Thursday, 22 December 2016

Liberals admit "We don't get religion"

The editor of The New York Times editor said: “We don’t get religion. We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives” as it becomes clear that the US election was probably won because a tiny percent of Christians who had previously voted for Obama, voting for Trump. This may have been on the basis that Hillary Clinton was going to outlaw and marginalise traditional Christianity.

Serious papers need to employ more literate journalists. They need fewer writers who:

admire status, ego and supermen;
see all religions as the same;
have no idea that it is scripture and doctrine that steers true believers, not bigotry. 

Liberals talks about ‘religious bigots’. The religious are not ‘bigoted’ : they are obedient to church doctrine and/or scripture. Such myopia does not only affect left wing journalists and editors. Most politicians, diplomats and policymakers cannot see the invisible influence of religion in politics, nations, cultures and people’s lives. They have no understanding of the drivers behind religious extremism (influenced by the interpretation of certain religious texts).

Worse still, religious illiteracy affects liberal Christian leaders. You only have to hear liberal clergy ventilating their doubts to know that they have no idea of what faith is. Their tea lady probably understands faith ten times better than they do (and knows how to practice it). They are blind guides.

In the view of some traditional Catholics, Pope Francis has been overturning or ignoring Catholic doctrine. Perhaps he not realise that he is up against the agreed views of the visible and invisible Catholic Church over centuries (whether right or wrong)?

Doctrine, a vast body of knowledge: it is not bigotry. it is the labour of centuries, the result, in of much discussion over Scriptural texts or traditions subjected to learned scholarship - whether its results are still under development, or definitely God’s Truth.

We urgently need to promote more fully educated people as editors, leaders, politicians and policymakers (and even as church leaders) who understand these doctrines and understand Man as a spiritual being, not just an economic and political unit.

The secular must understand that Christianity is not a comforting message but is a massive subject in tis own right, with its own inner harmony and divine rationality. It cannot be changed or deconstructed by modernity or politics or by one person's views.

Posted by Alison Judith Bailey

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