Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Paganism, The Default Mode of Humans


pa·gan

  [pey-guhn]  Show IPA
noun
1.
one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religionas the ancient Romans and Greeks. polytheist.
2.
a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim. heathen, gentile; idolator; nonbeliever.
3.
an irreligious or hedonistic person.
4.
a person deemed savage or uncivilized and morally deficient.
adjective
5.
pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that isneither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim. heathen,heathenish, idolatrous, polytheistic. Christian,Jewish, Muslim, monotheistic.
6.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pagans.
7.
irreligious or hedonistic. unbelieving, godless,atheistic, agnosticimpious, profane, sacrilegious, unholy,ungodly. religious, pious, devout.
8.
of a person deemed backward, savage, or uncivilized ormorally or spiritually stunted. primitive,uncultivated, uncultured, heathenish, barbaric, barbarous,philistine. civilized, cultivated, cultured, urbane.


We are all born pagan. By that I mean no one is born a Christian. If there is no regeneration of the heart by Jesus Himself, we remain a pagan.


We may be religious. We may go to church. We may say we believe in Jesus Christ or the God of the Holy Bible. But without a true conversion of the human heart, we remain the same as those who profess a belief in modern day paganism.


I say all of this now as many in the USA decry our nation's lack of moral leadership as abortions are protected and marriage is redefined. The truth is we come into this world as murderers and sexual idolators. Why else did God give us the Ten Commandments? In order for us be the people we must be in God's eyes, we must change. And the only way we can change is by God's mercy for nothing is impossible with God. The solution to our problems is the preaching of the Gospel plain and simple. Our political leaders need to hear the Gospel and the person in the street needs to hear the Gospel. That my friend is the business of the Church. 



So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? (Gal. 4:7-9)