In the previous post, we explored the concept of God’s blessings and the land as gifts bestowed upon us out of His boundless goodness. In return, we are called to render Him the honour, respect, and reverence He deserves.

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God… However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15)

The “noble savage” myth is the romanticised idea that indigenous people, untainted by modern civilisation, embody purity, virtue, and simplicity. This concept suggests that these “noble savages” live in harmony with nature and possess inherent goodness and wisdom, contrasting with the perceived corruption and complexity of civilised society. The myth oversimplifies and idealises indigenous cultures, often ignoring their complexities and challenges.

Several civilisations throughout history were involved in practices such as slavery, sexual immorality, and human sacrifices before their decline or destruction. Notable examples include the Aztec and Mayan civilisations.

The Aztec Empire practiced slavery commonly, with slaves often being war captives or those in debt, used for labour and various services. Sexual immorality, in various forms, was present, though what was considered immoral varied by historical interpretation. Human sacrifices were central to their religion, with mass sacrifices conducted to appease their gods and ensure cosmic order. On one occasion, they sacrificed 40000 people; I am guessing these people did not volunteer.

Similarly, the Mayan civilisation also practiced slavery, with slaves typically being prisoners of war or individuals in debt. Sexual immorality exists in various forms, though specifics vary. Human sacrifices were performed for religious purposes, particularly to please their gods and ensure agricultural fertility.

Obviously, this does not take the complete list of mankind’s spiritual infidelity into account, or to whom it applies.

This is not just a South American story; it is a universal tale that resonates deeply with all of humanity. Sin is not confined to any one region or people—it is a universal truth that permeates every corner of the world. The consequences of sin are equally universal. Whether in the dense jungles of South America, the vast plains of Africa, or the sprawling landscapes of North America, those who arrogantly persist in their rebellion against God ultimately face the devastating consequences of war, disease, and famine.

The historical record is replete with examples of this grim reality. In South America, entire civilisations were brought to their knees. In Africa, tribes and nations faced relentless cycles of conflict and plague. North America, too, has seen its share of strife and suffering as a result of turning away from divine principles.

But this narrative is not limited to these continents. Europeans and Asians have also endured severe repercussions for their collective sins. The etymology of the word “slave” itself, derived from “Slavic,” underscores how deeply the scourge of slavery has affected Europe. Asia, with its ancient empires and modern conflicts, provides further testament to the universal impact of sin and rebellion.

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Throughout history, no people or nation has remained untouched by the divine judgements on sin. The stories of downfall and devastation are a stark reminder that the consequences of sin are inevitable and far-reaching. This dramatic, all-encompassing narrative of human defiance and divine justice serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of humility, repentance, and adherence to moral and spiritual principles across all cultures and societies.

Colonialism in all its forms, regardless of its perpetrators, is not the fundamental problem. The true issue lies in our rebellion against God and our failure to accord Him the honour and reverence due to Him. Until we acknowledge that our sin is the core problem, we cannot move on, recover, or grow from the just discipline of a loving and righteous God.

Moreover, it is true that Europeans, like many others before them—including the Ottomans, Japanese, and even tribes within the same ethnicity—have been instruments of divine judgement and retribution. However, we are now on the brink of becoming the object of that judgement.

That is to say, where we may have been the hammer in the hand of judgement, we are about to become the nail. If we cannot bring ourselves to reject the vile and abominable actions and ideologies of our day and return to the sanity of serving God, we face dire consequences. The urgency to repent and restore our commitment to divine principles has never been greater, lest we fall victim to the same fate we have seen throughout history.

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