‘God’ Category Archives

21
Mar

ATHEISM AND MORALITY: in the context of same-sex marriage can they logically coexist?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Ethics, Family, God, Happiness, Lifestyle, Truth

On March 20, Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi wrote that “as an atheist”:
“I don’t want the government to censor free speech (or) to dictate who can marry….”
She goes on about how good the joy that same-sex marriage may bring some couples….and how bad is mis-labelling some people as homophobes and bigots….
Good? Bad?
If she’s an atheist, the question of good and bad can’t arise — the difference between them being absolute only if there is an Absolute Being who judges between them.
Don’t forget, God is the only Absolute — the living difference between good and evil.
God exists because it’s his nature to exist.
We exist because he gives us our existence.
It’s not very complicated.
Rita has some thoughtful ethical instincts – but seemingly only by accident and by being inconsistent.
Is she a closet believer who may benefit by coming out as such?

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17
Mar

SALLY McMANUS AND RULE OF LAW: is the ACTU, or anybody, exempt?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Ethics, God, Justice

New ACTU secretary, Sally McManus, says, “I believe in the rule of law.… But when it’s unjust I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it.”
OK, so who decides whether it’s just?
Apparently not the voting public or their elected law-makers.
Perhaps Sally herself wants to be the decider. She’ll need assistants, skilled in standover tactics, to make it happen.
However unsatisfactory democracy is at times, it’s never as unsatisfactory as that.
In my youth, I was a doctor.
I made it clear that if any patient requested a referral for an abortion, I could not/would not supply it.
Under Victorian law, that’s a punishable offence. As it happens, I was never arrested.
Anyway, to justifiably break a law, one must be sure it relates to an absolute, utterly black-and-white moral issue.
You can’t think in terms of absolutes unless you believe in THE absolute — namely God.

6
Mar

RIGHT WING POLITICS: here to stay or flash in the pan?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, God, Justice, Politics

Will the worldwide increase of support for right-wing politics continue?
Election results from Western Australia and the Netherlands should help work that out.
Many are sick of communism-like dictatorship-minorities imposing ideologies on families and their children.
Are we automatons/robots programmed and re-programmable by secular dogma?
Or is there a human free will – by means of which we make real decisions for which we can be held responsible?
It’s to the Judaeo-Christian God of the Bible that we must turn to find the loving father whose presence makes sense of the world — who seeks to redeem us, befriend us, adopt us and fulfil us as his children.
The homosexuality-promoting lobbyists are very counter-productive.
Their intolerance of objective comments about their lifestyle in the context of natural law gives them away.

1
Jan

THE FUTURE, OR LACK OF IT, OF BELIEF: how trendy is atheism in your community, and in your head?

by Arnold Jago in God

Last week a Times newspaper opinion poll found that only 28 percent of British people believe in God.
38 percent say there’s no God. The rest didn’t seem to know.
Countries vary.
African nations are mainly big believers. In one survey, the percentage of unbelievers in Nigeria was reported to be zero(!)
According to Cardinal Raymond Sarah (born in Guinea), Africans are determined to avoid the atheistic mentality observable in our secularised West.
He says, “As part of its identity, Africa is open to transcendence….The soul of Africa always opens towards God….Material concerns are always secondary….The African knows he is only a sojourner….”
It’s in his book “God or Nothing” (page 255).
The Cardinal is well aware of lots of problems in Africa — poverty, corruption, health care issues etc.
But he sees a reason for hope in Africa that he doesn’t see in the West.
Perhaps we Westerners need to eat some humble pie.

23
Dec

ISLAM AND THE FUTURE: thoughts about the options to choose between.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, God, History, Modern Church, Politics

Check our media — is the only religion anybody takes seriously today Islam?
Involving (for some) taking seriously Koran chapter 2 which says about unbelievers:
“Kill them wherever you find them…fight them until there is no more disbelief….”
How best to react?
Voting for “conservative” parties?
One Nation? But don’t they specialise in unpredictable candidates?
A new party sponsored by Mr Bernardi and Mrs Rinehart? But aren’t they too economically dry and market-loving?
Like it or not, governments have to provide some kind of safety-net for those whose children would starve if nobody intervenes….
No. Political parties, by themselves, can’t do the trick.
What could be handy is a Church with credibility — to get people thinking straight.
Straight — as in putting God first — and the common good for all God’s children equal first – and our beloved selfishness, greed, pride, lust etc. last and nowhere….
Politicians of whatever party might then notice that, to stay elected, they’ll need to start doing the right thing.

17
Nov

POPE FRANCIS UNDER FIRE: is he out of step with basic catholic teachings, including those of pope saint john paul II?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Family, God, Modern Church

Four senior Cardinals have publicly expressed doubts about Pope Francis’ March 2016 publication entitled “Amoris Laetitia” which dealt with “the joy of love” in the context of Catholic teaching on marriage and family.
They’ve addressed him five questions which demand yes or no answers.
In summary, they propose that Pope Francis’ publication contravenes the formal teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II as spelt out in his 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor”.
“Veritatis Splendor” says, for example, that “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act ‘subjectively’ good….”
Which would mean that people involved in a sexually-active relationship with somebody not their husband/wife — thus sinning against the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery” — should not receive Holy Communion until they’ve confessed the sin and stopped doing it.
And that parts of “Amoris Laetitia” where, for example, it talks about “circumstances which mitigate moral responsibility”, contradict both Pope Saint John Paul and the Ten Commandments.
So far, Pope Francis seems to have not responded to the questions.