Many of the conservatives see the American Dream as a vision from God.
As I mentioned previously, the ideological conservatives calling themselves Christians believe all their monetary and material wealth is a blessing from God. They believe, therefore, that America is blessed by God. Many of them believe the American Dream is a vision from God. What is the American Dream? It is, among other things, the idea that by following the capitalist rules, working hard for capital, and persevering, one may achieve monetary and material wealth. It is also claimed that a high, mundane education is the key. Is that a vision from God? It is the opposite of the real Christian faith. Christian faith holds the following:
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2:15-16).
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (Matthew 16:23).
You see, the American Dream doesn't put character first. It puts selfishness first. I've heard it said that education is the key to unlocking every door in America. Well, a highly educated rogue can enter through many doors in America that many without any diplomas at all are not allowed to see let alone enter. However, would you rather have a highly educated scoundrel or a saint without a diploma living eternally in your house with you? Education is not an inherently evil thing; however, a good character is always of a higher priority than a high, mundane education, which is indoctrination in mammon worship.
This is not to say that one ought to neglect studying and learning. In fact, reading the scripture and this work and others, etc., is essential for many in developing a good character. That is not a merely mundane education however. Some people are raised from birth by those of good character and are highly predisposed to assimilating good character traits so that it is a part of them, written on their hearts, long before they can even read. Others must wait until they delve into the word long after having been through their formative years. They are predisposed also and deserve much credit for overcoming the lack of positive nurturing early on in life.
What is absolute truth is that all the mundane education in the world is worthless without developing the content of one's character consistent with the divine message of Jesus Christ. Anyone who disagrees with that is in the dark and will not take part in the resurrection of the just.
Take care not to be pride filled and of a haughty spirit concerning your own mundane educational achievements and the doors you imagine that that has opened for you. You will fall.
In addition to lusting after money and material under the American Dream, many conservatives and false liberals lust after the flesh. They do not keep holy the male and female mating bond of one flesh. They go outside the bonds of monogamous marriages. The conservatives generally exhibit a great haughtiness about it all. As John said above, it is of the world and not of God. The American Dream is of the world and not of God. Anyone who disagrees is not a Christian, plain and simple. Anyone who disagrees, disagrees with John and, most tellingly, Jesus.
Yet, Jesus came to save the world; therefore, we must read the word "world" with its proper connotation discernable via context. God is the God of heaven and earth. "Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth." (Luke 10:21). That earth in that context is not the world of falsehood of which John wrote in 1 John 2:15-16 above. Jesus did not come to save the American Dream. The world to which John was referring is the illusionary world created under the spirit of human rebellion against the harmonious way (unselfish, easy way) God gave us, which is the opposite of the American Dream of capitalist cutthroat competition. It is the world of the human spirit that has fallen to the level of ferocity. It is the world that rejects the power of God. That power of God comes when we become close to God. It comes when we believe with no doubts and, therefore, no testing. Everyone who believes in the American Dream puts his or her faith in the path of unrighteous mammon and not in God.
The American Dream is what Americans call success. It is what Americans call the pursuit of happiness. Happiness is being rich in the worldly sense John meant above. It is being rich in worldly, private, unshared property. Even the Jeffersonian word "happiness" in the expression "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" was originally the word "estate" or "property." The original came from John Locke, an English political philosopher (1632-1704). Even though the Declaration of Independence says happiness, the misconception stuck that private-property rights in the sense of personal-estate building flow from God. The selfish pursuit of life (of the first birth of water and not of the second birth of spirit), liberty (willfulness), and property (mammon in all its manifestations) was seen as enlightened.
To John Locke's credit
To John Locke's credit, however, he wrote in, On Human Work, that the so-called right to private property falls as follows:
…within the broader context of the right common to all to use the goods of the whole of creation: the right to private property is subordinated to the right to common use, to the fact that goods are meant for everyone.
Americans who came up with this hybrid scheme did not comprehend the errors of theologians from the beginning. They did not reason Jesus's correctness. They did not understand that to improve this world requires what Jesus said is, and would be, required. They did not understand that upon Jesus, all the theologies, philosophies, and ideologies hang in the sense that when all the hypocrisy is stripped away, one is left with the path of Jesus. They are all reconciled in that way, just as all the law and the prophets hang upon the first and great commandment and the second like it. It is the path to conflation.
The movement to this hybrid scheme was of the period known as the mislabeled Enlightenment. That period saw an even greater re-Hellenization (return to selective precepts of ancient Greece) of society than was the so-called-Christian Roman Empire under Constantine. This is not to say that all Enlightenment thinkers ought to be lumped together as being completely antichristian in outlook, far from it. There are many Enlightenment-period thinkers who were though highly antichristian in outlook, and by antichristian here, I mean anti-real liberal also, since one may not be a real Christian without being a real liberal.
That Roman Empire under Constantine was the beginning of the solidification of the Hellenization of the church. That Hellenization also made major inroads via elitist Platonism under Origen that came just before Constantine was born and then Augustine after Constantine's rule followed by the Aristotelianism (generally speaking, philosophical empiricism or rationalism—science) of Aquinas. The entire Hellenization of the church was a huge but inevitable mistake. It voided the Christian movement of all Christians holding all things in common, because the precept was anathema to the elitists and many empiricists who sprang from that Hellenized mentality.
As an aside, concerning empiricists, many refuse to grasp that transcendent knowledge exists even after they discover what had theretofore been beyond them but what was alluded to in the poetic language of scriptures. Discoveries continue to be made of that which was beyond (as yet unrevealed), but to many of the empiricists, existence is as if nothing exists until they have discovered it through a narrow methodology. What are they revealing if not that which was transcendent? When do they expect to run out of things to discover? Their mentality closes the door on all possibilities for them to ever receive the transcendent truth that requires no testing or experimental verification. In the final analysis, it cannot be verified via testing. One cannot test God. It is doubt.
It is incredible that people conduct multi-million dollar scientific studies on whether praying by others at a distance aids heart patients. Scientists cannot ask people to pray for people for the purposes of testing prayer. Everyone must come to understand that testing is the yeast of the Pharisees. It is inherent doubt. Those who are praying for others knowing that their prayers are being tested are engaging in a terrible act. It ruins the spirit. Not only that but people get the wrong idea by the published results of such ridiculous tests. The headlines read such things as "No benefit of prayer found after surgery," "Study: Praying Won't Affect Heart Patients," "Prayer does not heal the sick," "Prayer for the ill may do more harm than good," and on and on. Faith is faith. Faith is the absence of testing. It is impossible to test faith to obtain a sign other than the resolve of the faithful not to fall to such temptation, such doubt. This lack of understanding on the part of people designing scientific studies is the scientific equivalent of some who hold to intelligent design insisting that it is scientific that it is provable under the concept of empirical falsifiability.
Faith and science are not completely mutually exclusive. Faith in the truth that unselfishness is right will yield better scientific productivity. However, the realm that is limited to material duplicability will forever remain mundane. No miracle can be done on one's own, and God will do no miracle where God is being tested. Jesus performed no signs for those who wanted convincing. It is an evil generation that needs such signs, and it is an evil generation that conducts such tests. Doing such things is just making things worse. This is a sign of the times.
The times are accelerating. It is God's plan that hearts be hardened. It's certainly happening even while others are softening in the face of so much misery requiring compassion. We will be separated. Of that, there is no doubt.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matthew 4:1-7).
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (Matthew 8:5-10).
Being tied up with all of this that is astray, the American Dream is certainly not founded upon Christian principles. It traces its roots through ancient Greece and back to Nimrod before that and even back to the original emotion of rebellion against unselfishness (against God sharing all with all and without toil or suffering for any).
Let's look at Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter 4, Paragraph 2, by Flavius Josephus.
Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand.
This part of the paragraph will be dealt with below.
He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness.
Here is humanism not centered on divine humanitarianism but rather on self. It is egocentrism. It withholds credit to God for having provided the earth. It is impudence and insubordination in lacking self-restraint. It is the spirit that has led all the children astray into the unruliness of selfishness. It is the spirit of greed that ruins everything. It is the opposite of love. It is the serpent spirit in the garden telling the people that they may exercise uncontrolled lusts with impunity and having them end up toiling and suffering and dying as a result.
He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power.
It sounds like capitalism doesn't it? This is ego magnified. This is usurping God's domain. It is setting up a human being as a false god. It is the beginning of the same spirit that today is called privatization where all people are to be forced onto the path of constantly working for and paying the capitalists for everything down to the tiniest detail and completely disregarding God's provisioning that is the gift of the entire earth for all to share without having to pay another human being for anything.
He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers!
This is the spirit that does not understand that there is no such thing as a human creation that can stave off the power of cleansing the earth or universe. It is also the spirit that sides with the iniquitous and places genetic relationships above truth.
The Babylonian spirit
Nimrod was the founder of Babel (Babylon). The Babylonian spirit, encapsulated above, passed, long before Josephus's time, to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and others and, thereafter, through the Romans to the British and now Americans. Many Babylonian stories containing the message of that same willful and confused spirit were translated throughout the ancient world. Land after land assimilated the deified figures in those Babylonian stories. Those deities became the root pantheons of many nations under different deity names and with local versions of the stories breaking continuity with the Babylonian origin of the deities in letter but certainly not in spirit. It does not mean that the spirit of those deities was not morphed at all to suit the various ancient locales. It was morphed, but it retained the seeds of willfulness. Willfulness flowed with the stories and warped susceptible and gullible minds wherever those stories were told. That same spirit continues warping such minds today. It seeks to control minds for its sake, for its perpetuation, for the sake of its self-centered dominance.
One can see the willful lines of descendancy from this common ancestral mentality or spirit still running throughout humanity. It is arrogance. The humanistic and empirical and mundane authoritarian strains run through it, even though humanists and empiricists have historically complained of mundane authoritarian religion, rightfully so.
You see, only the non-mundane authoritarian spirit is the real Christian spirit. It is submission to the first and great commandment and the second like it that require egalitarianism and are against private, special advantage and privilege. It is also, therefore, agreeable and compliant with godliness, whereas humanists and empiricists often set themselves at loggerheads against the revealed truth. They lump Christianity in with mundane authoritarians who spew falsehood for truth. The sanctimonious authoritarians are no more agreeable or compliant with godliness then are many atheists.
The Babylonian spirit of arrogance started as what the leadership thought was right, under whatever rationale. The Nimrod story attempts to impart some understanding of this pathology. In many cases, the strong and powerful, such as Nimrod was, thought that the humanistic spirit was good for the people; however, as always with willful leaders who do not truly serve but rather are in power out of ego, the results ran, and continue to run, contrary to being for all the citizens and are leading the people into apostasy from which nothing good has ever come or ever will. That much is clearly demonstrated today by the fact that even following the capitalist rules, working hard for capital, persevering, and obtaining a so-called high, mundane education/indoctrination does not guarantee the promise of the American Dream. It is part of the inherent unrighteousness of mammon.
Those who tout the American Dream guarantee harder, longer, more selfish, and, therefore, more unethical work just trying to stay afloat in a state that itself is a sinking ship. Many people in America work hard, obey the laws, persevere, and try to afford a high, mundane education/indoctrination only to sink.
It is due to the failing lineage from America back to Nimrod's Babylon, and the defiant, ignorant spirit before it, that America is called the Babylon of today. Of course, the entire capitalistic world is the Babylon of today. It is not just confined to America.
"When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them." (Isaiah 41:17). Turn to God and not capital.
Nimrod, the American model
Nimrod was the great hunter (predator), the great builder type, the human architect, the great civilizer, the advocate of satisfying one's lust (eye and flesh), the humanist, the prideful one, the wilderness devourer, etc. Can you see the spirit of America represented in all of that? He is credited by many with having started building the Tower of Babel symbolic for the confusion of the language of humanity. It means that before the selfish spirit asserted itself, humanity had the common spirit (language) of unselfishness that runs contrary to all the characteristics of Nimrod.
Nimrod was the son of Cush who was the son of Ham. Nimrod's uncle Canaan (the fourth son of Ham and, therefore, Cush's brother) and all of Canaan's descendents were cursed forever by Noah for Ham's having apparently sodomized Noah (uncovering Noah's nakedness) while Noah was sleeping off his drunkenness. "And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without." (Genesis 9:22). This was a simultaneous act of homosexuality and incest, not to mention that Ham bragged of it to the utter shame of his own father.
Nimrod's view of the flood, America's view
If the great flood was to cleans the earth of existing evil, it is a wonder (other than because the prophecy must be fulfilled) how the spirit of Ham made it on board the ark. Ham was born after the flood. It is also obvious that the death penalty of Moses was not yet contemplated by Noah, for Moses would have had Ham's life for such an abomination. Nevertheless, Nimrod does not accept his ancestor's errors. He rather blames God for wiping out the iniquitous that is cleansing the earth via flooding. What are the lessons to be learned regardless of the degree to which the stories are allegorical or historically accurate?
Of course, all these acts are forbidden under the spirit of the first and great commandment and the second like it: The drunkenness, the sodomy, the incest, the cursing, singling out one of four sons that is only Canaan of Ham's four sons, and Nimrod's willfulness and vengefulness against God for God's design requiring the spirit of unselfishness as the rule of existence.
So, the American Dream is rooted in unwholesomeness (division) regardless of whether one takes the whole of the story of human kind as one huge prophetic story or as a series of mundane historical accounts or a combination of both. Besides, what kind of success is the promise of America? It is the acquisition of monetary and material possession for those who take unto themselves special advantages and privileges. What makes the rich deserving of special advantages and privileges? Stealing the inheritance of all others makes them deserving? It is accumulation through the system of taking and hoarding that would cause the utter failure and deprivation in the long run for the whole earth were it not for the sake of the meek that the time of covetousness will run out before the entire earth is destroyed.
What makes the rich deserving of special advantages and privileges? "Because I [the rich] can" is their answer. Perhaps you've heard them say it, "because I can." They can be willful, rebellious, arrogant, self-appointing, tricky, and filthy within.
The ideological conservatives calling themselves Christians believe all their monetary and material wealth is a blessing from God. They believe, therefore, that America is blessed by God. Many of them believe the American Dream is a vision from God rather than the vision of the serpent beguiling the fallen to fall farther.
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