Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Conquest by Ideas

This happens in the world around us—that erroneous ideas are conquered by better ideas.. For example the ideas on war are conquered by those ideas that deal on peace, which is a normal aspiration of man, just like water seeking its own level. So too a culture of death is substituted by the culture of life, a culture that aims to terminate life is replaced by the culture that saves and not destroys life, a culture of greed replaced by one of generosity and love.

Hence the culture proposed by the Church is based on God’s revelation that brings to man fullness of life. The commandments of God that propose purity, chastity, stability, and unity of the family are all intended to save and protect life. These are opposed to the world’s ideas of revelry, unchastity, violence, and greed that only bring chaos and death to humanity. Look at the dwindling and aging populations, fruit of man’s desire for fleshly pleasures through the constant spread and use of the contraceptives for purpose of prolonging the quest for these selfish pleasures of the world. God’s Son, Jesus Christ, came to our world, not to terminate life but to bring it to fulfillment. Life here and in the hereafter. “I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10).

The ideas of peace and love are described by the prophet Isaiah: “The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will take rest with the kid, the calf and the lion cub will feed together and a little child will lead them. Befriending each other, the cow and the bear will see their young ones lie down together. Like cattle, the lion will eat hay. By the cobra’s den the infant will play. Into the viper’s lair the child will put his hand. No one will harm or destroy over my holy mountain, for as water fills the sea the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord” (Is. 11:6-9).

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