Isn't this what's happening so often in our time? We see things that repulse us on television or in movies, but over time, we tolerate that which we instinctively find offensive. Eventually, we are worn down and accept it---and even celebrate it. And the taboo is lost.
I remember years ago, Dr. James Dobson was on a video blasting Hollywood producers for making teen-sex movies, where they were celebrating immorality---often without showing the real life consequences of these things. Said an angry Dr. Dobson (something to the effect), "Just to make a buck, these Hollywood producers are damning a whole generation of young people!"
I have seen a book that contains many photos of vases and pieces of art from antiquity, including the ancient Greeks and the Romans. For a lack of a better term, it’s pornographic. How correct Solomon was: There’s nothing new under the sun.
Artifacts from Pompeii seem particularly smutty. It would be easy to see how someone could say that the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 that engulfed the city was divine judgment. Scripture is clear that such was the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, which had less than 10 righteous people.
Artifacts from Pompeii seem particularly smutty. Some would argue that the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 which engulfed the city was divine judgment. Scripture is clear that such was the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, which had less than 10 righteous people. Others would argue that those things that happened, e.g., in the Old Testament, happened as a record for the ages.
In any event, it was into such a filthy world as reflected in that picture book that Jesus was born and through His movement ultimately cleaned things up a lot. Over the centuries, as His influence began to spread all over, laws in much of the Western world became based on the New Testament of which He is the central figure and the Old Testament, to which He gave His imprimatur. In short, because of the Judeo-Christian tradition, incest is illegal.
These laws have been good for society. The home has been safe for women and children for centuries because of Judeo-Christian laws. Much of the West has been spared from a lot of mental illness, which comes as a result of inbreeding.
Someone might say, "Who is to say incest is wrong?" My answer to that is: God is.
I agree with President Lincoln, who said on September 7, 1864, when he received a copy of the Holy Bible: "In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to men. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong." [Emphasis mine].
It behooves us to show discernment in what Hollywood products we choose to support. May God have mercy on us. I think our national shock absorbers could use an overhaul.
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