King Darius was persuaded by his lieutenants that it would be a good idea to sign a decree saying that for thirty days no one could “petition” any power or anybody other than the King himself! If anybody was found who disobeyed the decree, he was to be thrown into a den of lions!
Of course, the king didn’t know everything, neither could he do everything for everyone. So the decree was not only an attempt to make himself feared, but it was to make something that was not true appear to be true in the minds of submitted subjects – a pretense for the purpose of power. In effect, it was a decree of “pseudo-science” (literally “false-knowledge”, to translate the Greek and Latin combination-word).
Daniel, who had earned the favored position as highest official for years, was caught in a trap set by the many jealous officials around him. His life was at stake! But he did not adjust his normal practice. He continued to pray to God on his knees three times a day with his “windows open” toward Jerusalem while he and his people were exiled in the pagan city of Babylon. He could be seen.
You know what happened. He was thrown into the lions’ den. And God miraculously delivered him!
Today we seem to be in the midst of an incredible proliferation of pseudo-sciences – of “decrees” that are grounded in false-knowledge. Much like the decree of King Darius in Babylon, the state power seeks our submission to their authority under a pretense.
For example, with the COVID-19 pandemic largely behind us, we have the benefit of hindsight. In hindsight, many of those countries and states which had heavy lockdowns and closures, masking and social distancing requirements, and vaccine enforcements by various authorities and health departments fared no better than those countries and states which did not.
Certain countries in Africa and Asia, for example, which did not have the health care apparatus and organization of America or Western Europe, did much better than their “advanced” counterparts. They had the freedom to rely on inexpensive malaria tablets (Hydroxychloroquine), anti-parasite tablets (Ivermectin), and free Vitamin D via rural life in the sunshine.
Yet, the dispensing and even discussion of such alternatives was crushed by the “richer” and “better educated” “authorities”! And as it became undeniable that the highly touted and mandated vaccines neither prevented the disease nor its transmission, the CDC simply changed the definition of a “vaccine”. In September 2021, a vaccine went from something that “produces immunity to a disease” to something that “stimulates the body’s immune response”. But vaccine mandates continued with vehemence in many jurisdictions. This in spite of the fact that the recorded “vaccine adverse events” have been enormous for the COVID “vaccines”, larger than any vaccine in history, and continuing to increase! You might think something is going on.
And “Climate Change” hysteria, as discussed last month – also with its share of heavy censoring of discussion and debate – is another “crisis” being pushed. But making energy less available, dis-empowering free societies versus the Communist and Islamic world, and promoting policies which result in food shortages also plays into greater control by the globalist elites and authorities. Could there be a similar goal?
For many years, evolution itself has been decreed by state authorities as fact, stopping all debate and alternative viewpoints in official circles – even though there is so much wrong with the theory. It just doesn’t work! But it supports Godlessness, Humanism and Communism!
Such ideas drive a humanist, globalist, One-World agenda. Eventually, the Bible says in a plain-sense reading that there will be a global kingdom united under a figure called the Anti-Christ.
“Progressive” enthusiasts also stir up and manipulate bitterness toward an “oppressor class” – the same bitterness which drove Karl Marx. This is the pursuit of incremental Marxist dictatorships – a creeping, godless vision which wants government control – even thought control – along with the abolition of absolute morality founded on religion. The Marxist “dialectic struggle” promotes the “antithesis” to the Christian “thesis” in round after round after round. This is a subversive push against Western and American Democracy – founded on the basis of biblical influence and historically the enemy of Communism.
But think about it. The antithesis to creation is evolution. The antithesis to “the rule of law” is “defund the police”. The antithesis to “equality under God” is the idea that people’s mindset is controlled by their skin color (Critical Race Theory). It’s just plain old racism. The antithesis to “male and female created He them” (Genesis 1:27) is gender confusion and transgenderism. The antithesis to the sanctity of human life is abortion up to the moment of birth. We could go on. Each of these “antitheses” to biblical truth have their own support in some sort of “pseudo-science” (false-knowledge) theorizing.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived through these sorts of things in the Soviet Union. He wrote in his now classic book, The Gulag Archipelago: “There exists a collection of ready-made phrases, of labels, a selection of ready-made lies. …every word, if it does not have to be a direct lie, is nonetheless obliged not to contradict the general, common lie.”
But Solzhenitsyn had the solution. Not only was he a Christian and so could live in ultimate hope of the beauty and glory of God! But he wrote that we have the power, each one of us, to “Live Not by Lies”, as his famous essay was titled. In it he described how to break the hold of the tyrants. Each one of us can choose to one degree or another, like Daniel, not to participate in the lie. We can choose in the prompting of the Spirit not to use the phrases and labels of the lie, the desired behavior of the lie, or whatever agreeing accommodation of the lie.
And here’s more good news, from Isaiah: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression…” (Isaiah 59:19b-20a). It is an undeniable truth as time passes that we are getting closer to the “last of the last days”, to the Second Coming of Christ! In the meantime, we can co-operate with the Spirit of the Lord in lifting up a standard against the lies of the devil and in pointing people to the Redeemer, in whom is “life”, “the light of mankind”!
(Image: Lion’s Den by Hugo Herreraon from Unsplash.com)