Tag Archive: CULTURE


Truth was once a universally-accepted standard which was “out of style”*. Then truth became whatever you wanted it to be. Now political correctness is attempting to muscle out of existence all opposing views of truth, in order to impose its own…

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Many people have written and commented on post-modernism, and on the “post-truth” age, as have I in my own small, humble, bumbling way. I asked, rhetorically, if anything is objectively true, or is truth only that which we personally or as a society imagine or decide for ourselves is true? Does the answer matter anyway?

In post-modernism, apart from an Almighty God as our Western world now is, nothing is objectively true. There’s no Truth with a capital “T”.  Nothing is incontrovertibly factual, and nothing is set in stone to measure all standards and opinions and decisions by: such truth is out of style. Law, belief, standards and truth itself, are now all, to use a popular euphemism, “fluid”. This is also why the US Constitution is increasingly under attack, or at least being bent out of shape for convenience.

Without that ultimate measuring stick of the Word of God-the removal of which was and is one of the aims of the anti-Church, anti-Christ movement, you’ve got your truth and I’ve got mine, and even if both views are in total opposition it doesn’t really matter, because we can still both be “right” and happy.

I here repeat an assertion of a colleague of mine who calls himself an atheist and a “rationalist”. To demonstrate just how rational he is, he told me that given enough time “anything” can happen, and gave an example by saying that in any universe, due to “the laws of probability” a man would somewhere eventually do backward somersaults through a hoop while being both swallowed and spat out by a whale.

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Of course, there’s no way of disproving my friend’s theory, but my point is that people-many people now-are prepared to believe patent nonsense, simply because it tickles them, appeals to their view of what truth ought to be like, and might I say, provides a colorful deviation from that measuring stick known as Almighty God.

There are, of course, downsides to this approach to truth. For example, under this kind of logic a politician or celebrity and his compliant media representatives can adjust, hide, twist and manipulate the facts and give a totally different story to the real one, but still be telling the truth- as he sees it. We all know out-workings of that little fallacy.

But it seems to me that those pushing for “fundamental change” in our society have already had some success in taking us all one step further, to a time in which the rest of us are being coerced into accepting one view of things; their rough road to Utopia. What they say is true is to their minds now objective truth-they being the gods of the new age, and any criticism of it is struck down with a hail of insults and accusations. It’s no longer enough for them just to have a wildly differing take on truth: any opposition to their opinion must now be destroyed.

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Political correctness, so-called “hate-speech”, and the accompanying self-righteous inquisition work to push the now old multiverse of truths out of existence: there can be only one acceptable view of things. Any dissension will land you, they intend, out of a job, out of business, and in prison.

What the rest of us are convinced is unquestionably true, such as the fact that men are born men and women women (barring physical mutation) they insist is an old lie-an oppressive construct of dark ages past. Old lies must be buried, burned, knocked down, abolished and forgotten. Truth as seen by all of humanity for all of the several thousand years of civilization is under attack. What most of us have known logically, instinctively, physically and empirically are the things which, opponents are determined, must be abolished and forgotten. We are in the age of Anti-truth.

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However, here’s some good news: the good news. Jesus Christ said,

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me  (John 14:6).

Yes, dear reader, no matter what may or may not be thrust upon our culture and our time by the enemies of Truth, there is an end in sight to all this madness and foolishness, and it begins with our acceptance of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ.

*  https://nickyfisher.com/2014/05/17/truth-is-out-of-style/

 

 

 

 

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FAUX: THE NEW REAL

In my higgorance and naivety I’ve fallen for the fancy synonym for “fake” too many times, and in this case, once is too many times…

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All kinds of things are advertised as being “faux” these days, the word being paraded as though “faux” were something chic, valuable and amazingly desirable. And of course many things are fake without giving any such warning as the four-letter “f” word in my title.

We have fake leather, fake wood, fake flowers, fake glass and fake metal. Fake organs, fake fruit, chocolate, leather, tans, news, scientists, hair, teeth, nails, boobs, men, women, trees, pottery, religion, healing, prophets, apostles, Republicans, beggars, music, promises, names, I.D., money…and the list goes on for as long as you can list anything pertaining to human beings.

The first five readers who’ve read this far will receive a Ferrari…

…but not a real one.

 

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When I see one of those bumper stickers instructing me to “COEXIST” (or else…), a little chill goes down my spine because I realize it’s an icon of the growing war against Christian culture and civilization, and against me specifically, just as it is a war against you specifically, whether you are a Christian or not.

I saw an amusing version of the bumper sticker which read “Coexist – you first”.

What people who would have us “coexist” really mean is that Christians (they have no argument with Hindus, Moslems, Scientologists, etc.) must accept the concept that all beliefs are equally valid and equally true. Christians should forget all about that narrow, out dated, bigoted notion that there is only one way to view morality, and that there is only one God, and that there is only one way to God. If you want to believe that God is a teapot, or that there are a million gods, or that little green men “seeded” life on the earth, or that we all evolved out of a big lump of rock which was made by an expansion of nothing and that there is no God, that’s being sensible, inclusive and loving: if you want to believe that life shows abundant evidence of design, that there’s only one God (you know-like there’s only one President), and that we should all recognize Him, you’re mentally unstable, bigoted,  narrow minded, hateful, ignorant and intolerant.

Well, I for one am more than proud and happy to wear all those labels, because I know what I believe, because I’m not ashamed of my God, and because I’m promised a reward for accepting such insults:

“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…” (Matthew 5: 11-12 NIV).

I am very able and willing to treat all people equally, no matter what their beliefs. I can be polite and kind to them, and I can enjoy their company and their contribution to our world. In this sense I’m happy to “coexist”. But I’m not going to throw away what I believe and know to be true, and deny my own convictions. I’m not going to “keep my beliefs to myself”, because I would be denying others the chance of finding hope and truth, and I would be disobeying my Lord. I’m not going to cave in to the pressure to believe that all things are true and nothing is true, because Jesus said:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7: 13-14 NIV);

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14: 6).

No one is going to talk me into believing that there are ten gods, a million gods, and no god all at the same time, and no one is going to talk  me into believing that it doesn’t matter anyway.

When people insult or persecute you for being a Christian, they are persecuting Jesus himself (Acts 9: 1-5). Armageddon is a battle to attempt to stop Christ returning to earth (Revelation 19:19). The war against Jesus Christ is heating up: it’s already in full swing in some parts of the world, where some of our brothers and sisters are being attacked, locked up or murdered. It’s time for you and I, while we still live in this more insipid Western war against Jesus Christ, to decide we’re going to stand by our convictions and take the insults. A time is coming when the entire world will be tested: the feint-hearted and the fakes will fall away and join the fight against us. It’s time to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6: 10-18). Victory is assured. All we have to do is stay faithful.

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