‘Truth’ Category Archives

16
Nov

SAME SEX “MARRIAGE”: a lapse in brain function?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Family, Lifestyle, Truth

Using one’s reason or common-sense rules out calling a same-sex relationship “marriage”.
Doesn’t everybody know that the word “marriage” derives from the French word for mother – which is “mere”.
(and the word “matrimony” comes from the Latin word for mother – which is “mater”).
Marriage has, from the beginning, been a word describing a state which, of its nature, can lead naturally to mother-hood.
To invent a term called “same sex marriage” is a nonsense – an un-reasonable contradiction in terms.
Whatever two women or two men do in their private lives is their business — but it cannot reasonably be described as marriage.

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13
Nov

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS: on what are they based? on what should they be based?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Education, Faith, God, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Truth, Youth

Some people want to take away the freedom of so-called “faith-based” schools to teach traditional understandings about sex, marriage and morals.
How about that?
For a start, the term “faith-based” is a distraction.
Anybody using their reason can see that God is real — and that there’s a natural moral law built into the universe.
Faith isn’t actually the basis of teaching true religion.
Faith comes later, after reason.
Schools seeking to teach true religion might, perhaps, more logically be called “reason-based”.
It’s government schools, with their cult-like dogmas of fundamentalist gender-theory, which fail the reason test.
Perhaps they might, in all honesty, call themselves “superstition-based”.

21
Aug

“INEQUALITY”: election-winning slogan, if used dishonestly enough….

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Death, Justice, Lifestyle, Politics, Truth

Last month, Mr. Bill Shorten said in a newsworthy speech: “The system as it stands is accelerating inequality rather than addressing it.”
He plans to boost the “inequality” slogan from now until next election – and thus become Prime Minister.
If Mr. Shorten really believed in equality, wouldn’t he be lobbying to end abortion?
Mr. Shorten and friends choose to declare unborn humans unequal, i.e. non-human, and thus OK to kill.
How is that different from (unfortunate example) declaring Jews non-human?
George Orwell’s famous book “Animal Farm” has one power-broker declaring how all individuals are equal — but some more equal than others….
In another book – less famous – we learn what Orwell, as an egalitarian, thought about abortion.
The book is called “Keep the Aspidistra Flying”.
Mr. Shorten should read it.
We should all read it.

18
Aug

RELIGION, REASON AND SCIENCE: how to not get confused about them.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, God, Science, Truth

Human beings are, potentially at least, rational beings.
It’s a work in progress for us, not open to inanimate creatures.
That fact we can know with certitude.
Upshots of that big certainty are some derivative certainties – the reality of God, the immortal soul of man and the actuality of Natural Moral Law.
These are rational certainties – not just probabilities or hypotheses.
Science and revealed religion are in a different league – both offer probabilities, sometimes useful, but never 100 per cent assurance.
What price the idea that science is the one way to truth?
It’s self-contradictory wishful thinking.
Well, can’t the same be said of revealed religion?
Perhaps there’s a difference – due to God being necessarily real and rational – which the objects addressed by science aren’t.
Could that make one’s religious experience trustworthy to a degree that scientific knowledge can’t be?

11
Aug

EUTHANASIA: does it achieve what its proponents claim for it?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Family, Health, Politics, Suffering, Truth

The Victorian government plans to legalise intentional killing or assisted suicide of people with intolerable symptoms expected to die within 12 months….
The 12 months life-expectancy criterion will mean a premature death based on somebody’s guesstimate.
A similar law in the US state of Oregon — described by the government as an example of safeguards working — is not working very well.
For example, Oregon victims often do not, in practice, have intolerable pain.
In 2016, nearly half (48%) of those whose death resulted from taking prescribed lethal medication gave “being a burden” on family and carers as a motive for requesting death.
We don’t really want that here.
At least we shouldn’t want it.
(http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearc
h/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year19.pdf)

30
Jul

A HISTORY LESSON: religion, midlife crisises and violence

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Jesus, Persecution, Truth

In the year 622AD, the Prophet Muhammad, a 52-year old preacher of peace, was gaining very few converts among his community in Mecca.
Should he just go on preaching until he got too old — or until perhaps irate unbelieving enemies killed him?
No. He changed tactics, moving north to Medina – now as a warlord – raiding, enforcing conversions, killing men, women and children.
Tactics still in use today….
In the year 29AD, Jesus Christ, aged 30-odd, a moderately successful preacher in rural Galilee, took his disciples south to confront his opposition in Jerusalem.
No violence – still simply preaching God’s “kingdom” and condemning hypocrisy.
These methods soon led to his death on a cross.
Which of these two teachers was strong and which was weak?
Today’s professing Christians seem weak.
Not so much because they fight badly, but because they compromise with secularism and hypocrisy….
Which includes the use of violence in ways incompatible with the gospel of their Founder.