Here’s a quote from “The Reckoning“, by James Huggins, pp110-114. It spoke to me of the spirit of this age, and revealed some ancient truths. In the words of character Malachi Halder:
Did you know … that the ancient Egyptians considered the Pharaoh to be God? … How easy it has been for men, even from primitive times, to seek immortality in themselves, … Immortality. Power. Freedom. Strength to accomplish whatever man’s will would desire.
We have traveled so short a distance in so many years. Today men stand on the shoulders of formulaic logic that leads them, without alternatives, they say, to the ultimate decision that man alone, within himself, contains the power and the secrets of Godhood. And they lean heavily upon their complicated reasoning to explain why such a decision is the only true destination of high and critical thought. But if that is true, why have profoundly primitive cultures, inhabiting vanished civilations long lost to the Earth, forever held this same conviction? Why? I will tell you why. Because fearful man is destined forever to approach the void, to move towards that verge which separates the known from the unknown. It is the human tendency, as Kant explained. Yet man, because he is inherently selfish and self-serving above all things, will travel no road without the full measure of what he might possess. In his self-centred dominion, man will surrender nothing that must not absolutely be surrendered. So he is faced with the dilemma of entering the next world without losing what he has gained in this one. A difficult thing, to be sure.
A powerful temptation, if primitive. The Pharaoh was considered to be God because of his soul’s divine union to the sun. He was considered more than mere man, and more than Nature. He was the ultimate Sun-Man, or Man-God, in the most natural sense. He was one with the Cosmos, holding the keys to life by the power of his will and by the power of the sun. For his very will was his life, both for the here and the hereafter. Seemingly, it was the ultimate escape from death and from moral limitations.
You see, evil did not exist, at least not for the Man-God who found his freedom in the vast and infinite universe. For nature itself was neutral to good and evil. The only moral limitations that might be imposed on the Man-God were the limitations of his own, divine will. An evil could be defined as that power that prevented him from exercising that free moral will. The end purpose of his existence became, therefore, the power to create that thing that was the object of his desire.
But at the emergence of the Hebrew God, the Man-God was confronted by his ultimate nemesis. An enemy that perfectly defied his deific claim. So Yahweh, the Ancient of Days, became the scorned and rejected scourge of the world, despised as an enemy of the ultimate free man. The ageless collision of forces. Man and God. And men who would not kneel accused the God of Israel of being the waste product of a condemning moral code propagated by foolish men who must create an imaginary God that is beyond themselves. And Yahweh was condemned in the old world as the foolish false creation of weak men who were simply unable to survive or rule by the power of the Cosmos and by their own hand. A confilct of decision, of decided faith or non-faith. And it was on this ground of the unknowable that the battle first began.
I call it unknowable because this ground is ultimately the dominion of faith, … where nothing can be understood empirically, and a man must decide, for himself alone, to believe as he would believe. I am old now, and have forgotten much of what I knew. But I still understand the limitations of empirical thought. I recall all the questions of fundamental certainty that evaded the critical reason of Descates, Augustine, Hegel, Pascal, and Kant. So I do not claim to completely understand ultimate truth, nor do I stand alone in my ignorance of it. I know that I can defend my faith as far as reason may ascend, in any discipline of thought, be it philosophy or theology or science or archaelogy. And I am certain that I hold a perfectly and ultimately reasonable faith. But, in the final plain of human reason, faith is faith, and knowledge is knowledge. God always has been, and always shall remain, the ultimate mystery. Always there will be fundamental questions of uncertainty that only faith may bridge. And it is because of what I know of these fundamental questions, and faith itself, that I say with confidence that reason will never fully close the void between the known and the unknowable. Faith, alone is the final step.
It’s true, you know, that the secret things belong to God. And yet those who worship the Man-god, or this Sun-Man of the Cosmos, have since time immemorial, fought with red swords of hate to destroy the restricting moral influence of men who would live by the words of Yahweh. And this is because the Man-God, from the very beginning, has regarded Yahweh’s very existence as a hated and mortal threat to his moral autonomy. And for certain, the very idea of an omnipotent and holy God is an attack upon the grounds of what he holds most dear: Himself.
It is nothing unique to the history of man. One side elects to believe that the Cosmos, or Nature, or the Superior Man himself, holds the keys of eternal life. They believe that man himself should be the ultimate measure of Good and Evil. While we believe that a holy an righteaous God has given man the commandment that we must worship Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and spirit, abide by this Law, and claim no moral sovereignty for ourselves. One side claims that they themselves are God as Man, the ultimate expression of what is good and right and true. The other side simply chooses to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Moses, who proclaim that we must worship no other God before Him.
The dream of the God-Man is to decide his own moral dominion, and by the freedom he claims, extend that moral dominion over the Earth. It is a perversion of a solemn truth, for man was indeed created to have dominion over the Earth. but not by the might of his own hand. No, and not by the power of the sword, nor the strength of the flames. No, it was by the mercy of God tha man was born to subdue the Earth, remaining within the justice that God ordained.
And it was against this dark dream of mortal cosmic dominion that Simon died resisting. Bcause he knew what the end of that dream would be. He remembered what oppression was wrought in the holocaust of ancient empires who held the God-Man as a supreme being. He remembered the dynasties of Mesopotamia which worshipped the gods of the Earth; evil monarchies that forced the predatory will of the strongest upon the weak. For always the strongest rule where there is no dominion higher than man himself.
We should learn from history; it reveals former things. In ancient worlds there were many religions that held man himself to be the all-embracing Absolute of good and evil, the decider of his own destiny by the strength of his arm. They rejected the concept of the an invisible, omnipotent God who created man and then revealed Himself to man, a God who esablished codes of conduct that could not be altered in the fleshly domain. And, even as it is now, it was a time of decision. A time to decide by an acot of will to serve the God-Man or serve the Hebrew God that alone breathed life into dust to make flesh, and still retained the right to decide life or death for that flesh.
Measure a god by the sacrifice he seeks. Measure a man by the prey he selects. Is it revealing that ancient empires who worshipped the free moral mind of a master race always selected their sacrifices among the weak, the defenceless, or the poor? Is it a coincidence that all the past dynasties ruled by the God-Man, or Sun-Man, mortared their altars with the same blood? And it’s true, you know.
From the Druids to the Massalians to the keepers of demonic Baal to Dagon to the priests of the Aztec’s Xipe Topec, the Sun-God, it was always the children and the weakest who were selected for death. Always the weakest. Never the strong, no. And why is that? I’ll tell you why. It’s because man without an omnipotent God to restrict his actions will forever serve the beast that lives so strongly within, becoming a predator over a fallen world. And, as nature demands, the strongest men become the strongest predators. And as any predator, men will select easy prey before strong. And children are always among the weakest, the most defenceless.
Yes, … predation is the final plateau of the God-Man concept. Not love, and not mercy; it only recognizes strength. The strong rule, and the strongest rule completely. And it is this cruel fate that has always been the end of those who find their god in Nature, or in themselves, or in the Cosmos or the Sun. Man as God. nature as God. The Sun-Man. They cunningly devise whatever ideology that will allow them to justify their moral autonomy and their predatory lusts. a thousand faces for the same being. A thousand names to personify a god who is exactly what they want him to be. And they violently reject the unyielding moral code imposed upon man by Yahweh, a God who has always enforced a code of justice that would defend the weak, and punish the cruel.