Western Book of the Dead
"In the beginning-i.e., before the beginning- there was
NOTHING. And MATTER came out of NOTHING. And MATTER was CHAOS.
Strangely, and for no reason whatsoever, CHAOS started to
change. Simplicity begat complexity, randomness begat order and,
most peculiar of all, inanimate MATTER begat organic MATTER.
Now MAN equipped with MIND found that MIND played peculiar
tricks on him. He found that instead of just accepting himself as
a part of MATTER, he had a longing for significance, a desire to
live for a purpose. Instead of being pushed about by blind
chance, he wanted to direct his own affairs. He also found that
there was a state of being that was entirely satisfactory and he
called it LOVE.
Many, many, many years passed and quite by chance organic
MATTER developed in a strange direction. It became more and more
complex, and then for no apparent reason at all, it became
conscious of itself. It called consciousness MIND and it gave
itself a name and that name was MAN.
Man kept on searching for purpose and meaning and after a
while strange rumors began to spread- rumors that spoke of a
Creator-God who was LOVE, who had created man in His own image.
Many men believed the rumors. It gave their lives meaning; it
told them that the universe was not purposeless after all.
Inspired by hope, these believers started to write, to paint, and
to chip away at stone. Some of these craftsmen were extremely
skillful. They seemed to be expressing the longings and
aspirations of all men. To these exceptional pieces of craft a
name was given, and that name was ART. And the men who wrote
them, painted them, or chipped them were called ARTISTS. And all
their ART said: MAN IS SIGNIFICANT.
It was also rumored that the Son of LOVE became a MAN,
showed them how to live, then died. A legend has it that the Son
of LOVE came back from the dead and disappeared in a cloud. In
some parts of the western world the BELIEVERS of this legend
spread a very influential form of the message: MAN IS
For many years this state of affairs existed, but MAN became
restless. Was it so? Was MAN a creation of LOVE? Why should he
simply believe a rumor? Had anyone used his REASON- a very
special activity of MIND that had proved to be successful in
understanding MATTER- to find out if the rumor was true? Did the
rumor actually correspond to what really was? A thorough
investigation began and it lasted many years.
After an era of investigation MAN came to certain
(1) The rumors were certainly false. REASON found no EVIDENCE to
verify the God hypothesis. God, they said, was the result of
wishful daydreams, a figment of the IMAGINATION- which itself was
an early aberration in primitive MAN, now happily under the
control of REASON. And if the rumor of God was false, so surely
was the complex rumor about His Son.
(2) MAN was not some mysterious higher being who was significant.
He was, on the contrary, of no importance at all- simply a
complex product of cause and effect. A meaningless piece of
MATTER on a larger but equally meaningless piece of MATTER called
EARTH. He had emerged from primordial slime and was really
neither more or less than that.
At first nothing changed. But a few years passed and a few
perceptive men began to notice a difference. Music didn't seem to
sound the same, paintings didn't look the same, and books didn't
read in the same way. Some people started to complain, but the
ARTISTS- always very honest, transparent people- simply said, "We
are interpreting REALITY. If REALITY is meaningless then we must
imitate that meaninglessness. You must not give yourself airs,
you are nothing. You are a cosmic bit of protoplasm condemned to
death on this planet." At that, the critical group stopped
harping and started to say how beautiful the NEW ART was. They
didn't want to use the word beautiful because everybody knew it
didn't mean anything, but it had been around for so long why not
use it anyway?
Then, too, a few perspective men noticed changes in the way
men and women behaved. Once they had loved each other. And their
LOVE was thought to be a reflection of God who was LOVE. But now
there were just SEX-liaisons of the moment. And families began to
die as families and the children were left to the whims of the
court. And men called these liaisons LOVE, though they knew the
word didn't mean anything.
All sorts of startling consequences followed. Some men said,
"If MAN is only a machine caught up in the vast mechanism of
nature, why not treat him accordingly?" So the MANIPULATORS set
to work and used men just like other objects of nature. And
behold there came a very efficient system called UTOPIA, and the
occupants were called NECROPHILES. Of course, it was really
nothing new, for the MANIPULATORS had picked up their model from
the ants, a natural group of beings who years previously had
attained the perfect state of affairs. Another group of men
resisted UTOPIA. They said, "In spite of all that REASON has
proved we will continue to believe that our longings and
aspirations are meaningful." So they tried to forget their
DESPAIR (a feeling that MAN experienced when he wanted to hope
and did hope knowing that it was hopeless) by taking chemicals
and behaving like animals, living for each successive moment and
trying hard to make each moment pleasurable. Most of them got
tired of playing these games after a while and disposed of
themselves in various ways. Some went to DEATH, some to
PSYCHEDELIA (a beautiful country with a synaesthetic landscape),
some to NIRVANA. Some even went to UTOPIA. And so nonsense was
worshipped instead of sense (they called it absurd). Reason was
abandoned- because, you see, it couldn't give answers to the
really big questions after all. In its place came UNREASON (they
call it irrationality). And MORALITY was abandoned- because that
peculiar ability to distinguish between the GOOD and the BAD had
been popular once, but that was when the rumors of God were rife.
The GOOD was God's holy character and had to be obeyed. The BAD
was disobedience or revolt against the GOOD. But the GOOD and BAD
departed with REASON and God. And now there was no longer
TRAGEDY- only MISERY.
SO MAN ceased to be MAN- a rational, moral creature, a being
who once transcended the causality of nature. Instead he became a
meaningless, enigmatic machine-like piece of MATTER. Even the
MANIPULATORS who controlled UTOPIA creased to be MAN in the old
sense of the word. After denying their mannishness for so long,
they finally lost it and so became the most terrifying animal on
the face of the earth.
The old rumors still persist- found in the outlying regions
and small cliques of NON-CONFORMISTS in UTOPIA- that LOVE is.
Some still say that MAN is. But these are the same ones who say
no MAN ever really died, that even the ancients are alive (some
well, some not) and living in ANOTHER WORLD. Such rumors are
being suppressed whenever they are found."
This document was brought in by a foreign correspondent.
What I want you to see from this little document is how we
are headed down the same road. We are seeking to deny God,
pretending homosexuality is an alternate lifestyle. In reality it is a deathstyle. Justifying killing unborn babies for social convenience. In turn, we shall see as Jesus predicted the worst time in history is ahead of us because we have ignored his voice and are doing our own thing,
whatever that may be. There is a payday for all of us someday
soon. So as the document says, "Man has become the most
terrifying animal on earth." Mankind, God's highest creature within his creation and we act lower than animals because of sin.