From The Master's Table Web Site
The NOW Generation
The reason for this article is to inform those that want to understand what is being taught by the public school system as well as books and many movies. I’m writing this because this new generation today is moving very fast towards putting in place what has become known as individual freedom or individualism. Now let me be clear in saying that individualism is not a bad thing of and by itself as that is what we need in many cases to be free of oppressing Governments whether it being in society or a church. The type of individualism that I’m referring to in this article is more what can be termed as “radical individualism.”
Radical Individualists promote the exercise of one's goals, desires, independence and self-reliance for the self. Radical Individualism makes the individual its focus and starts "with the fundamental premise that the human individual is of primary importance in the struggle for liberation."
Lady Gaga, Britney spears, and many others have been leading the way for the NOW Generation to accept whatever anyone wants to become or what anyone wants to do as long as it does not cause pain or suffering to anyone else. The question is does this attitude of radical individualism cause pain or suffering to anyone? The answer will become apparent if you continue to read.
Purple hair can be an eyesore but I doubt that it would cause pain or suffering to those that see it and I even doubt that parents would even hide their children’s eyes if they were in the presents of such a site. So what will this generations movement towards radical individualism do that will cause pain or suffering and could it even cause our society to self-destruct or at the least become a fractured society?
So as this generation believes, everyone should be able to make their own rules for their own lives. Like the acceptance of marriages between two men or women, or that they can adopt a child and live as normal married men and women.
They also want what became known as free love back in the 1960’s. The 19th century Free Love movement sought to separate the state from sexual matters such as marriage, birth control, and adultery. It insisted that such matters were properly the concern of the individuals involved, and no one else. Free love advocates, who sometimes traced their roots back to “Josiah Warren” and viewed sexual freedom as a clear, direct expression of an individual's self-ownership. Free love was particularly stressed as a women's rights since most sexual laws discriminated against women. They used this platform to launch their agenda that has become this movement called individualism.
Just what is the point of rules and laws anyway? Now this question may seem real obvious to many of us but believe me when I tell you that there are thousands of young people that want to do away with what they term out-dated-thinking. They say we as a society must change to fit into this new age we live in and I must say they make a great argument when presented in their frame of thinking but what they have not considered or thought through is that actions have consequences and if society is changed in the way they want under this movement towards radical individualism the consequences can become so constant that society can self- destruct or at least become divided in a very destructive way. Rules and laws by their nature includes everyone, thus radical individualism could not exist.
Remember that God created society when He put Adam to sleep and created Eve and then told them to multiply and replenish the Earth. It is the creator God that placed rules and laws not only with Adam and Eve but with all mankind for the good of all. The Ten Commandments are for the purpose of our relationship with God and then our relationship with our neighbors. God also has shown down through history how breaking these laws are just as destructive as breaking the law of gravity.
Over indulgence of the self leads to greed, pride, Physical lust, Anger, Gluttony, Laziness, Strong desire for power over others, Strong desire for accumulation of wealth and material possessions and to be satisfied no matter who might be harmed because life becomes cheapened, losing its God-given sanctity. Obsession with violence and murder, and the lack of compassion or empathy for those individuals who are handicapped or who are ill will also occur as a result of Radical Individualism and this is just what is being presented by the video games that are increasing in violence.
A new and wrong kind of love being accepted:
Many people think that there is only one type of love which is described as affection for another person, however there are more than one type of love. The first type is Agape which is the kind of love that can come from God, and Jesus first and foremost for humankind and then for His creation. There is also affectionate concern for the well-being of others: the love of one's neighbor, or charity which is benevolent feelings toward those in need. Then there is the type with a warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend. Then there is sexual passion or desire which is the type that is a feeling toward a person whom is a sweetheart or life mate. There is however a new kind of love being taught in many churches and around the world today. This new love that is being preached by those who follow the ways of this world is just the opposite of God's love. Their brand of love is inward toward the self. They teach that we must look inside ourselves to find God. That to bring out what is deep within will connect us to our "higher power" or our spirit within allowing us to fulfill our greatest needs and desires which will unlock the infinite power of self.
As I have written before this teaching comes from the old practice of witchcraft but can be found in what is known today as the coven of Wicca. There is even a coven called the "Christian-Wicca" which teaches self -help techniques. Satan wants us to concentrate on the inner spirit because it is in reality, the spirit of the self, and promotes only what the individual desires, or even to love in a way that accepts all regardless of the person's lifestyle. The Wicca movement even states that they are neutral, and that there is no such thing as right or wrong. To allow Satan to convince us that we should promote the self for success in life is to bring the very fruits of destruction, and is the very thing Paul warned us about as recorded in 2 Tim 3:1-5 saying. "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" Think of the type of world we would have to endure if these fruits were in most people and this generation is coming and is almost here I'm sorry to say!
What are other freedoms that have come with this new movement?
We have what is called legal voluntary abortion in the United States and is used my thousands of women every day. When women believe they can murder their child because it's her body and she has a right to do with her body as she pleases; she is still committing M-U-R-D-E-R and will be judged by the great God of heaven for the murder of her innocent child. I just wish these women could hear the cry of their child as its being murdered!
Abortion and Planned Parenthood Statistics
Released October 5, 2005
Abortions in the United States
Total number of abortions in the U.S. since 1973: 48 million +
Abortions per year: 1,200,000
Abortions per day: 3,288
Abortions per hour: 137
9 abortions every 4 minutes
1 abortion every 26 seconds
What else has become like a disease in our society as a result?
The Department of Health and Human Services released a survey estimating that child abuse and neglect in the United States nearly doubled during the seven years between 1986 and 1993.
Drug abuse: The U.S. federal government spent over $19 billion dollars in 2003 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $600 per second. The budget has since been increased greatly over a billion dollars. Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy. State and local governments spent at least another 30 billion. Source: National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University: Jeffrey A. Miron, Department of Economics, Harvard University: "The Budgetary Implications of Drug Prohibition," December 2008.
The U.S. Department of Justice reported that in 2004, an estimated 2.1 million burglary offenses were committed in the United States? In 2004, there were an estimated 1,237,114 motor vehicle thefts in the Nation. In 2004, there were an estimated 1,367,009 violent crimes nationwide. Of these, were aggravated assaults comprised of robbery, forcible rape and murder.
Just what is compatibility and is it relevant in our time? The definition of compatibility is to be capable of existing or living together in harmony so let's explore how this is important. Any and all machines made by man must have parts that are compatible or they could not work together and human society is no different! I worked for over 20 years as an Architectural and Structural designer and I can tell you that if anyone in our team used radical individualism they would be fired without question because to design anything correctly must take the cooperation of a good design team.
We all want to be ourselves, to develop and express our individuality. But never forget this important point…We do not live on this earth alone.
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Timothy M. Youngblood ~ Elder