Yes, Civilization Can Collapse

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We know that individual civilizations can and do go down for the count, never to return. Been to Babylon lately? Carthage?

But the Bible tells us that on two occasions, God overthrew all of civilization. First in the Great Flood; next, when He saved us from the first global government by confounding our language while we were building the Tower of Babel.

We also have a historical example of a whole bunch of civilizations going down at once. Not the whole world, but a goodly chunk of it.

The Year Civilization Collapsed

We watched this lecture again the other night: 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. All of the civilizations in the Middle East and around the Eastern Mediterranean: they all fell pretty much at once.

What could they have done? They couldn’t avoid the droughts, the bad growing seasons, or the earthquakes. They couldn’t stop the barbarian invasions. All those stresses, all at once, finished off the whole lot of them. Egypt survived, just barely. Assyria and Babylonia took centuries to recover. The others–pffft!

But we do things to our contemporary, just-about global civilization, that seem purposely designed to bring it crashing down. The transgender movement. Uncontrolled government spending. Tyranny. Unlike earthquakes, these calamities are avoidable. But there are people who do not want to avoid them: because they want to build a whole new civilization on the ruins. With themselves ruling it. And there are others, richer and more influential than crazy revolutionaries, who just want to rule the world, period. Squash it all together into one and call it globalism. They want to undo what happened at Babel; they think they can make it work, this time.

God’s hand is on the tiller of history and He, not they, will decide how it all turns out. “I shake the earth,” He has said, “so that those things which cannot be shaken will remain.”

We’re getting some of that shaking right now, and it’s time we changed our ways. Stop doing stupid lunatic things that threaten the survival of our civilization. Stop with the false prophets, already!

God does not need The Smartest People In The World to save the human race. He has already done that through His Son, Jesus Christ. History since the Resurrection has been a progress toward the Kingdom of God–a progress punctuated by plenty of shakings by which God gets rid of things that ought to be gotten rid of. Like the Third Reich, the Soviet Union. His respect for our free will makes for slow progress; but God lives independently of time. We don’t.

If we want to keep our civilization going, we really do have to take better care of it.


5 comments on “Yes, Civilization Can Collapse

  1. This would make a great NewsWithViews article! Our God is a Mystery and works in mysterious ways, and that is why the Christian life is so interesting. What will He do next? What is He up to? And we as believers enter into His mysteries. As St. Paul put it, “Great is the mystery of God.” Every person born of God is a mystery because they are like the wind that we don’t know where it comes from or where it is going.

  2. To the extent of my understanding, civilizations tend to collapse when there is no cohesion left. Cohesion can be the product of dedication to a common cause (such as survival under harsh conditions) a belief system, or an economic system.

    If you’ve never experienced weather of -30 F, you’d be surprised at how fast that cuts through the nonsense. People help one neighbors they don’t much like because they realize that the shoe could be on the other foot tomorrow. There’s a real sense of community.

    I would imagine that an existential threat would have the same effect; imagine living on the shore in ancient times and seeing an unfamiliar flag flying from the mast of an unexpected ship. One could raise a militia quickly under such circumstances.

    Common beliefs are powerful. whether for good or for bad, most people will stand together with fellow believers. I’m sure that the Christian ethic helped in the case of many early Americans.

    Economics are somewhat similar to survival. Men in a fishing village might squabble, but if an interloper intrudes, you can bet that they will stand together to defend their economic interests.

    The current generation of youngsters has, in many cases, been taught that hard work and a free-market economy are bad. Many have been taught that belief in a Creator is ill-conceived and many of the young can’t even imagine a real threat to their survival. If someone of that mindset saw an invasion force coming they’d probably welcome them. We are not in a good place, from that standpoint.

    1. Our cohesion is looking pretty shaky, about now. The plain fact is, leftids hate their country. It’s not good enough for them. Maybe the only thing that meets their inane standards is some utopian fantasy.

      Our public education system is the most spectacular and expensive failure in human history.

    2. Oh, I don’t know. The incident in the Garden of Eden was pretty bad, not to mention the Tower of Babel. But come to think of it, the current culture has done a pretty good job of building its own Tower of Babel, accompanied by the Parade of Perversion. 🙁

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