Egalitarianism, trying to impose fairness in

liberation says tear down the fence

Jesus is describing the Kingdom of Heaven: “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:14-30. My note: a “talent” was worth about 17 years of wages for a day laborer. In this parable it was something that could be invested to grow, or be left fallow. The important point is that the talents were given with an expectation of increase.

Those who hate the gospel and the Bible appear to hate it for a lot of different reasons, but actually it’s all the same reason, it insults their love of egalitarianism and demands for fairness. Egalitarianism–the doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities–and fairness–impartial and just treatment without favoritism or discrimination–are wonderful ideals. They are stated in the Declaration of Independence. How do these ideals comport with the passage from Matthew, above, especially the boldprint sentence, which directly challenges the popular understanding of egalitarianism and fairness. Those who complain loudest about inequality and unfairness have confused God’s given rights and opportunities with equality of outcome.

Looking at the definition of egalitarianism, It is self evident that all people are not born equal in abilities nor will their opportunities be equal, and if they “deserve” equal rights and opportunities, who has determined that? How does something like that get enforced? Lifting the bottom to a higher level is much more difficult than pushing the top to a lower level. It’s just easier to tear down than build up. Which is why EVERY Communist or Socialist country–which have ALL chosen to pursue equality by tearing down rather than lifting up–can be described as the equal sharing of misery. EXCEPT for those in charge: The high party officials live in luxury and steal billions–which go into their Swiss bank accounts–while the common people, the beloved proletariat, are mired in poverty.

Let’s consider the words of the brilliant Dr. Thomas Sowell, when  asked about reparations based on race, in the name of equality : “Well, [race] is one of any number of one-factor explanations as to why everyone doesn’t have the same outcome. A hundred years ago, it was genetics. At other times and places, it was exploitation. But again, these are ideas that sound plausible. But when you do research, you discover that everywhere you turn, there are a thousand reasons why people don’t turn out the same. It goes right down to the family — in the first chapter of [my book, Discrimination and Disparities], I point out that the first-born has a higher IQ than his siblings. And later in life, has more achievements. Among astronauts, for example, of the 29 astronauts in the Apollo program that put a man on the moon, 22 were were either the first-born or an only child. Now if you can’t get equality among people who are born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, why in the world would you think you’re going to get it among people who’ve had such different histories and cultures around the world?”

I have no more to say on the subject of equality, but will soon deal with reparations.

The “problem” of evil.

Your ideas are really mine

What is evil? Is it suffering? Is it cruelty? Or is it meaninglessness? Is it a thing? Or a feeling? Is it like the definition of pornography from former Supreme Court justice Rehnquist -“I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it?” King Solomon was the wisest man (i.e. male person with only one nature, human, not divine) who ever lived. Rulers and sages came from all over the world to seek his wisdom.

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.

That’s from Ecclesiastes 1:1. You may wonder, what does that have to do with evil? Let’s visit with Solomon for a moment. How did Solomon receive his wisdom? The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 5Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. – 1 Kings 3:1-12. Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind. – 1 Kings 10:23-24

However, this great gift came with a great responsibility. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days. 1 Kings 3:14. Perhaps it is unfortunate that God also blessed Solomon’s reign with great riches, beyond any of the kings in the world at that time, or even all times. Why do I say, unfortunately? His great wealth and power went to his head, and another part of his anatomy. Now King Solomon loved many foreign women….1 Kings 11:1. He did exactly what God told him not to do, because the foreign women would turn his heart from the one true God, who had performed incredible miracles for the Israelites and for Solomon. Turn his heart to what? The foreign women he loved worshipped idols and sacrificed human beings, often children, to those worthless idols, then after worshipping, they might use the wooden idol for their fire, to cook food on. Solomon knew of the power and miracles of God, yet gradually he started worshipping false gods of wood and stone.

He wrote Ecclesiastes after endless experimentation with sex, building stuff, and studying everything in the material world, only to discover emptiness. At the end of his life he returned to God, but by that time Israel was under God’s judgment. Solomon died after reigning 40 years, but after his death, God tore the nation in two through causing Solomon’s son to make a very foolish decision. So Solomon received so much, but in the end discovered it was all for naught, and instead of continued prosperity, his nation fell into generations of war and division. That’s pretty evil. Solomon wasn’t evil but he was deceived. How was he deceived?

I think that evil comes down to worshipping the wrong things. Like Solomon, people worship money, sex, power or concepts, like “the people” (Marxism) or the environment, but at the end of things, worshipping God who created us is the only comfort. 13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. Solomon said that at the end of Ecclesiastes. He also said, “that is the end of the matter.”