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If It Feels Good…

Our kids…

No. Let me restart this.

Many in this society, but especially our kids, have stopped asking questions. And when they do, they don’t seem to listen to the answers. And then, if they do, they have a tendency to dismiss the answers, even if the answer is true.

Especially if the truth conflicts with their feelings.

Feel good feelings are the new drug. They trump everything.

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Lactose-intolerant

I ran across this article, today: After 13 Years, I’m Leaving Christianity. It’s an interesting read. As the title implies, the author, Keay Nigel, discusses why she left Christianity. While many thoughts ran through my mind as I read it, I’ve chosen to comment on an analogy she made. Here’s the context:

For instance, my church had taught us that our God is the one true God, and that all other religions are works of Satan. Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism were described as unintelligent religions; their worship of pagan figures, animals and deities were said to be wrong, nonsensical, useless, and laughable even. The pastor had in fact described miracles in other religions as demonic.

It’s scary that young minds were indoctrinated with such disrespecting, bigoted extreme ideas.

Here’s the analogy:

Just because you’re lactose-intolerant doesn’t mean others shouldn’t be allowed to drink milk.

And my question:

But what if everyone were lactose-intolerant? Wouldn’t it be a good thing if they were told not to drink the milk? What if people were sick because they were lactose-intolerant, but didn’t realize it was the milk causing it? What if I told them that they had to stop drinking milk in order to get better; it’s the only way!

Would I still be a bigot?

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Can Your Truth Be Your Own?

Everybody believes in the truth. Christians say what they believe is true. Muslims say what they believe is true. Atheist say what they believe is true. Can they all be right? Maybe they are all wrong. Is truth subjective? Can truth really mean whatever you want it to mean?

Obviously, the idea that everyone has their own truth is absurd. Everyone may have their own belief, but only one can actually be true. If there is no God, then Atheism is true, and all religions of the world are false. If there is a God, then Atheism is false, and at least one of the world religions has to be true.

But that’s the trick; separating belief from reality. It’s no problem believing things that aren’t true, especially if it makes us feel good.

So you have to ask yourself, if what you believe is true. Your first thought will be, yes, of course. No one wants to admit they are wrong. But someone has to be wrong. Have you thought about what you believe? And why?

What of Hitler? What of his beliefs? Should we have let him be, simply because he believed that his was right; his beliefs were true?

Do you believe science? How about this headline? [Mummies reveal heart disease plagued ancient Egyptians][id1]

[id1]: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/49717/title/Mummies_reveal_heart_disease_plagued_ancient_Egyptians

A study done of 22 mummies revealed that heart disease _plagued_ ancient Egyptians. Plagued? This study may show that heart disease existed then, but it certainly doesn’t show that it plagued society. Only the rich and famous, the rulers, were mummified. We are talking about a very small cross section of the ancient Egyptians. They are certainly not a indicator of society as a whole. But the media ran with this, and how many people across the country, and maybe the world, now believe that heart disease _plagued_ the ancient Egyptians. So, do you still think science is fully trustworthy?

If science has published results, such as this, incorrectly, or in a misleading way, what else have they published? I’m sure a lot of their findings are correct, particularly with modern, observable, science, but it is the speculative assumptions that worry me. Evolution, anyone?

Can your truth be your own? Only if it really is true.

>Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV, John 14:6)

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