One of the primary consequences of the American Christian obsession with “going to Heaven” is the obvious estrangement from Biblical Law and the riches of living in shalom in the fallen world. It’s more than mere disconnected doctrine, though; it’s alienation from the heart-led way. If you are chasing the vaguely Christianized myth of Valhalla, you are left with only your fallen wits to construct a holy life.
Here’s where it gets really perverted. Western Christianity as a whole stands on a very confused mass, a mixture of Greco-Roman and Germanic tribal paganism, the worst aspects of both. The recipe is some neo-classical rationalism mixed with a very dreary suspicion of demons behind every bush. Western Christians don’t differentiate between fallen mankind and the unfallen rest of Creation. To them, the natural world is spooky and inherently hostile; it must be conquered. That conquest is via reason and science, on the surface at least. Throw the Bible in this mix and the resulting Christian religion is more heathen than biblical. The depth of wisdom from the Ancient Near East (ANE) is lost entirely.
American Christianity is largely Platonic behind the scenes. That business with the “Allegory of the Cave” is deeply embedded. For them, Heaven is a doctrine, an article of orthodoxy on the face, but the actual body underneath assumes that reality is the ugly real world, while the ideal is unachievable. They associate God and Heaven with this unachievable Platonic ideal. Thus, while they can recite all the proper doctrines about Heaven, their subconscious orientation isn’t buying it. Instead, they find themselves with an instinctive push to perfect this world by conquest. Not content to conquer nature, they insist all mankind must be compelled to bow the knee to their image of a better real world. That’s how they read the Great Commission.
In their unconscious thinking, they agree with the Muslims that God requires us to forcefully subject the world to His will. American Christians can sing, “This Is My Father’s World,” but they don’t believe a word of it. This is their world and it had better learn to kiss their Christian asses.
In previous posts here I’ve pointed out how this is the natural result of the Judaizers trying to make Christianity more Jewish. This is the Judaism that Jesus condemned as a man-made departure from true Old Testament religion. Oh, and of course, this simply must include a favorable attitude toward Zionism. American Christianity, the evangelical branch in particular, is pickled in the doctrine that somehow, Israel never quite got their full conquest of the Promised Land. Thus, God still “owes” them an endless repeat until a modern Jewish State has full military control over some imaginary Greater Israel. That means all of Palestine, Lebanon, and chunks of Jordan and Syria, plus however much of the Sinai they decide later they might want.
The United States will not rest until Israel has at least that much. Otherwise, Christ won’t come back, doncha know? He still has to crown Himself the Messiah of some victorious Israel. Meanwhile, Zionists cynically manipulate the US with every intention of claiming all the wild Messianic Expectations with themselves as their own Messiah.
This undying Crusader instinct in American Christian religion is a disturbing specter of hatred and mass slaughter. This is where we get the hucksterism in evangelism and empire building, both in terms of worldly influence and mass facilities, as well as militarily in the rest of the world. Missions and military — the masses must be conquered and converted to the Christian American way of life. This is “Judeo-Christianity.”
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. (Matthew 23:15)
Because we of Radix Fidem do not participate in this madness, most American Christians regard us as not proper Christians at all. It’s not that we are anti-Zionist, but that we are insufficiently enthusiastic about the whole thing. It’s a lot to overcome before we are heard.
Our only response is to simply live Biblical Law and trust the Lord to open those teachable moments. Unlike the sales-pitch evangelism, we don’t manipulate people into a decision. We know that the initiative lies in the hand of God as to when, where and how He moves to awaken the hearts of His people. We don’t try to nail down who is going to Heaven, only seek to guide folks to the full treasure piled up in plain sight of those who see with the eyes of the heart.