In 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue...


Come the second Monday in October, the United States still celebrates — albeit nominally — Christopher Columbus. The iconic explorer from Genoa has become something like the eccentric relative no one talks to at family gatherings. This is a great success for secularists who view Columbus as the point man for European conquest and disease, Manifest Destiny, and worst of all, the spread of Christianity.

More accurately, the conquistadors who followed Columbus brought Catholicism to the New World. (Credit the English Puritans for bringing Biblical Christianity to America.) The marriage of Catholicism with the indigenous religions of Central and South America continues to hold an entire region in spiritual bondage.

Secular historians do not condemn Columbus solely because he ushered in large-scale bloodshed and military and religious oppression — both sides were guilty of that. Besides, the European colonizers actually failed to sever the spiritual bonds of the native heathen religions. No, they hate Columbus for what he represents: Christianity's predominance in the Western hemisphere and the ephemeral nature of man's civilizations.

Academics rue the fall of the Aztec and Inca civilizations to the European invaders. But the Bible presents lost civilizations — from Egypt to Judah to Babylon — as examples of man's innate waywardness and the workings of Divine Judgment. The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) is the primary example of man's misguided attempt to substitute worldly accomplishment for God. The facts of history fly in the face of the modernists' progressive theory of man. Secular historians ignore the inherent shelf life of sinful human societies and blame other factors such as Christianity ("superstition" they call it).

The last thing secularists want to blame for the downfall of a pagan society is paganism itself. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Aztecs, Incas...the list goes on. The practice of human sacrifice and the worship of idols and demons sealed the fate of many of these grand ancient cultures. Sounds not unlike a certain powerful nation of today, doesn't it?


Anonymous said... on 10/11/2005 12:09 PM  

America of today is much like ancient Rome. The similiarties are many. The Romans decayed from the inside. The decadent culture of promiscuity and the decline of morals led to a lax government and also military. Along about 450 A.D. the Barbarians invaded across the Rhine. The once great Roman military was not ready and the fall of Rome kicked into high gear.
In America today, the military is still strong, at least as a whole. What is sad it to see how this country gets farther and farther away from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God in three persons never changes, only man does. I am amazed at the intellectuals of today that think humanity is something special, that we have adavnced as a culture. They are sadly mistaken. Man has and always will be sinful to the core. Only the life giving Divine presence of Jesus Christ in the life can make a man any different. And even after that a constant attitude of Yieldedness to the Holy Spirit is necessary to overcome the enemy.
The saying is so true, the more things change the more they stay the same.

Colossians 2.14-15 read it, it is awesome.

Anonymous said... on 10/11/2005 3:47 PM  

Well said, Anonymous. Thank you for sharing your insights.