‘Truth’ Category Archives

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?

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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.

9
Nov

WARRIENA, R.I.P. can her fate teach us something?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Death, Lifestyle, Truth

Little chance of “dating sites” disappearing from the internet any time soon, I suppose.
Treating other people as random, anonymous, disposable sex-commodities is a big industry.
But isn’t it intrinsically unsustainable?
Think of poor Warriena Wright. Dead in her twenties. A life seemingly wasted. It’s too sad.
The Bible says, “If you satisfy your lustful appetites they will make you the sport of your enemies…. “He who strays after them sins against his own life.
“Rottenness and worms will possess him.
“All wisdom is fear of the Lord; perfect wisdom is the fulfilment of his Law.”

Technicolor language — but who can deny its truth?
Not trendy ideas, but can we afford to ignore them?
(Bible reference: Sirach chapter 19)

25
Oct

TREES, PAGES, IDEAS AND LIFE: how to know things (anything)

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, God, Truth

When you look at a tree you know definitely that in your mind (which you think lives inside your head) there is the idea of a tree.
But do you know definitely that the tree really exists out there, outside your head?
Come to think of it, do you know that your head exists?
Or is your head something that only exists in your head?
Are these silly questions?
Not really.
You feel as though you’re reading this page, but can you know absolutely that there is a page?
Something or somebody definitely existing (not a tree or a page) put the idea in your head.
It must have been God.
He must have done so for a reason.
He wants you to enjoy the ideas that he gives you and to relate to them in the way he wants.
How to find out what he wants?
Ask him.
He is willing to reveal himself. In fact, out of his love, he has done so and is doing so.
It’s called religion.
But it must be true religion, not a hateful one.
The above thoughts are interesting to think about.
And essential to base our lives on.

20
Oct

ARE AMNESTY AND THE ABC’S FOUR CORNERS LYING ABOUT NAURU? if so, should we be surprised?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Ethics, Health, Justice, Media, Truth

Recently ABC’s Four Corners featured an Amnesty International report on conditions for refugees on Nauru — describing them as “torture”.
It highlighted video of run-down hospital wards and unsanitary school toilets.
It’s now known that these pictures were unrepresentative of present conditions.
Doubtless, some aspects of life on Nauru are a bit rough, but by world standards they aren’t too bad.
ABC and AI seem to enjoy muckraking. Where there’s no muck they invent it.
AI’s original role in the 1960s was mobilising supporters to write letters requesting release of prisoners of conscience.
Now it’s less a grass-roots fighter for the underdog – more like an international corporation in the grievance business.
To AI, the right to life of the ultimate underdogs – unborn children – isn’t a human right that concerns them.
AI actively leans on governments around the world to promote unrestricted abortion.
At this moment, they’re interfering in the affairs of Chile, Poland, Zambia and Northern Ireland, for example.
While getting this basic black-and-white issue wrong, they’re unlikely to get much else right.