A.J. Castellitto
September 15, 2014
The dark side of humanity
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By A.J. Castellitto

"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

The other day, I found myself debating Dave, an atheist.

Dave was going on about all the suffering caused by religion (yes, that tired old argument). But after citing a few examples (i.e. Church of England, Middle Eastern theocracies, and the Holy Roman Empire) and finishing me off with a zinger courtesy of the late, great, liberal apostate, Christopher Hitchens, Dave made his most lucid point:

"It's the absence of religion that makes our founding documents so compelling and has kept us, largely, distant from tyranny."

This point was not lost on me, as I believe there is a great deal of truth to it...

But it was time for me to go on the offensive. If I was going to affirm my worldview as the correct one, I couldn't hold anything back.

Here's a summary:

The argument against religion is really an argument against man. MY argument is not one in support of a religion; rather, I make my case for the One True God!

Freedom without God is anarchy. As we lose God, we lose the country. Look at all the evils and miseries the godless actions of both parties have heaped upon us. We need more (true reverence for) God, not less.

I call for a great awakening! God is the only source of true, radical change.

I have no faith in humanity. Look at the mess we've made just over the last half century. The actions of men, especially those in power, attest to the depravity of the natural man as does Scripture:

Mark 7:21-23: "For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."

John 3:19: "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil."

Romans 3:10-11: "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God."

1 Corinthians 2:14: "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."

Titus 3:3: "For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another."


Corruption, pride, control, deceit, dishonesty, etc., has permeated throughout Washington and Wall Street/Corporate America for many decades. Government, in particular, has steadily become a monster of man's design, and it's turning on us.

Government cannot be trusted. The media cannot be trusted. Too many corporations cannot be trusted (to do right by their consumers and employees). They all have their own tainted agenda and do not have the best interests of the common man at heart. However, nobody's entitled to anything in this life. All blessings, temporal and spiritual, are God's to give to those who humble themselves and call upon Him.

In the end, religious hypocrisy will seem a small offense compared to the godless suppression that naturally evolves via radical regulatory efforts to control the population (especially when undue force and punishment is applied).

If these control efforts continue unresisted, we will eventually be entirely robbed of our freedom. Ironically, the many who believe they are on the right side of a fight for equality are the ones who are leading us on a fast track to bondage (as a result of their demands for increased government intervention).

We're all going to be 'equal' alright – equally screwed!

This harsh reality immediately brings to mind something I recently came across online called the 'Stages of Democracy' -

Bondage to spiritual faith >

Spiritual faith to great courage >

Courage to liberty >

Liberty to abundance >

Abundance to complacency >

Complacency to apathy >

Apathy to dependence >

Dependence back into bondage


Right now, I reckon we are somewhere between apathy and dependence, with bondage quickly coming around the corner.

To Be Continued......

© A.J. Castellitto

 

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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