Saturday, March 7, 2015

I Have Called Catholics Brother, But Will THEY Call ME Brother?

When Catholicism  is discussed, I can't please anybody. I do not accept the assertion that everyone _inside_ the Church of Rome is damned. Still _less_ do I accept the assertion which Catholics used to make, and which some of them are trying to revive, that everyone _outside_ the Church of Rome is damned.

I just acquired a book published by Most Holy Family Monastery in Fillmore, New York, bearing the humble and diplomatic title "Outside The Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation." Its author, one Brother Peter Dimond, offers an excellent example of the way fanatical Romanists shoot themselves in the foot. Before I go on, my readers must understand that the Vatican system is dependent on the presupposition that, when Jesus created the church, He desired and intended _everything_ that the Catholic church would do and command _throughout_ all the future history to follow. On this view, _every_ currently-existing  feature of Catholicism that can truly claim approval on Catholic terms, is _exactly_ what Jesus wanted all along. Of course, there are pray-in-Latin-and-eat-fish Catholics who discount _recent_ Popes, and Brother Dimond appears to be one of these; but even they still attribute Scripture-equivalent authority to decrees uttered _centuries_ after the Apostolic era. Everybody still with me?

In Chapter 29, Brother Dimond cites the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:8: "But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema." This quote is given to justify Dimond's adherence to a body of commands whose composition extended MORE THAN A MILLENIUM BEYOND THE LIFETIME OF THE APOSTLE PAUL. For Dimond's use of Galatians to make any sense, one of the following _must_ be true:

1) Paul actually continued in earthly life right up through the latest point in time when Dimond would agree that the Vatican still was on message, and really wrote Galatians no earlier than the early 20th century.

2) God specially and secretly  told Paul everything that the Roman church _would_ decree ex-cathedra in future times; Paul included the future Papal commands in a separate appendix which only church leaders got to see; but _this_ was what Paul _really_ meant by "that which we have preached to you."

3) Paul had the use ot a time machine, so he went into the future to find out what future Popes would decree; then he proceeded the same way as in the previous alternative.

If none of those three possibilities is true (bets, anyone?), then we cannot escape the conclusion that when Paul wrote Galatians 1:8, he intended to say and did say that ALL OF THE NECESSARY ESSENTIALS OF THE GOSPEL WERE CONTAINED IN MESSAGES WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN SHARED as of the time when Paul was writing. Thus, Dimond is refuting himself by quoting Paul. Dimond wants us to agree that doctrines uttered long _after_ Paul's lifetime are _necessary_ for our relationship with Jesus, yet Paul is saying exactly the opposite.

I certainly do not mean that _nothing_ written or spoken after the completion of the Bible can have _any_ merit; but I do say that nothing written or spoken after the completion of the Bible CAN HAVE EQUAL AUTHORITY as the Bible. Peter Dimond is not satisfied to argue that post-Biblical writings can have _some_ value; if that were all he said, I would concede him the point. He wants us to believe that post-Biblical doctrines are _necessary_ for us; and by trying to "prove" his case with a Scripture that _contradicts_ his case, all he proves is his own intellectual bankruptcy.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Violating the Valentines

American leftists, when  it suits them, will speak vehemently about collective responsibility and everyone's actions affecting everyone else. If you eat meat, you're starving poor people; if you drive a car, you're poisoning Mother Gaia.  But the _same_ leftists, when it suits them, will suddenly switch to a highly _individualistic_ view of right and wrong. Hold that thought, it will be expounded further.

I am writing this on Valentine's Day. Homosexuals are using this day as an occasion to promote their unilateral redefinition of the very _most_ fundamental human relationships. And it's worth noting who is _helping_ them do so.  This morning, the _conservative_ radio station I routinely listen to, KNUS-AM of Denver, did a broadcast _praising_ same-sex couples to the skies. This makes utter nonsense of the claim by gays that they are still an oppressed, persecuted minority; the _reality_ is that the gay minority is close to enjoying an absolute _monopoly_ on being able to say anything about what marriage is.

The gay spokesman invited to speak on KNUS did the individualistic thing, by arguing that the one-on-one love between two gay partners is, all by itself, enough to constitute marriage. As long as there's love, love love, love, love, there _can't_ be any problem for society at large. But now remember the meat-eater and the car-owner: _they_ are not allowed to be so simplistic in self-justification. The meat-eater _isn't_ allowed simply to tell the angry vegan, "It's just about my being hungry;" and the car-owner _isn't_ allowed simply to tell the angry environmentalist, "It's just about my wanting to go someplace." Why, then, should _homosexuals_ be specially immune to challenge over the possibility that _their_ actions might affect the world adversely?

Until technology advances farther than it has yet, human reproduction will still require _both_ a male gene-source and a female gene-source. Therefore, any child raised by a same-sex couple will, by definition, be raised _without_ one of the biological parents being a _primary_ caregiver. Yes, that biological parent who _isn't_ in the gay couple may still be _present_ in the child's life; but unless we're talking about a commune, the child won't have both birth parents in a _central_ custodial role. Now, _even_ in the present collapsing condition of education, a child _will_ eventually learn how he or she came into existence.... which means that the child raised by gays will _know_  that his or her actual mother or father _didn't_ step into the primary parental slot (and in  some cases, felt no interest).

Yes, the custodial gay couple may have good intentions; they may love the child to pieces. But it will _still_ be a fact that the child is aware of one _actual_ parent being at a distance, if not completely absent. Add up millions of children growing up this way, and the specific bond of _biological_ parents to their children will be eroded. These children might nonetheless grow up feeling as loved as anyone else; but what they might NOT have is the full sense of obligation to any future children _they_ may beget. Which adds to the tidal trend in which self-contained natural families are ever less and less valued in society. And in turn, Big Government has less need to worry about anyone being _loyal_ to anything other than Big Government.

Gays will now harrumph at me, "Well, by _your_ homophobic reasoning, _every_ adoption, including by straight couples, is _also_ disrupting the natural order!" They will believe themselves to  be right when they say this, because their enslavement to their own emotions will have prevented them from thinking the issue all the way through. But there IS more to it.

When my now-deceased Mary and I adopted our daughter, we were adopting a girl who had already _been_ deprived of conventional biological parenting, by circumstances which Mary and I had not in any way created. So what we were doing was providing the nearest possible _substitute_ for the ideal model of husband, wife, and blood-related offspring. But we are now being asked -- actually, we are being _commanded_ by the pampered homosexual elite -- to accept arrangements in which gay couples intentionally _cause_ a child to live without the most normal of parenting. And that makes a difference, because the children _will_ eventually realize what was done.

So no, saying "Love, love, love!" _isn't_ a complete answer to this large-scale social concern. There _will_ be far-reaching  consequences from training a new generation to believe that the _genetic_ parent-child connection is trivial and easily dispensed with. Possibly most gays honestly _haven't_ considered this.... but you can bet that there are some arrogant, narcissistic, cynical social engineers who _have_ considered it, and who _desire_ the damage to occur.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Latest attempt to get Google to WORK

If you see writing here, then Google finally condescended to GIVE the blogging service it claims to be giving. I'm trying to record here a thought I've long had.

There's one problem with the currently popular preference for saying "He made good choices" or "He made bad choices." This way of talking can come across as if you're saying that the person DIDN'T KNOW WHAT he was choosing between -- as if he was presented with two closed boxes and could only guess what was in them. Now, many decisions in life ARE made, even HAVE TO be made, on a blind guess.... but not ALL decisions. There are also cases when a person DESIRES IN ADVANCE to do wrong, plans it and looks forward to it. In those instances,  there is no accidental "mistake" involved, but rather intentional wrongdoing.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Truth About Calvinism

Calvinism arose in resistance to arbitrary tyranny by the Church of Rome. Calvinists then proceeded to imagine God as _also_ being arbitrarily tyrannical. We read in Matthew 22:14 that many are called, but few are chosen. A perfectly sufficient explanation for this is that most _refuse_ God's invitation by their own will; but for Calvinists, that explanation doesn't seem to make God "sovereign" enough. Obsessed _only_ with God being  powerful and invincible, Calvinists base all their thinking on His power and control; then they say that _anything_ they imagine Him doing _must_ somehow be good-- which, of course, is the same thing that trembling lackeys will say about any _human_ tyrant. So they insist that God entirely _forces_ people to refuse or accept His invitation, without _them_ ever having any say about it. Yet, in language which their own  doctrine renders meaningless, they still _claim_ that He's calling to everyone. Of course, if God unilaterally _makes_ most people reject Him, He _isn't_ calling all people, He's only pretending to. In order to protect their morally-bankrupt ideas from being challenged, Calvinists will say, "It's a mystery, and the argument will never be  resolved in this world." What they really _mean_ is that they want NON-Calvinists to shut up, while the Calvinists keep right on preaching micro-predestination as aggressively as ever.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Are We Functioning?

As of this entry, I am very close to completing Volume One of the Eliot Granholm  saga. This introductory novel, set in the years 2166 through 2168, is titled "Journey of the Grey Eagle." Eliot Granholm is a pediatric surgeon, and the VERY LAST Christian on Earth (although by this time the planets Mars and Mercury have been colonized, and Christians enjoy freedom of religion and speech there). What prevents Eliot from simply being stomped on like a bug is the fact that he acquires superhuman powers. Sort of like a kinder, gentler version of X-Man Wolverine escaping from the experimenters.