Jason B. Ladd

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Drowning: Lifeguard Wanted, Will Pay with Belief

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Many of us are drowning and do not see the need for a lifeguard.  Before I explain further, I’m going to reference a horrific event.

It’s natural to be nauseated after hearing about the horrors uncovered by the Gosnell trial.

You will not find the details of the trial here.  If you are interested, Google it.  If you’re not interested, Google it.  It should be required reading, but only if you have a strong stomach.  And don’t look at any pictures from the trial unless you have a twisted fetish for disturbing atrocities.

On second thought, Google it even if you have a weak stomach.  You might throw up on your keyboard, but that’s easy to clean.  What will remain a mess is the emotional state of your current or future daughter if she makes the wrong decision when being courted by the businessmen (and women) in the abortion industry.

Right and wrong exist.

You can make wrong decisions; we all have.  We can only hope our mistakes are small and affect only us.  May God have mercy on our soul if we blow it on big mistakes that affect others.

After you learn what happened in the “House of Horrors,” you may lament, “How could anybody do such a thing?”  It’s really not surprising if you take the philosophies of our age to their logical conclusion.

  • Moral relativism says there is no ultimate standard from which to measure right from wrong.  There is only what’s “wrong for you.”  This makes rightness and wrongness only a matter of opinion.  Who are you to say Gosnell’s opinions are wrong?  “Aborting a baby at 30 weeks may be wrong for you, but I have to follow my own truth.”
  • Pluralization is defined as “the existence and availability of a number of world views, each vying for the allegiance of individuals, with no single world-view dominant.”¹ After the explosion of Eastern-based philosophies in the West, the sound of one hand clapping was enough to drown out the death knell of Judeo-Christian-based morality.

Like an unsupervised child, morality slipped beneath the surface and silently aspirated the popular feel-good philosophies of our day.

When a person aspirates water, their body goes into what’s known as the “instinctive drowning response.”  The legs involuntarily extend downward and attempt to reach bottom regardless of  the water’s depth.

The head automatically tilts upward so the mouth has a chance to reach air, and  the arms imitate a corkscrew attempting to pop the body out of the water.

Seekers fed feel-good philosophies go into what I call the “instinctive downing response.”  Their eyes and ears detect key phrases like “happiness,” “health,” “comfort,” “power,” and “healing,” which creates an automatic release of dopamine in the brain.

Then the hands automatically hit buttons and click links which bring the philosophy to their doorstep in an Amazon box.

Then they begin to consume.  Finally, they share it with others.

They look, take, eat, and give.  Sound familiar?

How can we protect ourselves from falling prey to moral relativism and pluralization?

  1. Acknowledge the existence of Truth and seek it out.  Truth exists and is knowable.  It is not invented; it can only be discovered.  Start looking.
  2. Recognize distinctions and reject false teachings.  No one wants to live a lie or believe in one.
  3. Share with others in truth and love.  The instinctive downing response is stronger than you think.  A drowner cannot save themselves (I know drowner is not a word–just go with it).  Neither can a downer.  They need a lifeguard.

I know a good one.  Interested?

¹ Ravi Zacharias, Deliver Us From Evil: Restoring the Soul in a Disintegrating Culture (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997), 71.
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11 Replies

  1. I was raised during a period of time in American history when the morals and mores of our society that had been established for many generations were, for the most part, still accepted and followed. Was that period of time perfect? No, absolutely not. There was crime and lawlessness as in every communal gathering of humans but there was consensus that what had made the country great in previous times was still the way to conduct our cultural business. It just made sense.
    I first noticed the smirking, sneering and, bullying of most things American and moral by a perverse “entertainment” cult that pandered to the most base of human characteristics. Still does. What was termed entertainment covered the movie and t.v. screens, the most powerful communication venues since the Sermon on the Mount, filling each house and each child with a new world view of “if it feels good, do it.” and that messaged out: “if you will ignore and excuse my laziness and cowardice this time, then I will ignore it later, when you do similar things or worse and we will put it all under the cover that we are righting some previous societal hypocrisy”.
    The worst part is that not only is the cancerous product presented but that it is bought.
    Bob Cloud

    1. well said. The television no longer provides a medium to view the world, it is creating a worldview. Moving forward is only the answer when we’re moving in the right direction. -Jason

  2. kitt

    thanks for liking my blog. blessings heap!

  3. jacoberu

    You say “Truth exists and is knowable. It is not invented; it can only be discovered. Start looking.” You seem to take the existence of an absolute truth as a given axiom, an assumption. This needs to be established, not assumed, by making a logical argument or presenting empirical evidence. After that, you say that some truth is knowable by humans, which is also a giant leap with no bridge. Simply stating (very sincerely) “it’s there, go get it” does not make a thing appear, and does not make it attainable.

    1. I appreciate the thought you’ve given to this post. One thing to keep in mind is that many challenges to the objective nature of truth end up with circular reasoning. It’s also hard to make arguments about truth without making truth claims of your own. For instance you said that my endorsement of absolute truth cannot be assumed, but must be established with logical and empirical methods. But I can’t assume the statement you made is true unless you provide logical or empirical evidence. The second truth claim you make is that “simply stating (very sincerely) ‘it’s there, go get it,’ does not make a thing appear, and does not make it attainable.'” But your simple and sincere statement must pass the same tests you require for my statements. Your argument is based on Hume’s verification principle from the logical positivist movement in the 18th century. Simply put, he believed that anything which cannot be verified by experience, or is true by definition, is meaningless. This is rejected by most due to its self-defeating nature: Hume’s verification principle is neither verified by experience, nor true by definition. Some good things to think about. Thanks for the discussion.

      1. jacoberu

        using logic: the statement “absolute truths do not exist” is contrary to itself, since if it is true, itself becomes the one absolute truth that serves as a counter-example to its claim. Since the non-existence of absolute truth is inconsistent, i propose that at least one absolute truth exists. However, i’ve never heard any argument that convinces me that we have access to, or can even conceptualize, what absolute truth might be. Do you claim to have access to absolute truth?

        1. I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “absolute” truth. If by absolute, you mean objective, then it looks like we agree that at least one objective truth exists: the fact that objective truth exists. Dr. William Lane Craig covers this topic well on his website Reasonable Faith at http://www.reasonablefaith.org/is-there-objective-truth . I encourage you to read the article. I think you’ll find his arguments very logical and rational. Let me know what you think!