Deadly Cycle of Decadence
After the 9/11 attack in New
York City in 2001, Rev. Jerry Falwell, in essence, said that all of the secularization in America (support for 40,000,000 abortions, "homosexuality", outlawing of school
prayer, etc.) had amounted to the massive national sin of individuals committing sins
and claiming the sins were OK and a nation of citizens just letting it
happen. Is the terrorism associated with extremist Islam possibly a sword of chastisement?
The San Francisco earthquake of 1989 hit a most
sin-filled city, as did the 9/11 (2001) attack. Hurricane Andrew of 1992 devastated a part of
Florida with a high concentration of sin. And hurricane Katrina of Sept. 2005 laid waste New
Orleans (days before a 125,000 34th Southern Decadence gay rally) and the gambling-ridden
The Bible allows us to see what God is like and
how He thinks. Jesus emphasized God's love, grace, and mercy. But here is what God said to the Israelites as they were about to enter the
Promised Land about
3400 years ago (so, you judge for yourself what He thinks about the changes in America even though He is the God of love, grace. and mercy). God said this to His initially chosen people and would later...through Jesus...extend His love and warnings to the rest of mankind. Decadence and hunger for power and wealth lead to mans' inhumanity to man (see HERE).
Throughout history, societies & nations have risen (as they focused on God) and fallen (as they turned away from God) as consequences came down as a result of individual and aggregate choices. Around 2000 years ago, Jesus came to (1) proclaim & clarify the truth about the one true God and to shed His blood in an atoning death to save mankind and also to offer The Way. My bottom line as of mid-2016 is that the greatest present and future status for a human is to be FULLY SAVED.
The book of Deuteronomy
15 "See, I have set before thee
this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command
thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his
statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless
thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
17 But if thine heart
turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve
18 I denounce unto
you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land,
whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and
earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and
cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may
20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou
mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the
length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
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(posted 5 September 2004; latest addition 3