It’s a well known fact that early Christians wanted to harmonize Plato and the Bible. This corruption has thoroughly worked its way into every nook and cranny of Christian doctrine.
For instance, the use of the word “spirit.” This word has nothing to do with another “realm” or some ecstatic experience. There’s no such thing as a “spirit realm” or other “dimensions.” There’s only one level of reality – life itself.
When people talk about other realms, or spirit worlds, or use metaphysical language, they are demonstrating the effects of Plato on Christianity. This is the great evil that produced eternal conscious torment and ALL other “after-life” theories.
The mystical/metaphysical Christianity is pure superstition. This form of Christianity allied itself with the state and caused more bloodshed than any other religion in history (See Church Historian, Phillip Schaff, Vol. 1).
This is the corrupt Christianity that hated science. Why? Because superstitions always despise reality. It makes this life a mere training ground for the “spirit realm”, something we “put up with” until we get there.
Darwin and Spencer vs. Superstition
This is the form of Christianity that Spencer and Darwin rejected. They rejected an impractical, bloody, and political superstition. These men are hated by modern Christians. Christians condemn them to eternal flames for their teachings. But it’s the superstitious teaching of “Christians” that are the problem – THOU art the man!
These men didn’t reject the God of Scripture, they rejected a superstitious religion allied with the state. They rejected a religion that taught that God tortures people for eternity, that the earth is only 6000 years old, that the earth is the center of the Solar System (The church/state punished anyone who said the earth wasn’t the center). None of those three things are taught in Scripture —- So the score is:
Superstitious Christianity 0
Why did team Spencer/Darwin pitch a shutout? Because they dealt with reality, the “Church” was talking nonsensical “spirit-talk.”
I personally don’t believe in Darwin’s hypothesis concerning the decent of man. But I want to point out that Scripture deals with REALITY. Don’t spiritualize them away.
Voltaire vs. Superstition
Voltaire had an interesting background. He was French, wee wee. Here’s what things looked like in France.
Louis the 14th was on the throne for 70 Years. He said, “I am the state”. He was called “The Sun King” who believed in the Divine Right and Absolutism. Imagine 70 years of that crap! The next two Louie’s were no prize either.
The Popes blessed the Louie’s. Religion and tyranny went hand and hand in France. The French associated religion with Louis and tyranny! This set the stage for the Enlightment’s attack on Superstitious Christianity.
The Roman Church was allied with the State. Voltaire questioned this set-up and became an atheist. He equated Christianity with the unholy alliance of King and Church. One historian notes:
“…a corrupt ecclesiasticism, especially when united with the state, breeds atheism and atheism breeds restlessness and torment. It looses the tiger… Given the ecclesiastical corruption in France – then comes Voltaire…Given Voltaire and then the tiger is loosed…Infidelity in France, voiced by Voltaire…is a rebound from corrupt ecclesiasticism…”
Everyone in France was classed under the Louie’s. The First Estate was the clergy, the Second was the nobility, the Third was everyone else from the poor peasant to the merchant. The peasants were about 80-percent of the people but they only owned 30-percent of the land. They were forced to tithe to the Church, pay an income tax, and other taxes. The total tax burden was around 50-Percent! Of course the First and Second Estates were tax exempt. That meant the tax burden fell on the Third Estate!
That’s Christianity according to France! This is the superstition Voltaire hated. I’m with him!
If Only These Three Knew The True God!
I don’t believe in Darwin’s monkey men, nor do I promote Voltaire’s suggestions. These men went too far the other direction REACTING to EVIL. This is a human trait that we should all avoid.
I, unlike modern Christians, sympathize with these men. I also know that if they had known the TRUE God, they would not have reacted the way they did. Proof? Matthew 11:20-24.