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Rusty gods.

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Aug 5, 2015 at 02:04

Hello, Charles. You said,

"One factor driving the growth of groups like ISIS is an intrinsic cohesion in Islam that now appears to be lacking in Western society."

The "cohesion" of Western society, up until 50-70 years ago, was Christianity -- which, in turn, had developed from Torah. It was that cohesion, particularly the cohesion brought about by the Roman Church, that enabled Charles Martel of history to withstand the Muslim tide that had rapidly swept over Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Israel, Phoenicia, Carthage and much of ancient civilization. The other stopper of Muslim conquest was the Byzantine Empire, the great bastion of Greek Orthodox Christianity. The Turks then overcame the Greeks, to be kept from the Roman world by the Polish "Martel", John III Sobieski.

After such a defense of Western values, it's interesting that Christianity in the West has fallen of its own internal decay, after having virtually conquered the world through colonial empires. That is a great mystery in itself. But what has replaced it? What has replaced the hope of eternal life, held by our ancestors? I dare say, it has been the false hope presented by industrialization and materialism. These are the golden calves that the unbelieving leaders of today claim "led us out of Egypt".

I was born and raised in what has come to be known as America's "Rust Belt". Shortly before I was conceived, we were called "America's Machnine Shop", turning out modern-day "golden calves" such as automobiles, tractors, cranes, generators, spark plugs, locks, motorcycles, tank turrets and engine reducers for battleships. Now, the places that produced those things have turned to rust, as though Moses had commanded Aaron to throw them into the fire, then made the people to eat them.

Our gods have fled; and the Muslims think their idol Allah can replace them. We'll see how it pans out. We once had a God who defeated Allah; but we traded Him for a bucket of rust. What will the Muslims untimately do? My bet, is that they're envious of our bucket of rust, and will abandon Allah for a chance to taste it. "Radioactive" seems to be their favorite flavor.

Boom! Poof! I don't know what will happen next. Forty years in the wilderness?

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