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The War Against God
Fighting for goodness in a dark world
Yesterday was Easter. The celebration of the Resurrection. The ultimate hope for mankind (okay, humankind). A symbol of the renewal of life, as we see the flowers and plants blooming back in spectacular colors all around us. I don’t think atheists have a logical explanation for how a seed works, let alone this magical process every Spring.
You could say the same thing about the magnificent transformation every Autumn, when the leaves turn varying shades of red and gold. And the foliage is always distinct and unique from past and future years. Why would “science” require such a change in color? I’m sure there’s some “primordial ooze” type of nonsensical explanation, but I see the hand of God in those leaves. Just as I do in mighty waves crashing on the beach. Or a caterpillar magically morphing into a beautiful butterfly. Or all the creatures great and small, from hippos to lightning bugs. And especially in the eyes, and the gurgling, of helpless, newborn infants.
Other than a very brief period when I was in my late teens, I have always known there was a God. I felt his presence, looking over my shoulder. Of course, being a Catholic probably instilled that in me- Catholic guilt isn’t just some cliche. Confession helped the process. Sure, there is no real need for a middleman (as my Protestant friends have reminded me countless times over the years), but confession is good for the soul, as they say. Just acknowledging things you did or said that you shouldn’t have, is very cathartic. It strengthens your conscience, and nurtures empathy, which is an essential ingredient for a civilized human being.
I think it’s obvious that there is a critical lack of human empathy these days. And thus a lack of conscience. It’s easier to do something bad when nothing will subsequently make you feel guilty about it. Remember the Black Friday sale at Target some years ago, when a man dropped dead in the store. Not a single person stopped to help him, or even call 911. That represented a shocking lack of empathy on the part of huge numbers of people. Isn’t empathy a part of faith? After all, if there is no God watching us, who will judge us one day, why help anyone? Why not rape for pleasure? Why not steal what is needed? Why not kill to achieve our desires?
I remember both Time magazine and The New York Times suddenly declaring that God was dead. At exactly the same time. We see that a lot in our “competitive” state- controlled media. This was obviously a message that someone or something powerful was trying to push. America 1.0 was a much more religious place, so this was no easy task. American church attendance was always over 70 percent in every poll, until around the turn of the 21st century, when it began precipitously dropping. In a 2021 poll, attendance had fallen below 50 percent for the first time in recorded history. Now church attendance doesn’t equate directly to faith, but it is a strong indicator.
Maybe there are a lot of people like me. I haven’t been to Mass in years, outside of a memorial service for my friend last Fall. But I have strong faith. It wavers sometimes, because I cannot help questioning why God allows evil to run rampant here, or for children to get horrible diseases, for example. However, I never think these things happen because there is no God. I am haunted by Charles Fort’s chilling comment that “If there is a God, must he be sane?” But I look at all the beauty in the world, and I cannot believe that whoever or whatever created all of it is not a good and benevolent being. That level of understanding is beyond our comprehension.
As the underappreciated singer/songwriter Steve Forbert once wrote, in his song As We Live and Breathe, which celebrated the Almighty, “Take a look at all the detail in a single little thing, Just a single little snowflake or a tiny insect wing.” Powerful waterfalls. The color and majesty everywhere. How could evolution produce all that? Why would it? Beauty isn’t necessary to the “survival of the fittest,” is it? I used to point my children to the intricate artwork on the shell of every box turtle. How does that work through “natural selection?” Does evolution cause them each to have a unique pattern? Do those colors camouflage them in the grass?
The primary reason I briefly flirted with atheism, or at least agnosticism, was the fact that most of the writers whose works I was devouring seemed to doubt there was a deity. I loved Robert Frost, but he once wrote, “I turned to talk to God, about the world’s despair, but to make bad matters worse, I found God wasn’t there.” They didn’t make them much more insightful than H.L. Mencken, but his atheism was summed up thusly; “If we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot and a bounder.” Mark Twain was renowned for his atheistic rants.
Thomas Edison once said, “I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.” Respected writer Graham Greene, who lusted after little Shirley Temple to such a degree that he publicly wrote about her “perfectly formed body” (which somehow never impacted his literary reputation), declared, “I hate you, God. I hate you as though you actually exist.” Sex-obsessed author Philip Roth stated, “When the whole world doesn’t believe in God, it will be a great place.” Thomas Carlyle noted that as “knowledge increases,” “faith decreases.”
One of the rare writers of great faith, G.K. Chesterton, observed that “If there were no God, there would be no atheists.” Indeed, for a being they consider mythical, nonbelievers certainly pay a lot of attention to God, and especially Jesus. Two of the most common swear words in our language involve the name of God or Jesus being uttered in vain. We don’t see the same antipathy towards Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, as we do towards what they denigrate as “your magical sky wizard” and the like. If someone is so sure God doesn’t exist, why bother to criticize him? I understand anger at God, but not a disbelief in him.
The great George Orwell astutely described “the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.” George Bernard Shaw, whom I loved as a young man, stated, “I’m an atheist and I’m proud of it.” It broke my heart further when I later found out he was also a eugenicist. The young Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote an essay called “The Necessity of Atheism.” John Keats railed against “the pious friends of Religion.” Lord Byron drank from a human skull and declared, “I will have nothing to do with immortality.” On the other hand, Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote “God’s World,” where she waxed over not being able to hold it “close enough.”
Films and television shows, even cartoons, regularly mock God. Homer Simpson spent one episode belittling Jesus as “Jebus,” and we regularly hear references to that, from people who obviously aren’t believers. Both Family Guy and South Park have featured a Jesus Christ character on their shows. Needless to say, he wasn’t treated with any reverence. Yet when South Park wanted to do a show featuring Allah, so much pressure was exerted on them, that they backed down like compliant mail room clerks. Comedy is only directed at Jesus, never at Allah, Buddah, or the many gods of Hinduism. And they certainly never poke fun at Judaism. Only Christianity.
Lenin said, “Atheism is the natural and inseparable part of Communism.” As recently as Gorbachev, who declared, “I do not believe in God,” atheism was a central component of the Soviet Union. Which makes all of Putin’s talk about rebuilding churches and restoring faith in God all the more interesting. Certainly, America 2.0 is far more in tune with atheism than Christianity. Napoleon described war as fighting over “who has the better imaginary friend.” The high priests of establishment science and court jesters run our world now. Stephen Hawking proudly declared his atheism. The odious Stephen Colbert said an agnostic “is just an atheist without balls.”
Ricky Geravis, one of countless entertainers who are nonbelievers, stated, “You give up a lot being an atheist.” Really? It’s so risky mocking a God in a society that is run by nonbelievers. The cartoonishly arrogant Richard Dawkins had the audacity to claim that “Coming out as an atheist can cost an academic his or her job.” I would venture that the vast majority of “academics” are nonbelievers. What could cost them their job is coming out as a strong Christian. In today’s “Woke” world, being an atheist is about as controversial as adopting rescue animals as pets.
Christianity is ridiculed for the Garden of Eden, Noah and the Great Flood, the Immaculate Conception, and the Resurrection of Jesus, among many other things. Even though the first three are related to the Old Testament. Why isn’t Judaism ridiculed for them, or for David and Goliath? The concept of a God is considered a “fairy tale” by all the most “educated” people. They instead place their faith in the Big Bang, which holds that, in the beginning there was a great ball of matter. It exploded without any outside force, and created the universe. Minds that can accept that and label it as “scientific proof” are as indoctrinated as any Moonie cultist ever was.
The other twin tower of today’s Atheistic Faith is the theory of evolution. It was invented by Charles Darwin, who at the end of his life repudiated it. It is full of literal missing links. We are supposed to believe that all life originated in the sea, and gradually some (obviously not all) life forms crawled onto land. How they determined who would go on land, and who would stay underwater, how they magically developed lungs at some point, are questions that no devout atheist will answer. And then, of course, human beings evolved from the apes. Why apes then continued to exist as well is yet another of those nagging questions.
Okay, it probably sounds like I’m ridiculing these insufferable “intellectuals” over their faith in what I consider laughable theories. Far more laughable, in my view, than an omnipresent, supernatural being creating our world. Some things should be ridiculed, especially when they twist the minds of people. As I like to say, creation proves a creator. But there must be an opposite force. Good cannot exist without evil. Evil, in the form of Satan, or Lucifer, is believed in (and worshiped) by millions who deny God, and particularly Jesus Christ. Evil clearly has dominion on this earth, at this present time. Just because I wonder why that is doesn’t destroy my faith that the good force- God- is a reality. And that he will triumph in the end. Good will win.
Many teenagers like me enjoyed listening to groups like Alice Cooper back in the 1970s. Sure, I realized their song titles like I Love the Dead and Dead Babies were morbid, but modern cultural “enrichment” had already made such things seem “cool” to impressionable youngsters. But I quickly grew out of that. I don’t understand middle-age people still loving K.I.S.S., even if their initials didn’t stand for Knights in the Service of Satan. It was just really bad music, with gaudy staging. In my opinion. To each his own. Worse are the Maria Abramovic types. She is seventy six years old and devotes her time to gross “spirit cooking,” which has all the trappings of Satanism. Old Satanists are even more depressing than old cigarette smokers.
The Rolling Stones recorded an album titled At their Satanic Majesties Request. Their song Sympathy for the Devil was playing as a Hell’s Angel stabbed a fan to death at their free Altamont concert. They never seemed to express any remorse over that. Groups like Black Sabbath celebrated the dark side- the side ruled by Satan. The whole “Goth” look seems inspired by Satan to me. The dark side attracts young people, and it doesn’t help that too many vocal Christians don’t exactly lead a holy life. We can’t hope to effectively counteract Satanic influences with the likes of wealthy “prosperity” preachers and “conservatives” who’ve been married multiple times and had no children.
The War against God is so blatantly obvious that you would have to be a dedicated atheist not to recognize it. Pro-death, or anti-life, forces dominate the decrepit world of America 2.0. Medical “professionals” cutting off the breasts of little girls, leaving them with Frankenstein scars, and cutting off the penises of little boys, leaving them as freakish eunuchs, is pure, unadulterated evil. Mothers encouraging their precious child to change their “gender” at the tenderest of ages, is evil. Euthanasia, as currently seen in the Suicide Squad in Canada, is evil. The eugenicists who rule our society are evil. They all directly or indirectly serve the interests of Satan.
In the political world, permitting hordes of homeless human beings to live in tents, while not even clearing their excrement from the pavements of once great cities, is evil. The disparity of wealth we have in this country, where some lives are worth literally millions of times more than others, is evil. Our thoroughly corrupt government agencies and soulless corporations are evil. A legal system that knowingly frames the innocent, as ours has done for decades, is evil. District Attorneys who let violent criminals off easy, while throwing the book at their political enemies, are evil. Corrupt leaders involved in graft, fraud, and assassination, are evil.
I often wonder what Sodom and Gomorrah were like. How bad could they have been, in comparison to our modern decadent society? Could they possibly have promoted transgenderism? Sure, Caligula is said to have had naked little boys and girls swimming around him, nibbling at his balls, but isn’t that kind of tame compared to “gender reassignment” surgery, or institutions demanding that people “declare their pronouns?” Did either Sodom and Gomorrah or Caligula respect people who “identify” as cats, and provide them with litter boxes? Or the middle-age monstrosities who “identify” as babies, and want to wear diapers?
We have lost the way, if any society ever did. You have medical “professionals” agreeing to make deeply disturbed people blind, or cut off an arm or leg they don’t “identify” with. If all that isn’t evil, isn’t Satanic, what would be? I know that too many priests have blackened the name of the Catholic Church by sexually assaulting alter boys. Less publicized are the Rabbis who have been caught sexually abusing children as well. Organized religion is as corrupt as anything else in America 2.0. But that doesn’t mean faith, a belief in God and Jesus Christ, is corrupt. On the contrary, it is ultimately the only weapon we have against all the madness in the world.