Pessimist followed by Selfish followed by Cynical followed by Idealist generations in an ongoing cycle. Sociological manifestations of a 2500 year old spiritual conspiracy. Do you really believe it? Are you conscious of it?
So the idea of the secular tyranny was born in hell thousands of years ago, and survives to this day. A false kingdom, ruled by hidden demonic powers, against whom our real battle remains until Jesus comes back.
Alexander the Great, whom Daniel pictures rather unflatteringly as a male goat, was Aristotle’s pupil. Alexander was an idealist.
It’s amazing to me that the Church has always been redeemed from within. This is constant throughout its history and I can’t think of another movement for which this is true. Continue reading
“What the philosophers say about reality is often as deceptive as when you see a sign in a second-hand store that reads: Pressing Done Here. If you went in with your clothes to have them pressed you would be fooled; the sign is for sale.” Søren Kierkegaard in “Either/Or”
I sometimes have the question asked of me, “where was God when the Tsunami happened in South East Asia?”
What is meant by that question is this, “why didn’t God do something to prevent it? He is God after all.”
I think it’s a very valid question, so valid that one way of answering it is this: Would you have even wondered about the whereabouts of God if the tsunami had not happened?
“Does it Matter?” is not a philosophical question, because there is a lot that is not matter and which is also vitally important.
‘Matter’ comes from two separate sources: ‘materia’ which means ‘substance’ in Latin, and ‘mater’ which means mother. But we use it almost exclusively to mean ‘substance’, so influenced we are by the rationalists. When we say, “it doesn’t matter,” we mean that it has no material substance, therefore, we conclude, no value. But there is much that does not matter, in the material sense, but is vitally important. Relationships have no matter at all, there is no human who could point to a direct sensory experience with a relationship. Relationships have no matter, and yet the whole universe of matter is relational.
One could point to a meal made with love, a very sensory experience. Or a passionate kiss, a very sensual experience. But those things are the result of relationship, they are not relationships themselves.
Descartes: “Cognito ergo sum,” – “I think therefore I am,” the great maxim of the rationalists; which has been adequately answered by Kierkegaard’s Existentialism and Husserl’s Phenomenology: “I am, therefore I am“.
Which is disturbingly equal to something Moses wrote about 4000 years ago! Now Existentialism may have answered Rationalism adequately, but it is yet to answer itself adequately.
You and I, my friends, are privileged people; though I fear that very few actually realize the significance of what has just happened. There has been a meltdown of the tyranny of ‘Politicience’, reminiscent of the end of Jadis’ 100 year rule over Narnia, and the establishment of common sense once again. An establishment in which creation is again allowed her natural and complex seasonal undulations without a thermometer in all of her cracks and crevices. There is, at present, a rising level in the ability of mankind to simply see for themselves again; of the ancient, sweet and noble Common Sense: overthrower of tyrants, supplanter of dictators, enemy of evil and all round nice guy.
Doom and gloom predictions threaten to swamp us.
The sea will rise by 10m by next Tuesday, food will become so expensive that people will die by the millions, mosquitoes will thrive while bees will die, a natural part of global warming will be global cooling, etc, etc.
The “experts” are not giving us a happy forecast; but the “experts” have never given a happy forecast.
Perhaps it’s time for a reality check. Here is a list of predictions from 1486 to 2007 by the “experts” of their day. They often get it wrong no matter how good their science was, and the bigger the prediction the more they tend toward the negative.