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8/23/12

Pagan Cultural Values ​​in the Digital Society  


The Christianization of Roman society, after the Edict of Milan in 313, made polytheistic religions stay restricted to small rural villages that were called "Pagus".
Since then Christians began to call all those pagans who still retained polytheism.
In its true sense, the term designates pagan polytheistic religions (religions who worship multiple gods and deities) and its cultural model.
The term also applies to the pagan lifestyle of the people who do not accept the existence of a single creator God of all things, whose paradigm may be the Greco-Roman society and, somehow, some societies that emerged after the Renaissance movement .
This "religion of the pagans" - in the words of historian Paul Orosio Hispanic (fifth century) - is characterized by conceiving gods according to the pattern, human needs and desires.
Gods subject to the same vicissitudes, weaknesses and passions of men and women.
Gods without theological coherence or moral standard and well-defined goal.
This cultural pattern, ie, the model of conduct and of life was a consequence of misinformation and irrational side of the overlap on the rational side of human beings.
(It was as if his body "animal" prevailed over the mind "educational", ie the flesh prevailed over the spirit.)
 So at that time was accepted the promiscuity, the immoralities, orgies, idolatries and violence very naturally. That was until, "justified" because the people did not know a decent education and social founded the Creator.
Today, however, some of our politicians have rediscovered paganism, but think they invented formulas evolved to drive a society.
The model pagan (secular, pluralistic, egalitarian, non-censorship, etc..) Is the format most rudimentary and archaic to lead a company.
This model does not set limits or require sacrifices ethical and moral citizens. In pagan system, everyone can and everything they please without worrying about consequences.
In general, paganism is connected to the absence of limits, lack of discipline and abdications absence of any preventive nature.
In paganism, it is common to the massive presence of attitudes merely pleasurable without any concern for future consequences. The effect of religion (the multiplicity of gods, spirits, deities and divinities several) is only the most obvious part of a behavior usually "pleasure" and engaged with the future. (A behavior too "festive" where the desires of the body is to control the mind and not the good sense).
In day-to-day paganism vai settling by replacing the rational for more practical and pleasurable, that is, people come to submit to only what they want and not what they should and should undergo.
The consequences over time failures are followed by failures accompanied by pain and misery. These consequences lead people to despair and to the emergence of numerous worship the "gods" as an attempt to supernatural solutions.
So paganism is not restricted to religious worship foolish.
Actually, it's all a social construct which should get away as much as possible!
(Note: Some international encyclopedias define paganism as the standard of religious and social behavior that has no prophetic origin, ie is not of Christian teachings, Jewish or Muslim).
Karl Marx, the founder of atheistic communism (taken as "scientific socialism") identified a strong link between poverty and pagan religious practice. He just did not know how to differentiate the pagan religious knowledge (knowledge from legends, myths and utopias human) of the prophetic religious knowledge (knowledge coming from God the Creator).
Today, it is already evident that Karl Marx's atheism is not a solution against paganism, whether religious, or social. The last decades have shown that atheism-forced (by imposition of government) also generates underdevelopment and poverty, (this was evident in Russia and Eastern Europe in the communist period).
 However, Christianity, more genuine, more results in enlightenment and prosperity away from the violence and poverty of the countries that adopt it.
We can prove this fact by comparing the rates of development of the countries seriously Christians with the indices of development of countries more or less pagan.
Therefore, we Christians need to reevaluate our cultural trends and our educational model, if we are to achieve Christianity prevails.
If we give a little more credence to biblical teachings, sensibly and without much mysticism, realize the true causes and possible solutions of the problems that plague our societies.

8/3/12

The Bible, Capitalism and  Prosperity Protestant


With the consolidation of Christian Reform, around the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the main Protestant countries were based on biblical ethics to develop a social system against the bondage of feudalism practiced during the Middle Ages. Thus was born, in a cradle Protestant, which came to be called the capitalist system. The initial goal was to create business rules and productive than slavery and fought recompensassem people as fairly and as transparently as possible. The result was a strong economic and industrial growth in countries that adopted the "new system" of a fair and correct. Note: the term capitalism is new, but the system itself (its essence) was already used by the people of Israel from the time of the prophet Moses.
The conversion products, services, manpower, time, etc. properties. In monetary values ​​(money, "capital"), was restored by Protestants to achieve accuracy and speed in trade, labor and production soon after Middle Ages. At that time, around the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it was found that was more efficient and safer to carry cash in your pocket, than sacks of flour, gold, baskets, etc. cows., When making any business transaction. Moreover, without the flexibility of money, it was very difficult to exchange favors or products without anyone leave unsatisfied with the inaccuracy of the exchange process. With this mentality, inspired by the rigor of justice and the Old Testament, which Protestants have developed modern capitalism. The idea was to enable the right relationship - as accurately and as quickly as possible - of all social classes. However, being the work of Protestant peoples, the capitalist system was severely attacked by the enemies of the Protestant Reformation. For a long time, anti-Christian (supporters of Marxist Communism) and the socialists in general, did all kinds of criticism for trying to shock the system and the Protestant people. Today, some liberals are still trying to deceive the people by associating the word capitalism with greed, exploitation, robbery etc ... The bad faith of some of these people has no limit. Unfortunately, due to lack of information as these naive citizens end up believing and joining these groups. Its leaders, however, are dressed in lambs, but at bottom, are liars and greedy wolves who just want to manipulate the populace to achieve power.
From the nineteenth century, many countries who did not practice ethics and Protestant religion, ie, did not practice moral values ​​and social origin genuinely Christian, also joined the massive use of capital (money) in economic relations in general. These people, in more or less pagan culture, such as Brazil, practice what I call Capitalism Pagão.Este yes, it's a savage capitalism. That's because people who practice it are not very civilized and not learned to respect his neighbor like a brother (one of the main teachings of the Protestant people).
Unlike the Protestant people, people more or less pagans use the power of money to exploit others and do them injustice. We can see this reality by making comparisons between the Protestant and pagan countries (countries deemed "secular", but many supporters of syncretism). If you compare interest rates, wages, income per capita and poverty, between the Protestant and pagan countries more or less, we can see easily that reality. In fact, capitalism itself does not produce good nor bad. Who produces the good or evil is the person who uses it. And in general, people are the result of religious education they receive. A religion wise, rigid and decent home really prophetic, peoples and governments produce fair and ethical. A religion sloppy, inconsistent and vulgar (tainted with paganism, for example), people and produce unstable governments and frivolous.
For Capitalism longer and become a pagan instrument of justice, income distribution and to stimulate prosperity, it is necessary that the people practice the Christian principles and the Protestant ethic. Evangelical churches need to better understand this issue and concentrate a little more effort in clarifying this issue. The supernatural faith has its place, but the human and social values, reported in the Bible, are basic fundamentals to get an education realistic, progressive and successful in any society.
Regarding the religious aspect, in fact, the abstention of riches "mundane" (pagan, unjust) is a precondition for people to achieve a true conversion. However, once converted (once a subject of the Kingdom of God), all wealth is a divine blessing achieved and should be respected. It is true that some men of God (prophets handpicked) needed to live in poverty because of the peculiarity of the mission they had to fulfill. But in no time, God showed that he wanted his subjects live in poverty common. It is a grave mistake to think that God wants us to be in poverty or in poverty, be it socialist, or capitalist. If we can eliminate the pagan culture and religion, we will automatically happier and more prosperous.