@Potemkin , you said;
I agree with you about the fact that you are only an outlier in the context of modern American society, which (it seems to me) has chosen to worship Mammon rather than God. The so-called "prosperity gospel" is, in fact, a parody of Christianity, an attempt on the part of the American masses to reconcile the irreconcilable. Once that fake 'reconciliation' between Mammon and God has occurred, then there is no limit to the vulgar blasphemies which that society can commit....
Oh absolutely, one need only see something like this;
And you know these bastards are headed for the eternal fire if they don't repent.
I think you are being unduly pessimistic. The truth is, after all, the truth, and will always ultimately prevail over lies and delusions. The mills of God grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine....
Well, perhaps I am being ''pessimistic'' in a way, but I think that when Christ returns to set up His eternal Kingdom it's going to be a bit different than what some like Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland expect
. There really are a lot of good people out there, so I should be more hopeful, thanks.
On a related note, I had read the 12 principles of the Builder of Communism before, and Zyuganov's comments reminded me that they really do stem from a secularized set of beliefs that all men of Good Will follow no matter their times and other circumstances, but with Christianity at it's Foundation;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_Cod ... _Communism
1. Loyalty to Communism, and love of the socialist Motherland and other socialist countries.
2.Conscious work for the good of the society: One who doesn't work, doesn't get to eat.
3.Care for the collective property, as well as the multiplying of this property.
4.High consciousness of the social responsibilities, and intolerance to the violation of the social interests.
5.Collectivism and comradery: All for one and one for all.
6.Humane relationships between human beings: One human being is a friend, a comrade and a brother to another human being.
7.Honesty, ethical cleanliness, as well as simplicity and modesty both in private and public life.
8.Mutual respect in the family, and care for the upbringing of the children.
9.Intolerance to the injustice, social parasitism, unfairness, careerism, and acquisitiveness.
10.Friendship and brotherhood with all the nations of the USSR, intolerance to all racial and national dislike.
11. Intolerance to the enemies of communism, peace and freedom of peoples of the world.
12.Brotherly solidarity to all workers of all countries and nations.
Anything a Christian could argue against, if they really examined and thought about it?
I mean, #2 there is a direct reference to St. Paul's admonition in 2nd letter to the Thessalonians chapter 3 verse 10; ''For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.''
And Zyugunov says this is the foundational principle of Communism... For Capitalists do not truly work, but yet they do receive from the labor of others.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.