Thursday, October 02, 2008

A Little Observation

I was reading the Bible last night, specifically Paul's Second Epistle to Timothy and I read the following passage.

II Timothy 3
1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

Now I am not going to be talking about the obvious inferences of this passage and today but something that occurred to me in conjunction with what I had been reading at One Cosmos and Dr Sanity about modern thinking and the seventh verse.

always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

They, along with a few other highly enlightened conservative bloggers, have been speaking of nihilistic thinking and deconstructive studies that permeate our institutions of learning in our post-modern era. In a nutshell, nihilism is the belief that life has no meaning or purpose and that morality is an illusion, if sometimes a useful one. It is also the denial of objective truth.

It results in thinkers that ironically don't believe in absolute truth. It leads to another irony, the better educated you are the less "Truth" you know. Multiculturalism and moral relativism are just two byproducts of this thinking and born of the rejection of absolute truth.

Sadly these highly educated men and women will keep on reading, learning, and writing learned works but will never see the truth because their "enlightenment" requires that they believe that no absolute moral truth exists. They are literally unable to come to the truth, not because they are "over-educated" but because they are MIS-EDUCATED.

Thus as the Apostle Paul said: always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth


Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

"Relativism" is the one-word summation of Leftists/Socialists. Whatever emotes best for the moment.


12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, shoprat, you have to take it one verse further: Jer. 17:9.

I have recently had to deal with the second woman who had a child and was the daughter of the senior pastor of a church who professed to be a Christian, but when they did not get what they wanted, they went crazy. The issues is not ever being able to come to the truth, it' whether or not they desire to come to the truth.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Z said...

One could say that about some who've studied the O.T. for thousands of years looking for the 'real answer'........and still haven't found it. I am sorry to "go there" here, but it hit me. This struck me when I read V 7. One needn't believe my surmisal. It just hit me.

BZ's right, too. Relativism; no truth, let's not be politically incorrect and judge. EVERYTHING is JUST FINE "I'm okay, YOU'RE okay"

what a terrible bill of goods the Sixties and Seventies gave us...And we felt so FREE! (the biggest lie in the last century)

11:35 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Those who seek the truth but
reject THE TRUTH
will never find what they seek...

I AM the Way-the TRUTH and the Life..
JC-John 14:6


2:23 AM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

PS After having viewed Lake Michigan's sunset while in Traverse City - I realized that I have not viewed the Pacific Ocean in over a YEAR! Watching sunsets over water is one of my top favorite things to do soooo -to celebrate my birthday-my family and I are going to Pismo Beach for a couple of days.

I would appreciate your opinion on the political cartoon that I just posted on my blog...


3:29 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Do you think that the Earth is flat and under 10,000 years old as well?

8:52 AM  
Blogger Gayle Miller said...

That was an interesting piece of reasoning and fascinating reading. As for the most recent comment, some of us have crosses to bear and apparently tim is yours!

4:09 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

bz I think you understand

neo You're in a bad spot and have my prayers.

z true

cs I liked your cartoon very much.

tim I have never made any secret that I believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, so now it bothers you?

gayle miller Thanks for visiting.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Good post. We must look within from time to time. Sadly, many never do.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

There is certainly a lot of miss-education going on, Shoprat. Excellent post, by the way! One can learn anything and call it education but it sure doesn't mean it's the truth!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

My pastor mentions things like this often. It is awesome to be in a Bible-preaching church! We've decided to at least double our outreach. Scary times...exciting times!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Great post, Shoprat! Keep it up...

6:42 PM  
Blogger NEO, SOC said...

Thanks for the prayers. Tim will not be the only one to challenge your faith. It is the subversive and demeaning way of those on the left.

2:35 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

So, why bother to educate ourselves?

1:24 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

bbi we should educate ourselves but by truly learning, not be simply deconstructing everything until it's meaningless.

1:34 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

You are right; I had to look up 'deconstructionism'..guess I need more schooling. I already realize that at my advanced age I am by defaut..postmodern :)

6:23 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

You are right; I had to look up 'deconstructionism'..guess I need more schooling. I already realize that at my advanced age I am by defaut..postmodern :)

6:23 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

A person who isn't occasionally checking the dictionary isn't reading enough. Mine gets checked frequently.

8:55 PM  
Blogger David Wyatt said...

Great post!

V.7 is so simply true; to "accomplish" this requires only taking the WRONG road!
Answer: Mt.11:28! God Bless.

12:26 AM  
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