Paul's Passing Thoughts

Sin, Reality, Politics, Religion, and Fairness

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 10, 2017

ppt-jpeg4How should we interpret the wacky world we live in? One example: regardless of clear historical evidence that our economy thrives under lower taxes, Democrats are hell-bent on raising taxes. But why?

Another example: life was just fine in the 80’s and 90’s when everyone thought racism was behind us. Then, during the historical exclamation point on this; ie., the election of President Barack Obama, racism came back with a vengeance. Seemingly, that makes no sense at all.

Now, everything is about race. So, as someone who didn’t hear anything about race for 20 years and thought little about it, neither did I give it a second thought while watching the women’s U.S. Open Tournament until I was remined that “everyone in the finals are women of color, and this is historic.” Uh, ok, whatever, I was just enjoying the tournament and never gave race a thought because you know, it’s tennis.

In addition, we can examine how people who have benefited greatly from Americanism are anti-American. Huh? Seriously, I have been scratching my head on this since I was a 6-year-old sitting in front of a black and white TV set watching the Huntley-Brinkley report back when news was really news. From a commonsense perspective, liberals have been driving me nuts for almost 60 years.

Then the hub of what explains all of this madness was revealed to me while reading the Bible:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:6,7).

Herein, among other places in the Bible, we are introduced to “sin.” We find that sin is “crouching” like a predator waiting for the right moment to subdue prey. And for us, what is that moment? When we do something wrong.

Also note the essence of sin: a desire…to control. And what does sin use to control us? Guilt. Shame. Condemnation. It goes something like this: “Look what you just did. We can now add that to the list of your failures and awful things you have done. You are a bad person and very unwise; therefore, you need to let someone who is worthy rule over you.”

God’s exhortation to Cain follows: you must not let sin control you; you must control sin, and you must not give sin a beachhead by giving into sinful desires. If you do what is right, you will be “accepted” and not condemned. The footnote to this is Christ’s death on the cross to end the law’s ability to condemn. When the ability to condemn was taken away, sin was stripped of its power. Yes, NO law to condemn you is very good news. By believing on Christ, you eliminate the possibility of standing before any judge that has a law in which to convict you. The apostle Paul stated it this way: “Where there is no law, there is no sin.” Christ came to end condemnation and strip sin of its power to condemn and control.

The new birth not only changes the jurisdiction of the law for the believer, it changes the believer’s attitude towards the law. Once indifferent to the law, the believer loves the law. Therefore, the believer does not use the new identity to indulge in sinful desires because condemnation has been ended; that is counterintuitive for the new creature in Christ.

Sin isn’t all about bad stuff people do; most of what sin is about concerns the control issue. Sin is the grandmaster of enslavement and freedom’s greatest enemy. People serve sin by controlling others and robbing them of their freedom. Sin is the heart and soul of tyranny. And from it all types of slavery and bondage flow. Sin inclines one to control everything and everyone in their environment, and this applies to every stratum of reality from government to a parent reading their child a bedtime story. The control discussion has a place in every human behavior. In one example among myriad, being in a position to decide if someone lives or dies is the ultimate control experience.

In regard to Western culture, the definition of sin as applied to societal models is mostly defined by Socrates. He believed that sin is defined by ignorance. People sin because they are unknowledgeable. This is why prisons in our day focus on education as the centerpiece of rehabilitation. Socrates believed that all knowledge is intuitive in everyone and is drawn out through dialogue, that is, moral knowledge that makes one a moral citizen. This is what got him killed because that ideology levels the playing field; remember that 90% of the culture in that day were slaves to some degree or another.

His primary understudy, Plato, adopted a more Eastern approach of caste. In other words, a caste system that separated those who could comprehend reality and those who cannot. Plato believed that the perfect society is mirrored by the soul of man; those who know (philosopher kings), those who know that there are knowers and those who don’t know, and the health of any given society is dependent on serfs submitting to those who know (the warrior class), and of course, those who can’t know or comprehend reality. In the soul of every person these three elements are intuitive, but one is dominant in each person determining what class they belong to in the caste-system pecking order. A person’s class is determined by lineage and lineage is determined by predestination. The fruit falls not far from the tree; this is why the Puritans forbade upward mobility and deemed upward mobility as not honoring one’s mother and father according to the ten commandments.

Aristotle, Plato’s understudy, returned to Socrates’ model of knowledge. It is still a caste system, but is based on upward mobility. One’s position in society can be earned through formal education. However, don’t miss this; in Aristotle’s caste system, those who obtain upward mobility should rule over those who don’t. This is why expertism plagues our present society. “Educated” people can propagate the most absurd notions and many will buy into them because the propagators have a string of titles after their name. Nevertheless, it is striking to note that this half-right view of reality that didn’t go far enough, and is still half pregnant with tyranny led to the Enlightenment era which led to the birth of the greatest nation in human history…America.

But along with the Enlightenment era came the concept of Capitalism and free markets. This enables the common man to beat the Aristotelian caste system…

…and that ain’t fair.

“I was in school for eight years and paid $150,000 for a Doctorate degree and that welder makes as much money as I do. This means our economic system is unfair. He’s an uneducated beer drinking hillbilly and probably the product of inbreeding, and I am of the upper crust of society. Something needs to be done about this.”

This is why people who benefit from American Capitalism are against it; they have to share their status with serfs and other unworthys. It just ain’t fair. And, remember, money empowers people. This is the crux of the issue; Capitalism levels the playing field and disregards caste, but because of sin, people love caste—caste is a control mechanism. This is why high taxation is in vogue; it takes away more money from the individual because money empowers.

Look about us in our politically correct society, it is saturated with guilt, guilt, and more guilt, and shame, shame, and more shame. The list is endless beginning with, “white privilege.” Why is racism making a comeback? Because sin seeks to control through condemnation. This is where politics and religion kiss. The two were partners in tyranny before the advent of Americanism.

Perhaps an unintended result of Americanism was Capitalism which truly frees the individual to bring what they want to the table. It makes the individual the only judge over the sum and substance of one’s own life with the sole purpose of government being the protector of this endeavor.

In the final analysis, it draws a line in the sand of reality. On one side, you have predestination, caste, bondage, death, tyranny, total depravity, collectivism, socialism, and condemnation. On the other side, you have freewill, freedom, life, ability, the image of God, cooperation, individualism, and I dare say…

…true fairness.

paul

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  1. John said, on September 10, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    On the one side of that line drawn in the sands of reality is Protestantism in all its rotten glory; a few inches away, on the other side of that line, “you have free will, freedom, life, ability, the image of God, cooperation, individualism, and I dare say…true fairness.” And may I add . . . love in its purest form.

    Great piece, Paul. It went down as well as a Sunday lunch that was prepareth on the Friday as not to spoileth the Sabbath and to not breaketh and tainteth the dayeth of the Lordeth (calleth Sunday) who is the sovereign goddeth of the bubblegum under my shoe (which I can now only remove one minute past midnight), unless I want to face some severe censure from a church I don’t belong to or ever have, or ever will.

    How fair is that?

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