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Bankruptcy Of Philosophy 

Beginning with Solomon, (and some of the older philosophers), they were trying to find the answer to the riddle of life.  T he problem with the Greek philosophers was the lack of experimentation.  They really felt that only lower classes worked and got their hands dirty.  This was beneath them. They worked with their minds.  The problem was plainly seen in Aristotle’s theory that if you had two objects the same size, the heaver one would fall faster.  Galileo dropped two objects of the same size but different weights and, ignoring the Popes ruling on the matter, they fell at the same speed.  Galileo dropped them from theTowerofPisa.  (it must have been leaning then already).  The Pope forced Galileo to recant under some horrible threats.  The real problem with this was that Aristotle had also come up with the theory that one substance could be changed into something entirely different, but it would still have all the characteristics of the original.  On this theory hung the doctrine of the mass, changed from the body of Christ, but although proven wrong; the church was stuck with it. 

I think there is a certain amount of confusion about the Renaissance.  Most know about the Reformation in the early  1500s and about Martin Luther’s part in it. The purpose of the  Reformation was to take the Bible from the clergy and give it to the people for them to read for  themselves. For more on the Reformation see the article on “Biblical Influence”.  The renaissance  was mostly in southern Europe, especially inItaly.  Where the purpose of the Reformation was the centrality and final Authority of God and His Word, in the case of the Renaissance man became his own authority.  There was a great increase in learning, learning institutions, medicine, building, painting, and other things.  This was primarily man centered and not God centered as was largely true of many of the men who preceded, brought about and followed the Reformation in northernEurope.  The renaissance affected northern as well as the southern Europe, but the leaders as well as the common people had at least a sense that  the Bible was true and to be followed.  The thinking of the men of the renaissance had an adverse effect also on the Catholic Church and influenced it greatly from within.  The result was that the church leaders adopted the same philosophy of man’s superiority and the church developed it’s own philosophy and set itself above the bible. The church hierarchy now could change the meaning of the Bible not onlybut the Bible itself..

Throughout all his time the philosophers kept trying to find the answers to the meaning of life, but with an increasing awareness that they could not find the answer. 

About three hundred years ago a new type of philosopher came along. They  decided that the older philosophers indeed had it all wrong.    There really was no meaning to life apart from the wisdom of man.  From their point of view, the older philosophers had it wrong,  not so much because they thought there was an answer, but they were looking in the wrong place, to something or Someone above m an.  These men really went a step beyond.  Where before man felt that he was wiser than God, this new generation saw no need for God, even if He did exist, and that was becoming more doubtful in their minds.  They were convinced that man would create His own purpose in life.  It was somewhat from this movement that the universities sprang up which were basically man centered.  The church was also man centered but it at least recognized God and claimed that the Bible was the Word of God.  A new group of philosophers came on the scene who rejected all that had to do with authority, whether church or state, or as Alan bloom said in his book “Closing Of The American Mind”: “Throne and altar”.  From  now on it was entirely up to man to make his own rules and to make a purpose for life.

The Age Of Reason 

Another way to put it might be to say that, at least from their point of view, this was now the age of reason or as some of them would say, the age of enlightenment, especially among the teachers and students in the universities .  The problem was that it was entirely reason without Revelation and therefore doomed to fail.  At any rate this could be said to have begun about three hundred years ago with the French  philosophers. These were the self appointed intellectuals.  They considered  themselves above the common people and not subject to rules.  Rousseau, one of the first, born in 1712, placed all his five children in  orphanages where all of them died within two years.  He was simply too important to be bothered with raising children.  Rousseau  was not just typical of the intellectuals.  He was a perfect clone.  Today we call them liberal democrats.  There is, of course, this small difference, that in the past they sent their children into the orphanages to die, now they want to kill yours.

America

Many people would consider our beginning to be when the godly pilgrims came.  Others would say that the real beginning was 1772.  Either way the majority of the people believed there was a God and the Bible was His Word and generally believed it .  In the early 1700s America, slipping away from God, was saved from moral collapse by men such as Jonathan Edwards and the Wesleys.  The Wesleys came from England.  Here it would be good to point out that by 1700 both England and France had equally fallen into moral decay.  As C S Lewis pointed out, in England the rich had learned to take care of the poor, the poor forgave the rich.  Why did they have a revolution and bloodbath in France and not in England? France had Rousseau, Voltaire and the other intellectuals while England had the Wesleys and other evangelists. France had the devil and his cohorts. England had Christ.  But the Wesleys and other evangelists died and so did England.   I was born in 1928.  That makes me 50 years old now. If you believe that, either you’re not very good at math or you haven’t seen my latest picture.

 

AmericaToday

I was in the army at the time of the  Korean War.  It was during that time that Elvis Presley was becoming a popular figure and the first that I (or any of the others, for that matter)  ever heard anything on rock music . Most of the music  we heard in the barracks was someone playing classical music on his recorder.  Thos was I 1951, by the way.  I know that many in the church listen to rock music, even in the church service.  This would be something the Christian should take careful note of.  Where did it come from and what are it’s fruits.  Jesus said in His sermon on the mount that we will know them by their fruits.     First, rock music came from the world which  is an enemy of God.  Looking at it’s fruit, let me quote from Schaeffer’s book, How Should We Then Live; page 170;” As a whole, this music was the vehicle to carry the drug culture and the mentality that went with it across frontiers which were almost impassible with other means of communication”. I had always felt this way about it but it carries more weight when a well known writer says the same thing.  Therefore we see two things against it.  The first is that it came from the world .(John 2;15-17;  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life , is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but the will of God abideth forever) The second is it’s fruit.  There are many negative things which we inherited, but rock was the beginning.  Rock music softens the brain and the 0ther evils followed.  It was all the fruit of rock.  One of it’s earliest fruits was Woodstock but after that rock music and the drug culture were both in full swing.  At any rate, I would feel that the real beginning of our national decay began in the fifties. The real beginning was not the drug culture but rock music which quickly brought in the drugs and at the same time was responsible for every evil that has come to our nation. All our problems go back to this.  Were it not for the weakening of the brain through rock none of the other, including drugs, would have met with a great deal more resistance.  The question we should ask here is the one on addiction.   Anything outside of the normal tends to be addictive, like too much junk foods.   Good, wholesome food generally is not.  The young person hears rock music on Saturday night, then on Sunday morning  he might hear some hymns and then some rock songs in church. On Monday what does he listen to; not the hymns.  

At any rate, in the sixties we allowed prayer to be put out of the schools and in the next decade or two any thing to do with Christ or Christianity.  Even Christmas is becoming the “ Holiday Season” lest it offend someone.  At this same time we are told that the ‘alternet life style is not just equal but to be preferred.   They are focal about it and proud of themselves.  And in this day of political correction not even the preachers dare tell the truth.  Now stop for a minute and think about it.  They are nothing but vile swine and we have come to the point where they have special privileges.

We think of ourselves as an enlightened people and bring in an idol who has more honor than God.

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Written by biblestruth

October 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

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