March 17, 2012

Societal Devolution Accelerates

"Nope, birth is also arbitrary, and it has not been even a cultural universal that newborns are regarded as fully human. I’ve had a few. They weren’t."
—P.Z. Myers
Buona sera. I have known for quite a while that people want more and more. More money, more mattress dancing, more booze, more drugs, more power, more prestige, more food — more pleasure in general. Further, I believe that the physical desires have emotional and spiritual attachments that also interact with the spiritual realm. Take a look at this familiar passage:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:18-22, RSV)
"Well, sure, Uncle Bob, we know that. Evidence for creation is all around, so the atheist is lying to himself when he says that he "lacks belief" or "lacks evidence" for the existence of God. You keep telling us."
There is something more that I want you to see. Keep going:
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen. (Romans 1:22-25, RSV)
Notice that "God gave them up".

Albert Barnes said this:
He abandoned them, or he ceased to restrain them, and suffered them to act out their sentiments, and to manifest them in their life. This does not imply, that he exerted any positive influence in inducing them to sin, any more than it would if we should seek, by argument and entreaty, to restrain a headstrong youth, and when neither would prevail, should leave him to act out his propensities. and to go as he chose to ruin. It is implied in this,
(1)    That the tendency of man was to these sins;
(2)    That the tendency of idolatry was to promote them; and,
(3)    That all that was needful, in order that people should commit them, was for God to leave him to follow the devices and desires of his own heart; compare Psalm 81:12; 2 Thess 2:10, 2 Thess 2:12.
So, in effect, God says, "Have it your way, let your own nature come to the fore", capice?
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32, RSV)
Lusts become consuming and are the masters instead of the objects of desire. More than that, I believe that the ability to think is worn away. Some people call this the "noetic effect of sin". I have seen it in action. Atheists who hate God and his people so much will be so consumed by their hatred and rage that they cannot follow basic logic (documented elsewhere on this Weblog). Further, misotheists do not "police their own", but rather, applaud angry misuses of logic:

"...they not only do them but approve those who practice them".
By the way, Skippy, compare the incomes of Dawkins, Myers, Harris and the like to the creationists.
Oh, and you spelled your hero's name wrong.

One place that the devolution of the misotheistic evolutionist mind is readily apparent is in the area of abortion. Social Darwinism becomes utilitarian. God's Word brings light (Psalm 119.130). God's people are standing in the way of depravity running even more rampant than it does now.
We have often provided evidence for the full humanity of the unborn child right from conception (i.e. fertilization of egg by sperm). And while still in the womb, children develop the ability to feel pain and even to plan their future, and are considered to be patients. Individual life is a continuum from conception to natural death. Birth changes nothing intrinsically about the nature of that life, just location and mode of respiration (from placenta to lungs).
This is one vital matter on which to decide the abortion issue, because murder applies only to human victims, not to the removal of a tumor or wart. The evidence for the humanity of the unborn has thus convinced many that abortion is wrong, since they disapprove of murder. For the same reason, most pro-abortion politicians don’t even dare to admit that the baby is human; they lie about it being a ‘blob of cells’, or obfuscate about it with feigned ignorance about the nature of the unborn, and quips that the question of where life begins is ‘above my pay grade.’ Never mind that the onus of proof is on the pro-abortionists to show that it’s not human life. If we didn’t know whether a body was live or dead, we would never bury it—we would give the benefit of the doubt to life.
Read the rest of the devolved mindset of Myers and others in the rest of "Abortion ‘after birth’? Medical ‘ethicists’ promote infanticide", here.

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