Enlightenment: Good or Bad

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Is enlightenment really that good? Has it done anything for the world? Or is it a killer? This article will explain the eFreedom to Marry amendment.

Submitted: October 31, 2012

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Enlightenment

 

When Europe had its Renaissance, it was a rebirth; new ideas were formed, new technology was made, the arts flourished, culture became colorful, and humanity seemed to take a step forward. Enlightenment is what society seems to be going after. Enlightenment is the preaching of one of the most popular religions in the world, Buddhism. But is enlightenment really that good for mankind? Is it just a fancy word that’s being thrown around, or is there a deeper meaning behind it?

 

The first enlightenment happened when Adam and Eve realized their nakedness. In Gen. 3:22 God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good from evil.” True, Adam and Eve were enlightened, but the next second they were thrown out of the paradise of the Garden of Eden. In this case, enlightenment wasn’t that great. But what does this mean in the world today?

 

Ever since the fall of man, people have tried to become like gods; that’s why Greek mythology was really appealing to many folks. In the Renaissance, many ideas that advanced knowledge were brought forth. Many ungodly and immoral ideas were also presented. So this shows that to have a mass enlightenment there will be a glitch somewhere.

 

I believe that we are in a time now, when technology has almost reached its brink. For example, if we were to make cell phones any smaller, we wouldn’t be able to see the screen. The next step in technology seems to be an augmented interface. In this age we are seeing that innovations are occurring on a one-at-a-time basis. Therefore people want to individualize themselves by showing their “audience” that they are enlightened, because they think differently than everyone else. The first example: “Freedom to Marry” amendment.

 

According to New Oxford American Dictionary, the definition of marriage is the formal union of a man and a woman. A couple decades ago, no one ever questioned the definition of marriage. Apparently, times have changed now; and people are thinking differently about a sacrament that has stood since the beginning of time. Why do people want to redefine marriage?

 

 Immorality has been an issue since early times. Paul addresses his brothers at Corinth in 1 Cor. 5 about this very topic. In Lev. 20, God Himself knowing that this would become an issue placed a law on immorality punishable by death if broken. How then could a land based on the Bible so blindly forget this? Giving people the freedom of choice is good and it is a characteristic of God; but rewarding human sin is a wrongdoing and an unjust ruling. God gives us all free will, but He punishes us when we commit sin. Now people want to redefine marriage, and encourage gays to get married. How sad! How can someone defend an amendment called “Freedom to Marry” when they are substituting different values into the equation? What impact will this have on the next generation? Is this what you call enlightenment?

 

Continuing on this trend, how long will it be before congress starts redefining murder? Will someone be “enlightened” and propose that murder is okay if …? Rules are rules, and laws are laws! Before anything drastic ensues, people need to turn back to God and repent. We have turned away, and we need to go back to our Maker. He is merciful and gracious. At the end of the day, enlightenment means nothing if you are going against your primal beliefs. Enlightenment is only good when it impacts the world positively. So just because we don’t do something doesn’t mean we should allow others to do it. We should lovingly rebuke our brothers and sisters, and bring them the truth. Right now however, this isn’t enlightenment. This is stupidity. We must come to our senses before it’s too late.

 

Stephen Mylabathula


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