It has been common place over the years for many to compare the eventual fall of America witth the fall of Rome. All civilizations rise and fall, and there are, of course, many parallels between them when they do fall. Some even use the fall of Athenian democracy as another parallel. Plato complained in the Republic that democracy inherently leads to amateurism, anarchy, mob rule and eventually despotism. However, the fact of the matter is, that while the fall of any empire and country can be studied and used as a historical warning to what may happen in the future, what is surprising is how few seem to really appreciate that the best example to compare the fall of America with is the fall of Israel in the Old Testament. This is the best comparison precisely because the founding fathers extolled the Exodus generation and many Old Testament values that often ran counter to the Greco-Roman society of the ancient world.
The Old Testament is an incredible book, and it is a far better document illustrating the great problems that America is now currently facing precisely because it provides countless historical examples from ancient Israel.
Rather than dabble with the fall of Rome, or suffer through the abstract read that is Plato’s Republic, it would be far easier if people would just open up their Old Testaments. The Old Testament is an incredible book, and it is a far better document illustrating the great problems that America is now currently facing precisely because it provides countless historical examples from ancient Israel – some 1,000 years to learn from. Indeed, it was the apostle Paul who remarked in his letter to the Corinthians that the Old Testament was full of types or historical examples that were “written for our instruction (1 Corinthians...
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