‘Truth’ Category Archives

4
Feb

“LOCKED-IN SYNDROME”: the science and the spirituality.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Health, Recent Developments, Science, Silence, Suffering, Truth

Locked-in syndrome is where a patient has mental awareness but, due to nervous system disease, is physically paralysed from the eyelids down.
In some cases the eyelids don’t work either.
By using non-invasive computer interface technology, which detects changes of oxygen levels in brain tissue, even the worst cases can now be communicated with….
…including asking them whether they are happy.
Interestingly, most of them say they are happy with their lives.
We might have expected them to be very frustrated.
But they aren’t.
It makes you ask yourself what “happy” really means.
Apparently it doesn’t necessarily mean getting everything you want.
Or fulfilling yourself by “following your dreams etc.”
Locked-in patients stay happy by adapting themselves – not to their dreams – but to reality here and now.
It’s what you might call accepting God’s will.
We aren’t going to understand God, but we can learn to trust him….
Here’s a video made by the daughter of a Rabbi who has experienced the condition:

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25
Jan

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND RUSSIA: did Russia interfere in the US presidential election result?

by Arnold Jago in History, Politics, Recent Developments, Truth

Did the Russians interfere in the US presidential election result?
I suggest that they may have wanted to – but didn’t because they couldn’t.
When voting, US voters had already heard all about the alleged Russian goings-on….
Russians would, however, have been pleasantly surprised to hear that Mr Trump won.
Russia has reasons to be displeased with the performances of Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton interfering with Russian-related world affairs — for example in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Poland….
Now some of these affairs might be sorted out.
Is it relevant that the Russian Orthodox Church holds a place in Russian life that neither the Catholic, nor any other religion has, in recent times, had in the US?
That, too, might change.

11
Jan

EUTHANASIA AND THE “CONSCIENCE VOTE”: by the way, what does “conscience” mean?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Health, Justice, Suffering, Truth

Victorian state MPs may soon participate in a “conscience vote” about legalising euthanasia by doctor-assisted suicide.
What do these people think “conscience” means?
For most it seems to mean “what I feel comfortable with”.
Being comfortable is a feeling — not the same as using one’s intelligence or willing good to another person.
If you’re uncomfortable witnessing somebody in a weakened or undignified state or having to bear incompletely-controlled pain, there’s a simple, only-too-obvious solution — kill that person or help him/her suicide.
Less convenient is the alternative — the attention to detail of good nursing and medication-dosage plus one-to-one spiritual support in facing the lonely truth of the situation.
Traditionally “conscience” means putting into practice what is one’s best understanding of Moral Truth — seeking the best possible fulfilment of the person of the sufferer, given the present situation.
Why? Because we love that person.
By contrast, killing is a cop-out.

27
Dec

CHRISTMAS: an embarrassment? an opportunity wasted?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Family, Happiness, Lifestyle, Truth

Are you happy that Christmas is, at last, over and done with?
But it isn’t.
The Christmas Season — originating long before department stores, commercial Santa etc. — doesn’t end until January 6 (Epiphany Day).
What has finished is Advent — the four-week season of spiritual preparation leading into Christmas — often wasted on materialistic distractions.
Yes, for many, Christmas is an embarrassment — to cope with which one now concentrates on the Boxing Day cricket match, fine-tuning one’s blood alcohol level etc.
At ANZAC, we remind each other without embarrassment to behave in ways worthy of the sacrifices of our fallen troops.
During the next week-and-a-bit, could we focus on Baby Jesus and the man he became and the gospel he taught and the death he died?

12
Dec

TRUTH OR POST-TRUTH-POLITICS: is there a choice?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Media, Modern Church, Politics, Truth

“Post-truth politics” — are you sick of hearing that catchphrase?
The idea that by getting people booing and hooraying on demand, you can control their minds (while by-passing their brains).
What alternative is there?
Jesus Christ said:
“If you abide in my word, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…. Truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (St John’s gospel, chapter 8)
Slave? Free?
Every weekend, 1.8 million Australians attend church.
If they listen properly and are taught gospel truth without fear or favour — might they stop being slaves to sin?
Could that be catching?
Australia perhaps becoming unrecognisable – free from lying, dishonesty and deceit?

6
Dec

CHRISTMAS: why bother?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.