Recently, a good friend suggested that I should write something about how so much of the senseless inconvenience, unemployment, anxiety, alienation, impoverishment, state tyranny, despair, HYSTERIA, etc, would have been avoided if people had simply believed in God. It immediately struck me as a very good thing to write about. Thanks, DF!
This present miasma of corona-related trouble we are experiencing is simply the result of large-scale practical atheism. Regardless of what people may profess, the attitudes and actions of the masses are a clear confession of no substantive faith in God. I have been following the news like everyone else, and I have yet to hear of any high-ranking statesman of any Western country, besides the great Matteo Salvini, exhorting his countrymen to repent, fast, and pray and to cite this as the most important approach to any and all serious problems. In fact, given the militant atheism that dominates so much of the media and the social infrastructure of Western society, I’m fairly certain that if any statesman had suggested beseeching God, I would have surely heard the merciless lampooning and hissing. The only person who stepped up to the plate in this regard was Mike Lindell, the Christian entrepreneur who converted his regular manufacturing operation to producing sanitary masks. When given the opportunity to speak as an honored guest at President Trump’s press conference, he used that as an opening to encourage the country to deeper study of the Bible, more prayer, and greater commitment to family. Finally, somebody used the megaphone to tell the truth. (Of course, he was reviled for it by about half of the country…) Mike Lindell, God bless him, is neither a statesman nor a clergyman.
The political powers that be have approached this in a totally atheistic manner and so, by the way, many professing believers, clergy and laity alike. Now we are on the eve of the greatest holiday of the Christian year, Easter, and the bishops are shutting the churches notwithstanding the fact that a great many of the faithful laity would like nothing more than to worship the Lord, who is far exalted above all that lives and all that dies and is the source of life itself.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” — Jesus Christ, (Revelation 1:18)
By now, anyone with a capacity for even moderate critical thinking can see that this corona-stuff is extremely overblown and that a great portion of the population is captive to a genuine mass hysteria. (Meanwhile, power-hungry elites have been working at leveraging this hysteria against us in a massive way.) I think you could even be somebody cautious with regards to this virus and still recognize that a whole lot of people are acting in ways that show that they have lost their grasp of reality. And now, because of this hysteria, a great impoverishment must necessarily engulf us.
Humans are not creatures made for just sitting around, regardless whether the context is thousands of years ago (my personal favorite) or the modern eral; people are not made for this. It doesn’t matter how big and dazzling the screens, how fast the internet, people cannot stay idle indefinitely. You cannot just lock people in their homes and treat them like babies month after month without consequences; that is not a feasible solution to any problem, really. It is repugnant to the human spirit, and if a human being is subjected to this for too long, it can only cause him to explode or cause him to smolder out. Both of those are coming in doses we haven’t seen in our lives.
If the latter ends up being the more widespread result, I believe mankind will be enslaved in such totality that there will be no return, ever. This is global. We are at the cusp of mandatory micro-chipping and “vaccines”, constant surveillance, and only-digital money. There is no free haven to run to. There is no free haven to serve as an example. Why do I think it will be so bad? Because the common craving for safety has long been a favorite pressure point for tyrants — this we have seen time and time again. And there is no greater craving for safety like that for the safety of one’s literal flesh:
“And the Lord said to Satan: Hast thou considered my servant, Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a man simple and upright, and fearing God, and avoiding evil, and still keeping his innocence? But thou hast moved me against him, that I should afflict him without cause. And Satan answered, and said: Skin for skin; and all that a man hath, he will give for his life: but put forth thy hand, and touch his bone and his flesh, and then thou shalt see that he will curse thee to thy face.” (Job 2)
What we are seeing right now is an absolutely hysterical attachment to one’s flesh. Not even animals have this crippling degree of self-preservation, and thus, we can be sure that this is from satan — he suggests that people adopt an inordinate attachment to the flesh and then he leverages it against people in order to conquer them.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that the body is evil. God forbid. God created the body and reaffirms its greatness in the Incarnation as well as in the Resurrection, both of our Lord and the redeemed. But the body should never be the thing to which all the other things of our life are subordinated. To do this a tremendous error.
When I claim that we would not have to go through this if, instead of an atheistic civilization, we believed in God, I am not suggesting that this is necessarily a “punishment” from God that could have been averted if enough people had been pious enough. I certainly do hold that miraculous plagues sent by God as chastisements are a real possibility, but we must remember that, generally speaking, God gives both sunshine and rain to both the just and the unjust, by which we ought to infer that all kinds of thorns in life — including viruses — are part of His wise design and exist because they play some important role in the grand scheme of “all things which work together for good to them who love God, who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Interestingly, the evidence very much points to coronavirus not being any kind of extraordinary divine punishment distinct from the usual course of nature in the world. Conaviruses are just part of the normal cocktail of things — colloquially called “the flu” — that makes people sick (and, even die) every year. Sure, coronaviruses can and do mutate, but so do influenza and many other viruses.
When I claim that we would not have to go through this if we believed in God, I mean that if there was a moderate distribution of genuine faith in God throughout our society, hysteria would be impossible. Faith and hysteria are not compatible. One of the benefits of faith is that it bestows an optimism that helps a person to live gracefully and with dignity. A believer is not somebody who imagines God will not permit bad things to happen to them, but a understands that there is a God who intentionally made us in His own image, that is, bestowed upon us a resemblance of His attributes, and bids us to go out and encounter the world boldly, to cultivate it and make it more beautiful and fruitful, to be creative and to labor. A believer is somebody who understands that his worth is assessed in God’s judgment but making something out of the life he has been granted, not by preserving it in some hiding place. Remember the parable of the servants who were given talents and expected to do business with them! This is why Jesus says a disciple must “‘hate’ his life” or else have no part in Him. The ‘hate’ here is a hyperbole needed to jar people out of trances like the one that has now engulf most of the world. Some people needed Jesus to heal their bodies in order to have a chance to truly live the life that God gives, other people need to be shocked with the most jarring possible language in order to have a chance to truly live the life that God gives. Prudence is one thing. But a society that can be cowed into an indefinite term of house arrest because of a minuscule chance of infection (which even then, for most people is not even remotely serious) is a mentally sick and cowardly society.
And what of death? What, do you think you will put it off forever? Do you think death is not already around you all the time? in the form of car accidents, heart disease, malaria, cancer, abortion? You should be so lucky to have 10,000 the lethality of the coronovirus and not have the everyday dangers you have already come to take for granted!
A believer is somebody who can do their job well even while death watches them. A believer has not only a grander view of life, in that he knows it comes from God and not from material accidents, but he has also a peace with death that is unknown to the atheist. The believer knows that death also has meaning; it is not a cruel absurdity that comes to take away all a man has known or could ever hope to know, but is a summons to the that hearing with the Almighty, which for the Christian, is a moment of great hope.
Thus, to the extent that a man hears the words of Christ and believes them, he has a buoyancy in the waters of life. Even if those waters become violent, it is never the Christian way to simply hide idly in some place of perceived safety. There is always a way for a Christian man to behave manfully and with a dignified bearing.
This same can be said of growing older and feeble in later years. There is a way of growing old gracefully that is becoming more and more foreign to the modern man. Since modern man seldom lives in a way that engages his God given capacity for achieving things of key importance, such as providing for himself from the fat of the land, defeating enemies, and producing viable children, forming meaningful relationships, and seeking Truth, he approaches old age and death feeling woefully un-actualized. He is as the servant in Christ’s parable who had little and even the little that he had is soon to be taken away.
The West has long ago thrown its lot in with with atheists. Even non-Western societies, acting as slavish devotees to the West and its amazing material prosperity have long ago taken to mimicking the West and have adopted, more or less, much of its darkness. Now the chickens have come home to roost. All of this was bound to happen, given the trajectory. Nobody could have predicted to details of the global mental breakdown, but that there needed to be one is beyond all doubt.
Regarding the End Times, Scripture says, “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (II Thessalonians 2)
This is, as I said, a foretaste.