Wednesday, July 22, 2015

God's Dissatisfaction and Condemnation of Large Urban Enclaves

Lot and his family learned about this when they entered Sodom. The term "Iniquity" abounds in scripture when referencing cities; large urban enclaves.   Genesis, Ezekiel, Hosea, Daniel, Habbakuk, and many other references define the Lord's displeasure and condemnation of cities.  Iniquity is is bred and thrives in large congregations.  Large masses of humanity provides anonymity, and the civility required to establish and maintain law and order (by indulging or permitting a variety of opinions) inspires and feeds iniquity. The city codifies and perfects the behaviors synonymous with iniquity.  In terse terms, God hates cities. He knows what transpires when large groups of men and women congregate. How many large scale disasters and spiritual discontinuity are avoided if large numbers of people do not coexist in a condensed environment?  The Tower of Babel was the result of mankind conspiring to visit, and become, God(s).  The economy of scale, and increase of available labor, do provide advantages.  Many of mankind's accomplishments cannot, do not, occur in small populations.  It's a practical impossibility.

Small communities typically embrace a confederation of beliefs and behaviors that are implemented as laws and ordinances.  Smaller groups do not provide the ability to hide behaviors and actions that violate the laws ennumerated.  The benefit, and for some, the detraction of a small town, is the loss of anonymity.  People know what their neighbors do - sometime intimately.  The small town environment generally produces compliant, civil, behaviors - much more so than cities.  Support that aids in compliance is another benefit.  The virtues that assembled the community initally often work to sustain compliant Good behaviors.  The subsistence of the population is also affected - due in part to the insight prevalent.  A shared belief system additionally requires neighbors care for each other, and they are apprised of their neighbor's predicaments.  Small communities provide its members an ability to better align themselves with God's commandments.  Conversely, cities do not, will not reflexively provide and care for one another.  The anonymity extends to concealing selfish, amoral desires.

The problems society at large faces today are exclusively produced by cities.  Cities with millions of inhabitants are incapable of providing for themselves! This fact becomes acute when the government programs created to coerce the population to care for the poor and needy, or to building infrastructures to sustain the large population.  Cities start out decrying religious interests as they typically provide friction between parties.  Religion prevents city dwellers from indulging behaviors and desires a majority favor.  Many locate to the city expressly to gain access to those behaviors and other selfish benefits.  Unfortunately, the city, and the selfish, decadent population do not wish to spend their own money to realize what is needed to provide their indugences.  They must extend taxes to rural areas in order to pay for the cities overt and contrived needs.  It is then the city finds religion.  They misuse religion to intimidate and spiritually threaten rural religiously minded people.  Christ's plea to care for the poor is ubiquitously repeated to insult religious people; hoping to compel them to part with their money voluntarily. When they resist, taxes are used to confiscate their incomes.  Religious precepts are used to justify the theft.

If each community was required to live within their means, cities rapidly become less appealing, and... more treacherous.  The law of the jungle swiftly rises to the fore once safety and other risks to survival are threatened.

Therein lays God's ambivalence and hatred towards cities.  Cities are Satan's playground.  

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