Let him who is convinced that his views are true and right express them . . . at every opportunity . . . without considering how much support or how much opposition he will encounter. Only falsehood is in need of many supporters in order to win the day; falsehood must have the authority of numbers to make up for what it lacks in justification. Truth, by contrast, will always prevail, even if it takes time. Noble, courageous and pure, expressed with all the fiery zeal and conviction and with all clarity of sure awareness, stated again and again at every opportunity, truth will ultimately gain respect and admiration even of those who do not accept it. The only truth that can be lost beyond recall is that truth whose adherents no longer have the courage to speak up candidly on its behalf. Truth has never gone down in defeat as the result of opposition, it has done so only when its friends are too weak to defend it. - R' S.R. Hirsch

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Seven Stages of Apostasy

Stage One: The study of G-d's Word is neglected and abandoned.

Stage Two: G-d's Word is no longer fulfilled.

Stage Three: Those who live according the G-d's Word are scorned.

Stage Four: Those who teach G-d's Word are hated.

Stage Five: Observance of G-d's Word by others is opposed.

Stage Six: The Divine Revelation of G-d's Word is denied.

Stage Seven: The existence of G-d is finally denied.

1 comment:

  1. From all of my reading, I would say that we have been at stage 7 for a while now. However, what I have noticed is a serious ramping up in terms of volume of all the stages listed here.
    I am not a regular commenter here, but I do read your wisdom at Res Ipsa's place, and Vox's blog too. I appreciate it all. You explain it all very clearly in a way I can understand. Much appreciated sir. In these spiritually perilous times, any wisdom we can find is indeed appreciated. More so after the week's latest disasters for mankind from the SCOTUS.