Thursday, May 19, 2011

Can Salvation Be Collective?

There are a lot of religious and secular people in the world trying to convince us that our happiness and eventual salvation from death is dependent on 'global solutions' and 'collective action'. The United Nations,  environmentalists, Marxist/socialists, Islamic extremists, and even many Christian churches, want you to believe that we can achieve 'collective salvation' from 'collective guilt'. There is no such thing as collective guilt. You can be saved by God's grace no matter who you are or where you are; whether rich or poor; regardless of skin color. God alone is our judge.

Many people feel they can't ever be happy unless all people are fed, clothed, housed, employed, and happy. Woody Allen famously said it in his Oscar-winning hit film Annie Hall. This belief essentially describes the Leftist, 'progressive' viewpoint.

It's dead wrong, and flies in the face of Judeo-Christian teachings. Yes, we do have an obligation to help the poor, whether materially or spiritually, as much as we can. But it's an individual obligation arrived at by free choice. Jesus said, "For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me." The Book of Ecclesiastes says, 
"So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun."
There is no such thing as collective salvation. Only God can grant this, and it's done on an individual basis, determined by your relationship with God. Your deeds alone cannot save or condemn you.

This is what really marks our age as evil. The collectivist ideal is a grave menace to our nation and the world.
It's Marxism in disguise, preaching that Jesus was a social justice community organizer, and there is no salvation unless everyone has material salvation. Therefore, the full machinery of all-powerful government must be brought to bear on all social ills. Religion then becomes a tool of government, and inevitably, private property rights have to disappear, because it's all needed for the collective.

This is pure heresy. Jesus preached that God is personal, and wants a private relationship with each of us individually; that many, perhaps most people, will reject God, and be "burned in the furnace as chaff"; and the kingdom of this material world is evil; that we must "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and to God, that which is God's."

Jesus: "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be [killed]: but now is my kingdom not from hence."