Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Spirit of mammon operates through the Humanistic Ways of Democracy

Many believe that a nation that protects human rights is one that is just and good. They believe that such a nation is a utopian one that treats all citizens as equals because of the rule of law that is an inherent part of democracy. This, however, is only the veneer that occurs in the natural realm. Very few see the dark satanic side of democracy.

Democracy has been called 'rule by majority'. Its "motto" is 'by the people, for the people, and of the people'. Indeed, this is the core of democracy. It is about serving the interests of the will of humanity, which is opposite to that of God. By doing that, it is arrogantly elevating itself above God as did the people who tried to build the Tower of Babel to reach the heavens (Genesis 11). 

The people who gathered together to build the Tower of Babel said to each other, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:4). Some Christians argue that God leaves humans to govern ourselves, and therefore would object to this analogy. However, the spirit behind it is exactly the same - it is the spirit of humanism that people who favour democracy, that is, most people, and those who tried to build the Tower of Babel.

Democracy seeks to exalt human will above God's will. It is inherently secular because its aims are to advance rights of individuals. It does not accept anything humans have to be by God's grace alone. Within a democratic framework, all laws must be based on what is seen as suitable for the interests of the society to fulfil the ends of a democracy which is to advance the rights of individuals or groups. The rights of an individual is always paramount in a democracy, explaining why all democracies allow voting as a 'right' - a means of human beings choosing who they want to rule to suit their own interests. 

This is against the Christian ethic of loving others and giving up one's own interests and needs. Jesus said, "if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23). This means to fully give up all one has, includings one's comfort, aspirations, dreams and visions. Jesus commanded His followers: "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth" (Luke 12:33). 

Democracy is rule by majority. This is to imply that moral values, upon which all laws are based, is subject to change by society. The spirit behind this doctrine is the spirit of humanism. Humanism is anti-Christian because it teaches that the human beings are capable of governing themselves in their own strength and "goodness". However, the Bible makes it clear that "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD" (Jeremiah 17:5).  It also tells us that "there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 16:25). Such is the God-hating self-sufficiency of humanity. 

The carnal mind which does not and cannot submit to God's Law (Romans 8:7) is one that is self-sufficient and self-dependent. It prides itself of its independence from God because it thinks that only does it not need God, but it thinks it is better than God. Thus, it creates as standards as to what is right and wrong, and imputes them into a framework which provides a 'rights' for each individual. Such is the case when Israel had no king where "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25). The king of Israel was to serve God. 

Many Christians argue that since the context of modern secular countries like Australia is different from ancient Israel, that the kings of Israel were God's representatives is irrelevant. The opposite is true. Romans 13:1-2, which was written during the New Covenant states that all governments, no matter how ungodly, are God's ordained representatives of His Law: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Therefore, there is no Biblical grounds for one to argue that because modern secular countries are not ancient Israel, God does not care or is not offended at ungodly practices of nations, including political systems of government which are encompass thoughts through human philosophy and deeds through self-serving actions. 

The spirit of mammon blinds the eyes of those under the spirit of mammon, that is, those who think that what they have is that which they are entitled to, rather than given by God's grace alone. God, in His righteousness would be absolutely justified to not give life to any human being after the Fall. Even life is a gift from God, and not a right. Since life has its physical earthly needs, such as shelter, clothing and food, mammon works through the anxiety of people in their failure to completely trust God to make them think these things are entitlements, instead of gifts from God. 

As such, the doctrine of economic rights was born when humanity began to see these basic needs as "rights", instead of being from God's grace during the 15th century. Everything began to be seen as a 'right', justifying the system of capitalism which thrives on economic freedom to do as one chooses with one's possessions. 

Democracy and capitalism are the evil twin sisters that have seduced the whole western world into serving and living for mammon. Such is the success of mammon.