2010-11-19

The rejection of God is insanity

Sometimes the most basic things are the most overlooked. For those unfamiliar with the work, the Baltimore Catechism No.1 was designed to teach very young children -- those who have not yet reached the age of reason -- the basic truths of the Catholic Faith. Among the first few questions we find the following:

  • Who made the world?
  • Who is God?
  • What is man?
  • Why did God make you?

Even poorly catechized Catholics know that man was made by God to know, love, and serve Him, and the primary way by which we serve Him is by following His commandments. Conversely, if we wanted to reject Him, we would simply not follow the Commandments. By why would one want to disobey Commandments given to us by a loving God which are for our own benefit? Wouldn't that be, by definition, insanity?

It doesn't take much investigation to realize that in the united States the majority of people (and Catholics?) have chosen to disregard one or more of the Ten Commandments. In addition to the supernatural and spiritual consequences, this rejection of God has natural consequences as well: the rejection of order. This disorder has many manifestations, including mental illness. Which brings us to yesterday's report that states 20% of American adults suffer from mental illness.

Doesn't anyone else see this as a symptom of the general rejection of God and His order?
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