‘Truth’ Category Archives

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.

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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.

29
Jun

THE CENSUS AND RELIGION: faith and the average Australian.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Multiculturalism, Truth

The Census says Australia’s biggest religious category is now “no religion”.
But isn’t saying you have “no religion” a lie – or at least a misunderstanding?
If religion means a “system of faith”, then we’ve all got one.
You get out of bed. You put faith in the floor remaining a reality while you’re putting faith in its support.
“No-religion” persons often put faith in the “certainty” of science.
Yet the thing most certain about science is that it can’t give certainty.
Tomorrow science will tell us that what it said today was wrong.
Our other objects of worship – money, sport, sex etc. – are fleeting distractions.
Far from certainty, they give you dumbing-down.
Anybody willing to spare some time can think his way through to three basic certainties:
(1) God exists.
(2) Our souls are immortal.
(3) There is a Natural Moral Law distinguishing good from evil.

6
Jun

JULIE BAIRD’S THOUGHTS ON TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT “TERROR”: maybe not good enough….

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Education, Media, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

ABC television host, Julie Baird, has offered widely-circulated newspaper comments telling parents “how to talk to kids about terror”.
Some of it is good. Julie emphasises that, while taking care not to traumatise them, we mustn’t tell children untruths.
Well said.
Then she says we should inform children that what the terrorists do is “nothing to do with Islam”.
Isn’t that an untruth?
Children need to know what is in the Islamic holy writings – the Koran, the Hadith etc.
They need to know how the prophet Muhammad himself went about gaining converts.