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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cultural Evils: Floating With the Current‏



by Ray Sullivan
Catholic Stand


Today, so many things that used to be considered evil are now part of the mainstream culture. Let’s take a look at some of these abominations.

Abortion

This horror has been legalized in America since January 22, 1973. In a strange judicial decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe vs. Wade established for the very first time in America that our Constitution guarantees each American the “right to privacy.” Now this right to privacy is invisible in the Constitution, as it isn’t mentioned anywhere in the document, such as the enumerated Right to Life is in the Declaration of Independence. But the Justices found it in there, somehow, and used it as a point of departure to then say that women now have a right to kill their unborn baby. All of this fuzzy leap of logic leaves most intelligent people scratching their heads, since there is no right to an abortion in the Constitution either. To the Catholic Church, it looks like a predetermined outcome was justified with judicial ju-jitsu, so to speak.

Today, with mandatory GPS tracking devices on all new cars sold, NSA snooping on our cell phone calls, and the government taking over the Internet through FCC fiat, is there really any more privacy in America? Of course there isn’t! So now that we no longer have a de facto right to privacy anymore, maybe the Supreme Court could act more like the Supreme Being and do away with this infanticide. We may have already killed off the person, through abortion, who would have discovered a cure for cancer, or who could have saved us from nuclear war in 2050. The devil so hates the fact that we are made in the image and likeness of God, and not of him, that he attacks the fruit of the womb in the womb itself, a place that Jesus Himself sanctified as being holy by living there for nine months.

Even the “Teaching of the Twelve Apostles,” or the “Didache” from the first century, warns against abortion in Chapter Two. (Back then, there were drugs from plants which were used to abort children).

Homosexuality

Same sex attraction has been in the world since the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, as referenced in the Old Testament. As Catholics, we are called to love homosexuals and to pray for them, but that doesn’t mean that we have to go along with their agenda. Both Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of homosexuality, not because of “a lack of hospitality” to the angels, as the current propaganda might have you believe.

The Bible says in Genesis 19:4-5 that the men of the city demanded that the male visitors to Lot’s house come out so that they may “know them.” In a really weird reply, Lot even offered his two daughters to the mob, but the male mob refused them, preferring the men instead. In the New Testament book of Jude 1:7 says that Sodom and Gomorrah engaged in unnatural lust and served as an example to us by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

How many people today “go along to get along” with the radical homosexual agenda by embracing so-called “homosexual marriage?” A Lot (pardon the pun!). It is never a virtue to embrace sin; rather, it’s a vice. Satan has disguised this radical agenda, which mocks God’s very first covenant with mankind, marriage (Adam and Eve), as being a civil rights issue instead of a moral issue. The radical homosexual movement also mocks the covenant with Noah, by using a rainbow flag as their standard. The Bible also says in 2 Peter 3:10 that the world ends in a fire. In my opinion, it’s because nations are becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah, and therefore, we will eventually have the exact same punishment.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

President George W. Bush opened this can of worms when he allowed embryonic stem cell research on stem cell lines from aborted babies that already existed. President Obama has since enlarged the scope of this Dr. Mengele–like research by allowing embryonic stem cell research on existing and newly aborted baby tissue.

For the record, the Church does allow research from adult stem cells. This facts has proven to be fruitful. In spite of pleas from Hollywood stars that embryonic stem cell research from aborted children holds the key to cures for disease, to date, this statement has proven to be totally false.

Assisted Suicide

The Hemlock Society has been very powerful in several states promoting their “right-to-die” philosophy. Doctors who once took the Hippocratic Oath to “Do No Harm” now help depressed and terminally ill people to kill themselves. Of course, God says “Thou shalt not kill” (innocent life), but many “modern” Americans could care less about what God has commanded.

God uses the dying process and suffering to prepare us for heaven and to reduce our purgatory time, and thus by thwarting His holy will by suicide, we may just be condemning ourselves to either hell or a very long purgatory. Life is His to give, and it is His to take. In the 2005 case of Terry Schiavo, assisted suicide morphed from giving poison to dying patients to kill them into denying patients food and water. This end-of-life treatment is a classic example of Satan’s temptation to Adam and Eve to “be like gods,” deciding when and how we and others shall die, instead of letting God decide.

Artificial Contraception

Artificial contraception was once considered sinful for all religions, until 1930, when the Anglican Church declared it not be sinful. Since then all Protestant churches have downgraded this former sin to now be considered good. God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply.” To reemphasize this, he also told Noah and his wife the same thing. So many couples want to limit the number of children they have, not trusting in Almighty God to give them the right number of children at the right time in their lives. Rather, they prefer to trust in chemicals and/or latex instead.

God loves children, and he created sex so that as a result, we could have children. God even says in Psalm 127 that “happy is the man who has a quiver full of sons.” Of course, artificial contraception gives a lot of men and women license to fool around and not to have to suffer “the penalty” (as our current President said) of having a baby. However, artificial contraception is not 100% foolproof, and so abortion has become the backup plan for the failure of artificial contraception. In fact, in every country where artificial contraception became legal, abortion was soon legalized as well.

Summation

There are other numerous issues that the modern world now considers to be good and right, but are not: human cloning, government controlled health care, high taxation, socialism, etc. It seems that the people in control of our media have brainwashed a lot of people into believing that evil is good, and good is evil (Isaiah 5:20). It only takes one battery placed backwards in a flashlight to prevent any light from coming out of the flashlight. Our society today is a lot like that. We now live in the new dark ages, where journalists, scientists, politicians, and professors all lecture us about how evil the Catholic Church is for opposing sodomy and so-called homosexual marriage, while at the same time they are extolling the alleged virtues of abortion and unlimited sex.

As G.K. Chesterton once said,
“Only dead things float with the current; it takes living things to swim against it."

Tolerance of evil is never a virtue; rather, it’s always a vice. Our modern day 21st century culture now DEMANDS that we tolerate evil and ignore sacred Scripture and Tradition. Only the very strong among Jesus’ children will survive this psychological onslaught of filth, through prayer, the rosary, frequent Holy Communion, and daily Bible reading.

Now is the time, this is the place, to declare ourselves one with Christ.

As Jesus said in Luke 18:8, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

Ray Sullivan is retired engineer from Texas, because the cowboy thing on the ranch growing up didn't work out. Actually rode the Vomit Comet at NASA in Houston once, being totally weightless for 20 minutes! Married with two kids and Vinnie the Wonder Dog. I love the Church and what it stands for. Without the sacraments, I am nothing. 

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