The following column is adapted from "The Michael Savage Show" podcast, available for download on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts are heard.
Today, I am going to talk about the death of faith in America.
This has a double meaning: The death of faith, per se, in America. And the death of “faith in America.”
You could say the death of religion and we still have religion, but do we still have faith?
I will talk about the differences between faith and religion, glimpses of God in things we see and do.
I will talk about how Christianity seems to be dying while Islam is growing.
I will discuss the crucifixion and what Christ means if you're not a Christian.
I will talk about my early days, my travels to the South Pacific islands collecting medicinal plants, and how they had a deeper meaning than I may have known at the time. I discussed spirituality with the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands.
All good religions teach “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” There's not a religion on earth that does not teach that except one.
The Jewish religion is the hardest to follow because it's complicated.
I will discuss the meaning of the garden of Eden, and the land of nod. And I will tell you how religion and faith connects you to the power of the universe.
Let me begin with this.
We now have churches in America, let's call them the “United churches of the woke.”
A friend of mine wrote and said, "Michael, churches won't be destroyed or repurposed under the new communism as they were in Russia. Rather, communism is the new religion and the churches, their indoctrination facilities, are woke."
"The new Bible interpretation is really communist indoctrination. The plague spreads. It's a full on attack on every institution," the friend added. "And we ask what is next? Evil knows no limits."
What began with Karl Marx and the Unitarian church is now infecting traditional churches as well.
You have to go back to the schizophrenia of Christianity itself, faith versus good works, which is an ambiguity that goes all the way back to the disciples and early councils.
Faith is about personal belief and a relationship with Jesus: confession and salvation. Good works is about living your life as the man Jesus supposedly did.
Christianity was almost entirely faith-based for many centuries, but in the 20th century the faith interpretation took a beating from science.
Darwin bashed creationism. Freud bashed religion as an illusion based on childish impulses.
And then totalitarian regimes used science as leverage to gain control. As you know, Marx called faith “the opiate of the masses” and right now communists are burning churches, especially in Canada.
In the 20th century, faith became unfashionable among Western intelligentsia.
There were notable exceptions, such Albert Einstein, but even the Catholics got in on it with Vatican II.
It was intended to update the church; they killed the Latin liturgy.
And now the current Pope — whom I call “the bouncer” — is lecturing us on immigration and climate change.
If you can believe this? A Pope lecturing us on immigration and climate change!
At the middle of the 20th Century there was the advent of secular humanism, which filled the gap left behind by the death of faith. Remember the famous saying “Is God dead?”
And then along came the thoroughly secular Unitarian church, the main front organization for secular humanism. "Atheists with children."
Their tenets contain not even a hint of faith. Here they are from the Unitarian Universalist website:
“The inherent worth and dignity of every person.”
“Justice equity and compassion and human relations.”
“Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”
“A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
“The right of conscience, the use of the democratic process within our congregations & society at large.”
“A world community with peace, Liberty, and justice for all.”
“Respect for the independent web of all existence in which we are all a part.”
And then of course the tenet that drives it all is that poor people are good, and rich people are bad.
This flows directly from the good works interpretation of Christianity.
Jesus supposedly said to his disciples “Truly. I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again, I tell you that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19: 21-24)
And now, we arrive at a new place: the worship of technology.
These days, everyone carries an iPhone.
Everyone is an intelligentsia wannabe.
Education: Everyone is supposed to be brainwashed in the college. Technology: Today is where the high priest is the high-tech guru.
Faith is falling even more and more out of fashion than ever before.
And so, what began with Karl Marx and the Unitarians is now infecting traditional churches.
I will give you much more on faith and our search for meaning, on today’s Michael Savage podcast.
A National Radio Hall of Fame recipient, Savage has hosted his radio show for more than 25 years and launched The Savage Nation Podcast in January of 2019 with one of the most successful podcast debuts. A prolific New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Savage's latest book is "Our Fight for America: The War Continues." To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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