The Paths of Life offer choices through a series of potential roads.
The Paths of Life offer left, right and straight directions - each direction impacts the rest of life.
In Proverbs 4, we are told to keep going straight! - “Do not swerve to the right or to the left”.
The single, straight road leads to the Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnibenevolent, Transcendent God: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End - the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet in the book of Revelation of the New Testament.
Effects of Secularism on Society
Western society up to the 1950's embraced Christian values - it was an idyllic time of uniformity that pervaded as people treasured their moral-based Judeo-Christian values.
Then, the 1960s gave birth to the Sexual Revolution and western society abandoned God and religious instruction in the classroom in favor of an evolutionary world that evolved through "time, chance and non-intelligence".
The 1960s also saw the emerging religions of the "East" on western societies that included Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam as well as the “New Age” emphasis on the idea that the individual and their "own experiences" are the primary source on spiritual matters.
Judeo-Christian family and moral values that were a guide for what is right and what is wrong were pushed aside.
Secularism grew, rejecting God, the church, the immortal soul and everything that is holy - a reason why society generally became indifferent to the spiritual needs of humanity.
Atheists and agnostics whose lives are based on the principles derived from "temporal" and material concerns, felt their spiritual and cultural heritage had become outdated and old fashioned.
Secular society lacks religious association without reference to the Christian beliefs that rest upon faith in the Mysteries and Miracles of Jesus Christ and in the belief upon One All-Embracing and Merciful God Who Created the universe and the world in which we live.
When a society abandons the spiritual needs of its people, they are led toward spiritual blindness.
An "empty soul" does not have the "Fear of God" in their hearts.
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An ideology refers to a set of political beliefs or ideas that characterize a particular society on which people, political parties or countries aspire to achieve through goals, expectations, and actions.
We live in a world where time is money and evil runs rampant.
Godless, evil ideologies pervert and distort what is good and wholesome.
They promise justice and progress but instead bring injustice and totalitarianism that make people puppets to the State.
Barbarians refer to evil people who live outside of what is considered “civilized” society.
They are despicable intruders associated with chaos and destruction through burning, pillaging and slaughter.
Good and righteous people want stability, order and progress through the rule of logic and reason.
The word "barbarian" is derived from the Greek "bárbaros", used among the ancient Greeks to describe all foreigners.
The Greeks considered their language and way of life superior to others.
Their love of wisdom, science, art, and architecture set them apart from other cultures so, wherever they went the Greeks brought their own institutions and spread their culture because they wanted their sons and their subjects to become “citizens of the world”.
Dysfunctional people destroy society.
Dysfunctional society is governed through inefficiency or corrupt practices that lead to totalitarianism.
Totalitarian regimes create tyranny through political repression, restrictions of human rights and through cultural, free-speech and religious censorship in order to maintain power.
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The most important aspect of society are its people.
A good society has a rich, dominant culture and is politically stable.
It has safe and close-knit family neighborhoods.
And its people are guided by moral and ethical values throughout life.
Spiritual ignorance cause the loss of ideals and values that lead to a good society.
Western society of the 21st-century reflects dysfunction, immorality, addictions and violence.
Isaiah 5:20 says, ”Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.”
Artificial Symbol of Happiness
Materialistic society seeks satisfaction and happiness through self-centered desires.
It is a system that convinces people that fulfillment and happiness can be purchased.
Materialism promotes greed and ego-inflating desires that are never enough.
When a society becomes less spiritual it creates a negative hold on the overall quality of life.
Most people know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
The miserly Scrooge loses love and affection because of his crazy desire for money and it certainly did not bring him happiness.
Once he realizes that money cannot bring him happiness, he becomes a changed man because he recognizes the value of love, family and friendship.
In “The Affluent Society” (1958), Harvard Economist, John Kenneth Galbraith claimed that despite the increasing wealth of society, people are not happier.
Victims of materialism are the epitome of the self-serving behaviour of those who try to keep up or go one better than their friends and the Jones' next door.
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Earth is the physical dimension of God's Kingdom in this life with everything you can perceive with your senses - physical life is dictated by time.
We are neither eternal nor infinite.
All things come to an end - nothing lasts forever!
Spiritual life has meaning, a purpose and an ultimate, eternal destiny.
Pathways that lead to everlasting life begin on earth and continue in Heaven (Romans 6:4).
Life's purpose is to seek Divine Salvation through the Grace of God and Intercession of Jesus Christ.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Pathways to everlasting life:
1. Unconditional trust in God
2. Follow the Path of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, Who leads His flock to greener pastures.
"And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time" - Jesus Christ.
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The spiritual rich have a sense of meaning that we were created for more than this life has to offer - more than just the pain and suffering of this life, more than a lifetime with family, friendships, and work only to have it all end with death.
When Jesus said, "My Kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36) He is referring to God's Heavenly Kingdom, the eternal home of God's people.
The Eternal Dimension of God's Kingdom is the everlasting Heavenly, Community of God, our dear Lord, Jesus Christ, our Blessed Virgin Mary, the Saints, Prophets and Angels.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible proclaims the Mystery of God's Eternal Existence - the one sure foundation when all else fades away. "From everlasting to everlasting, you are God" (Psalm 90:2).
God is a Spiritual Force.
Heaven is a Spiritual World.
Things that will never fade or perish are:
1. The Word of God.
2. God's Love.
3. The Spiritual Soul - the link between the physical body and the spiritual self that will continue to exist beyond physical life.
Ian McCormack -NDE
Ian McCormack was an atheist, living a totally worldly lifestyle, when he got stung by 5 deadly jellyfish, died and went to hell, then to heaven, due to his Christian mother's prayers, and back!
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Humanity has the privilege of free will and choice to make decisions about the things that give life meaning from how something is valued.
“You will reap what you sow.”
The right choices will ultimately bless you.
The Fear of God reminds us that:
*All actions have consequences.
*We are accountable to Someone.
That Someone is God!
The moral compass always points in an ethical direction to guide our actions accordingly.
Moral responsibility creates accountability via the conscience that will tell you what is right and what is wrong.
God's Laws of Life:
*Sets boundaries - it avoids excesses and eliminates all that is harmful.
*Guide us to right thinking and right action.
*Provide standards on which to base decisions that affect life.
The Fear of God guides you from harmful thinking, behavior and actions.
It shapes character and lifestyle that benefit our family, our community and our fellow human being.
Jesus Christ is the Light of the world because He brings to humanity God's Way of Righteousness and Salvation.
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