Thursday, September 03, 2009

Second on the Ban List?

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is amazing.  I was looking into his writings today, and found that his collected works will be published soon.  That's comforting, because my gradual process of picking up kernels works fine, but I'd love to find an ear and chow down!  I found an essay of his called Godlessness, The First Step to Gulag.  "...[W]hy should one refrain from burning hatred, whatever its basis--race, class, or ideology? Such hatred is in fact corroding many hearts today. Atheist teachers in the West are bringing up a younger generation in a spirit of hatred of their own society. Amid all the vituperation we forget that the defects of capitalism represent the basic flaws of human nature, allowed unlimited freedom together with the various human rights; we forget that under Communism (and Communism is breathing down the neck of all moderate forms of socialism, which are unstable) the identical flaws run riot in any person with the least degree of authority; while everyone else under that system does indeed attain 'equality'--the equality of destitute slaves. This eager fanning of the flames of hatred is becoming the mark of today's free world..." Boy, this stuff is profound.  If I was a Marxist, I know which author I'd put second on my ban list (first would, of course, be Christ)!

Voice of the Martyrs recently mailed me a book by the founder of VOM.  Its startling title is "Marx & Satan."  Solzhenitsyn emphasizes this connection as well: "It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its seeming hatred of the Church the lesson that 'revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.' That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot."

As simple as it may sound, as we are struggle along in the swirling sewage of modern culture, gasping for an unpolluted breath, there is a single answer to the various problems giving rise to this steady stream of filth.  That answer is God Himself, the One Who Is, the One Who Was, and the One Who Will Be.  Blessed be His majestic, holy, pure, righteous, kingly, mighty Name!!!

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