The Dongola Times

(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
31st of May, 2015

Good Death

I am surprised how fast this thing is evolving. Like a bunch of other loud-mouths, I said "Oh, in two generations, all suicide, most cowardice, and much murder will masquerade as euthanasia." Apparently I should have said "in two years."

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/01/europes-euthanasia-craze

What a beginning! Oh, Europe, how great you were! How God clothed you in honour and glory! And how you turned your back on the One who "called you out of the darkness into His glorious light"! How you despised the Blood that was shed for you! How you desecrated the calling you were given!

And now, behold, you have been given in these Last Days into the hand of your enemies. Your children have become suicidal. Your capitals are in the hands of the Muslims who hate you. The first problem was the mariolatry that the Roman Catholics taught. It drew Europe into resurgent paganism (see Nazism, for instance) because paganism can compete successfully with Roman Catholicism, but not with the Gospel. Roman Catholicism, like any paganism, is just a religion. Just a collection of instructions and ceremonies and buildings. These things even pagans have aplenty. Moreover, the Christians are required to observe as Law only those things that Moses gave, short of which they are required to live righteous by faith, not by works of the Law.

Rejecting or ignoring this not only negates the Gospel ("in which is revealed a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written 'The just one shall live by faith'", to quote Paul in Romans chapter 1), and not only leaves room for paganism, but also consequently requires a legalistic framework of relating to God. Bad. (What's special about the Law of Moses, which cannot be found in the RCC's Code of Canon Law, for instance, is that Moses is explicityly counter-pagan in a way no other human law-giver can ever be. If it is not Moses, it is either the Gospel or it is pagan.)

So this mariolatry, this praying to Mary and the saints, was opposed from as early as Revelation 2. And in that passage, Jesus says that the communions that keep "committing adultery with that false prophetess Jezebel" would be "thrown on a bed of suffering, along with all her children". After conceding that they do in fact carry out a lot of good works (it's true, these are some of the more-charitable communions, especially compared to the far wealthier WASPs), He says "Your problem is that you are following this mariolatrous heresy even after I gave you time to repent from it." That is, since the Reformation.