â€œImagine Thereâ€™s No Heavenâ€¦â€¦â€
By: Michael John McCrae
The solo John Lennon wrote: â€œItâ€™s easy if you tryâ€¦â€ to imagine a world where there is no heaven. â€œAbove us only skyâ€¦â€ is the world John Lennon wanted to believe we could exist in. John Lennon was spiritually foolish.
Yet, millions have bought into the foolishness of atheistic gibberish. Americans have permitted the instruction of their children in public curriculum that largely ignores the true reason America became a great nation. America was founded on the principles of faith in God, but the study of the faith of the nation founders is rarely mentioned or even sanctioned in todayâ€™s educational circles.
The AP article was titled: â€œMore Americans Say They Have No Religionâ€. This did not surprise me. America is fast becoming a nation of beggars. The government is begging for time to entrench communism into every corner of American culture. Of course, American culture has already been decimated from â€œmelting potâ€ to a diluted mixture of multicultural extremism and governmentally sanctioned racial hyphenation. You might be part of the African-American Community, the Mexican-American Community, the Asian-American Community or even the homosexual-American Community, but it would seem there is no more a patently â€œAmericanâ€ Community to be found.
The first paragraph of the article prompting this column says: â€œA wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.â€
The article then begins breaking the nationâ€™s religions into percentages to prove its premise. I will not bore you with the percentages. You can â€œGoogleâ€ the title for the article. The article does make a large point that now 15 percent of its respondents said they have no religion. That would be 15 percent who â€œImagine thereâ€™s no heavenâ€¦â€
Well, thatâ€™s okay. For those 85 percent who still believe in a heaven I suppose many of us are willing to place these unbelievers in the category of the spiritually foolish.
We do not have to imagine a world where there is no heaven or â€œreligion tooâ€. History is replete with examples of godless nations and their destructive behavior and barbarisms. There were many religious people in Germany in the 1930â€™s, 40â€™s. The problem that permitted the complete destruction of the German civilization was the election of a rather godless leader who managed to charismatically castrate the religious. Joseph Stalin wasnâ€™t as charismatic as Adolph Hitler, but he was just as exceptionally godless and uncaring in his murderous rampage of more than 25 million people. Mao Tse-tung was a hero of the people, but a godless killer of â€œtens of millionsâ€ nonetheless.
It might be historically accurate to declare the decadence and barbarism of nations that declared some type of god in their barbaric dealings with human society in general. Islam preaches a good shtick but is quick to behead supposed infidels and will call out a jihad against cartoonists and any author attempting to explain the more radical passages of the Koran. The Greeks had their gods and their empire built on blood: so too the Romans and their multiple deities, the Egyptians and their polytheistic empire and the Vikings pushing their Odin. Gods havenâ€™t always been the best thing for international relations.
What men have ignored throughout of all that history was the oversight of the one God who mattered; The God of Peace.
The men and countries that ignored that one God eventually decayed and fell. Not one of those once great nations of human history expanded morally enough to keep bordering nations diplomatically content or internal populations safe. America is repeating the historical pattern.
The one bright spot in this report of religious negativism was this: â€œRespondents who called themselves “non-denominational Christian” grew from 0.1 percent in 1990 to 3.5 percent last year.â€
God is still working in the individual heart. You see; God is not confined to the walls of any structure built by men. God is first and last, beginning and ending, the Alpha and the Omega of all things. Salvation is independent of all human dogma. Salvation is between God and the individual. The non-denominationalist knows this and is able to individually speak this truth to other single souls. God is still active in the lives of men. That more people are declaring unbelief is irrelevant. That more people are breaking from the stifling strictures built in man-made, dogmatic assemblies to strike out independently in faith is very heartening. You see, I trust God.
Men do not have to imagine a world without heaven or religion. The sixty-six books of the Hebrew-Christian Bible are completely descriptive of such a world. Lennon would have been wiser had he read that book with understanding rather than ridicule.
The article is here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,506849,00.html