Thursday, January 03, 2013

Government use of scientism as power

Below are two videos.  The first one is about the dangers of western secular scientism - and C. S. Lewis' warnings against governments using scientism for power.  The second video is about how Iran allows and helps fund sex change operations and gender re-assignment.

I thought this first one was a very well done video.  This video is very timely in light of many recent effects of President Obama's first term and re-election victory.  The video starts with President Obama's statement in his first inaugural address of "we will restore science to it's rightful place".   Was this a reference beyond "global warming" and renewable energies? Was he  implying other issues related to ObamaCare, like eugenics and euthanasia (mercy killing) and other uses of technology that go beyond moral bounds? - gender re-assignment, sex-change operations - forcing companies to provide insurance for those things also - like the "woman" in prison who got government funds for "her" hormone therapy and sex-change operations?

Also in light of the case of our government forcing Hobby Lobby to provide Insurance that provides for abortions and abortifacient drugs, this video is very timely.    ObamaCare is not just economically stupid and a step in socialism; but it is evil coercion by our government; violations of freedom of religion and speech.   It is the result of our culture leaving it's Judeo-Christian roots.   The film quotes C. S. Lewis as writing, "I dread government in the name of science, that is how tyrannies come in."  I tried to find the quote on line or in my own copy of The Abolition of Man, but could not find the exact reference for the quote. This article seems to indicate that the statement is a summary of what Lewis thought.   In that article, it  quotes Lewis again on the problem with Theocracy: (From the context of the 1950s and 1960s, and Lewis as an Englishman, one can discern that "democrat" does not mean what it does today in the USA.)
I believe in political equality. But there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may believe fallen men to be so wicked that not one of them can be trusted with any irresponsible power over his fellows. That I believe to be the true ground of democracy. I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world. . . . [S]ince we have sin, we have found, as Lord Acton says, that “all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The only remedy has been to take away the powers and substitute a legal fiction of equality. . . . Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that priests should govern ignorant laymen, but because priests are wicked men like the rest of us.  (C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and other Essays, pp. 168-169.)  (pages 113-114 in my copy of an older edition.) 

The second video is also very well produced, but disturbing in the realities it exposes in our fallen world today.  The other danger is when a false religious system is the government and then approves of sex-change operations, helps fund them, and uses technological advances to perform them.  The Sunnis are embarrassed by this phenomenon in Iran.  (Warning: the comment section on the YouTube site is full of inappropriate language.)

Here is a disturbing, shocking, and ironic video documentary of sex-change operations in Iran, a Muslim country where Shiite Sharia Islamic law is supreme.  It is ironic because one would have thought that religious Muslims would view all sex-change operations as wrong and sin.   Homosexuality is illegal in Iran and punishable by death, but if one changes himself or herself first, then it will be ok for that person to fulfill their desires and attractions.  They can then marry the opposite sex or they can, in Shiite Iran, sell themselves for temporary marriage.  (Farsi:  صیغه - pronounced: Seegheh or Siqeh;  Arabic:  مُتعه (mota'eh, or it is usually written in English as Muta. Iranians pronounce Arabic words differently, that is also why you will see "Moslem" - the more Iranian way of pronouncing it; and "Muslim" - the more Arabic way of pronunciation.) (*see  more at bottom) This (the Muta issue) is revealed at the end of the film, after one of the main characters in this documentary changes himself into a woman and then sells "herself" in order to make a living.  Wow.  Very disturbing stuff.  They never explain how they understand the contradiction/tension of Allah creating someone "with the wrong body" is justified.    This issue came up in my own evangelism with Iranians, and discipling and pastoring and counseling former Muslims.  It created doubts and struggles in the minds of some of the other Iranian believers as we taught them apologetic issues and how we as Biblical Christians respond to these realities of our fallen world.  How do believers in Christ respond to the struggles that some people have that we don't have?  We had an Iranian lady visit our church who claimed she was created in the wrong body, and she used Gnosticism and Gnostic writings and material from Elaine Pagels and the DaVinci Code type reasoning to argue her points against me.  She came a dozen or so times to church over several months, and heard the gospel and I was able to explain what the Bible says more in depth to her questions after several church services. (Eventually she never came back.  I pray that the message of the gospel will be haunting her mind and heart, from hearing it clearly in her own language, and that God would draw her to Himself, wherever she is now.  John 6:44; Acts 16:14)

Does Islam believe that creation is fallen? (Genesis 3, Romans 8:21) I honestly don't know how they explain these things.  The Bible explains that after God created all things, that after sin, then corruption and decay entered our world   After the fall - after sin entered the world, came decay, corruption, and death.  Birth defects are part of that corruption.  Creation today is "enslaved to corruption" because of sin.  Islam is adamant in denying original / inherited sin, but it seems that with this, they are agreeing that creation has defects/corruptions in it now.  At one point early in the documentary, the doctor is heard and seen saying to one of his patients, "nature has created you this way."  I wonder how religious this doctor is.  I suppose he could agree that nature has been corrupted from Allah's original design, but I wonder how they explain the corruption - since Adam, in Islamic theology, did not become a sinner by nature, nor pass that sinful nature on to his children.

* You can see a discussion of Muta here, even by Sunnis calling for it to be allowed in the current civil war in Syria and quotes from the Hadith that mention it. )

Another disturbing and evil thing, is that if the liberal / gay agenda keeps advancing, the liberal /big government in the USA will be forcing religious institutions to pay for abortions and sex-change operations, not just contraception and abortifacient drugs.

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