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27
Dec

WHAT WAS OUR CHRISTMAS ABOUT? was it about anything?

by Arnold Jago in Uncategorized

Quote:
“For most men . . . the things of sense . . . are the absolutely real world . . . .” **
Correct. Don’t we all want money, comfort, good health etc?
To make us feel good — pleasing our senses (taste, sight, hearing, smell and touch).
At Christmas, aren’t children groomed to expect gifts appealing to taste, sight, hearing, smell and touch?
Ask them what Christmas means. Presents will get a mention.
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Adults may think fast enough to say their Christmas is about family, friends, making sure nobody is lonely etc.
Fewer associate Christmas with God.
Some go to church. Well done (if we go for the right reasons).
Thinking positive thoughts at home is no substitute for shared/community worship.
Or is it?
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As he got older, British music-composer, John Tavener, became disillusioned with organised religion:
“My seven-hour vigil, The Veil of the Temple, is constructed like an Orthodox vigil, but within that structure it contains aspects of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism . . . it is my dream for it to be performed in a cathedral in Russia, just as it has been performed in Anglican Cathedrals in England.
“The way forward must now be Universalist . . . .”
* * *
The Veil of the Temple was written in 2003.
Yet in 2013, when saying, “The way forward must now be Universalist . . . .”
He didn’t stop there. He went on “. . . but we must always keep our Orthodox roots.”
Likewise Christmas is all kinds of things to all kinds of people everywhere.
But it must never lose its roots in the Person of Christ himself.

( ** Principles of Psychology, by American psychologist/author, William James, 1890)

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2
Aug

STEPHEN HAWKING: not smart at everything?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Common Sense, God, Science, Truth, Uncategorized

Celebrity atheist-scientist, Stephen Hawking, a Cambridge University professor, has written top-selling books, including A Brief History of Time (1988) and The Grand Design (2010).
He has won many scientific awards, including the Albert Einstein Medal. It is doubtful whether Albert Einstein would be impressed by that.
Hawking is famous for one-liner quotes:
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(1) “When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the Big Bang, so there is no time for God to make the universe in.”
That’s sad. It’s easy to play games with the word “time” — a mathematician being just the person at risk of doing that
All mathematics is inside a box — its findings all part of a circle.
The concept of “before” isn’t just related to time.
Some things are “before” others in logic without time (change) being involved.
If there is something capable of change there must be something to do the changing.
Logic demands that there be a Creator-being if there is any being at all.
* * *
(2) Hawking followed the above quote with, “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful.”
Grateful to whom?
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(3) In his most recent book Hawking writes, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.”
Why are there laws such as gravity?
There is an answer.
But don’t ask a mathematician – not a fundamentalist one. You’ll get no answer that makes sense.

20
Nov

WHAT IS A “GAFFE”? can a gaffe, even though embarrassing, be right?

by Arnold Jago in Uncategorized

A fortnight before the US presidential election, Richard Mourdock, Republican Senate candidate, committed what the media labelled a “gaffe”.
In debate with a Democratic challenger, Mr Mourdock was asked whether he believed abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
He replied: “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realise that life is that gift from God.
“Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.”
He later conceded that his words were poorly chosen: “If, because of the lack of clarity in my words (people) came away with an impression other than… that I abhor violence and am confident that God abhors violence and rape… I truly regret it.”
Mr Romney’s official comment was that he is against abortion but wouldn’t oppose it cases of rape or incest.
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Further south, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the city’s legislature passed a law to permit abortion in cases of rape. But the mayor of the city has vetoed it.
A local judge then ordered the suspension of a planned abortion on a rape victim, saying: “It is not possible to repair damage by causing another, greater, and absolutely irreversible damage.
“If the mother needs to repair the trauma she has suffered by cutting herself off completely from the child conceived, she will be able to do so as soon as the child is born by means of adoption, but she cannot do so by means of eliminating him from the face of the earth.”
That’s what the judge said.
Was she right?

16
Nov

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED? but what actually is it?

by Arnold Jago in Uncategorized

The most misused word in the English language must be “love”.
We “love” our favourite sport or entertainment celebrity.
We “love” ice cream.
We justify adultery/fornication etc. because we’re in “love”.
All that sounds false.
Spanish mystic, Saint John of the Cross, got it right:
“Love consists, not of feeling great things, but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”
“Detachment” is willingness to give up anything for the good of the loved one — whether we feel like it or not.
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In the highest sense of the word, it is only God whom we can love.
God is infinitely worthy to be loved.
The truest love we can have for another human is to love him/her as part of our love towards God.
Each fellow-human is God’s child — infinitely meriting love for that reason.
If that is our motive, our love will not fail.
Loving somebody because he/she happens to appeal to us is fake love — the novelty could wear off anytime.

4
Nov

MIRACLE CURES: do they really happen?

by Arnold Jago in Uncategorized

Well I woke up late, feeling not so great,
Really second-rate, which is what I hate.
Thought I’d ring my work and say I won’t be in . . . .

I went back to bed, with my aching head
To my wife I said, “Tell the boss I’m dead.”

She replied, “Dear man, I don’t think I can,
Pretty sure he won’t be there on the weekend . . . .”

That’s when I remembered
It was Saturday.
That’s when I felt better,
Strange enough to say.

With some golf to play if I don’t delay.
Bring my clubs, I pray, I’ll be on my way . . . .
Etc.

26
Aug

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS AND EXEMPTIONS: should there be any (of either)?

by Arnold Jago in Uncategorized

The federal government plans consolidating four separate anti-discrimination laws — the Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Disability Discrimination and Age Discrimination acts — plus the Australian Human Rights Commission Act (1986).
Exemptions for religious organisations wanting employees in sympathy with the beliefs of the employer look like being reduced or withdrawn altogether.
The government has been lobbied by multiple of sectional-interest groups.
For example, the National Association of Community Legal Centres submitted: “The consolidation bill should not provide for religious exemptions in relation to the protected attributes of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Or if there are exemptions they “should not be applicable to organisations or services in receipt of public funding”.
If churches are happy to live off government money, why complain when the government insists they live by the government’s miserable amoral principles?
* * *
The priest announces one Sunday, “Dear friends, I have good news. Our investigations show that we have enough money for a new school, a new St Vincent de Paul shop, a new hospital, a new youth centre . . . .”
Smiles.
Step two: “Yes, we do have the money for those projects, but at this stage it is still in your pockets . . . .”
Smiles gone.
* * *
Saint Mary MacKillop had it right in the 1800s.
Her priority was not to seek government funding — but to ensure that her schools received NO government funding.
The original Rule of her Order said that their schools “may never receive aid in the way of fixed salaries from any Protestant government and that, should any Catholic body or Board desire to fix certain salaries upon the schools, they be not allowed to receive such.”
Part of being a believer is putting your money where your mouth is.