Friday, June 17, 2022
Saturday, March 5, 2022
"Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am He', and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains." Jesus, through Mark 13:6-8
We live in an age of moral relativism, thanks largely to misunderstood advances in science. In 1905 Albert Einstein discovered an amazing truth in astrophysics, that gravity warps both time and space; and in 1915, he proved that the speed of an object, and its mass, also do this. Both of these theorems - called special relativity and general relativity - led to many more discoveries that unlocked the mysteries of atomic energy and the sub-atomic, or quantum, world where ordinary physical laws disappear.
The general public came to believe that science had disproved our Creator; that our classical understandings of God, morality, life and death were passe; and hopelessly old fashioned. Atheism flourished in education, culture, and law.
"Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable." - G.K. Chesterton, 1874-1936.
Our inability to stand for right in the face of wrong has plagued us, and will always plague us until we awaken. We know it's cowardly to bow to tyrants. Abraham Lincoln spoke of this in 1865, at his inaugural, and his words resonate now more than ever: "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled up by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, 'the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.'"
Reckonings and consequences for our lawlessness are unavoidable. God is balancing His scales, sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat:
The Battle Hymn of the Republic; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at West Point
President Lincoln lives even now in honor because he lived these words of our Savior:
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." - Matthew 5:11-13
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
The tiniest spark defeats the dark. True or false?
More people are saying "There is no truth" than ever before, which deeply divides us politically and spiritually. One man born in 1844 was the earliest and most influential proponent of this idea: Friederich Nietzsche, philosopher.* He said, "God is dead... and we have killed him."
There's no middle ground here. Ironically, the statement cancels itself out by being a truth in itself. Do you exist? You must if you're reading this. That's one more important truth. If there is no truth, there's no God, just the material world, which turns to dust; only a meaningless life and sickness and death.
It's good to be skeptical about the existence of immutable and unchanging truth, and it's likely that the more educated we are, the deeper that skepticism goes; but it's a dead end. If we think there's no truth, then there's no such thing as a lie. Just try living in the world with that thought in mind.
If there's no truth, then there's no right or wrong; just opinions. There's no law either, just whatever expediency presents itself for our benefit. The Chinese Communist Party took this path in 2014, voting in agreement that "the party comes first; law second." From that day onward they've rewritten their laws ad hoc, as convenient for the Ruling Class. Party members take whatever they want. Hong Kong? "Sure", they answer. Taiwan? "That's next." Lawlessness is the law, and the ugly consequences of this can't be hidden any longer.
If there's one truth there must be many more. Are they infinite? Most adults have little trouble deciding on the answer. There certainly are truths in the sciences; chemistry, astrophysics, aerodynamics, and geology. Jumbo jets can fly. Nuclear energy proves that our understanding of the laws of the atomic world is powerfully true, so why do some have trouble with immutable truth?
Children quickly learn to detect falsehood among their friends because they have unbridled wants and needs. They steal from each other and deny it. Good parents teach and show them honesty at home, setting a good example. But many families are broken, as are schools, and the authorities. The consequences of this are all around us now. There are few things more scary for children than discovering their parents are dead wrong about very important realities.
It's highly fashionable in Hollywood, Washington D.C., and among global leftist elites to say, as Oprah frequently does, "We each have our own truth." Well. What if my truth tells me I'm a god, the center of the universe, and all of you are mere illusions? This has been tried millions of times, and never ends well.
Judea's Governor Pontius Pilate, facing a terrible dilemma in which he had to choose between his conscience, enraging his government, or the priests and mobs in Jerusalem, famously asked Jesus, "What is truth?"