Augustine: How to destroy a culture

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  1. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    “Fifteen hundred years ago, St. Augustine of Hippo, in his magisterial work _The City of God_, set out how to destroy a culture. Sound familiar??”

    Let the people applaud not those who protect their interests, but those who provide them with pleasure.

    Let no severe duty be commanded, no impurity forbidden.

    Let kings estimate their prosperity, not by the righteousness, but by the servility of their subjects.

    Let the provinces stand loyal to the kings, not as moral guides, but as lords of their possessions and purveyors of their pleasures; not with a hearty reverence, but a crooked and servile fear.

    Let the laws take cognizance rather of the injury done to another man’s property, than of that done to one’s own person. If a man be a nuisance to his neighbor, or injure his property, family, or person, let him be actionable; but in his own affairs let everyone with impunity do what he will in company with his own family, and with those who willingly join him.

    Let there be a plentiful supply of public prostitutes for every one who wishes to use them, but specially for those who are too poor to keep one for their private use. [Pervasive porn will do quite "nicely". PHP]

    Let there be erected houses of the largest and most ornate description: in these let there be provided the most sumptuous banquets, where every one who pleases may, by day or night, play, drink, vomit, dissipate.

    Let there be everywhere heard the rustling of dancers, the loud, immodest laughter of the theatre; let a succession of the most cruel and the most voluptuous pleasures maintain a perpetual excitement. If such happiness is distasteful to any, let him be branded as a public enemy; and if any attempt to modify or put an end to it let him be silenced, banished, put an end to.

    Let these be reckoned the true gods, who procure for the people this condition of things, and preserve it when once possessed.

    Let them be worshipped as they wish; let them demand whatever games they please, from or with their own worshippers; only let them secure that such felicity be not imperiled by foe, plague, or disaster of any kind.”
    City of God, Book Two, chapter 20
     
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    a person can read that and find lots of similarities in America today
     
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    Solomon wrote in Ecclesiasties that there is nothing new under the sun. I guess people will continue repeating the misakes of their ancestors because they refuse to learn from history.
     
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    There are many well traveled roads leading to the destruction of any given civilization. We have been traveling down several for decades. The communist manifesto is at the heart of the progressives one hundred year plan.

    The antidote to these paths leading to destruction are narrow and reviled in our society today. There is only one way, one truth and one life that offers any true hope, yet the mere mention of the name of Jesus today is taken as a great offense in many households across America. How quickly we have lost our way.
     
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    I agree.

    Our educators have embraced the Humanist manifesto, first published in 1933. They in turn have taught the teachers, those in media, and the politicians and the whole thing has snowballed. They had a good start with the widespread acceptance of the theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin, and which he later wished he could have withdrawn after he thought about its ramifications.

    The broad path and the narrow path have always been there. The verse you allude to is Matthew 7:
    13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
     
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