Modern art is so bizarre because of a change in the philosophy or world-view among the intellectuals and artists who shaped much of Western culture at the beginning of the twentieth century. In order explain this I need to start further back than the art itself. Bear with me as I explain this. We shall get to the art eventually . . .
It is impossible to prove or disprove the existence of God in the sense that secular humanists and atheists seek proof. It is impossible for a believer to prove the existence of God to a non-believer, and it is impossible for a non-believer to prove that God does not exist to a believer. Science itself does not really deal with such questions in any case, and to resort to such an argument is to misunderstand what science is capable of doing and to abuse the scientific method itself . . .
There are two different answers to this question depending on what precisely is mean be the word evil. First, if the word evil means moral evil, i.e. evil acts that human beings do that they should not do, then the answer is that there is evil in the world because men disobey God’s law. The question itself implies that there is some accepted code of moral absolutes. Such a code must come from an ultimate authority, a final court of appeal. This code cannot be a relative standard if the question is to have any real meaning because if there were no absolute standard that defined right and wrong evil would merely be what individual people chose to regard as evil, in other words what they personally do not like . . .
The answer to this question is yes, politicians are taking away our freedom. They have been doing so for some time and given the religious nature of modern British society, i.e. acceptance of secular humanism as public truth, this process must necessarily continue until the political authorities have made secular humanism the established religion and Britain has become a thoroughly totalitarian State . . .
This is a very complex issue, but at bottom the problem is one of greed involving the immoral expropriation of society’s economic resources by our banks and governments. The responsibility for this situation has been squarely placed on the banks by the media and politicians, and it is true that they are responsible. But modern governments are equally responsible because our governments have permitted the banking system to act in this irresponsible and immoral way, and the reason for this is that the government is the main beneficiary of this morally corrupt banking system. This is not a party political issue though, since all governments, regardless of party politics, have been involved in this . . .
The Westminster Confession of Faith states in Chapter XIX, “Of the Law of God,” section IV: “To them also, as a body politick, he gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of that people, not obliging any other now, further than the general equity thereof may require.” How do those who believe that God’s law has an abiding application to the political realm and who are also members of Churches that hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith reconcile this with the teaching of the Confession itself?
The background to this is the first chapter of 1 Kings. Adonijah was the older half-brother of Solomon, but David had promised the throne to Solomon. Adonijah tried to usurp the throne by conspiring with Joab et al. to make himself king without his father’s knowing. Bathsheba complained to King David and King David put the situation right by having Solomon anointed by Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet as the legitimate king. Adonijah then took himself off to get hold of the horns of the altar, which was effectively taking refuge at the altar, and asked Solomon not to put him to death for his treason (he knew Solomon was King David’s chosen heir when he tried to usurp the throne). And Solomon did not put him to death. 1 Kings 1:52 effectively states that Solomon said if Adonijah behaved himself in future we would not be punished . . .
Man is a worshipping creature. He was created by God to worship his Creator. To worship does not mean merely to engage in “religious” rituals or say prayers; it means to serve in the whole of one’s life. Man was not created for himself but for a purpose beyond himself, namely to serve God, and he can only find true purpose and ultimate meaning in life when he seeks to live his life in the service of God. Mankind is hard-wired to this purpose. Man always looks for meaning and purpose in life, and he can only truly find this purpose outside of himself in the service of the God who created him. As Augustine of Hippo said “Thou [O Lord] has formed [i.e. created] us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee” (Confessions, I.1) . . .