A very large theme throughout the Bible is to avoid doing as the pagans do.
- Do not worship the LORD your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods.
- The LORD says, "Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe.”
When I think of pagans, I tend to think of images of blue bottomed natives chanting and having seizure while trying to summon some demon, or something like that. But while some of that does exist today, it seems to be a small minority of society that is mostly composed of socio-sexual losers. Yes, some of them are very rich and powerful. But that doesn't change their rank. Just look at Jeb Bush.
But that is the old style of paganism. The western world has matured past that. So while their may be some weird sections of society that go back to it, it simply won't be wide spread, any more than we could go back to using alphabets that have thousands of characters, or forget about how to produce more goods through use of assembly lines.
The new paganism is different. It's not about worshiping some polytheistic pantheon. It's about trying to create new moral orders. What I mean by moral order is the intrinsic sense of right and wrong that all men have, that if followed amazingly results in society doing well, and if not results in society collapsing. I say it's amazing because it causes even simple men to act beneficially, when finding the right thing to do by using game theory, economics and politics would be beyond even the most intelligent of men. For example, consider the 2008 housing crisis. After reading Mises, Heyak, Friedman, and a bunch of Vox Day, I've learn about the business cycle, credit bubbles, and things like that. And after learning that, I understand why the whole thing happened. But what's interesting is that for that whole crisis to have been avoided wouldn't have required that all parties involved know all that economic theory. It also could have been avoided if they had simply acted morally. Greedy home buyers shouldn't have made agreements with the bank that they didn't have the capability to keep, and greedy bankers shouldn't have given out oppressive loans to people they knew couldn't afford it.
So this is what I mean by moral order. A simple understanding of right and wrong that results in societal well being if followed. When I say simply, I mean simple like language is simple. On the one hand, language is intensely complex as anyone who's tried to program a A.I. that takes voice commands will tell you. But on the other hand children can speak and understand speech just fine. Even very low I.Q. children.
As Christians, we understand that the moral order is something that exists outside of ourselves, and was created by God. We can't change it, any more than we can change math. But this is precisely what the new pagans seek to do.
While many different pagan moral orders have become prevalent, none is more so than the Marxist idea that equality is a moral mandate. Especially in the Christian Church. Which is odd given that the Bible teaches the exact opposite. Jesus spoke of the parable talents, in which God gives one man one talent, another five, and another ten. While you may think that is based on faith or merit, the Bible also talks about children being given different lots based on their parents.
- A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
- No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation.
- Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.
not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay
some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? What
if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power
known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared
for destruction? What
if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects
of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory.
The only place the Bible teaches equality is in the most broad of terms. All have fallen short of the glory of God. Any man who breaks any part of the law breaks the whole thing. And in Christ Jesus there is neither slave nor free, nor jew, nor gentile, nor man, nor woman. All are equal in being allowed to claim salvation. But, that is like saying, either you tell the truth, or you are a liar. That's not to say that some liars are not worse than others. The Bible reflects this as well when Jesus speaks of greater damnation, and of the hierarchy that will be in place in heaven. Jesus says that the last will be first and the first will be last, which of course would be a lie if everyone in heaven was equal.
The fruits of equality are everywhere. We can see it in the killing fields of Cambodia, and in the Gulags of Russia. We can see it in the BLM protests where police where attacked with IEDs. We can see it in the divorced families and children born out of wedlock from trying to force men and women to be equality promiscuous, and equally able to abuse each other.
As Christians we are to seek truth first, as it is personified in Jesus. And as such we should simply seek to understand men, women, and race for what they are, and not try and shoe horn them into the demonic framework of equality, which is neither possible nor desirable. Unfortunately much of the church has abandoned God's moral order, and instead is spreading paganism. And because of this, God is abandoning the church to a fate of irrelevance.
Israel failed in it's task to prepare the world for Christ. They obeyed God for a time, but after a while they began to behave worse than the pagans. But just because they were the chosen nation didn't mean that God needed them. So because they, with their divine revelation failed, God swept them aside and used the Greeks and Romans, with their common revelation, to prepare the world for Christ. And it seems that pattern is repeating today with the American Christian Church and the alt-right.