Any North American around my age will recognise that as the title of a Doobie Brother’s album - “What were once vices are now habits”
It’s true. Isn’t it?
“As Alexander Pope once wrote:
Vice is a monster of so frightful appearance,
As to be hated yet needs to be seen;
Seen too often, familiar her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”
In the atheist world-view, morals, values and obligations, right and wrong, good and bad move and change with the ebb and flow of society’s conscience. In the atheist’s mind, there aren’t any objective morals, values and obligations, no ought or should. The tide comes in. The tide goes out. Once it was wrong. Now it’s right. So we have a community whereby nothing is sacred or safe. That’s not all bad. I mean who in their right mind would want a return to the old days of American Style Slavery? Hopefully there’s less than a handful. On the other hand, who is excited about:
The harm of abortion becoming the spread of abortion.
The harm of adultery becoming the normalisation of adultery
The harm of easy divorce becoming the demand for easy divorce
The harm of sexualising our children becoming the business of sexualising our children
As far as I can tell, most atheists are onside with all of these. Of course, atheists don’t WANT the harm that comes with these behaviours. It’s just that the insanity of atheism causes atheists to keep trying the same thing over and over while hoping for different results. At the very least, atheists, who are being consistent with their philosophy are unable to say with any conviction that any of these things are wrong. Thanks to atheists and functional atheists, “Right” has become, “Whatever you can get away with.”
So why do we witness humanity’s slow, relentless slide into nihilism and the norm of self-destructive behaviours? Because the Bible says so? YES! You got it! In Romans 1:18 esp. and to the end of the chapter in general. “The wrath of God is being revealed against all the godlessness and wickedness of those who suppress the truth . . .”
How is God revealing His wrath? By removing His hand of protection. By allowing you to choose evil as a way of life. By refusing to act as a dictator and thereby allowing you to do what you want. As the saying goes, The consequences of evil are their own punishment. Not only are we acquiescing to forces that destroy ourselves and our families. We're enshrining them in law. Rather than being horrified into action over society's dependence on mood altering chemical, rather than being horrified into action of the sale of women into the sex trade, we give up and say, "Oh well, we may as well legalise that too."
In the beginning, God held back, and protected us from evil completely. We didn’t even know that evil existed. However He did give us the choice to know the difference between good and evil and as Alexander Pope has described, the horror of evil has turned into a love affair with evil. What were once vices are now habit.