Religion means much more to a society than just belief
Dostoevsky said it best: If God does not exist, anything is permitted. His novel The Brothers Karamazov had it right, without a religious moral code as its backbone society degenerates and becomes amoral. People begin to stand on shallow principles, as has happened in the West. Nihilism, the belief that life is without any intrinsic value becomes rampant. And, as one churchgoer told me at a Catholic church here in Latin America:
When people don’t believe in God, they begin to believe they are God.
G.K. Chesterson also knew the dangers of ditching religion.
When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.
As we are about to see, even atheists often have religious beliefs. But, their beliefs are focused on other dogma instead of a god.
What the Left Worships
The left assumes a posture of superiority in America, because to them they are “smarter” than the “primitives” who still “cling to their religion and guns” as Obama put it.
However, religion seems to be deeply embedded in the mind of man and the irreligious left is just as susceptible to religious belief. As author Michael Crichton observed, the left adopts global warming and other environmental issues as religion without realizing it. The entire global warming farrago is based on shaky scientific evidence and political machinations, but leftists defend it with religious fervor.
Those who do not believe in this pseudo-elite dogma are excommunicated from the leftist community and condemned as non-believers or deniers. The Global Warming Religion also reflects belief in sin and redemption: people sin when they drive automobiles and use air conditioning but they can redeem themselves by paying a carbon tax.
Crichton explains in his excellent essay Environmentalism as Religion:
Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths. There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.
Unfortunately, people often mean well when they believe in such a religion but their goodwill is subverted by those who turn a cause into a racket. They also become fanatical in their beliefs and want to persecute those who do not believe, as we have seen with the American government discussing criminalization of climate denial.
Buddhism’s principle of nonviolence has served Asian societies well
As most of Europe is now atheist and an increasing number of people are not of the book in America, we have seen the breakup of the family and the rise of degeneracy. Without religion to guide it, or the wrong religion, society can go off the rails quickly. These excerpts from an essay on religion detail three of the most important functions it serves.
Religion promotes the major social virtues like truth, honesty, non-violence, service, love, discipline etc. A follower of the religions internalizes these virtues and becomes disciplined citizen of the society.
There is perhaps nothing that requires more discipline than raising a family and children who become responsible members of society. Much to the chagrin of secularists, religious families do the best job of achieving this according to demographic research of social scientists in Demographic Winter.
The family is perhaps the hardest feature of civilization to hold together, because man still has animalistic instincts as Freud told us in Civilization and Its Discontents. Religion, when done right attempts to harness these animal forces and direct them towards the common good.
Religion inculcates the spirit of self-service. It demands that people should be charitable and benevolent. Through various religious experiences he forgets the worldly life and problems. This experience suppresses the animal desires and converts the animal qualities of man to human qualities.
And as Marxists know, when traditional religion can be subverted and turned into religions of the environment and the state it imbues bureaucrats with enormous influence and power. Their religion has become government worship. Marxists see the state as the savior of mankind.
Religion is one of the most important agents of socialization and social control. It has significant role in organizing and directing social life. It helps in preserving social norms and strengthening social control.
No religion in perfect. But before relegating Christianity to the ash heap of history as many on the Left want to do, a cost-benefit analysis should be done. But what are its pros and cons when attempting to replace it with a religion that worships government and the state as the savior of mankind?
Governments have failed man time and time again and attract the very worst people (generally, sociopaths) in our species. As Ronald Reagan said:
Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.
Government is force. Essentially, it is a mob with a monopoly on violence. Therefore, it can only bring about change by coercion. It is not a savior of mankind, but rather a cancer upon it.
The cost-benefit analysis works out in favor of Christianity or other traditional religions vs. worshipping government
Destroying traditional religion and replacing it with a religion of the state is one of the effects of Cultural Marxism. This is Cultural Marxism on paper:
[Cultural Marxism is] gradual process of destroying all traditions, languages, religions, individuality, government, family, law and order in order to re-assemble society in the future as a communist utopia. This Utopia will have no notion of gender, traditions, morality, god or even family or the state.
In practice, it leads to worshipping the government as a religion. Also, it is an irony the diversity Leftists sanctify in their religion of Marxism will ultimately destroy true diversity, as all nations, peoples, and beliefs are blended into one ethnically mixed collective that bends its knee to the almighty state.
The main vehicles currently used to promote the Socialist worldview are the legacy media and Hollywood.
Militant secularists in Hollywood regularly denigrate the beliefs of Christians and Jews, but they do not poke fun at Buddhists and Muslims. In 1976 Carrie portrayed a lunatic Christian mother locking her daughter up in a closet after she had her first period. More recently, Larry David peed on a painting of Jesus Christ for comedic effect on his HBO series. One blogger pointed out Hollywood’s bias:
Christians [are often portrayed] as weak nut cases, serial killers, stupid, schizophrenic, bad parents, demonic or intolerant.
Seldom do we hear a point of view which differs, such as the following: Minister Eddie Hyatt’s essay How Secular Media is Destroying Minds and Destroying America sums up what the sewer pipe coming out of Hollywood does to society as it spews its Christophobic bile into theaters and our homes.
I have come to realize that “don’t believe everything you see on TV” is a message that America and the Church needs to hear. This is because our nation has adopted a belief system based on a make-believe world produced by Hollywood script-writers and actors. In this fictional world of Hollywood, sin does not exist and there are no consequences for our behavior. In this unreal world, which is the product of someone’s imagination, sexual deviancy and immorality are the norm and “fun” with no negative outcomes or aftereffects. Drunkenness, crudeness and vulgarity are presented as acceptable and even “funny.” Good is depicted as evil and evil as good.
It becomes much more than entertainment when people begin to subconsciously believe the fantasies filmmakers are spinning, and adopting the moral codes represented on the screen.
Christianity is attacked more than any other religion in America. This is due in part to Marxism, but the reasons go deeper than that. As Spengler knew, once a society reaches the civilization stage a battle of New vs. Old ideas proceeds. The society attempts to replace tradition and religion with economics and theory. It begins to focus on earthly ideals instead of spiritual ones. This ultimately leads to a society’s downfall.
Looking Up Instead of Down
Religion should inspire people to figuratively look up instead of down. Society benefits by its giving man higher aspirations and goals in life than hedonism, materialism, and nihilism.
The failure to inspire man has widespread implications. One of the most important of our time is the fact the more secularized society becomes, the fewer children people have. A birth dearth has become so advanced in the West it threatens to destroy economies, so immigrants have to be brought in to keep the machinery of the economy running. This of course, say nothing of Western culture which is imperiled by its self-imposed sterilization and demographic replacement.
Secular households consistently do not produce enough children to sustain the population. Ph.D. Mom Dropout explains how children are viewed in religious households vs. secular households.
Religion essentially extends one’s time-horizon to include multiple generations–children, grandchildren, etc. However, from a secular viewpoint, children are a burden that detracts from “living life to the fullest”–after all, your short time on Earth is all you have. Therefore, children are more likely to be valued in a religious household and less valued in a secular household.
Statistically, a strong family and religion go hand in hand.
There is a strong connection between the birth rate and weekly church attendance.
Demographers know it, religious families with both parents present not only have more kids but their kids statistically turn out better than those from secular families. That said, these facts are not meant to recommend people go listen to hellfire preaching every weekend. But, without any religious principles at all man returns to a feral lifestyle. First the family goes, then the culture, and then the civilization. Bronze Age myths may seem trite to some, but they have survived for thousands of years for a reason. Changing the set and frame of a society carries with it enormous risks.
Secularism does not carry the weight of a civilization. Like it or not, religion does.
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