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The World and Its Lack of Seeking the Whole Truth

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jul 19, 2012 at 16:13

Mr. Salosny, greetings: In acknowledging your gracious comment, my writing ability is one that at times betrays little of what it took to get to a place where I could voice my concerns after decades of being mute in the face of the tragedies that comprise our existence. In my youth, while others of my generation were fascinated by MAD magazine and the like, I took to the back aisles of the library where I read histories of empires and satrapies and the varying types of leaders that gave them their lives and identities; their conquests and failures.

Until M. Ghaddafi, Libya was the place whereof I read stories of Field Marshal Rommel's exploits against the allies that gave rise to his nom de guerre, the Desert Fox. His talents might have rivaled that of Gen. Patton were they not so ideologically opposed. But Rommel's internal strife got the best of him and was proximal to his demise. One might surmise that Libya's modern troubles were always in some kind of similar crisis mode.

Your assessment of M. Ghaddafi has elements of conflict, that of his own appreciation on how he ran Libya and what the world was told; and potentially there might have been an extension of his reign if the 'Arab Uprising' was not introduced there and the world's view tainted. I have read of conflicting accounts of the beneficial versus malicious methods of Ghaddafi's administration and find each has had some coloring of perception; to the point as mentioned before, that were there no room for discontent, the Islamically influenced 'Uprising' might not have taken hold and NATO forces would not have been given any reason, no matter how contrived, to violate the airspace there. For those who held M. Ghaddafi marginally responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy, little new evidence could ever be introduced that would have allowed them to dismiss his alleged participation and little remorse is spent by many for his demise.

But, allow us to approach where we are most divergent; going back to your earlier assessment of such things as your second comment, that of a crushed belief in a 'god' created by humans. Further, your embrace of the 'Dynamic Chaos of Creation' piques my curiosity since it is not the first time I have been challenged with it and the implications that it possesses to define a world view as an alternative to the Biblical view. In a demonstration of the contrasts I experienced decades ago, the variability of the 'Dynamic Chaos' approach to the cosmos permitted differing interpretations which gave easy rise to altering arguments; whereas any argument against the absolute truth presented in the Holy Writ must of a necessity be argued from the position that humanly speaking, mortal human reasoning does not grasp absolute truth.

From my perspective, which must of a necessity for me need be conformed to my Biblical world view, 'Dynamic Chaos' might have made sense until the obvious presented itself; that by my own human rationale I could develop a perfectly reasonable argument to support (or defeat) the contention, much in the same way the actor Jeff Goldblum, as a character in a movie, argued the hypothesis of chaos in the cosmos in general but had no universal proof. This consummated itself in the contradiction: that mere humanity cannot function as an Almighty God and the cosmos, no matter how chaotic requires a higher function of intelligence than mere humans possess to understand it; for if mankind could so function, would there not be peace and perfection in the mortal realm-and we can see by the Libyan exercise and other examples, there is not.

Now, knowing that is a reach for some, I will recall decades ago where in the chaotic spectrum of things existent, how did one reconcile the fixed dynamics of known absolutes with those of a lesser dynamic. For example, the relationship of the earth to the Sun; that with all of the forces of multitudes of hydrogen explosions, how it is that the surface of the earth has not been consumed like that of Venus or Mars. Venus, a tortuous heated wasteland enveloped in deadly gases so near to the Sun is as desolate as Mars on the other side of earth from the Sun. Another question: are hydrogen molecules the same on earth as they are in far away galaxies: and what is the basis of their commonalities? We (at least I) have arrived to the conclusion that the forces of a chaotic nature are in common relationship of control by specific design of a non-mortal nature. Yet in that environment, mortal humanity exists, our topic example being in tragic situations as Libya and others; and now Syria. They are different; yet share commonalities.

So when, in a search for truth in a world that seems so distant from it, the natural response for humanity's tortured existence is to find someplace where one can rest the mind in something that gives respite from all that confronts and is an affront to a sense of all that is considered good. Having a Catholic heritage but being brought up in a Protestant catechism, I was exposed to all the religious expectations that either could bring to bear in educating me: but both failed. It was not until I was introduced to the divestiture of the religiosity of it all and brought to the central case of Absolute Truth did the concept of the whole truth come to light. Even at that, after acknowledging the truth of the existence of Jesus Christ in a way neither the Catholic nor the Protestants could reveal, it has taken decades to pore through all the Scriptures and the arguments for and against that of which I came to believe and have faith in to be able to make sense of it all; even to understanding why all this is happening. So, while there may seem to be chaos, there is an underlying order that was developed long before the chaos overran the human understanding of truth.

Some will call for proof of such 'supernatural' circumstances; indeed the Hebrew Holy Writ infers that the Jewish believer requires signs for their belief. It was their paradox they faced when trying to understand the young Jewish rabbi from Natzeret. That ended badly for the Jewish people as well as Jesus; but for a believer such as me, it formed the basis of my discharging the emptiness of religious observance and replacing it with the pursuit of Absolute Truth in a way not obtainable by mere mortal means. It came down to this –you cannot prove belief: belief IS the proof; its mechanism is exercising the free choice to do so; or not.

So this is the basis of the whole truth for me: Jesus Christ, as identified in His capacity as the Son of David, Son of Man, was sent as the envoy/Son of the Almighty God of the Universe to reveal the Absolute truth, was put to death by the unbelieving religious rulers of His time and by the universal supernatural power of that Eternal Sovereign was raised again from the grave. His is the realm we cannot see but we have His proof in belief that world He described from before eternity exists exactly as He said it does; of which I am a part on account of my faith in Him. Further, whether by free choice or free rejection, the same realm in which so many do not believe in Jesus Christ is still under His control, even in spite of the human perception of things like the Dynamic Chaos.

So where does the world go from here? The pattern is set; if World War One and World War Two do not give enough of a clue, then a suggestion of reading the Hebrew Holy Scriptures is recommended; for in them, all has been revealed and the dynamic of the cosmos is already determined. In the meantime, staying out of Syria would have been the best advise in view of Libya; but since when have the men of the world followed the absolute and whole truth to keep away from that which they do not understand?


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