john in cheshire wrote:
...the dictatorship that rules over us [...] is every bit as bad as the evil empire that Ronald Reagan declaimed against.
It isn't as bad, John. It isn't anything like as bad. We are relatively free. We operate under the rule of law. We can associate with whomever we wish, go where we like and publish things like this. We should be glad and grateful for the liberty we enjoy, which is almost unparalleled in human history...
I don't agree.
We have no longer control over our own country, our policies and soon our lives.
The UK and any other EU member state is now ruled by an unelected Commission that rules by decree.
That's the reality of the day and you are only allowed to speak out and associate in relative 'freedom' because there is no way you can effect the current system.
Just wait until massive taxation, inflation, black outs, energy and food price hikes and further loss of jobs currently underway are going to hit and this country turns into a police state.
Mark my words, this is what's around the corner, a disaster in the making.
Look, I am far from imagining that everything is hunky dory. It certainly isn't. There are all sorts of signs of significant rot. If things continue as they are then totalitarianism and slavery beckon. But, as you say, that's around the corner. It isn't now
. And we still have it far, far better than the poor souls who lived in fear in Soviet-ruled East Germany.
It isn't true to say that 'we have lost most of the freedoms we had a mere 50 years ago.' The opposite is the case: we still have most of the freedoms we had 50 years ago. We have a free press, freedom of association, universal suffrage (except -- currently -- for convicts), freedom of movement. We can travel abroad with greater ease than at any time in our history. The voices of dissent are freely and widely raised and heard. So come on, stop exaggerating: things are bad enough as they are without painting them even worse.
I shall not at present say anything about your understanding of Matthew 24.