Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Great Decline

From Roman Catholic Man:
I believe we need to prepare ourselves for a “trigger” that God will allow, and will “get the attention” of the world … something that will, quite literally, bring us to our knees again … like we once were a half a century ago. Why? Because history has shown that God has done this many times before. God does everything He can to “move us” to love Him and obey Him. Positive reinforcement is found in that inexplicable and amazing inner joy found in leading a life totally devoted to God. Negative reinforcement is found when folks feel that aching emptiness inside by living a life without God. St. Augustine once said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”

But, like any good parent, when these measures fail to “correct the child,” that good parent resorts to a kind of behavior modification that can be unpleasant for the child, but helps the child learn correct behavior. Of course we are talking about “punishment.” Again, parents who resort to this are VERY loving. Unlike bad parents who are content to let the child run wild. These good parents know the child has to learn appropriate behavior in order to live their life in happiness and fulfillment, and these parents are determined to instill the “best” in their children. And, God is a perfect parent. (Read more.)

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