The myth of 'collective salvation'

President Obama has made no secret of his belief in "collective salvation"; the religious belief that one cannot achieve salvation by himself, unless he is also concerned for the the salvation of his neighbors, and society as a whole. By salvation of himself and his neighbors insert "for the greater good" or "income redistribution" , or for that matter, any number of things. And it is that "any number of things" that can get us into trouble. Glenn Beck has done a wonderful job in showing just how dangerous this notion can be; when salvation moves from the individual to the wholesale. Things get real fuzzy when the bright line of individual right and wrong , i.e. the Ten Commandments, succumbs to the fog of societal needs and justice.This concept is not new, neither is the mischief it can create-- often in unexpected and unrecognized ways. Our Civil War is an example. A popular reason for the war , which has been widely taught in our schools ,...(Read Full Post)