The Senses Novels are about a war that has waged since the beginning of time. Throughout the series I have interspersed actual historical events and, in some cases, given alternate explanations as to their meaning. The books are also about the fundamental concept of right and wrong. This is where I have noticed that they cause the most controversy.
Right and wrong are always about moral choices. We, in the United States and many other countries around the world, have begun to erode or destroy completely some of the longstanding moral codes that once guided mankind. The laws and mores of the Western world are based on the Judeo/Christian ethic. The Asian sphere is often animist or Buddhist. In Asia, the governments have tried to replace the Western moral codes with manmade laws. This doesn’t and hasn’t worked. In the West, something worse is happening.
As more anti-religion and radical leftwing groups gain ground by perverting the meaning of established laws and the Constitution, people have begun to believe that they can create their own moral codes. This isn’t the first time that this has happened. We see it all through history and even all through the Bible. Babylon, Rome, Hitler’s Germany are all examples of civilizations that attempted to live by their own manmade mores. The effects were and are devastating. Child sacrifice, mass murder and the most brutal forms of slavery are just some of the outcomes. Interestingly, all of these have one thing in common. They fell, often destroyed first from inside.
The moral principles of Judaism have existed for at least 5,000 years, Christianity for 2,000. Few, if any, countries, kingdoms or empires have kept faith with all of these principles. They either attempt to modify them to suit their purposes or justify ignoring them altogether. This is what puts them on the wrong side of history, the side where they are consigned to the trash heap.
I won’t get into a debate about who is right or wrong on the humanitarian and political issues facing the U.S. today since, from my standpoint, all three sides are wrong. Why? Because they aren’t following the basic tenants laid down by our forefathers. And, honestly, I don’t care if terms like ‘forefathers’ enrage the militant women out there. If the truth makes you that crazy, you need more help than I can provide. God gave us some wonderfully simple rules to follow. It started with ten of them, of course, you might have trouble finding them in the schools and courthouses today, but you can find them easily in the Bible.
If we all started by following these ten rules, most of the bad that is happening in the world would go away. More importantly, maybe we wouldn’t wind up on the wrong side of history as well.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and granddads out there!