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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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Hillaire Belloc in his commentary on modernism as a heresy states:  "[t]here is no such thing as a religion called "Christianity" - there never has been such a religion". 

"There is and always has been the Church, and various heresies proceeding from a rejection of some of the Church's doctrines by men who still desire to retain the rest of her teaching and morals.  But there never has been and never can be or will be a general Christian religion professed by men who all accept some central important doctrines, while agreeing to differ about others.  There has always been from the beginning and will always be the Church, and sundry heresies either doomed to decay, like Mohammedanism, to grow into a separate religion.  Of a common Christianity there never has been and never can be a definition, for it has never existed." 

Belloc goes on to state, "[t]here is no essential doctrine such that if we can agree upon it we can agree to differ about the rest:  as for instance to accept immorality but deny the Trinity.   A man will call himself a Christian though he denies the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, he will cheerfully call himself a Christian though he denies the Incarnation."

This point is critical today.  With over 35,000 denominations and growing every day, the disunification of Christianity is destructive to not only Christ's message but also to our moral authority in our battle to save the West.   The relativistic concept that no belief system or lifestyle is better than any other has led us down the path to where we fail to recognize good and evil in our midst.

Whether we want to face it or not we are all "infidels".  Radical Islam will not tolerate the West in its present state.  Almost on a daily basis, we hear threats of death and doom if the West fails to convert to Islam.  Our way of life is under assault.  The West must speak again with one voice as it did for 1,500 years prior to the reformation. 

The recent Pope-Islam incident brought much of the West to the defense of the Pope.  For a quick moment one could sense unity in Christianity and the West.  We had the air of cohesiveness.  The West needs a central moral authority to stand against the intolerance of those that demand our conversion by the threat of the sword.

Christianity narrowly fought off the Muslim invasion when it spoke with one authority.  How will the West do so today when it is so splintered? 

As Belloc states, the battle to retain our liberty is ultimately a battle which will be won or lost based upon our adherence to the Truth which rests in the Church and not in some esoteric version of christianity.  "No: the quarrel is between the Church and the anti-Church-the Church of God and the anti-God-the Church of Christ and the anti-Christ," Belloc. 

Only the Truth will fully open our eyes to this reality and the grave threat the West faces.  The destruction of the Church inevitably is the death of the West.  We must see this connection.