The noted British philosopher, writer, and theologian G.K. Chesterton once remarked that he could not understand why skeptics (religious unbelievers of Christianity) could not understand the doctrine of “Original Sin” (the belief that all human beings are born with an inward disposition toward evil and malicious actions that are called “sins).

Chesterton stated that the doctrine of “Original Sin” was one of the few Christian doctrines that were empirically proven simply by reading the front page of the world’s daily newspapers!

When one glances through papers such as the Times of London or the New York Times or the Washington Post one sees such topics of “World Terrorism,” “The Ebola Outbreak,” the ongoing “chaos and strife among political parties in Washington D.C.” – and strife between “Police Departments and the Citizens” of different American cities.

How does one define evil?

Does the term evil have objective definition?

Is there a shared definition of evil that all humanity could embrace?

Are human beings intrinsically evil (within our nature) or are our bad, unkind and horrible actions the result of the environments in which we are raised in?

These are not easy questions – and minds much sharper than mine have wrestled with these themes for thousands of years.

Nevertheless, this writer believes that the Judeo-Christian worldview (a way of viewing reality) offers the best explanation of why the world in which we live in is filled with so much heartache and sorrow.

In the 6th chapter of Genesis the following description of “evil” is penned by Moses (the author of the first 5 books of the Bible) in verses 5-9 (The New International Version – NIV):

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah and the Flood

This is the account of Noah and his family.  Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”

What could have been transpiring during Noah’s time to warrant this bleak and pessimistic description from Almighty GOD with reference to the humans whom He / She created in His / Her Image?

The humans in Noah’s day engaged in lying, deceit, murder, theft, rebellion, sexual lust, and covetousness (desiring things that are not their own and stealing to acquire them) – and displaying no love or desire for intimacy with GOD.

Sounds like the Bible describes the events of our day…

GOD calls the items on the aforementioned list “Sin or Sins.”

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (completed in 1646) defines “Sin as disobeying or not conforming to GOD’s law (GOD’s teaching, instruction, or revelation) in any way.”

Wow, what a provocative indictment against all of humanity!

The prophet Jeremiah described the problem of sin as arising in the human heart in the following way in Jeremiah 17.9-10 (NIV):

The heart is deceitful above all things  and beyond cure.   Who can understand it?

10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

These writings from the The Holy Bible (Saint Paul picks up this theme at great length in his letter called the book of Romans) show that GOD takes the whole notion of “evil” or “sin” quite seriously.

As a matter of fact to quote the Reformed theologian R.C. Sproul all Sin properly understood is nothing short than ‘Cosmic Treason’ against the very Person and Character of Almighty GOD!!!”

Treason is the one penalty mentioned in the United States Constitution that demands the “death penalty.”

Treason against mankind is a serious offense; however, treason against an All-Powerful, All-Knowing, and All-Present GOD is far worse!

If this is the case, then is there any remedy for this “Cosmic Treason?”

The answer is a resounding “YES!”

In the Christian New Testament, Saint Paul writes in the book of Romans and in the 6th chapter and in the 23 verse that “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord..

The “YES” is found in the very nature and meaning of CHRISTMAS.

Christmas properly understood is GOD doing for sinful, evil, and hopeless humanity what mankind cannot do for themselves – and that is namely that GOD placed the penalty of SIN on the very back and body of His SON JESUS CHRIST.

Christmas represents GOD taking on human flesh (a process and doctrine known as the Incarnation) and becoming one with humanity so that GOD could cure the hopelessness and evil of the human heart.

GOD instructs human beings to embrace the supernatural and sacrificial work of CHRIST by receiving the gift of His Son through “Repentance.”

Repentance is a Greek word known as “metanoia.”

Metanoia literally means to “change one’s mind” it carries with it the connotation of a change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.

The only way to ultimately deal with evil and injustice is by cutting it off at its roots.

Over the past 2,000 years believers in CHRIST – as The MESSIAH or the one who saves and redeems humanity – have proclaimed that in CHRIST there is an ultimate answer that successfully transforms the evil in our hearts into a beautiful oasis of love, peace, joy, goodness, grace – and love for GOD and love for all of humanity.

 MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

[Spoilers ahead. Proceed accordingly.]

It was Christmas Day, the gifts were opened, brunch was done, and I have watched The Princess Bride and A Christmas Story enough times I can lip-synch them, but I felt like watching something.

Of course, I had to watch The Interview.

Mind you, for as long as I can remember, I have made it a point to watch/read banned films/books. The Interview is available on YouTube, my TV can play YouTubes, so I plunked down $6.

It was worth it. It’s a very funny serious movie.

Claudia Rosett found The Interview

crude, vulgar, silly, tedious at times and crammed with what we might politely call locker-room gags, presumably meant to appeal to the lowest common denominator of modern pop culture.

I’m cool with that.

But,

as a graphic jab at North Korea’s totalitarian system, including its third-generation current tyrant, Kim Jong Un, The Interview — despite its lavish dose of rubbish — is a standout achievement. It is a burlesque laced with moments of truth that anyone can understand.

Rich Klein finds that “The Interview” really does subvert North Korea’s regime.

Much has been said about The Interview’s scene where Kim Jong Un gets blown up to smithereens. The real-life Kim probably threw a hissy fit over that, but what should keep him awake at night is the interview itself, which celebrity talk show host Dave Skylark (played by James Franco) starts with pre-scripted questions and hits gold by asking

why the country can spend billions of dollars on a nuclear weapons program but needs $100 million in UN aid each year to feed its people.

Kim (played by the very funny Randall Park), a master manipulator of the media, had wooed Skylark with everything from orgies to Soviet tanks in preparation to the interview. It reminded me of Fidel Castro taking Barbara Walters for a ride back in the day, by land,

and by sea,

in preparation for Barbara Walters’s interviews of Fidel Castro (you can watch the 20/20 here).

In real life, however, Barbara refers to Fidel as “charismatic, magnetic,” so she didn’t do an interview like The Interview.

Rich Klein, again,

Think of the movie as Chernobyl for the digital age. Just as the nuclear catastrophe in the Soviet Union and the dangerously clumsy efforts to hide it exposed the Kremlin’s leadership as inept and morally bankrupt, overseeing a superpower rusting from the inside, so does The Interview risk eroding the myths, fabrications and bluster that keep the Kim dynasty in power.

Those who know how ought to dub and make the Interview available in North Korea, and in every country where tyrants thrive on personality cults. Venezuela. Cuba. And the stops in the Jennifer Lopez dictator tour.

(The Interview has plenty of foul language, sexual situations, gore and violence, so you do not want your children around when it’s playing.)

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Saruman: “A man of Rohan? What is the house of Rohan but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek and rats roll on the floor with the dogs? Victory at helms deep does not belong to you, Théoden, horsemaster! You are a lesser son of greater sires.”

The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King Extended Version 2003

There is nothing that illustrates the danger of the blue state secular liberal culture then this story:

It is hard for me to put into words how pathetically silly I find the requests of college and post-grad students to postpone exams because of the “trauma” they experienced due to Grand Jury decisions in the national news. It is even harder to express how pathetic and silly it is that college and law school officials are bending to the requests of these “traumatized” students.

This is the logical result of the 60’s generation raising children outside of the Judeo Christian Culture that once was American Culture and that still dominates in Red States.

Consider for a moment how history would have been different if this was the way things were if these type of people had not just appeared in the last decades but were here for the entire history of the country what if….

Martin Luther King and the Freedom Riders were too “traumatized” by events in the south to resist?

NASA Astronauts were too traumatized by the explosion of the Space Shuttle to continue working?

NASA was too traumatized by the Apollo 1 fire to go to the moon?

JFK was too traumatized by the missile crisis to react

Harry Truman was too traumatized by the NK invasion to go to the UN

 The WW2 Generation, the Civil War Generation, the Revolutionary War Generation were too traumatized to react?

Imagine if abolitionists, explorers, scientists, mechanics, and those who have achieved great things all let themselves be frozen by events and allowed themselves to be paralyzed like these kids?  Where would they be today?

Kids you’re being played by people who wish you to be useless willing and able to do what needs to be done only in video games.

And if you think that’s a coincidence then ask yourself if you were the leader of a country trying to destroy an enemy’s’  civilization, say one that stands between you and power, ask yourself how you’d go about it without arousing suspicion?