Nowadays two completely different communities exist in the Western Civilization in America, Europe and Israel – Judeo-Christian and anti-Judeo-Christian.
The Judeo-Christian community includes the people who are trying to preserve and strengthen our Judeo-Christian foundation with the guidance on human individual and collective behavior coming from the Supreme Power above us the humans. This guidance may be tailored to always life-changing circumstances but cannot be changed since it is “from the Above”.
The Supreme Power above us the humans is called God and His guidance is presented in the Torah for everybody, with special instructions for the Jews as the Chosen, and tailored in the Christian Bible for the non-Jews. It is very possible that the written Torah/Bible guidance is supported by the power of human genetics and even by direct yet scientifically mysterious communications from the same “Above”.
The other, anti-Judeo-Christian community is trying to demolish the Judeo-Christian foundation with the Bible-guided morals and replace it by a different spiritual foundation with a human supreme power and a human-made guidance – both of them could be easily changed at the will of a human supreme power. To achieve its goals, the anti-Judeo-Christian community is creating the legal, “politically-correct” taboos, which split the society on adversary politically correct and politically incorrect electoral crowds. By manipulating these electoral crowds, the anti-Judeo-Christian community wins although the entire society loses.
Below are a few examples of how the taboos work.
“Men vs. women”
The Judeo-Christian community is saying, a man and a woman are equal as human beings but have inherently different but equally important life roles. That may bring lower earnings for women who want to “work for money” but nothing is wrong with it – the genetic role of a woman is to work less “for money” and more to strengthen the family.
The anti-Judeo-Christian community immediately calls it “Sexism” and stops a very important Bible-guided conversation on how to help both the men and the women in strengthening the family.
“Blacks vs. whites”
The Judeo-Christian community is saying, stop the “affirmative action” that only affirms some people’s belief that the blacks are inferior to the whites. Thais wrong – we have to treat the blacks with the same respect as the whites and consider any work the blacks are able to do as dignified as any work the whites are doing.
The anti-Judeo-Christian community immediately calls it “racism” and stops a very important conversation on the Bible’s guidance to treat all kinds of work equally important.
“Government vs. religion”
The Judeo-Christian community is saying, the Bible and the Constitution guide us to separate the Church as the religious autocratic organization from the Government but to preserve the Judeo-Christian morals as the basis for government legislative work.
The anti-Judeo-Christian community immediately calls it “religious extremism” and stops any discussion on the grave consequences of destroying our Judeo-Christian spiritual foundation.
“Jews and Christians vs. Muslims”
The Judeo-Christian community is saying, the Jews and the Christians have a common Torah/Bible-based spiritual foundation but they have different “divine ways” in exploring the God’s spiritual world. Therefore, the Jews and the Christians have to remain peacefully different. In the Judeo-Christian God’s world, there is a space for a peacefully competing Islam. However, in the Islamic world there is no space for Judeo-Christian communities. The Muslims, as the Islamists are proclaiming and the Muslim majority is not disproving, do not have a common spiritual foundation with the Judeo-Christian world – the Islamists-Muslims are fighting to eliminate any Judeo-Christian space in this world.
The anti-Judeo-Christian community immediately calls it “religious bigotry” and tries to stop any attempt to appeal to the Muslims for reformation of the current “kill-the infidel” interpretation of Islam’s doctrines since “all true Muslims are peaceful people and the terrorists are not the true Muslims”.
“Palestinians vs. Israelis”
The Judeo-Christian community is saying, the Palestinians are not fighting for their own state living in peace with Israel – they are fighting to have their own state without Israel. If it is so, Israel has only one option and that is to define her secure borders, make everything within these borders the territory of Israel and be prepared to defend her decision legally, diplomatically and militarily. That is what is needed to preserve Israel as the most important part of the Judeo-Christian world.
The anti-Judeo-Christian community immediately calls it “occupation” and demands from Israel to end “the occupation” that makes Israel completely unsecure.
In my recent post, “The only way to win the war against Islamists in Paris and elsewhere is to strengthen our Judeo-Christian spirituality”, I have discussed the Islamic spiritual strength of Muslim majority and the Judeo-Christian spiritual weakness of the Western world that has led to their victories and our defeats in the Middle East, in Europe, and in America.
In this article, I am discussing what can be done to restore our Judeo-Christian spirituality and the ability to resist and win.
We are proud of our Democracy and Freedom. However, Democracy and Freedom are not spiritual values – they are the tools to support the collective spiritual values created by the people or given to them by their Creator. Democracy lets a group of people select leaders who are presumably the best for defending the people’s spiritual values while Freedom lets the individuals tailor the collective spiritual values to their individual life circumstances. To make the point of “Democracy and Freedom are just the tools, not spiritual values” clear, let me remind the readers the following. In the Nazi Germany, the Germans elected, democratically and freely, Hitler to recreate their eternal spiritual dream of being the supreme human race, and these days the Turks elected, democratically and freely, Erdogan who is moving Turkey back to Islamic “Allah Akbar” spirituality.
The Christian pilgrims founded America as a country of Judeo-Christian spirituality, and the Independence and Civil Wars strengthened this foundation. Our country was not founded as a country of Muslim, Baptist, Confucian or Hindu spirituality. We, using the tools of democracy and freedom, had been electing our country’s social and legal leaders who protected and strengthened our Judeo-Christian spirituality. The Ten Commandments and the Bible were in all public and government places.
That is true, our country is a country of immigrants, and we have many Muslim, Baptist, Confucian, Hindu, and even heathen cults, immigrants. However, in the past those immigrants knew they have to respect and obey the Judeo-Christian laws and traditions in the “public squares” and to follow their own traditions in the confinement of their homes and religious institutions.
After the WWII, the political and economic globalization became a mighty force that brought many countries closer to each other politically and economically. And many in the USA, and in Europe as well, decided that one more globalization step, the spiritual unification, is needed. The people of the total globalization idea invented the concept of “universal human values” that, they believe, can spiritually unite the world. As a first step in the spiritual unification, they began dismantling the Judeo-Christian spirituality in the “public squares” piece by piece – ‘no’ to the Ten Commandments, ‘no’ to the Bible, ‘no’ to the prayers, and ‘no’ to the Torah/Bible-guided legislative work.
However, instead of the global spiritual unity, the spiritual vacuum in the Western World has been created, which was filled quickly with most aggressive Islamic spirituality. The millennium-old Christian communities in the Middle East are diseasing under the Islamic assault. The Muslims in Europe are in a real war with the native population. The September 11, 2001 terrorist act and many other prevented terrorist attempts are the evidence the Islamists are serious in destroying the Judeo-Christian spirituality of America as well.
According to the just-released survey of American Muslims, a majority of them agreed with the statement “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Sharia.” Even more troubling is the fact that nearly a quarter of the Muslims polled believed that, “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.”
While we have been dismantling our Judeo-Christian spirituality, the Islamists were strengthening their Islamic spirituality. It is not too late to recognize the grave threats we are facing and begin the process of restoration.
Let us begin with the reform of school and college education that would bring back the study of our Judeo-Christian roots. The emphasis should be made on what unites all Judeo-Christian spiritually competing groups, what disunites them with spiritual adversaries, and how to spiritually defend ourselves. The state-church separation should be taught, as it should be, not as separation of Judeo-Christian morality from public life but rather as prohibition for any religious stream within the Judeo-Christian realm to become a dominating spiritual power.
Among many Bible-guided spiritual/moral principles, the following has to be emphasized.
Since all humans are created in the image and likeness of God as equals, the government has no right to designate any group of citizens as a deprived-equality one and then through legislative acts provide the equality. Unfortunately, that is what the government is doing by splitting legislatively men from women, whites from blacks, born here from immigrants, poor from rich, homosexuals from heterosexuals, traditional families from non-traditional families, secular from religious, etc.
The people themselves have to look for Bible-guided ways to feel equal with the others. Below are just two examples.
A non-traditional family may live in its home as it wish; however, it should not try to force the Judeo-Christian majority to treat its life style spiritually equal to that of the traditional families.
An immigrant family may be accepted in the USA only if it is willing to live under the collective laws of Judeo-Christian morality – if the immigrant family cannot accept it, as it might be with a Sharia-guided Muslim family, this family should be helped at the Sharia-guided places.
The people who are appointed or elected to the government positons of power have to pledge the allegiance not just to the Constitution with its multiple interpretations but also to its Judeo-Christian spirit as well.
After we restore the Judeo-Christian eternal principles of our life, we will be spiritually ready to defend them from all external (and internal if necessary) enemies.
The only way to win the war against Islamists in Paris and elsewhere is to strengthen our Judeo-Christian spirituality
People who do not like or even hate the words ‘Judeo-Christian spirituality’ have to realize if they want to preserve their universe of democracy and freedom, they have to understand that democracy and freedom themselves without any inner spirituality are doomed to be defeated by a true antagonistic spirituality which nowadays is Islam. Of course, the good Muslims can change Islam from inside to make it friendly to Judeo-Christian spirituality but unfortunately, there is no evidence that is at work now.
In essence, spirituality is an inner search for the very reason for human existence in general and the existence of any individual life in particular. When we are at war with somebody, we are defending our spirituality that is our way of moral life, although it looks like we are defending our physical bodies from being murdered. If we do not have the spirituality to defend, those with a strong adversary spirituality are most probably going to defeat us.
That is what is going on in Paris these days, what is at the core of Israeli-Palestinian confrontation and of current Islamic immigrants’ assault on Europe, and what is in the making for the USA. In a war, although it looks like we are defending our physical bodies, we are defending our spirituality. There is no reason to defend the physical bodies – everybody knows they will soon decease anyway.
Islamist incomers in France are not terrorizing Paris to obtain “equal rights” or eliminate “discrimination” – they are fighting to eliminate the Judeo-Christian spirituality around them and have all France spiritually Islamic. They murdered near 127 people and injured much more under the battle cry “Allah Akbar” the true meaning of which is “Islam everywhere”.
Palestinians are not fighting for an extra piece of land for their own state or for their human rights – they are fighting to eliminate the Jewish (Judeo-Christian) spirituality near them and to have all Middle East spiritually Islamic. The Palestinians have the same battle cry “Allah Akbar”.
The November 2015 mass murdering of Jews and Christians in Paris by a well-organized Islamic group is forcing us once again to define the enemy and find a winning strategy.
If we define the enemy as violent extremists with no clear spiritual mission, as President Obama wants us to believe, we will be defeated – in some not too distant future, the spiritual Islamic flag will be flying over the dispirited White House and the dispirited Elyseе Palace.
We have to define the enemy as it is – as a powerful adversary spiritual Islamic universe bent on destroying our Judeo-Christian universe, as the enemy defines itself. If we define the enemy as it is, we may realize that to win the war we have to begin restoring and strengthening our Judeo-Christian spiritual foundation, and we have to create a strategy for spiritually containing the Muslim world until the good Muslims reform this world.
The French Jews have already realized the need for such actions. France’s umbrella group of French Jewish communities, CRIF, called for “merciless war” against radical Islam. CRIF’s unusually harsh-worded statement immediately followed the news that at least 127 people were killed in a series of terrorist attacks in Paris and its northern suburb of Saint-Denis, which French President Francois Hollande said were an “act of war” committed by the Islamic State. “The global war against the monstrosity of jihadist fanaticism must become an absolute priority of democratic nations,” CRIF wrote in a series of messages on Twitter. “We must fight it without mercy, without relenting, in order to vanquish it.”
The majority of Israeli Jews know that Israel is not fighting “violent extremist groups” – they know Israel is fighting violent Islam bent of destruction of Israel as a leading representative of Judeo-Christian spirituality.
Unfortunately, not all American Jews understand the spiritual war the violent Islam is conducting against our Judeo-Christian civilization as was evident at the recent gathering of the Reform Jews in Florida – they should pay less attention to Obama’s thoughts and more to the true Islamic intentions.
The origin of Judeo-Christian spirituality can be described in the following spiritually Jewish way.
- The great majority of Jews support the Rambam’s 13 principles of faith with the statement that the Torah is immutable and of divine origin.
- The Torah states that God created the humans in His image and likeness – all of them, Jews and non-Jews.
- The Torah defines the image of God as the Creator. If it is so, all the humans have to be creators in their individual (and collective) spheres of human endeavor.
- The Torah defines the way of God’s, and therefore humans, creative work – evaluating the results of a creation: if it is GOOD, it remains alive and continue developing; if it is BAD, it is demolished and replaced by something else.
- The Torah provides the Rules (spirituality, morality, rituals …) for defining GOOD and BAD to be tailored and applied to individual life circumstances.
- The Torah defines one group of the humans, the Jews, as the Chosen to be a sort of testing ground for the Rules and a helper to the others in learning and applying the Rules to their God-guided creative efforts.
- After receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, the Jews – for over a millennium – had accumulated enough experience in applying the Rules in their own realm, and had begun – about two millenniums ago – helping the non-Jews in changing their heathen rules to the Rules of One God.
- At that time, there were no religions of Judaism or Christianity – just the Rules of One God for all the humans created by God in His own image and likeness.
- After the God’s Torah-based Rules began to be followed by all Jews and many non-Jews, some of them began to play the role of interpreters and enforcers of the Rules in their own interpretation with the goal of becoming a sort of human gods for their own peoples – that is the beginning of religions Judaism and Christianity.
- Judeo-Christian spirituality that we are discussing these days is the all-human spirituality based on the Rules of One God specified in the Torah without distortions introduced by some power-grabbing human leaders (in both Christianity and Judaism) without neglecting the unique role of the Jews as the Chosen.
Now, why some people may hate the concept of Judeo-Christian spirituality if, as is seen from the above description, this concept
- has nothing to do with the unique role of the Jews as the Chosen,
- has nothing to do with the unique distinguishing characteristics of Judaism and Christianity as different religions made for two different peoples – Jews and non-Jews,
- makes everybody spiritually equal in their individual pursue of happiness through creative work under one set of guiding rules for all, and
- what most important, spiritually arms us for defending our Judeo-Christian world from its chief spiritual enemy, the militarist Islam, bent on eliminating the Judeo-Christian world?
It looks like the answer is obvious. The haters of the concept of Judeo-Christian spirituality do not appreciate our great civilization, with two spiritual hubs in USA and Israel, and want to change it for something else. They do not understand the mission of the Jews as the Chosen and want do denigrate this mission. The Jewish haters do not believe in the Jewish spiritual strength and therefore think the concept of Judeo-Christian spirituality may encourage the Jews to leaving their faith. All of them are wrong!
It is without doubt for those who have studied the Torah/Bible intellectually:
God created the human individuals with the code of GOOD human behavior – in the Bible and most probably genetically;
God did not create the government, which is allowed to impose on the human individuals its own anti-Bible code of behavior;
the human individuals themselves created the government to defend and protect their God’s given right to live their lives as individuals under the Bible’s code of GOOD human behavior.
Something else is obvious for those who have studied the Torah/Bible intellectually:
the Bible reminds us God created the human individuals in His Creator’s image and likeness to continue His creative work in any area of human endeavor – in family and children rearing, in business and arts, in … everywhere;
the creative work requires financial support, and the Bible guides the more fortunate human individuals to provide the financial support to the less fortunate human individuals as Mitzvah/Charity.
The Bible does not guide the human individuals to expand the role of the government – from defending and protecting the God’s given right to live their lives as individuals under the Bible guidance to the confiscating the wealth of the more fortunate and redistributing it to the less fortunate.
However, that is what the multiple governments have done. Why? Because the government’s forced wealth redistribution allows the government redistributing the other’s wealth to itself in much greater quantities than to the others. In order to justify such redistribution, the government has to dethrone God with His Judeo-Christian code of GOOD behavior and substitute it with its own code, and the government has done it so far successfully using its legislative powers.
However, when the Bible-guided human individuals decide to compete with the government they win and the two narratives below prove it. These narratives are about an Israeli private company HIPPY, which enable the parents find out what unique educational program is best for their own kids, and the Big Government, which imposes its own unified educational program on all kids.
A private company HIPPY that gets their money from Mitzvah/Charity and private sales that are affordable for the less fortunate families
HIPPY helps parents empower themselves as their children’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was designed to bring families, organizations and communities together and remove any barriers to participation that may include limited financial resources or lack of education.
HIPPY is an international program that started in Israel in 1969 as a research and demonstration project. It has since spread to other countries. Germany, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Canada along with Israel and the United States now comprise HIPPY International. The HIPPY program came to the United States in 1984.
HIPPY USA was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1988 to promote and guide the development of the HIPPY program in the United States. Currently, there are 139 HIPPY program sites in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
The Big Government with the big forcefully redistributed money
In 2002, with bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized ESEA and President George W. Bush signed the law, giving it a new name: No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
NCLB gave the government the leading role in children education and the government has done, what it is doing in all areas of government involvement – dividing society further, this time creating the groups of traditionally underserved and vulnerable students and providing them with more redistributed money – with no or little success.
HIPPYUSA – much better education results, see at http://www.hippyusa.org/memanage/pdf/2014%20Annual%20Report.pdf
The Big Government – much greater expenses and much greater appetite for redistribution funds, see at http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/statement-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan%E2%80%94fy-2014-budget-request