by Kung Fu Zu 7/1/15
I had originally meant these thoughts to be the last in a series of short essays on Christianity, and the West. But I have decided to go ahead and publish this piece, as its conclusion is what prompted me to start writing about this subject in the first place.
As I previously made clear, Western Civilization is based upon Christianity and Christian thought. This has given the West its strength, but it is also the West’s major weakness.
Christianity made the claim of being based on universal truth. It answered the important questions which always perplexed mankind. The answers Christianity gave were absolute and firm. But Christianity’s most important aspect was that it was based on divine revelation from God. Specifically, the message was given to humanity by God Himself, Who became flesh in the form of Jesus Christ.
Once this premise was accepted, there was little room for doubt as to the meaning of everything. Having been accepted, this truth was interwoven into all aspects of life throughout Western history. It gave our civilization a certainty and power of conviction, which helped unify thought and lead the West to great things.
Unfortunately, in the claim of the revelation’s divine nature lay a great weakness. The moment people began to question the Word, the culture itself began to weaken. Once any part of the divine message came into question, every other aspect of the Bible started to be questioned. And when the foundation upon which a culture is built fails, the whole edifice begins to crack and crumble.
The questioning of the Bible’s origins started with the Western elites. But it has continued uninterrupted for over two centuries spreading throughout the population. This has created a situation in which all aspects of Western Civilization are questioned. That, in turn, has led to many asking if our culture was built on a lie. Once such questions arise they will not go away and must be addressed in a way which supports the existing paradigm. Otherwise, a vacuum will develop and once such a vacuum occurs it must be filled in by something.
Leftist wreckers hate the Christian narrative and hold it in contempt. They have always been arrogant enough to think the “crutch” of religious faith could easily be replaced. And many have tried to replace this crutch with humanism, communism and materialism. Sadly for them, the large majority of people seem to need something bigger than “Das Kapital” or the latest TV sitcom to inspire them to greatness, goodness and morality. In fact, not much of anything has filled the vacuum left by Christianity’s contraction. Tragically, those ideologies, which have been used in an attempt to fill the void, resulted in the slaughter of close to 200 million people in the last century alone.
So we are here today, watching our society and culture collapse around us. Lacking traditional moral and cultural sustenance, many are simply leading lives of stupefaction immersing themselves sex, drugs and rock-in-roll and their equivalents. These people exist with such a poverty of spirit that they can only react to events with “feelings”. Thought and structure are foreign to them. They believe in nothing except the latest propaganda spouted at them on Twitter, Facebook or some idiotic reality show. And they only believe such until the next bit of rubbish is spewed forth from the same sources. Perhaps this would not be such a bad thing, but these drones are spread throughout our society and influence us every day, whether we like it or not.
There was perhaps a theoretical line at which the balance between skepticism and belief could be maintained without irrevocable damage to our civilization. But if such a point ever existed, we crossed it long ago. The West, which was once special, has lost faith in itself and its founding institutions. We are close to the point where Christianity is defunct, without meaning. And once Christianity is finally destroyed, the Occident will not have any spiritual, and little cultural, structure to fall back on. Reason will be cold comfort.
That is why I believe the West is in a death spiral from which there is no escape. • (3260 views)