Monday, 15 February 2016

More Wisdom From Justice Scalia

From here...
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
We have been forewarned that in this world we will have trouble, but that Jesus has overcome the world.

We have been told that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.

We have been told, but how soon or how easily we forget. And how stubbornly or naively we sometimes think that the government in power is going to make much of a difference. The world is the world and it is heading where it is heading.

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Chronolical/Anachronistic Arrogance

From time to time I come across instances of what I have referred to as Anachronistic, or Chronological Arrogance. What I mean is the tendency of current governments, or courts, or churches,  or even individuals, to feel that somehow we have something right; something all together; that in spite of all thought given to a particular issue in the past, now, suddenly, whatever our thoughts on the matter, they are, after all this time, indisputably the correct ones.  It is the surety that thinking on some particular issue is now finally settled whereas every previous generation has been too blind to see it. This is probably not limited to the current generation. It is probably a natural human tendency, but it seems that every generation, perhaps especially this one, forgets it.

A few examples:
  • Some churches' finding that homosexual sexual activity is not wrong after all; that Scripture and 2000 years of careful Christian thought have all this time been mistaken.
  • people now have the right (and, by corollary, always have had, but unrecognized) to demand a doctor participate in putting them to death.
  • any person who feels they are a person of the opposite sex has a right to use any washroom or change room they like.
  • the right to freedom of conscience or freedom of speech does not override another person's right not to have their feelings hurt.
What brought this subject back to my mind is the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia of the US Supreme Court.  Here are his thoughts, from one of his opinions which sum up what I have tried to express, but expressed much better than I have been able:
From Here...
Much of the Court's opinion is devoted to deprecating the closed-mindedness of our forebears with regard to women's education, and even with regard to the treatment of women in areas that have nothing to do with education. Closed minded they were — as every age is, including our own, with regard to matters it cannot guess, because it simply does not consider them debatable. The virtue of a democratic system with a First Amendment is that it readily enables the people, over time, to be persuaded that what they took for granted is not so, and to change their laws accordingly. That system is destroyed if the smug assurances of each age are removed from the democratic process and written into the Constitution.
So to counterbalance the Court's criticism of our ancestors, let me say a word in their praise: they left us free to change. The same cannot be said of this most illiberal Court, which has embarked on a course of inscribing one after another of the current preferences of the society (and in some cases only the counter-majoritarian preferences of the society's law-trained elite) into our Basic Law.
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Encouraging News From Egypt


From here...

Life seems to be returning to the country that rejected Obama's policies and the so-called, "Arab Spring."

Keep praying for God's protection for Christian brothers and sisters throughout the Middle East and not only Christians but all innocents enduring persecution around the world, wherever they are.

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I Took a Test

 
 
Someone linked to this online test on Facebook, so I decided, out of curiosity, to try it. When I reached the end, I was asked either to phone a 1-900 number for the result, or to pay 7 dollars by credit card. Being a bit of a cheapskate, I declined. "Quelle surprise," then, when it actually showed up on my Facebook page anyway. The number is a bit higher than I expected; back in my school days I was told my IQ was in the mid 130's, so either I'm gaining intelligence with age, it was an easier test, or I was better at guessing. 
 
But why am I posting it here?
 
I am posting it to say you can be intelligent and be a Christian. I am posting it here only to say to people of intelligence that you don't have to abandon your brains to accept the reality and the truth of the Christian faith. Look over to the left. You will see my statement of belief. You may recognize much of it as based on the Apostles' Creed. Those are not mere fuzzy and comforting thoughts of a philosophy of life. It is what I firmly believe, and believe to the point of certainty.
 
Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and their ilk would have us believe that atheists have a lock on rationality and critical thinking ability. I'm here to say that is not the case. In fact, I believe, just the opposite; I believe that atheists have not thought critically enough. In 2013, Alpha, in Alberta, Canada was part of an initiative to see 30,000 people in that Province participate in an Alpha course. The target was met, and the tag line of that campaign was, "Question Everything." I remember seeing, on an atheist discussion board at the time, the comment, "If everyone questioned everything there would be a lot more atheists." My immediate thought was, and still is, "No - there would probably be a lot fewer." 
One of my favourite Bible verses is not one of the usual favourites, but it is 1 Thessalonians 5:21:
...but test everything; hold fast what is good.
If you like, check out some of my posts on atheism or atheists, linked to on the left. See what you think.
 
In the meantime, as per the Apostle Paul, lest my posting this seem as a boast,
Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:17), or
 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (2 Corinthians 11:30)
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John