Posts Tagged ‘miracles’

Hope, it’s the Christian Thing to Do.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, in times like these it is hard not to despair, but we are called as Christians to hope. Hope is a self interested act because once hope is lost, the game has ended, but where hope clings to life, there is always a possibility of victory. I see so many of us libertarians and conservatives loosing hope, at the obviously gigantic problems we as a human race face, the coming religious wars, potential nuclear war, the utter disconnection from our Constitution, growing oppression, the undermining of our foundational principles, the loss of free speech, the loss of freedom of religion, coming world tyranny and in many places people are not even allowed to defend themselves from attackers! We are surrounded by absurdity called consensus piled upon insanity labeled reason. Today the elite insist, war is peace, freedom is slavery and false news is real news and real news is false news. The moral ground we trod has been plowed up and frozen, we have to walk across the jagged ankle wrenching ground of, changing morality, immorality called morality and the hegemonic culture… post modernism questions even physics itself. Yes, there is much to despair over, but hope is more powerful than despair, hope seizes victory from the jaws of failure, and it is hope that begets the miracles that Christians still to this day experience.

J RR Tolkien’s books The Lord of the Rings series was based on this aspect of Christian doctrine. No matter that their quest was doomed from the start they persevered on. In the end, it was a villain who was spared, that saved the day. Each laboring as far and long as he could until the next would pick up the burden and carry it as far as they could. The whole story is one of hope in the face of rational despair. This is a basic Christian doctrine. Christians have hope because, God may at any time step in and save us, if he doesn’t then he has called us home to heaven, and what loss is there in that? Hope for a Christian is a win win situation then. If we hope to be saved from certain death, and we are not, we win by going to heaven, if we are saved, then we get to live on, either way a Christian always has hope, because a Christian always wins. What do you suppose happens to the soul of a Christian martyr? What does the Holy Bible say?

Hope is a rational self interested choice. Often, reason will tell us there is no hope and that we might as well give up in the face of overwhelming odds, when in fact that is the least rational action we could take. There is a reason methodical serial killers don’t kill mothers with their children around. A mother who is protecting her children has no thought of loosing, their only thought is of victory, hope. Whether she is a black bear, a feral cat or a human being, no one and nothing wants to go against a mother fighting for her babies. Lions understand this logic, as do wolves and I suppose even T Rexes did, so how much better should we, as self aware rational beings? This seems counter intuitive though doesn’t it? A female is usually much weaker than a male of her own species and how much weaker a female of a prey species then? What is the magic that makes this truth factual? Hope, the female has nothing but hope in her mind and heart when she is fighting for her babies, a hope that cannot be extinguished unless she is, hope is the secret ingredient.

We are surrounded by evil, and people unwilling to lift a finger to help us stop it, we have voted over and over to change direction but those we vote in speed it up, rather than turn the wheel, in our hearts we know the media’s relentless attacks on our President is in truth, attacks on us, our intelligence and our attitudes. The very air we breathe is saturated with despair. We are told daily, in any number of ways to sit down and shut up, else we will be ground under the tires of the New World Order. “You can’t fight city hall so you might as well get used to it,” has become the mantra of our age. Those of us who look forward, at what will likely happen if trends continue the way they are going, see human suffering on a munificent scale coming, and the elite judging by their actions, not their words, they must want it to come. There is plenty to despair about… but so was there in 1941, hope won the day then as it will today, if only we cling to hope and reject despair.

Victory is always possible it only depends on who gives up first. It looks like the majority are progressive globalists, it looks like the Islamists will inevitably win, it looks like our legal systems are against us, it looks like a lot of things, none of them necessarily true, all we need do is hope. God is working behind the scenes. Evil must struggle, all day and all night every day and every night, because it doesn’t have a loving God working behind the scenes for it. Everything evil accomplishes, it must accomplish itself, by the sweat of it’s own brow, while we are able to relax after a day work, in the warm knowledge that, in the end, God has it in hand. Remember, evil is ugly and sooner or later people will turn away from it, it’s only hope is to gain enough power before that happens, then even the consent of it’s own adherents is irrelevant, but in the end that level of power is impossible to maintain for long, so in reality evil can only loose, so it is evil that has no hope.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Empiricism, and the Existence of God

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Dear Friends,

 

It seems to me, Hume’s argument against the existence of God is weak, in that if a single miracle can be proved to have happened, by his argument’s parameters, God must exist. Now, it is possible that God wants us to be able to prove his existence logically and empirically, but I think not. Despite our hubris, we are profoundly ignorant, and believe ourselves enlightened, patting our own backs in egotistic self deceit. Pride and conceit are the attributes of spoiled children. Once our civilization reaches it’s initial maturity, our self importance will max out, (as it does in a teenager)… further maturity will result in less conceit and pride with true awe and deep humility. Eventually, once humanity has actually become enlightened in the deepest sense, will we understand the role of God… or the myth of God, if such exists. That is both the way people mature and the way civilizations mature. That our civilization is so egotistic it believes it can empirically disprove God, or Prove him, is sure confirmation that we are moving into early adolescence.

 

Hume claimed if there were free will then it would be folly to punish a criminal. Because under free will he would be untrainable, due to his free will, ie. No external control of his actions. Thus, we must not have free will. It is our ability to control ourselves that proves there is no free will. Therefore, punishing criminals proves there is no free will… But, to my way of thinking, if we are but machines, subject to programming and outside control, then why, even in ancient Athens under the laws of Draco… have there always been criminals?

 

His epistemology was based on the insight that logic does not necessarily comport with reality. This was truly an insight. He made the point that just because he let go of a pencil, that pencil could logically go up, instead of down. It is our experience, or custom, that makes us believe it will fall. This was an important discovery in the evolution of philosophy, because it showed that metaphysical logic can go very wide of the mark, unless it is based on empirical proof… in other words, the weakness of logic disconnected from observation. But, just as he claimed that logic allows for a pencil to fly, instead of fall…

 

He also claimed, by their very definition, miracles are things that are not custom. We never see those actions in our daily lives. In fact, he argued, in the more civilized places we never see miracles at all. Since miracles have only been seen in barbarian places, then they are most probably figments of imagination, superstitions and the like. Since the existence of God is based on miracles, like creation, Jesus’ resurrection, turning water into wine and so forth, and they are mere superstition… there is no God. This is simply arguing that observed reality should be discarded for theory.

 

It is like the Cartesian arguing against Newton’s Laws of Motion, because his laws required action at a distance, and thus were absurd. To the Cartesian, skepticist theory trumped observable reality, as it is for those who seek to make the purely mechanistic argument for the existence of the universe. They must discount evidence that disproves their theory, as superstition or imagination, by dwelling on the non repeatable part of the miraculous instead of the empirically proven examples. Isn’t that the true nature of a miracle though? Something that is not custom, did happen and is not repeatable? In discrediting miracles as superstition, they seize the empirical high ground, with spurious logic. In the end they could be right, but as history shows us, the theories of today are always supplanted by the theories of tomorrow. With a commensurate advancement of our understanding of our Universe and our role in it.

 

We, as humanity, have a long way to go before we can begin to understand such subtle questions, as the existence and nature of God, or even if there is one. It is the hight of presumption to argue there is no God, because, since we have miracles testified to and in some cases, as in miraculous cancer remission, empirically proven yet not repeatable, there is at least the strong implication of God… and that there exists far more to reality than we, in our profound ignorance, can possibly understand, let alone quantify. As our understanding grows, so do our questions, therefore we can know only this… that we know little. It is conceited and prideful of us to believe otherwise.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

John Pepin