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Is God Dead?
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
J.L. Robb

Now that I have your attention and before you jump to conclusions, many of us remember this question from the front cover of TIME Magazine: April 8, 1966 AD or April 8, 1966 CE, depending on designation.  I was nineteen and remember it well.

Is that controversial enough for you?

Time: What If There's No Hell?Forty-five years later, in the April 25, 2011, issue of TIME they did it again.  Now they ask if Hell really exists.  Why does TIME seem obsessed with the mythisization of God?

What happened to the United States in the ‘60s?

In 1960 religion polls, 95% of U.S citizens worshiped God.*

In 2011 religion polls, 79% of U.S citizens worshiped God.

* The God of Abraham (at one time, this was understood) 

The ‘60s was the “coming out” party for liberal thought and progressive thinking.  High school kids started expressing themselves with tie-dyed shirts and orange hair, short and shorter skirts and skin piercings.  Narcissism was born again and would now be an experience for anyone who wanted it, rather than royalty.  Prior to the ‘60s, narcissism was reserved for Kings and Monarchs, Popes and High Priests; not the little, common man.

The ‘60s became the anti-Vietnam it’s-all-about-me generation because there was no way college kids were going to go to war for the U.S.  They were too busy burning flags and throwing Molotov cocktails at National Guard troops and those of us who served; and having sex, lots and lots of sex.  There certainly was no time for God.

Remember the chants?  Make love, not war!  If it feels good, do it!  Pass the acid!

In the ‘60s, Madalyn Murray O’Hair and Dr. Benjamin Spock changed everything in the world of our Founding Fathers and the post-World War II culture.  Most Christians of the day stood by and did nothing; and those who did were ridiculed.

The Is God Dead cover on TIME, April 8, 1966, was three years after Madalyn MurrayTime: Is God Dead? O’Hair successfully sued the Abington School District in Maryland to have God and any mention thereof, removed from the school system.  She sued to “protect her son, Bill.” William Murray later became an evangelical Christian and notable speaker, as well as Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition.

On the heels of a 1962 court ruling of Engel vs. Vitale, Madalyn Murray O’Hair successfully manipulated the U.S. Supreme Court into kicking God completely out of school, with the support of some preachers and rabbis.  The result of this action is still claiming repercussions today, in the evolution of our progressive culture.  No public prayers in school, no morning devotions, no prayer at football games, no T-shirts with Christian or Jewish symbols; and now it seems, no high school proms or graduation ceremonies in Churches or Synagogues.  When was the last time you saw a Ten Commandments display in the county courthouse?

Thanks to Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Buzz Aldrin’s efforts to celebrate communion on the Apollo 11 flight were thwarted by NASA. In his own words:

“I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute they had requested that I not do so.  NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis…” Buzz Aldrin, July 20, 1969

O’Hair was once described in a 1964 issue of LIFE as the “most hated woman in America.”

Dr. Spock was an anti-Vietnam War activist who wrote The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care in 1946.  By the ‘60s, it was the book du jour for the progressive parent.  He advocated that too much affection would make children weak, and no corporal discipline would make them strong.  Don’t spank that kid whatever you do. Reason with reverse logic.  Later in life, Dr. Spock recanted some of his teachings.

How did the ‘60s work for us?

Are things better now?  Are kids better behaved and more respectful?  Has crime decreased since we kicked God out of school?  What about sex crimes, Unwed moms and disappearing dads?  Maybe a little Pedophilia thrown in?

I don’t think “things are better,” and anyone with a newspaper realizes things are far worse than they were in 1960, at least anyone old enough to remember way back then.

Two thousand years ago, a man named Paul made predictions about the Last Days.  A Roman Jew, his Hebrew name was Saul.  He was trained in the Jewish Law and Jewish traditions.  Luckily, he was a citizen of Rome, which meant he received a certain amount of slack.  Before he was Paul, he made tents and persecuted the Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah.  He personally approved of the murder of Stephen, stoned to death, as he zealously persecuted the followers of Jesus.  Paul made the following prediction about 2,000 years ago.

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

Does any of this sound familiar?  Of course, this falling away from the teachings of God had to happen.  It was predicted.  An apostasy was going to happen in the last days.

“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction…”  2 Thessalonians 2:3 NASB

Apostasy (uh-pos-tuh-see) noun: a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.

It looks to me like this has happened in too many places and has been happening since the decade of the 1960s.  Not that all things bad came from this decade, just that too much bad came and is irreversible.

The “Let’s make love, not war” chant and the other chants of the day brought us an array of sexually transmitted diseases.  In 1960 there were only two; in 2011 there are more than 25, some fatal, ie HIV.  The ‘60s brought us an epidemic of unwed mothers and feticide.

And then there is the plague of abortion.   Fifty-five million dead since 1973 in the United States.

"Using GI figures through 2008, estimating 1,212,400 abortions for 2009 through 2011, and factoring in the possible 3% undercount GI estimates for its own figures, the total number of abortions performed in the U.S. since 1973 equals 54,559,615." - National Right to Life

So was TIME right?  Is God dead?

Of course not, but it seems our society has tried its best to kill Him.  We still are, and no one really seems to be fighting back.  After Adam and Eve rejected God’s single rule, He kind of disappeared for a while, making a few appearances over time.  Sometimes He would work a few miracles, and the people would believe for a generation or so.  There was Noah and then Abraham, Moses and finally, his only created Son.

God has given us the ability to make our own choices, not because He wanted it this way; but because we wanted it this way.

As for the kids with the chants in the ‘60s, as for the progressives who ridicule God’s rules and implement their own and as for the Bill Maher comedians (is he really funny?) who think everything God is what’s wrong with the world, God had this to say about you:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

By the way, at the beginning I mentioned “designation” as pertains to the dates as we now record them.  Until the ‘60s, any year after the birth of Christ was referred to as AD from the Latin Anno Domini, “In the year of our Lord.”  Any year before the birth of Christ was designated as BC, meaning “Before Christ.”

By the time the ‘60s crawled into the ‘70s, the dating designations changed.  AD became CE (Common Era) and BC became BCE (Before the Common Era).  Politically correct.

And now we have AMMO: After Madalyn Murray O’Hair

Need I say more?  Think about it.

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