We have one particular idea right now that's taking
possession of people: the so-called idea of women's liberation. This
takes the form of women priestesses in the Anglican Church, and also in the
Catholic Church, which is preparing for it now.
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Of course, if you look at this seriously, sit down and think
about it, and you read what St. Paul
says about women and so forth, you have no problems. It's all very clear
that this is some kind of crazy new idea. But it is also very interesting
to look at this more deeply and see where it comes from—why is there such an
idea, what is it, what's behind it?—because if you understand the strategy of
the devil, you're a little better equipped to fight against it.
This particular idea of women's liberation can be traced
back at least two hundred years. Of course, you can go back even before
that, but its present from goes back at least two hundred years, to the
forerunners of Karl Marx, the early Socialists. These Socialists were
talking about a great new utopian age which is going to come when all the
distinctions of class and race and religion and so forth are abolished.
There will be a great new society, they said, when everybody is equal.
This idea, of course, was based originally upon Christianity, but it distorted
Christianity, and amounted to its opposite.
There was a particular philosopher in China
in the late nineteenth century who brought this philosophy to its logical
conclusion, as far as it could go. His name is K'ang Yu-Wei
(1858-1927). He's not particularly interesting except as he incarnates
this philosophy of the age, this spirit of the times. He was actually one
of the forerunners of Mao Tse-Tung and the takeover of
China by the
communists. He based his ideas not only on distorted Christianity, which
he took from the liberals and Protestants in the West, but also on Buddhist
ideas. He came up with the idea of a utopia which was to come into being,
I think, in the 21st century according to his prophecies. In this utopia,
all ranks of society, all religious differences, and all other kinds of
differences which affect social intercourse will be abolished. Everyone
will sleep in dormitories and eat in common halls. And then with his
Buddhist ideas he began to go beyond this. He said that all distinctions
between the sexes would be abolished. Once mankind is united, there's not
reason to halt there—this movement must go on further. There must be an abolition between man and animals. Animals also
will come into this kingdom, and once you have animals… The Buddhists are
also very respectful to vegetables and plants; therefore, the whole vegetable
kingdom has to come into this paradise, and in the end
the inanimate world, also. So, at the very end of t he world, where will
be an absolute utopia of all kinds of beings who have somehow become
intermingled with each other, and everybody's absolutely equal.
Of course, you read about this and you say the man must be
crazy. But if you look deeply, you see that this is coming from a deep
desire to have some kind of happiness on earth. No pagan philosophy,
however, gives happiness; no man-made philosophy gives happiness. Only
Christianity gives hope for a kingdom which is not of this world. The
idea to have a perfect kingdom comes from Christianity, but since the early
Socialists did not believe in the other world or in God, they dreamed of making
this kingdom in this world. That is what communism is all about.
We see what happens, of course, when this idea is put into
practice. You have the experiment of the French Revolution, which had
apparently good ideas—liberty, equality, fraternity—or the Bolshevik
Revolution, or in more recent times the various other communist
revolutions. Last of all you have Cambodia,
a poor little country which for three years suffered absolute communism and
found that at least one-fourth of its population was exterminated because it
didn't fit. Everyone who had more than a high-school
education had to be eliminated, everyone who thought for himself, and so forth.
Now the regime has been overthrown by people who are a little less ruthless, but
there's nothing much to cheer about.
This shows that once you try to put these ideas into
operation, you get, not paradise on earth, but more like hell on earth.
In fact, the whole experiment in Russia
for the last sixty years has been a proof of this, that there is no paradise on
earth, except in the Church of Christ,
Our Lord prophesied that already in this life we would receive back a hundredfold
what we give, but it must be with persecutions and sufferings. Those who
wish to have this happiness on earth without suffering and persecutions, and
without even believing in God, make hell on earth.