Why few will listen.
Hope springs eternal.
"Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God."
The key to understanding Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (which Hegel and Marx both saw as important to the process of 'change,' Marx Critiquing it along with Hegel's Philosophy of Right, making himself more "important," i.e. more "pure") is Kant's definition of hope, basing hope in man, i.e. in this world only. According to Kant, hope is in happiness, happiness is in pleasure, and pleasure is in the mind. Now we know that that pleasure of the mind is the 'emancipation' or 'liberation' of dopamine, a neurotransmitter our body naturally produces—as a result of our nervous system coming into contact with something of gratification in the environment (in the world) or our thinking upon something which is gratifying to the body, to the flesh. Thus all that Kant, Hegel, and Marx, i.e. all those of dialectic 'reasoning,' those of 'change,' have to offer man is hope in the "lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," i.e. "the pride of life" being man's pride in controlling (initiate and sustain) the object of gratification for the 'purpose' of pleasure (pleasure being the highest end of life, according to Freud, Hegel calling pleasure "enjoyment," i.e. in the German language actually calling it "lust").
All that philosophy, psychology, and sociology (the wisdom of men) can offer man is that hope which is of the world only, of "Nature only" (Marx). Without hope in 'change,' i.e. in the 'emancipation' of the pleasure of dopamine, pleasure can not be initiated or sustained, thus the emphasis is upon 'change,' with 'change' being preached, taught, and pushed down the throats of everyone today—for the "goodness" of mankind. It is what the consensus process is all about. It is all that the "new world order" can built upon, that which is common to all man, his fallen nature. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
Attempting to 'justify' that which is of the world only (rejecting faith, i.e. rejecting hope in Christ), Carl Rogers wrote: "Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed." By establishing 'change' (that which is of the world) instead of absolutes (that which is of the spirit) as the way of life, man's carnal nature (his "natural inclination" of approaching pleasure and avoiding pain) becomes the spectrum from which to determine good and evil, right and wrong from. Rogers continued: "Consciousness, instead of being the watchman over a dangerous and unpredictable lot of impulses, becomes the comfortable inhabitant of a society of impulses and feelings and thoughts." According to this way of thinking, i.e. this way of hope: "Individuals move not from a fixity through change to a new fixity, though such a process is indeed possible. But [through a] continuum from fixity to changingness, from rigid structure to flow, from stasis to process." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy) Theodor Adorno wrote: "A natural step in the present study [the 'changing' of society from where the Father rules (top-down, where man's hope can only come from above) to where the children rule (equality, where hope resided within man himself)], therefore, was to conceive of a continuum extending from extreme conservatism to extreme liberalism [to where pleasure in this life is restrained (by hope in the Lord, in the life to come) to where pleasure is 'liberated' (by hope being found in this life only)] and to construct a scale which would place individuals along this continuum [progressing from placing hope in that which is from above, in God, to placing hope in that which is from below, of "human nature"]." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)
"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1: 13-1
If we have hope only in the pleasures of this life we have only eternal death to look forward to. Only in Christ, in the grace, mercy, and power of God, do we have hope in the glory of God, in eternal life. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." 1 Corinthians 15:19 "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;" "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" Titus 1:2, 2:13
By the wisdom of man, "pure 'reasoning'" giving him the hope of pleasure in this life only, he has been turned away from having Hope in Christ. Placing his hope in man he has been turned away from placing his hope in the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ only, i.e. he has been turn from eternal life to eternal death. In this 'reasoning,' man has deceived himself into believing that there is life only in the life of "enjoyment" and "pleasure" (in this life only), dying in his sins. "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:24-26
Believing a lie, i.e. loving a lie, he has rejected the truth of the gospel (the gospel of suffering and enduring) and in his 'imagination' creating instead a gospel of his own making, a gospel of the pleasures of this life, deceiving himself and taking pleasure in deceiving all who follow him, esteeming themselves as being "good," celebrating their "oneness." All this is done over the 'liberation' of a chemical called dopamine— from which we get the word "dope"—which our body naturally produces when it comes into contact with (or we thinking upon) gratifying objects in this world.
In his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant elevated 'reasoning' (dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e. "human reasoning," i.e. man 'justifying' himself through the dialoging of his opinions, i.e. how he "feels" and what he "thinks," arriving at "truth," as he sees it), making 'reasoning' (man's opinion) equal with faith, declaring that he had not lost his faith, which was a lie. He simply elevated man to being equal with God (as two did in the garden in Eden), placing his hope in this world alone, negating faith in the Lord in the process. This is what Marx—who "purified" Kant and Hegel—did.
Why follow after the "logic" of looser like Kant, Hegel, and Marx who "Professing themselves to be wise [placing their hope in man and his 'reasoning' abilities,' thinking that man is able to direct his own steps, i.e. control his life in the augmentation of pleasure and the attenuation of pain, i.e. perceiving the absents of or the "missing" out on pleasure as pain], they became fools" (Romans 1:22), following after the spirit of the Antichrist, losing their souls in the process of 'change.'
Place you Hope in Christ, not in man, for your soul sake. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 13:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God. No one who 'reasons' dialectic, i.e. who places his hope in this world, can keep his faith, i.e. can inherit eternal life.
1 Timothy 3:1-17
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2013-2015