Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A wrong (left) turn

At the American Thinker today, Deana Chadwell had an article on the need to confront, and then to speak, the absolute truth. Her article can be found at The Wrong Turn, and I highly recommend you read the whole thing. Ms. Chadwell makes a case for first understanding the truth:
Let’s look first at the issue of truth. I say we wimped out because it is much easier, at least for a while, to whitewash all controversies and claim that truth is so flexible that it can take any shape we want it to. If we assume that truth is merely a human construct, we can claim that it comes in thousands of differing colors and sizes, tailor made to fit any need. Thus we avoid having to discern differences, make moral judgments, or stand up for anything. We can act superior to those who still see vast chasms between belief systems and we claim “open-mindedness” utterly unaware of the meaninglessness of that term.

If nothing is really true, then there’s no reason to knuckle down and learn anything, no reason to think very hard, no reason to amass facts –- we suspect they’re not true anyway. I am dumbfounded by the ignorant assertion that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. A person doesn’t have to know, can’t know, anything much about either belief and make that statement. In an untruthful world ignorance is not only bliss, it is the inescapable condition.
You see, if one decides against absolute truth, one decides against logic; it is, after all, a self-refuting logical impossibility to say, “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” And what happens when a society decides to ignore the nonsense factor and base its “thinking” on such a floppy foundation? Insanity is what happens.
Insanity is indeed what has happened. David Codrea uses the term "opposite day" for the now normal goings on in the government and the news, and this is his shorthand for the sort of insanity that regularly infects the policies that come out of government. We know that appeasement does not satisfy an enemy, yet we are constantly told that this administration's appeasements are indeed working. "Peace in our time" you can almost hear them say. Ms. Chadwell goes on to site a Hillary supporter, but I could go down a very long list of the things that are untrue, but which nobody seems to be willing to admit. Indeed, the Donald Trump phenomenon is partly because the speaks truths that we all know, but which nobody is willing to say out loud.

Ms. Chadwell is the second published author I have now read to says that Christians and Muslims do not worship the same god. Michael Brown was the first. Christians and Jews worship the God of creation, the God who created everything that is, and everything that is not. He created man in His image. One of the characteristics of this God is constancy. We see this in the working out of his plan for our salvation. It permeates the Old Testament, and becomes fulfilled in the person of Jesus. Our God demands truth, or as much truth as we are capable of, even unto death. The god of Islam, by contrast, tells the Muslims to do one thing one day, and another thing another day. The way the Muslims figure out what they are to do now is to take the last command of their lord as having more weight than the previous commands, which are thus abrogated. So which is it? Constancy, or abrogation. Truth or lying? Lucifer is referred to as the Father of Lies, so I believe that the angel Muhammad was listening to in that cave was Lucifer. Lucifer is, of course, and angel, and thus a creation. Muslims have therefore been led astray by the snake in the Garden of Eden. They are God's children, and all must pray that they come to the true God.

In any case, people who speak of reforming Islam are either ignorant, or practicing taqqiya, the Muslim doctrine of lying to advance Islam. The reform movement in Christianity was based on comparing the Bible to Roman Catholic practice, and finding Catholic practice wanting.  The reformation was the correction of these errors by making Church practice fall closer in line with Biblical teaching.  We had a scripture that showed us where Church practice had gone off the rails.  Islam has a scripture too, the Koran, but they are not misinterpreting it.  In fact, they are following it to the letter, as closely as humanly possible.  Thus, the only "reform" possible is for the Muslim to convert to Christianity, which I hope and pray for, but it doesn't seem likely.

Chadwell then makes the second connection to complete her argument:

Because we have treated reality like a do-it-yourself kit, we’ve arrived at a second philosophical no-man’s land; we’ve decided that, despite all evidence to the contrary, humanity is basically good. We have rejected the biblical edict that “All men have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Original sin is no longer our national creed. I’m OK, you’re OK seems like a harmless dogma, but, since it’s essentially not true, it leads down a really murky trail.

If we are basically born good, then childrearing becomes nothing more than keeping the child alive until he can fend for himself, never mind the fact that such parental neglect has created at least two generations of self-centered, amoral monsters. We are not naturally good. We can be good, but we don’t start that way. What baby has ever given a rip that his mother hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since he was born? What two-year-old goes sweetly off to her nap because she knows mommy needs some quiet time? Children need to be taught, sternly and consistently, to put others first.
The raising of children consists of slowly, over 18 years of so, turning a savage beast into a civilized human being. The child can not help it that he misbehaves, for a child does not know how to behave, or how to control himself and his emotions. Teaching him is the task parents take on when the have children. It is the most important thing anyone does. But do not be fooled, people are not "basically good." and the Bible tells us this. Given the right way and the wrong way, we will usually at least consider the wrong path every time.

Under the influence of witch doctors like Dr. Spock, and suffering under the privations of the Great Depression, the displacements of the Dust Bowl, and WWII, the greatest generation raised spoiled, entitled children by sparing the rod, and giving them the stuff they never had.  The baby boomers in turn did more of the same, even to the point of making the discipline of children illegal in many cases.  Meanwhile, the traitorous Left kept marching through the institutions, spreading evil wherever they went.

We have taken a wrong left turn, and we need to turn around.  But this great turning has to begin in peoples hearts.  Government can not do it, and elections, while they have consequences, fundamentally reflect the people doing the electing.  For better or worse, we get the government we deserve.  Pray for our nation to repent, and return to the things that made us great in the first place.

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