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Happy Easter Everyone!

Greetings & Happy Easter Friends!

For those who celebrate Easter:

Christ is Risen! crosses

Romans 6:8-11
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

 

For those who do & do not celebrate Easter, here’s some food for thought in the form of one of my favorite pics:

Awake

 

I have spoken quite a bit about American obsession with partisan politics & most of you should know how weary I am of our two party system. As politicians keep us at each other’s throats over various social issues, we are neglecting our economy & that we must hold Democrats & Republicans alike accountable for the fiscal tsunami near our shores. I want to remind everyone that I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian or any combination of those. I want us to work together for the common good. Your political affiliation is not important to me. What is important is that we all are awake & aware of what is taking place in our great nation. United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

Everyone have a wonderful, productive week & God bless! I’ll be sharing more introspection throughout the week as usual.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Philosophy, Politics, Religion

 

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Some Encouraging Words For You All

crossesAs with many of the posts I have written, this started off as a post update on Facebook but got longer than I felt it should be for a status update, so here I am. I tell you – God is good. Yesterday I was sad. A medical condition I have causes stiffness in my fingers & toes (mostly in the morning) among other symptoms. So each day I do stretching exercises (with just my fingers & my whole body) in the morning just so that I can type/write & I go for a walk/jog everyday now, which has been very beneficial to me. One other symptom I have is going to require an expensive, regular treatment for a while (which insurance won’t cover) and I just started thinking about everything I have gone through in my life & last night I just started feeling sorry for myself & crying. Then I remembered someone’s Facebook post from yesterday. I don’t remember who it was, but I glanced at someone’s post that read something like, “Instead of telling God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is – Rev. Run”.

I wiped my tears & I told myself, “It’s going to be alright, it always is, no matter what. As long as you’re alive, it will be fine.” I prayed about everything & in doing so, I told my problems how big my God is. I also reminded myself, (as we all must do when we are feeling this way) that my situation is not the worse situation there is & there is always someone going through something far worse & always someone who has far less. With the early morning stiffness in my fingers nowadays, I do my best to make every single word that I type count. You may not always agree with those words, but understand what I go through to type them, which is why I require a modicum of respect on my threads and blogs (and for the sake of common courtesy). So today, I finally went through my mail from yesterday & my emails for my writer account & I found out that #1 I sold my first short story to a magazine, #2 two different websites want to publish articles that I wrote, #3 A local newspaper is going to run my Op-Ed piece next month and #4 I got a $38 refund from two years ago from the State of Georgia lol (It’s not a lot but understand that I expected them to send me a bill). As the saying goes, God may not come/answer when you want him to, but He is always right on time. These are just a few words of encouragement from me to you, Enjoy your Sunday everyone!

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.” – Psalms 71:20

God Bless,

Talitha K. McEachin

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Religion, Uncategorized

 

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Walter Myers III: Closer To Truth?

Walter Myers III: Closer To Truth?

This past week I had a married couple as guests at my home, and as usual when they come to visit we invariably get around to discussing religion since Philosophy of Religion & Ethics is my current course of study. I’m not sure if they are agnostics or simply skeptics, though my guess is that it is more the latter. Both are highly intelligent and moral folks who are concerned with living good lives, being kind to others, donating to good causes, and being loving, attentive parents to their young children. But they tend to look strongly askance at anything of a religious nature, though they admit there are some good things that come out of religion that are beneficial to society. Fundamentally, John and Sharon (not their real names), are skeptical that any of my efforts in studying religion necessarily allow me to get any closer to truth than anyone else, no matter how much I may study. Why do they conclude this, and am I simply wasting precious time and energy studying philosophy? Since they both feel there are other people who study as much as I do yet come to different conclusions, their logic is that we cannot get to truth since everyone doesn’t necessarily come to the same conclusions concerning the existence of God, or further that Christ is indeed the Son of God who died on a cross and resurrected on the third day.

At core, John and Sharon have the view that what may be true for me, and others that accept Christ, may not be true for others who accept some other religion such as Islam or Hinduism, or who simply conclude that all religions are false. But it’s okay if it’s true for me and provides some benefit, and I shouldn’t be naive in believing that my truth might actually apply to them or others. I didn’t explain that this view is the typical postmodern thinking that Americans have gradually accepted over the past 40-50 years, which posits that there are no overarching, universal truths. Truth, according to postmodern thought is simply a social construct and a creation of the human mind. Yet John and Sharon admit that in their everyday lives, they behave as if there are universal truths. They feel that stealing is wrong, murder is wrong, and that it is not okay to abuse children. But if there is no such thing as objective truth, then why would they live their lives as if it is so, even asserting there are indeed some moral imperatives as just described? It is wholly inconsistent to on the one hand believe that everything is relative and evolving, while at the same time making statements as to how a certain state of affairs ought or should be when things are constantly undergoing change. If everything is relative and truth is what you make it, then the words oughtor should are in effect meaningless when used in communication.

While John and Sharon are skeptical there is objective truth, and that Christianity could even accord with truth, it is an interesting thing we all agreed that the moral sense of right and wrong is fairly universal within the human race. Even those who choose to do wrong (presuming they are normally functioning) know implicitly what is the good or right thing to do, but simply choose not to do the good or right thing because they have the free will to reject it. This sense of moral order in the universe is, in theological terms, called common grace, since it may be apprehended by all and is common to all humankind. So herein we may reasonably conclude that even though there is nothing we can know exhaustively, common grace can be reasonably construed (in an epistemic sense) as an objective truth, and is true wholly independent of whether we give it cognitive assent or not. In essence, I’m arguing that on this basis, John and Sharon would be wise to conclude that there are indeed some objective moral truths that are not just true for some, but true for all, including them. In other words, truth is truth, and truth has no dependency on them, yet it is there for them to ascertain should they choose to accept it. I feel they sense this, but are somehow afraid of the consequences of accepting this view.

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Philosophy, Religion

 

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