Have we been here before?
Certainly. Through the centuries humans have arrived at a fallacious assumption that we have discovered all there is to know and if something has slipped through the cracks science and human intelligence will know the answer shortly. The world was thought to be flat; the Earth is the center of the Universe; The Milky way Galaxy is the entire Universe.
These are only three misconceptions that were proven wrong after they were considered true. The rapid advance of science and the progress of the industrial age joined together with advances in medical science, sociology and psychology along with ￼ increased communication lured people into a belief everything is known or will be known soon. The pinnacle? The age known by the term Modernism. A period when humans thought all answers to all questions were within reach.
￼I am going to suggest that September 1, 1939 was the day Modernism was diagnosed as terminal.
￼The realization that world order was beginning to unravel despite intelligence, advanced ￼knowledge and skilled abilities of humans fell dramatically short of a Utopian dream. It would take World War II and its aftermath to inflict a rude awakening upon people that we all fell short in creating a new World Order that provided universal peace and prosperity. In stead we discovered that human used their intelligence, knowledge and skills to inflict a great deal of suffering and death to millions of people. What happened to the fond vision of altruism, virtue and the manifestation of a greater good for all?
￼Deep rooted human flaws, selfishness, lust and greed was just below a facade of civilized constraints.
￼Where did the evil come from? I believe it was and is omnipresent: some people can control it better than others. Given an opportunity it appears enough people are willing to give in to ancient impulses of behavior that benefits themselves at the expense of others: “The Law of the Jungle”? The weak succumb to the whims of the strong? Viewing a single day’s worth of news from local to international proves the point: murder, rape and barbarism. From trivial motives to ideological (faux) motives the range of evil manifestation is undeniable.
￼￼Can the be hope for the fallible species homo sapiens?
Yes. The answers have been available a very long time. God has provided a moral ￼framework of behavior for us several thousand years past. As a Christian I see the message God gave us clearly in the Holy Bible. Our ￼nature is revealed. The inability of humans to stay with “doing good” is ingrained. Not because he created a flawed creature but because of our inability to utilize free will to its apex intention: use it for that which is good. Evil can tempt all who have free will. The only hope we have? Accept God’s guidance, submit to God’s authority and by Faith BELIEVE GOD.
As a Christian I believe what God revealed about our nature is clearly stated in The Holy Bible. And, the instructions for defeating evil are also contained therein.￼
Excerpts from The Holy Bible that yield the truth:
2 Timothy 3:7 ESV
Always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
Isaiah 44:25 ESV
Who frustrates the signs of liars2 Timothy 3:2 ESV
and makes fools of diviners,￼
who turns wise men back
and makes their knowledge foolish,
Proverbs 20:24 ESV
A man’s steps are from the LORD;
how then can man understand his way?
Proverbs 19:21 ESV
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Galatians 6:3 ESV
For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Timothy 3:2 ESV
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,