15 February 2020

Adam was discussing the fall of the Petersen, and some commentators found articles he had written when Petersen wwas becoming prominent and before he had disabused himself of the idea that he may be an ally of the truth, beauty and honour. Adam corrected his mistake, for we all make them.

Nobody can be right about everything. Jesus was the only exception, quite rightly, being the son of God and all. But the rest of us have to make do with being right some of the time. What really counts is correcting yourself when new information comes to hand, or when you begin to suspect that your original position might have been incorrect.

One of the behavioral characteristics of the left in particular, but not only, is the inability to correct themselves in this way. But they are also like crabs in a bucket; if someone else changes their mind on an issue then the left will mock them mercilessly. To these people, changing your mind is a sign of intellectual weakness rather than strength. Thus, they believe that they are always right because to change your mind is abhorrent to them.

This reveals that they deal in dogma as opposed to truth, for we know that nobody can be right all of the time.

One of the reasons Christ corrects the teachers of the law is that they were turning precedent and human traditions into dogma, that were not in the law and contradicted the spirit and letter of the law. He cited case law right back at them.

Matthew 15:1-9

15 Then Pharisees and legal experts came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why are your disciples breaking the elders’ rules handed down to us? They don’t ritually purify their hands by washing before they eat.”

3 Jesus replied, “Why do you break the command of God by keeping the rules handed down to you? 4 For God said, Honor your father and your mother, and The person who speaks against father or mother will certainly be put to death. 5 But you say, ‘If you tell your father or mother, “Everything I’m expected to contribute to you I’m giving to God as a gift,”then you don’t have to honor your father.’ 6 So you do away with God’s Law for the sake of the rules that have been handed down to you. 7 Hypocrites! Isaiah really knew what he was talking about when he prophesied about you, 8 This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. 9 Their worship of me is empty since they teach instructions that are human rules.”

Common English Bible

The aim of this confrontation was to gain repentance. Toleration of error — in fact, in life, in action, does not lead to change. At times the hard question has to be asked. For God will not bring any society back to him until they acknowledge that they have strayed.

And they lose the sense that they are perfect, acknowedging that we all make mistakes, individually and collectively.

Deuteronomy 30:1-9
30 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither Jehovah thy God hath driven thee, 2 and shalt return unto Jehovah thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul; 3 that then Jehovah thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the peoples, whither Jehovah thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine outcasts be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will Jehovah thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 and Jehovah thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. 6 And Jehovah thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. 7 And Jehovah thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, that persecuted thee. 8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of Jehovah, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. 9 And Jehovah thy God will make thee plenteous in all the work of thy hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, for good: for Jehovah will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers;

American Standard Version

Note I have played a little with translations today for emphasis. And I’m repeating the worship song, because it is good.

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Mark Walter
Mark Walter
1 year ago

I ‘m so pleased my worship band leader discovered CityAlight last year. Though modern, their songs feel more like old hymns. I’m doubly blessed as I practice and rehearse these songs on drums before our Sunday services. God bless you and and yours, Chris.