Peace and Affirmation
(from where we get affirmative action)
Georg Hegel wrote: "When a man has finally reached the point where he does not think he knows it better than others, that is when he has become indifferent to what they have done badly and he is interested only in what they have done right, then peace and affirmation have come to him." (G. F. W. Hegel, in one of the casual notes preserved at Widener, sighted in Carl Friedrich, The Philosophy of Hegel) Run a business like this and see how long you last before you go out of business or run a country like this and see how long you last before you go into debt. This act (praxis) alone negates the father's/Father's authority to 1) give commands and rules to be obeyed and facts and truth to be accepted as is, to (2) bless those who obey, to 3) chasten those who disobey, and to 4) cast out those who disrespect (question and challenge) his authority. "Done badly" is relative (along a spectrum of 'changingness'), i.e., is not either-or, i.e., is not of the father's authority. "Done wrong" is absolute, i.e., is either-or, i.e. is of the father's authority. By negating "wrong," the father's authority to 1) give commands and rules to be obeyed and facts and truth to be accepted as is (by faith), to 2) reward the child for doing right, to 3) chasten him for doing wrong, or 4) cast him out for disrespecting his authority, is negated. In this way (through dialectic 'reasoning') the child's carnal nature (the child as he is without parental authority) becomes "good," allowing him to have peace with himself, behaving as he is, i.e. carnal, and have peace with the other children around him, behaving as they are, i.e. carnal, with them affirming his carnal nature and him affirming theirs.
There is no Godly restraint in Hegel's statement, there is only a man 'justifying' his deceitful and wicked heart, 'justifying' his carnal ways. "And he [the Lord] said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." John 16:15 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:" Matthew 15:19 "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered." Proverbs 28:26
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them." Colossians 3:5-7
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:1-17
Hegel (as Immanuel Kant) placed his hope in the carnal pleasures of this life, with man working with man in an effort to 'create' "worldly peace and socialist harmony," "affirming" ('justifying' to himself) his carnal ways in the process, only, in the end to die in his sins, to spend eternity in Hell. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25
"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." Romans 10:3 Our hope is found in the Lord our God, living according to His Word, inheriting eternal life in Him. When the "church" uses Hegel's dialectic 'logic' it becomes apostate.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalms 51:10
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