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The Choice Of The Western Civilization

by Rich Carey on March 22, 2013

by Ivan Gruikin and Tsveta Ivanova
(reprinted from GeorgeBalakov.net)

The tragedy in Newtown stirred up waves of emotion to the already heated issue of mass killings in the United States. Such mass shootings are often times viewed as mostly a problem with American dimensions. However, just recently in Bulgaria, where I’m from originally, (Bulgaria as a EU member imposes strong restrictions on owning and bearing arms) two bloody skirmishes   occurred, leaving behind eight victims. In addition cases like the “Brevik” case in Norway, clearly show that this problem cannot be confined to a strictly-defined national context and is relevant to both the U.S. and Europe.

What happened in Newtown (and before that in Colorado) raised the question of limiting the right to bear arms and became a priority of the re-elected American president. According to proponents of gun restrictions, the easy access to weapons would inevitably lead to violence and mass murder. Defenders of the Second Amendment’s response is that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun.  And then, somewhere in the middle of these two extremes are those who maintain that violent movies, video games, and the Internet are mostly responsible.

Why are these chilling and self-destructive patterns being seen in developed Western countries, which are supposed to hold the highest civilization standards in the world? How can the modern Western man be protected from itself? What is going on in the highly civilized Western mind that gives impetus to cold-blooded and suicidal mass-murderers?

The truth is that in recent decades many things in the everyday life and mind of the average American and European have radically changed. One example – the level of religious devotion has declined drastically. People declare their atheistic beliefs or state that their religious feeling is a matter of family tradition and habit. God is removed from his rightful place of honor and His name is subjected to flippant usage even to the extent of being used for cursing.

The attitude towards sexuality, marriage and family relationships have changed as well. Homosexuality has been exalted as a criterion for civilization. Legalizing same-sex marriage and the right of these couples to adopt and raise children seems to be an irreversible process. Frequent change of the intimate partner is an integral part of the modern understanding of personal freedom and choice.

The nature of family relationships has also alternated. Spouses are more free and independent from one another than ever before; each has their own space with no regard of the other person. Children learn their lessons on privacy, independence, and success in life early in their development. Obedience to parents is socially unacceptable and declared harmful to children; we hear about more and more laws protecting the child’s dignity and freedom apart from their parent.

It seems as if the modern man in the West has become completely emancipated from any moral constraints or long-standing cultural traditions. The young generation finds its idols in morally liberated music and movie stars, fashion icons, or even sports celebrities. Anything goes and there is no limit in the pursuit of success. You work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and of course that includes Sundays. Success is above all else and is considered a virtue.

If all of the above is true, what’s wrong with it and where is its connection with the massacres like the one in Newton, one might ask.

However ancient sounding to some people, let me briefly remind you the Ten Commandments as examples of the most common violations of our day: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me … , Do not make any graven image … , Not misuse the name of the Lord your God … , Six days work in them and do all your work …, honor your father and mother ….; …. not commit adultery “- these rules are now thrown away by the modern man who feels strong enough to manage his own destiny – without God, without a master. The very thought that he has to obey any rules beyond his own ideas, tastes, and desires, is humiliating for this new master of the universe. Nobody believes that the widespread violations of Biblical rules can be a problem for the individual and for the society. So why then be surprised that more people would violate one of the other Ten Commandments – “Thou shalt not murder”?

Yes, indeed, the modern man has increased in knowledge, is able to direct his fate in many ways, claiming to influence the world around him. Many are determined to save the planet from the destructive human activity. “Mother Nature” will not tolerate any changes in the ecological balance. But why do we continue to delude ourselves that we can afford to violate the rules of the Creator of human life?

Let’s think logically. No one can convince us that man is the creator of this world. Obviously, man is much more of a result, output, outcome, and not the master of the world. The harmony and perfection of nature’s reality unambiguously show that there is a creator, designer and a legislator. The existence of physical, chemical, mathematical, biological and any other material laws are a fact and do not depend on the will of the people – the latter could only advance in their relative knowledge and use.

The growing loss of reason and common sense in the Western world are a form of denial of the subordinate role of man and his need to comply with the rules of the universe. But how would it be possible to accept only some rules in the world and at the same time to reject the existence of God’s rules for life, human relationships and social behavior? Should we deny the distinct differences of the sexes and their different roles in the construction and development of the family? Is it possible to exist as a human race without basic common notions of good and evil?

If we are open-minded and honest – we can’t pretend to avoid the answers to these questions. Controversial moral criteria will undoubtedly destroy the integrity of the community. It becomes a a harbinger of its decline and uncontrolled regression.

In a similar way the lack of a common legal system will lead to end of the society. Can our imagination picture how far we can go with this approach? Today, same-sex marriages seem inevitable alternative to the traditional family. Would there be an argument against the acceptance of a family of three or more people in the near future? And what could be our moral reason to oppose marriage relationship between man and an animal – if this is the the will of man and it does not bother anyone else? After all the pet does not object to the will of man.

Even if we agree completely with the idea of ??biological determinism of homosexuality – why should this mean that it’s good and worthy of acceptance and encouragement? Mental disorders, for instance, are treatable. There can certainly be found “scientific” arguments supporting  biological propensity to murder, suicide, violence, lying, and rare sexual deviants – will we then still encourage the public expression of the unique human individuality?

Let us not be fooled by any collective proposition of insanity in which the only thing that matters to people is what they feel, what they want, and what they do; a way of living in which people don’t strive to submit to any external legal (much less God’s) moral constraints.

This is only the first step towards the mass suicide of the Western civilization unfolding before our eyes. In this scenario, the consumer with his passions and desires is the foundation of a new ideological dogma that rejects any residue of pluralism and free thinking in the Western world. Conformism and moral relativism are part of this new official religion where the defending of different positions are prohibited; demagoguery and lies can explain each new outrage.

Under this dogma, the opponents of same-sex marriage are labeled as narrow-minded bigots, the abortion opponents are accused of denying women’s freedom and dignity, and as far as it goes for the people rejecting political correctness – they are accused of backwardness of being enemies of the social peace.

I have spent many years of my life in a nation dominated by a totalitarian ideological system, and I find great similarity in the restrictions put on the freedom of thought, the freedom of expression, and opinion in Bulgaria, a communist country in Eastern Europe 25 years ago and the current situation in Western Europe and the United States. Of course there is a huge difference in the ways liberty was suppressed in former communist countries and the way this is done in the present Western world, but I can still recognize the similarities. Today in Europe and the U.S. you are not yet thrown in jail for public expression of opinion, but let’s think about what will happen with the triumph of political correctness and the legal prohibition of “speaking the language of hate”? The very expression of one’s negative attitudes towards homosexuality threatens one to be convicted of a criminal offense. The result of this legislative trend is obvious – a legalization of a new totalitarian ideology. Let us not get mislead by the fact that we’re still able to speak freely – the demonization of dissenting voices could be just the beginning.

Let us imagine what would happen later on. The Church will be completely neutralized – initially the preaching of sin and divine punishment will be outlawed. The law will protect children from their parents and discipline at home, which will further destroy the remnants of the family. The state and its institutions will remain the sole measure of authority of the human and social behavior – with all the ensuing consequences. They will be increasingly independent of any traditional morality. They will be educated and guided by individuals who will reproduce new biological entities whose performance today does not make sense to even try to imagine. It is possible that the new biological entities could be created by the technological all-powerful state and the traditional reproduction (for it’s politically incorrect and favoring heterosexual character) – officially banned? What future awaits our children?

I began this article with a reminder of the tragedy in Newtown and worked my way to a possible future that may not be so far away.

What is the choice set before us?

On the one hand we see the out of control human nature and its escalating desires guaranteed by statism where man is god and there are no other gods besides him. On the other hand we have the eternal divine rules that man must respect: the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom: thou shalt have no other gods, honor your father and your mother, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not kill, do not bear false witness, forgive, love your neighbor as yourself, love your enemies! Can we imagine a more perfect moral system that could be the basis of human life, of human society? Can people be normal and keep the rules, without having a deep inner belief about the sacred and divine nature of basic moral concepts and norms? Without the fear of God, the laws against murder would have the same weight as mere traffic laws, nutritional restrictions and safe working conditions rules which can broken easily.

Will we be able to accept the standards of good and evil, when life and moral behavior are fully humanized and defined by an omnipotent state, which would be the only guarantor of justice, prosperity, and happiness? The state in the role of being the only one to define these concepts for us! Are we ready for such scenario?

And lastly – why should we restrict ourselves to Christianity, with so many other religious doctrines to choose from?

The contemporary Western civilization, our civilization, whose fate is of interest for me is the Christian one. Christianity is the spirit of forgiving love, of the changed man, and of hope and peace. It is Christianity that has a clear moral system, which separates sin from grace. The modern Western world with its human rights, rule of law, individual freedom, and respect for the individual freedom draws its spirit and principles from the teachings of Christ. The freedom and prosperity of the individual arise as values in the Christian West – and nowhere else. Christianity has influenced so much the western thought and the lives of people in the West that we do not even think about it.

To reject Christ people today often use the examples of the Crusades, the Inquisition, religious wars and conflicts – all unrelated to the essence of the gospel of Christ. But nearly two thousand years ago, the apostle Paul warned the believers in Rome, which was then the capital of the civilized world about the consequences of rejecting God (paying particular attention to the spread of homosexuality and violation of divine moral rules): “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – are clearly seen, being understood by creatures so that they are without excuse …….. Because…. although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God….. but became futile in their imaginations, and their thinking, and foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools….. Therefore God gave them over to shameful lusts….. because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator….. They were filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, malice, envy, murder, quarreling fraud and malice …. God haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, reckless, faithless, without natural affection, unmerciful ….. “.

We all know the ultimate fate of mighty Rome.

Do we want this to happen again?


Ivan Gruikin is a bulgarian attorney, chairman of the Bulgarian Civic Organization “Justice”. He stands up for conservative political values and is a strong critic of the leftist political models in Bulgaria and the European Union as a whole. He can be reached at: gruikin@abv.bg

Tsveta Ivanova is a theology student.

This insightful analysis was reprinted in it’s entirety from the blog of my friend George Balakov at GeorgeBakalov.net.  Thanks for bringing this valuable information to us, George!

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