Hugh’s News & Views (A Hermeneutic . . .)

A HERMENEUTIC OF INFIDELITY

For those who may not be familiar with the term, “hermeneutics” refers to “the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.” Everyone who reads the Bible (or any other literary document) has a hermeneutic, a way of determining the meaning of what he or she is reading. It may be a valid hermeneutic or it may be an invalid one. It may enable the reader to correctly understand what he or she is reading or it may lead the reader to wrong conclusions. Continue reading

#hermeneutics, #hughfulford, #morality

Democrats have a plan to win elections in 2018

This post isn’t as political as the title may suggest. This post is actually about morality.

“But your title uses the words ‘Democrats’ and ‘elections’, so how could that not be political?”, some may ask.

Good question. It’s because of what the “Democratic election” plan revolves around – funding pro-life candidates. And boy has it stirred up a hornet’s nest for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The committee, out of its own mouth, wants to fund pro-life candidates (who go against the Democrat National Party Platform) not because they believe it’s the right thing to do morally, but because it’s the right thing to do politically!

If you think abortion is a political topic then you’ve stopped thinking. Go watch a video that shows the horror of a partial-birth-abortion. Think about the mental struggles many women live with after making the decision to abort the life of their child. Think about the illicit behavior that is encouraged across all demographics solely due to the mantra, “It’s our choice.” It’s pitiful.

Try to salve your conscience by playing with words all you want. The topic of abortion has never been, and never will be, about politics regardless of any political-party’s attempt to do so. The topic of abortion is a moral issue.

Perhaps the Democratic Party should stop thinking less about 2018 elections and more about eternity by viewing people as souls instead of animals. But that would be too moral, wouldn’t it?

#abortion, #morality, #politics

One liberal tires of the emptiness

That leads me to . . . drum roll . . . the Christian Right. It is no small feat, switching tribes. It feels stressful and weird to abandon your tribe for the Detested Other Side.

Since November 8, my husband and I have been taking the kids to church. (He is politically conservative with a religious bent, so no argument there.) I have come this close to buying a giant poster of the American flag for the living room. I may do it still.

Right now, I am struggling to accept the basic Christian doctrines (virgin birth, resurrection, second coming) because I feel the Christian tribe may be the right tribe for my family.

via ‘My Fellow Liberals, I’m Tired Of You’ | The American Conservative

The entire letter this California lady wrote to a blogger can be read at the link above. It deserves a careful read, and an approach by faithful Christians that might help people like her to make the jump from the emptiness of a godless life to the abundant life in Christ.

Her language about “tribe” has been imported by progressives among us to make the church of our Lord into just another denomination. But she means something different by this.

Obviously, the writer has been attending some denomination. But nothing keeps those who hold to NT faith from making a strong appeal—in fact, ours is stronger than the so-called “Christian right”!

It’s a shame that we can’t get some WVBS videos and books like Dick Sztanyo’s book, Graceful Reason, on Christian apologetics, in her hands.

Though she doesn’t mention it in her letter, there’s no doubt her husband’s “religious bent” had some influence over her. Here is evidence for the power of example.

#atheism, #liberalism, #morality

Hugh Fulford (“I’d Give A Pretty”)

“I’D GIVE A PRETTY . . .”

One of the fond memories of my childhood is spending several days each summer with each set of my grandparents. All of my grandparents lived within thirty miles of our home and we spent much time together, not only in the summer, but throughout the year during holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, as well as at other times. Continue reading

#doctrine, #hughfulford, #morality, #usa

Your opinion is wanted

House to House, Heart to Heart is taking an opinion poll on multiple issues affecting America that are most important to you.

This poll is being advertised in the latest issue of House to House, Heart to Heart.

Feel free to fill out the poll yourself, as well as share it with whomever you think would be interested.

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#america, #morality, #opinion-polls, #politics, #survey

Random thoughts…otherwise known as corollaries to one guy I know

Here’s some random thoughts…or maybe corollaries. I don’t know – you decide.

A few days ago I decided to sit down with my four-year-old daughter and show her some Three Stooges videos. She’s a fan now. The first thing out of her mouth was, “Why isn’t there any color?” The last thing was, “I want to watch the 3 Stewards again.” I can think of a Bible lesson about 3 stewards where one acted like a stooge. Can you? Here’s a hint (Matthew 25:14-30).

Speaking of stooges, have you ever wondered what a real life “high place” would look like today? Read this and you’ll see.

Since “politics” is now on the table, I heard that the court-system has decided that North Carolina’s bathroom-bill is unlawful because it “violates” the civil-rights act. Talk about a civil-wrong! So members of the opposite sex now have a “civil-right” to use the bathroom of their choice? How can we boycott the courts along with Target? And don’t forget to pray.

Speaking of prayer, when’s the last time you thanked God for answering your prayers? If you pay attention to most prayers in the Bible you’ll see that thanksgiving was as much a part of the prayer as asking for reasons to give thanks. I know it’s not November, but thanksgiving is never a bad attitude to have.

Things that seem out of season aren’t always so bad. There are a lot more than 4 seasons out there! So enjoy the blessings of life in the middle of the burdens, and use the yoke of Jesus to carry the burdens in the middle of good times. Sow for a spiritual harvest and look for low hanging fruit at the same time.

Well, I don’t know if my list is technically a corollary line-up, but I don’t think they’re hardly as random as I sometimes think they are.

#corollaries, #morality, #random-thoughts, #thanksgiving

Man-made utopias then and now

Rick K. nails it with this original association. Do read the entire post.

All societies are engaged in a continual process. Either they draw closer to God, or they grow further away from him. In either case, certain features will become evident in time to mark the direction.

In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah (and the other surrounding cities), the man-made Utopia involves a number of trademark qualities and preferences (explored more in chapter 19:

  • a segregation from Divine influence,
  • an extreme – even aggressive – lack of tolerance for individuals who disagree with their Utopian way of life,
  • a profound lack of concern for consequence, as the ends seem to justify any means used to achieve them,
  • and this one signature matter: the up-ending of social and sexual norms.

You can easily track this humanistic, Utopian philosophy from ancient Sodom to modern San Francisco.

via The great Utopia | Root Downward, Fruit Upward.

#genesis, #morality, #society, #utopia

Interesting quote for the day

When the topic of treating people like cattle comes up in the tense conversation between Alexander (the “time traveler”) and the “mentally higher evolved being” in the movie version of H.G. Wells’ story “The Time Traveler”, the “uber brained” individual responds with:

Who are you to question 800,000 years of evolution?

Indeed! If evolution is the “creator” of us all, who are any of us to question what evolution drives us to do, even when people/organizations such as “Planned Parenthood” treat slaughtered human beings like candidates for the meat market?

#evolution, #good-quotes, #morality, #movies, #questions-worth-thinking-about

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7-3-2015 Sin is Sin

No one asked Jesus, “Whose sin is greatest?” But we know the answer: someone else’s! Jesus said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:20-23 NKJV). Is morality what we don’t do? We don’t murder, but commit adultery? We don’t steal, but we covet? We’re not wicked, but are full of pride? No one’s sin is worse than ours, “because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NKJV). Temptations are “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV), and so is sin! Jesus said: “preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #baptized, #believes, #covet, #greatest-sin, #morality, #murder, #pride, #saved, #steal, #temptations, #wicked

Friday the 13th? How about Friday the 26th!

Thank you activist judges for giving the Western Culture a new Friday date that has nothing to do with bad luck but every thing to do with a failure in moral decency.

#morality, #supreme-court, #western-culture

A REPLY TO MY Letter to editor (4.29.2015)

My letter to the editor to the Decatur Herald & Review generated responses. Here is one of them.

Listen up Bible believers. I could not possibly care any less about you and your personal religious views or what you “think.” As far as I am concerned no religious leader should ever be required to perform any religious ceremony–weddings or otherwise. They should stay OUT of government and government should leave them alone. It’s bad enough that I am forced to subsidize religion whether I approve or not.
Marriage as determined under the licensing law is a matter of CIVIL CONTRACT. You have no right to determine for me as a gay man with whom I may love or enter into a marriage CONTRACT. Anymore than I have a right to tell you whether or not you can buy a house or a car. If I ever tried to use the power of the government to restrict your right to marry you would be outraged.

I am assuming that the parties to such a contract (as in all contract law) are willing, able and ready to agree to terms. This knocks out the dopey right wing nonsense about marrying kids, dogs or pledging myself for life to a table leg. Do NOT try and force your personal (and aberrant in my view) religious lifestyle off on the rest of us.

Mind your own business. Whether I can or will procreate is none of your business. Straight people have a divorce rate in excess of 50%. That proves you are not stable. Clean your own filthy glass house before you criticize mine.

I recently married my cop boyfriend of 27 years. It was a great wedding. All four of our grown kids were there. One ex-wife showed up and we danced and had a great time. After 27 years I’m betting my relationship has lasted a lot longer than many of your straight marriages. If my getting married ruins yours–TOO BAD. You apparently had little to lose anyway.

In this reply against my letter to editor, there is nothing positive with regard to a “moral component” perspective. It is a matter of civil contract, one’s desire, and the role of government in the affairs of the community. This man married his boyfriend.

From this we can be sure of the following: first, his moral code is only that which he wants and likes. There is nothing that is outside of himself that compels him to behave in a particular way; if he wants, he will. Second, if marriage is a civil contract only, then civil contracts can be altered by the state (community) at will. This moves the moral code from the individual to the community. There is, however, no reason to demand volition from two, when one will do. On what basis should the community demand the volition of two? Only because it wants to; there is no moral obligation on the part of the community that requires them to give attention to another party. If there is, on what basis? Would you say human dignity? That is simply arbitrary. Third, as per the direction of his assertive argument, this justifies polygamy, polyandry, the union of an adult with an arbitrarily declared minor, or two arbitrarily declared minors making a union. If one opposes, on what basis would this be done? The community standard? Arbitrary! Fourth, religious views are aberrant, but not the perspective the homosexual community. Fifth, if “straight” people have a high divorce rate (this is true), then “non-straight” (crooked?) people are not to be judged by a people who fail to live by a particular moral standard they imply (and push) on others.  

#civil-contract, #morality, #same-sex-marriage

I have written quite a number of letters…

I have written quite a number of letters to editor in our local newspaper (Decatur and Mattoon, IL) through the years. I have been somewhat of a broken record, but this is by design on my part. I want to underscore the empty atheistic moral code that many in society seem to want to adopt.

On occasion I will go to the newspaper website and peruse the comments to my letters. Today (3.3.2015) I looked to see the following replies to what I most recently wrote. So readily are they willing to accept some moral standard that has an objective quality to it, but so “emptily” are they able to put forth a moral code that is obligatory for others to follow!

Since they have failed to do so, comments that illustrate this follows.

****So tell me Mr. Thomas, how is it that our moral code based on religion did not prevent our invasion of Iraq and inflicting massive casualties, war crimes, and misery on a country which did not attack us? How was this not “evil”? Our moral code did not prevent this country from committing a large number of atrocities. It seems “thou shall not kill” has a few loopholes in which you can fly a B52 through.

***Religion isn’t responsible for creating moral code, society is my friend. If religion was the source of all morals we would never have had slavery. Which commandment was it that said, “Thou shalt not own or enslave another person”??? Which one? Oh, that’s right…none of them. It’s because society tells us what’s right and wrong, not religion. Society advanced and gave women the right to vote, not religion. Society gave and is still trying to give equal rights to all, not religion. –oblivious

***Show me what part of the bible endorses democratically elected governments? Democracy and republicanism is a pagan invention discovered by the intellectual enlightenment. . Christianity was an enemy of democratic rule. The divine right of kings was their standard.

***Mr. Thomas pretends to know the workings of the mind of an atheist. Shall we then conclude that dishonesty is morally permissible to the theist? There is no written rulebook for the atheist, and yet all the ones in my acquaintance, and there are many, observe the practice of treating others as they, themselves, would wish to be treated. How does a theist, whose handbook sanctions genocide, incest, cannibalism, and slavery, among other atrocities, find the nerve to criticize anyone else?

#atheism, #letter-to-editor, #morality

5 Reasons Racism is Ridiculous

Atheism has no rational basis upon which to call anything objectively just or unjust, including racism. If mankind is merely the result of billions of years of mindless evolution and is nothing more than animals (as atheistic evolution contends; Marchant, 2008), then man can logically make evolutionary-based racist remarks that are consistent with the godless General Theory of Evolution. In fact, Charles Darwin’s “Bulldog,” atheist Thomas Huxley, did just that in his 1865 essay, “Emancipation–Black and White.” He alleged, for example, “no rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average Negro is the equal, still less superior, of the white man.” In truth, if there is no God, mankind could just as easily look down upon and mistreat others (whom he deems are less evolved), as he does roaches, rats, and orangutans (Lyons, 2011; Lyons and Butt, 2009). Those who are Christians, however, logically contend that since (1) God exists, and (2) the Bible is the Word of God, racism is morally wrong–and completely ridiculous for the following five reasons. Read >>

#apologetics-press, #atheism, #christianity, #morality, #racism

Two teenage girls were caught stealing money off…

Two teenage girls were caught stealing money off a table at a supermarket in Boynton Beach, Florida. The table was being used by a Girl Scout selling cookies. When questioned by WPBF-TV, they said they had no remorse. One said on camera, “We went through all that effort to get the money. We got all these charges against us, and we had to give the money back.” The other added, “I’m not sorry. I’m just mad I got caught.” The girls were caught because they returned to the store the next day and taunted the little girl. Our society is adrift without a moral compass. Some call it progress. But if this is what it means to cut the apron strings of our Christian beginnings, I’m all for staying home. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” This is Just A Minute.

#foundations, #girl-scouts, #just-a-minute, #morality, #stealing

Must read: 50 shades of …

Must-read: Rick Kelley’s article on his blog, “50 shades of rationalization.” Don’t miss a single word of it.

#books, #holiness, #morality, #movies