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Aug052018

From Up Here, There’s Outer Darkness

The dogmatic Nihilistic Creed of Naturalism has sunk its bitter roots deep into the soil of Western civilization, and the transformation of the West is on full display today. The consensus hodge-podge of all the latest postmodern philosophies of man has a firm stranglehold on the culture…and it shows.

In 1998, Lithuanian Nobel Prize winner, Czeslaw Milosz, observed…

 

 

Czeslaw Milosz

 

"Religion used to be the opium of the people. To those suffering humiliation, pain, illness, and serfdom, religion promised the reward of an afterlife. But now, we are witnessing a transformation, a true opium of the people is the belief in nothingness after death, the huge solace, the huge comfort of thinking that for our betrayals, our greed, our cowardice, our murders, we are not going to be judged."

Biblical revelation has been sidestepped and proudly dismissed by the world’s best and brightest secular scholars, and today we are living with the predictably hopeless consequences of their new and improved “progressive” thinking.…

 

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"There is darkness without and when I die there will be darkness within. There is no splendor, no vastness, anywhere; only triviality for a moment, and then nothing"

—Bertrand Russell

 

 

Bertrand Russell

 

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From Up Here, There’s Outer Darkness

 

It’s “The Safe Place” we’ve been chasing.

Yes, indeed, it Marx the spot.

Fancy that…it’s really Nothing!

What was once is really Nought.

 

Try it, son, we think you’ll like it!

Straight Delusion through and through…

“Never Mind” and “Well, whatever…”

Is the new Good News for you.

 

It’s the Comfort Zone and Solace…

“Sin”, young man, swept out the door!

The Utopiates are calling.

There’s no “Truth” behind the door.

 

There’s no “right” or “wrong” or judgment,

There’s no Bottom Line at all!

From up here, there’s Outer Darkness1.

And from up here, there’s no Fall.

 

Life’s a meaningless concoction2,

Just a trivial pursuit…

Mr. Nietzsche saw it coming…

Darkness mankind’s Absolute.

 

In the end, there’s simply Zero.

Nothing makes your dreams come true!.

Zilch, my friend, will make you happy,

And there’s Nothing you can do.

 

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That’s it, boy…The Final Answer,

That’s the silence that we’ve heard.

Sorry, son, to disappoint you,

But we’ve crucified The Word3.

 

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"Friedrich Nietzsche predicted that secular people, losing touch with transcendence, would eventually lose a reference point from which to look down and judge themselves. In the end they would lose even the capacity to despise themselves. Thus, because of the 'death of God', they would confuse heaven with happiness, and happiness with health."

—Os Guinness

 

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Look again…The true Light’s shining4

Look again…All isn’t lost.

Look again…True truth is calling.

You may find Him at the cross.

 

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1 Matthew 22:13

2 Ecclesiastes 12:8

3 John 1:1-14

4 1 John 2:8