When Rome was a republic, its people were not decadent. In fact, Rome fought a decadent people, the people of Carthage and destroyed their city, hating their decadence (see Did the Carthaginians Really Practice Infant Sacrifice? – Biblical Archaeology Society).
When we speak of decadence and spiritual depravity, we usually start imagining orgies and such. However, sexual depravity is only one manifestation of a society that has lost its way. We focus on such things because our appetites urge us to do so. Our appetites distract us from the truth and the true meaning of decadence.
When a society is healthy, its people humble themselves before our Creator. Its people strive to know God and to obey Him. In a healthy society, the people live to glorify God, knowing that only He is worthy. The people…
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