O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Sins of Modern America Explained in the Old Testament

Icon of the Holy Prophet Osee

Continuing with the prophecy of Osee, it's amazing how accurate Osee is about sin, especially as it exists today-in a day where sin is as dominant in the Church and society as it was when the Israelites had largely abandoned the worship of God in favor of pagan idols in a selfish quest to be like the cultures around them. See how sin dominates and as a result nature mourns, for the sin is against nature:

"Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel, for the Lord shall enter into judgment with the inhabitants of the land: for there is no truth, and there is no mercy, and there is no knowledge of God in the land. Cursing, and lying, and killing, and theft, and adultery have overflowed, and blood hath touched blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth in it shall languish with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the air: yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be gathered together." (Osee 4:1-3)

The same has come to pass today, with sin not only being dominant in the land, but even being against nature. Now sure, all sin is against nature for it is contrary to the purpose for which God created us: to be joined to Him. Sin is simply any separation from God, thus all sin is contrary to our natures as human beings. However, the sins spoken of here are even worse. They are the worst of the worst, for they are not only against out natures as human beings, but even against the ways of the entire natural world and all creation mourns the existence of these sins. The holy prophet Osee continues by commenting on sins nature as an insatiable addiction:

"And they shall eat and shall not be filled: they have committed fornication, and have not ceased: because they have forsaken the Lord in not observing his law. Fornication, and wine, and drunkenness take away the understanding." (Osee 4:10-11)

Sin is specifically described as separation from God ("they have forsaken of the Lord") and sin is also described as an addiction that is never satisfied. There is always more desired. The sin pleases the person greatly and more is demanded. As the person commits more of the sin, the pleasure dies down over time (Sts. Boniface and Aglaida excellent examples; the "magic" goes out of the relationship as they say, sex is the main sin here remember), but the cravings for the sin only increase. The person is addicted. They do not "live their own lives" as they demand to do (St. Margaret of Cortona is an excellent example of such behavior) but their sins control them. They think they are in charge of their lives, living on their own and "independent", but that feeling is fake; they are slaves to their passions. Their cravings are greater than the pleasures being had; they are never filled and slaved to their own passions.

"They offered sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burnt incense upon the hills: under the oak, and the poplar, and the turpentine tree, because the shadow thereof was good: therefore shall your daughters commit fornication, and your spouses shall be adulteresses. I will not visit upon your daughters when they shall commit fornication, and upon your spouses when they shall commit adultery: because themselves conversed with harlots, and offered sacrifice with the effeminate, and the people that doth not understand shall be beaten." (Osee 4:13-14)

Amidst great prosperity and success they lived in their sins, living a happy life of their own building, however, "Unless the Lord build the house, in vain do the builders labor." (Ps 126:1) Their living this life is a separation from God. Daughter and mother alike are adulteresses. They raise each other to live like this and God refuses to have anything to do with them. Any claim on their part to having a relationship with God or union with Him or His support or approval of any kind is a fraud. Their sin prevents them from being united with God. Anything that is sinful exists only of its own power and is doomed to fail for it is separated from God, who alone is Immortal.

Now we have two particular behaviors of sexual sinners: they befriend other people who sin likewise (they "conversed with harlots") and they support other forms of the same sin (they "offered sacrifice with the effeminate"). Look at that. The sins of today, men who lust after women and women who lust after men nowadays support sodomy as if it were good as an "equal" to them. The very same we find in Sacred Scripture. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Is sodomy equal to them? Why yes! Lust between a heterosexual couple and lust between a homosexual couple is still lust. The marital status, gender, number and even species of the participants is irrelevant. If it's not the total giving of self to take care of the other in a procreative union, it's a sin. Since the gift is total, it requires monogamous, permanent marriage. Since it is procreative, it requires a man and a woman. Any deviation from that divinely established system is a sin for it is separation from God. Lust is a sin even in marriage for it degrades that self-giving to an act of self-pleasure. Simply being married isn't "enough". All types of relations not in that definition are indeed "equal" for they are all lustful and are all sin. Thus, our adulteresses here befriend other people who lust and support all it's forms, for if sex for pleasure is good for one couple, then it's good for all couples who feel pleasure regardless of gender. Indeed they are right, but lust is a sin, so they are all equally sinful, not equally good.

"If thou play the harlot, O Israel, at least let not Juda offend: and go ye not into Galgal, and come not up into Bethaven, and do not swear: The Lord liveth." (Osee 4:15)

Osee then continues with the same point as before, that any claim to a relationship with God is a fraud, admonishing listeners to at the very least not claim to have a relationship God or be supported by God in any way, for to sin and claim to have God's approval is hypocrisy. Sin offends God for it separates Him from the sinner, the person whom He loves. God is offended by our sins specifically because He loves us. If He didn't love us, He wouldn't care if we sinned or not.