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The Madman and His Hypocrisy of Care

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The Post-Modern prophet Frederick Nietzsche, I would say, really put the last nail in the coffin of the Enlightenment Project as he rightly understood materialism, the atheist based philosophy leading to the conclusion that only the physical exists. I have much respect for his work, having wrestled with and grasped key elements of it a decade or more ago, because he killed the vain Idol of Reason. He adamantly echoed that the spiritual realm nor anything that hints at the immaterial like logic, justice, love, hatred, etc. simply doesn’t exist in a purely materialistic universe.

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Even words just lead to more words to more words to more words which leaves us in a prison of verbiage that we cannot escape, something which has been capitalized moreso by 20th century post-modern philosophers. The immaterial cannot exist because it cannot be grasped by the senses and certainly not by reason because it to is but a mere brain wave of folly. Logic and the like are illusions to cope or figments of the imagination at best by a brain that produces impulses of what is perceived to be real but is not–or at least cannot be certain of in any form to any extent. The mind and its reason does not exist, only the brain. In that, you cannot even know that you know anything, much less that you are even here.

That is why God was declared dead. He was dead because evolution does not allow for the immaterial like God to exist, much less communicating Himself to man. Nihilism, the favored philosophy of Nietzsche, was not new with him, for some of the ancients believed the same thing. He was rather able to popularize it on the back of Darwinism or at least some form of evolution.

It was his quest to reach what is called the zero point, the point at which you traverse through nihilism and get past the bonds of meaning in life, purpose, the reality of existence, the surety of knowledge, etc. The problem is that this creates purpose and will drive anyone mad trying to get there because to traverse is to create meaning and purpose.

This brings us to his popular episode with the horse of Turin in Italy. There is dispute about its reality, and, if true, what Nietzsche was communicating when he threw himself around a horse being whipped by its owner. Was it care, a philosophic point, a combination, or something else? Moreover, was this the result of syphilis or rather brain cancer based on what we know of both with the addition of his worldview? His detractors have often used this alleged account to dismiss him and his writings as simply crazy, though a further look is important for our purposes here.

If for a moment we dismissed the horse episode and we dismissed that he died of syphilis due to wild living with prostitutes, then we still arrive at the reality of what materialism leads to and the perplexity of why man still “cares” in spite of a veiled attempt to embrace materialistic evolution. To “care” for the beaten horse is absurd in this context. Both horse and protector are simply chemicals floating about, and “caring” is not real. It is only imagined at best as a crutch. It is deemed a crutch because trying to live as someone who has thoroughly embraced the end game of evolutionary materialism, not merely pay lip service as most do today, is hypocrisy.

To weep at a funeral is folly.
To rejoice over a new birth is folly.
To seek justice is folly.
To demand equity is folly.
TO LOVE IS FOLLY.

We then ask ourselves why man still “cares” about anything, for western society gives outward loyalty to evolution, but the inward propensity to “care” is baseless. Moreover, even the ancients new this, but men still seek to “care”, or else they will go mad. Madness is a cliff, so he lives “as if” God exists (though at the same time denying His Being in this bizarre psychology of unbelief) because he just can’t bring himself to embrace insanity even after millennia of knowing where all this leads. It is not in ignorance nor is it new, but man just won’t accept the madness of it all. Even before the Greeks, Solomon in Ecclesiastes spells this situation out very clearly that life apart from God is indeed vanity.

A strength of the truthfulness of a worldview is its ability to explain things as they are, not just what we want them to be to justify a particular behavior or lifestyle. The Bible gives us the answer to this.

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1). However, he rebelled against God and seeks to find meaning apart from God (Genesis 3). Such was the first lie to be as God or gods (Genesis 3). Man has sought meaning by starting from himself ever since and has brought nothing but folly. He knows instinctively that God is real (while denying Him) and thus the immaterial/spiritual is real, but God commands obedience, and he despises God for that (Romans 1). He wants and knows what God provides as it relates to meaning, but man hates what God requires: obedience to Him and His Law due to sin.

There is a way out of the folly, but it is no surprise then that few take the narrow road that leads to life, for many run to the broad road to destruction (Matthew 7). The Christian life is counter intuitive to sinful man who wants a list of things to justify himself on the one hand while hating God on the other. The idols of the heart are strong, and they bring instant gratification, but they lead to a maddening offspring: vanity and striving after the wind (the sum of Ecclesiastes).

What will you do? Will you repent and be baptized demonstrating the new birth and life in Christ as the Lord commands (Acts 2), or will you continue in folly. If you know the Lord, are you still clinging to the idols of the past or some repackaged ones that have caught your fancy? Turn to the Lord believing that He paid for your sins on the cross and rose from the dead three days later conquering death, and you will be saved from this foolishness.

God is love (1 John 4), and He demonstrated this on the Cross. He did not leave man to madness but provided a way out. Experience His peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4) which gives rest to your weary soul (Matthew 11) along with the removal of guilt about things in your past which you cannot go back and change. Be not enthralled by the cheap substitutes of the factory of idols pouring out of your sinful heart, but be filled with the Holy Spirit and His joy (Acts 13) and be set free of grudges and bitterness as being a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5) now having the power over sin to forgive and even love your enemy (Matthew 5).

“Peace! Be Still!” saith the Lord (Mark 4).

 

Vindication as a Master of Timing

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The LORD is the master of timing and vindication of the faithful. Things were looking a bit dim during Elijah’s day with virtual total apostasy. The showdown between between Elijah and the pagan prophets was serious, but Elijah trusted the LORD. After so much nonsense all day, Elijah stepped forward in humility, prayed a simple prayer, and God delivered.

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This happens today when facing the false prophets of secular humanism. Before the early manuscripts were discovered, the bigoted monk hypothesis was used to mock, intimidate, and silence Christians. The 19th century was supposed to see the end of Christianity, but the faithful persevered through some of the most atrocious 20th century conditions.

It was during this time that some of the most astounding discoveries were made with regard to manuscripts; some had already occurred in the 19th century. Probably one of the greatest in the 20th was the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially that of Isaiah. All these centuries it laid there … preserved ready to be discovered at the right time. The secular humanist zealots had been seething, mocking, and persecuting, yet there it remained: unhindered. Then, at a time when the fever pitch of the haters of God were shaking the foundations of the temple, the earthquake of God’s Providence moved, and they were discovered.

In time, the Great Isaiah scroll which prophesied the very manner of Christ’s death (which was said to be made up well after the time of Christ by bigoted monks of course because its prophecy was “too accurate and precise about the crucifixion”) was made public and now stands as a pillar of God’s faithfulness in the preservation of His Word.

Like others, I stand in awe when I read the Hebrew of the Isaiah scroll, something I am slowly teaching my older daughters to read as they slog through Fuller and Choi’s Hebrew. It is absolutely awesome and stunning to behold and read a document that the haters of God abhor yet vindicates the faithful in a time of great apostasy and virulent hatred of the LORD God of hosts.

Be encouraged. Be still and know that He is God.

And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. – 1 Kings 18:36
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” – 1 Kings 18:37
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. – 1 Kings 18:38
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.” – 1 Kings 18:39