a worldview framework, and that its claims to be merely a Christian denomination are misleading. I know, this may be painful to read [cf. the just linked and onward linked]. But, there is a sobering reason why it has long been identified as one of the major cults of Christianity. Mormonism is simply not within the pale of the historic Christian Faith. And when a group presents itself as legitimately Christian, but is materially diverse from the historic Christian faith, that painful word, regrettably, is applicable; as we can read in say Walter Martin's classic, The Kingdom of the Cults. So, the "how dare you say that" media spin tactics of our day should not be allowed to drive our thinking about such serious matters. And, if someone -- no matter how successful as a business man or as a politician at state level -- has that sort of worldview foundation problem, his or her ability to soundly take on the most difficult executive job in the world is going to be questionable, even if many people who feel vaguely uncomfortable cannot put their thoughts and feelings into words acceptable to the power elites and their media spokesmen. President of the USA requires a clear-eyed, sound vision of the world and coherent, well-informed insightful balance that takes far more than the sort of technical competence, likeableness or personal and family background that can make one successful in a business or in the sort of executive office that runs a State government.)
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves . . .
James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?[a] 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”[b]
. . . The accusations are familiar. We of the West are accused of sexism, racism, and imperialism, institutionalized in patriarchy and slavery, tyranny and exploitation. To these charges, and to others as heinous, we have no option but to plead guilty -- not as Americans, nor yet as Westerners, but simply as human beings, as members of the human race. In none of these sins are we the only sinners, and in some of them we are very far from being the worst. The treatment of women in the Western world, and more generally in Christendom, has always been unequal and often oppressive, but even at its worst it was rather better than the rule of polygamy and concubinage that has otherwise been the almost universal lot of womankind on this planet . . . .
In having practiced sexism, racism, and imperialism, the West was merely following the common practice of mankind through the millennia of recorded history. Where it is distinct from all other civilizations is in having recognized, named, and tried, not entirely without success, to remedy these historic diseases. And that is surely a matter for congratulation, not condemnation. We do not hold Western medical science in general, or Dr. Parkinson and Dr. Alzheimer in particular, responsible for the diseases they diagnosed and to which they gave their names.