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Merry Christmas!!!!

by Jon Pinney on December 29, 2009

I know this is coming a little late, but I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  I hope you had a great time and got to see your loved ones.  I hope we all can remember why we celebrate Christmas and take that message to heart.

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What Is Truth, True Religion, And True Science?

by Jon Pinney on December 2, 2009

What is truth?

In my opinion, truth is the way things are.  There is only one truth.  Everyone may disagree on what it is, but that doesn’t mean there are multiple versions of it.  The earth, for example, was created somehow.  It was created once and in only one way.  We may never know the truth of how it was created, and we may all disagree on it, but there is a truth.  And there is only one truth.

In my mind, the search for truth should not be consumed with tearing down other beliefs.  Truth should stand on its own and persuade people of its veracity by the pure fact that it is there.  And dwelling on why something is wrong is not searching for truth either.  If it is not truth, then why dwell there.  Look somewhere else for the truth.

On a related topic…

I have always said that true religion and true science are the same thing.

In fact, the purpose of both religion and science are the same: to find truth.  They approach their search for truth in different ways, but each still focuses on finding truth.

And because there is only one truth, if they could both uncover the truth, they would both support the same truth and therefore each other.  That’s why I say true religion and true science are the same thing.  For more on this topic, you can read my post titled “Truth In Fiction – Volume 1”.

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Truth In Fiction – Volume 1

by Jon Pinney on September 29, 2009

As I have read novels throughout my life, I have realized that many of my favorite authors have a keen understanding of reality and truth.  Their stories are woven around the truth as they believe it to be.  In many instances I share their beliefs.

The book I am currently reading has bits of what I consider to be truth littered throughout it’s pages.  It is the sixth book of Terry Goodkind’s “The Sword of Truth” series, entitled Faith of the Fallen.  Following are some of my favorite quotes from the book.

Page 21:

“The only sovereign I can allow to rule me is reason.  The first law of reason is this: what exists, exists; what is, is.  From this irreducible, bedrock principle, all knowledge is built.  This is the foundation from which life is embraced.

“Reason is a choice.  Wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discovering them.  Reason is our only way of grasping reality–it’s our basic tool of survival.  We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see.”

It has always been my belief that truth exists.  Things are the way they are.  There is only one correct answer.

Whether we accept or find the truth is something else entirely.  Just because I do not believe something is true does not mean it is false.  Truth is truth.  It is independent of desire, faith, understanding, acceptance, or pretense.  It is my goal to seek truth where I can find it.

That is why I have always said that true religion and true science are the same.  Religion and science are two different methods of uncovering truth.  In the end, science will prove the truth of true religion.

Page 460 (expands on the first quote):

“The most important rule there is…the only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.

“…It is not only the most important rule, but the simplest.  Nonetheless, it is the one most often ignored and violated, and by far the most despised.  It must be wielded in spite of the ceaseless, howling protests of the wicked.

“Misery, iniquity, and utter destruction lurk in the shadows outside its full light, where half-truths snare the faithful disciples, the deeply feeling believers, the selfless followers.

“Faith and feelings are the warm marrow of evil.  Unlike reason, faith and feelings provide no boundary to limit any delusion, any whim.  They are a virulent poison, giving the numbing illusion of moral sanction to every depravity ever hatched.

“Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason’s light.

“Reason is the very substance of truth itself.  The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason, through this rule.  In rejecting it, in rejecting reason, one embraces death.”

The only thing I would add to this description is the importance of recognizing that our own reasoning abilities are not perfect.  That is why I believe a merging of our own reason, mixed with our faith and feelings, with inspiration from God, is the only way to find with any certainty truth in this life.

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Time Is Weird. It Always Feels Like Now.

by Jon Pinney on April 28, 2009

While driving across the desert the other day, I randomly spoke what I thought was a pretty interesting (and even profound) thought:

“Time is weird.  It always feels like now.”

If you think about it, at every moment of our lives, it is now.  All we can really experience is the present.  We can remember the past and look to the future, but the present is all we can experience.

Can we measure time?  A clock marks the passing of time, but it does not in itself measure time.  A cup of flour can be measured.  A glass of water can be measured.  But we as humans do not possess a way to measure time.  We can only take note of its passing.

When God says He is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, is He really saying that He lives outside of time and can therefore measure it like we measure a glass of water?

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