23 June 2009

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Just Whose Truth Do You Believe? Do you believe in truth? You may think you do but in reality you may not actually believe in truth yet you think you do. Can truth even be known? Is there such a thing as truth? Do you even care about truth? From history we know that false ideas about truth can lead to false ideas about life. In many cases of history these false ideas about truth gave apparent justification for some really immoral behavior. If you can kill the concept of truth, you can then kill any true religion or any true morality. Take the 77,000,000 people who died between 1923–1976 from the believes that Mao Zedong had about truth. Do you think those who died through Mao Zedong’s truth believed in Mao Zedong’s truth? What about Joseph Stalin’s truth? From 1929 through 1953, 43,000,000 people died due to Stalin’s truth believes. Do you believe that those people who died believed in the truth Stalin held? Then there’s the immoral truth that Adolf Hitler held that killed 20,946,000 Jews, Polish and others between 1933–1945. Did these people who died believe Hitler’s truth? (1) So truth exists and cannot be denied. Denial of the truth was the basis of the millions of people above dying for the false truths of Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and the many other tyrants who have done the same thing throughout history. Skeptical About the Existence of Truth? You can say that, ‘something true for me is not true for you.’ Well, is that statement true for everyone? Think about it for a moment. How can something be both true and false? Nothing can be both true and false. So to say, something is true for someone and not for another defies logic because something cannot be both true and false at the same time. Either Christians are right or not. Either atheists are right or not. Both Christians and atheists cannot both be right. Now you say that, ‘truth cannot be known.’ If truth cannot be known, how do you know that truth cannot be known? To say that ‘truth cannot be known’ is a self-defeating statement because it is making a claim as a known absolute truth statement. Making that statement is saying that you know the truth about truth which is that truth cannot be known. If truth cannot be known, how can you know enough to say that truth cannot be known, if truth cannot be known? So from this we know that truth can be known. You now say that ‘something can be only meaningful if it’s empirically verifiable or true by definition.’ My reply to you is that your statement excludes itself from being true...
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Karl Marx's Disapproval of Religion Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818 in the German city of Trier. His family was Jewish, but later converted to Protestantism in 1824 in order to avoid anti-Semitic laws and persecution. For this reason among others, Marx rejected religion early on in his youth and made it absolutely clear that he was an atheist. Marx studied philosophy at Bonn and then later Berlin, where he came under the sway of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich von Hegel. Hegel’s philosophy had a decisive influence upon Marx’s own thinking and later theories. Hegel was a complicated philosopher, but it is possible to draw a rough outline for our purposes. Hegel was what is known as an “idealist” — according to him, mental things (ideas, concepts) are fundamental to the world, not matter. Material things are merely expressions of ideas — in particular, of an underlying “Universal Spirit” or “Absolute Idea.” Karl Marx abandoned his Christian faith, became an atheist and concluded that religion was a tool of the rich to subjugate the poor. Marx openly denounced religion as ‘the opiate of the people’, and in nearly every nation where the communists assumed power, the churches were, if not abolished outright, neutralized in their effect.1 Opium is a addictive narcotic pain-killing drug. Marx characterized religion as having the same function as opium in that it was used to pacify the oppressed because it stressed peace, non-violence, and loving one’s neighbor. The result of religion per Marx was that it made them feel better but did not solve their problems. Marxism sought to be scientific and was anchored in a social and economic theory that was believed to mirror the true history of life. Central to that theory was the struggle between the class that owned the means of production (the capitalist ‘bourgeoisie’) and the working class (the ‘proletariat’) that did not. Marx concluded that workers would change their perception of reality only when they realized that there is no God, no afterlife and no good reason not to have what they want now even if they have to take it from others. Evil, in the socialist worldview, is the oppression of the working class by the bourgeoisie. Having been enlightened by Marx regarding the ‘true history of life’, men and women could now take control of that history. They could accelerate ‘nature’ as it sped towards its goal of a world revolution that would banish such ‘evil’ and produce a socialist utopia. Marx argued that the solution was to abolish religion which then would allow the poor to openly revolt against their ‘oppressors’ (the land owners, the wealthy, the entrepreneurs, et al.) and take their wealth away so the poor could enjoy wealth...

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