Some comments about Truth from other websites.


 

RAY: None of the following articles are my own. I thought I’d share what some other blogs are saying about “Truth”.

What is truth and does it matter? –  (www.chirstianity.co.nz)

A recent Barna Research Group survey on what Americans believe asked the question, “Is there absolute Truth?” Sixty-six percent of adults responded that they believe that “there is no such thing as absolute truth; different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct.” Seventy-two percent of those aged 18 to 25 expressed this belief.

In a recent series of more than twenty interviews conducted at random at a large university, people were asked if there was such a thing as absolute truth – truth that is true across all times and cultures for all people. All but one respondent answered along these lines: “Truth is whatever you believe.”, “There is no absolute truth.”, “If there were such a thing as absolute truth, how could we know what it is?”, “People who believe in absolute truth are dangerous.” The lone exception was an evangelical Christian, who said absolute truth was in Jesus Christ.

I suggest that the situation that these surveys reveal is fairly typical of the Western World. As Clive Calver says, in an article ‘Thinking Clearly About Truth’ in Christianity, we “drift on a tide of uncertainty into a sea of unknowing.”

(for the rest of this article follow this link.  http://www.christianity.co.nz/truth1.htm)

Why Truth Matters  –  (Os Guiness as quoted by Ravi Zacharius – www.rzim.org)

At first sight, the biblical view of truth is obscene to modern minds. But on a deeper look, the biblical view is profound, timely, and urgent for today, even for those who reject it.

The following is a plenary session delivered by Os Guinness at Lausanne 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa (www.lausanne.org). Used by permission of the author.

In this extraordinary moment in human history, why is it that truth matters? There are times when history and the gospel of Jesus converge and create a great thrust forward in human history. So it was with the “gifts” of the gospel, such as the rise of philanthropy, of the reform movements, or the creation of the universities, or modern science. There are other times when history and the gospel collide and the titanic struggle shapes history in a different but equally decisive way. So it was when the Lordship of Christ triumphed over the might of imperial Rome. But there are still other times when history and the gospel appear to collide but, in fact, the gospel speaks to the deepest dilemmas and the highest aspirations of the age, even to those which oppose it. So it is today with the concept of truth.

At first sight, the biblical view of truth is obscene to modern minds. It’s arrogant, it’s exclusive, it’s intolerant, it’s divisive, it’s judgmental, and it’s reactionary. But on a deeper look, the biblical view is profound, timely, and urgent for today, even for those who reject it. But obviously regardless of what the world thinks, we follow the one who is the way, the truth, and the life. We therefore worship and serve the God of truth, whose Word is truth, and who Himself is true and may be trusted because of his covenant faithfulness.

(for the rest of this article follow this link.  http://www.rzim.org/justthinkingfv/tabid/602/articleid/11044/cbmoduleid/881/default.aspx)

Truth – Not Sides – Is What Matters in Journalism

August 25, 2009 by George Snell (not Brad Snell, not related) Comments

When I was a newspaper reporter, I heard the expression dozens of times a week:

If only more journalists and bloggers were as diligent as Tintin.

“There are two sides to every story.”

I heard it from sources. I heard it from editors (especially from editors). I heard it from fellow reporters. Hell, I probably muttered those words a hundred times myself. Probably as my lame excuse why I was giving equal weight to a contrarian and probably dubious point of view.

Because there are NOT two sides to every story. There never have been. Sometimes there is one side to story. Other times there are three or four and sometimes even dozens sides. The notion that there are two distinct and equally relevant sides to every issue is ridiculous. But that mentality continues to permeate journalism and the web – especially blogging.

It’s one of the reason why journalism is struggling. As mainstream publications cutback on reporting staff and put more pressure on remaining journalists to produce copy – more he said/she said stories are published. Why? Because they are easy to write. Here is how NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen of ThinkPress describes the fundamental features of a he said/she said story:
•“There’s a public dispute.
•The dispute makes news.
•No real attempt is made to assess clashing truth claims in the story, even though they are in some sense the reason for the story. (Under the “conflict makes news” test.)
•The means for assessment do exist, so it’s possible to exert a factual check on some of the claims, but for whatever reason the report declines to make use of them.
•The symmetry of two sides making opposite claims puts the reporter in the middle between polarized extremes.”

This two sides to every story – he said/she said dynamic have produced coverage of:
•“Death panels” for the elderly as part of Obama’s healthcare reform package even though no such thing exists
•Holocaust deniers claiming that one of history’s most tragic events never even occurred
•The birthers movement who are claiming Obama isn’t an American citizen and should be removed from office

Now granted some of the coverage on the examples above is simply propoganda – the spreading of lies even when you know they’re lies. But many mainstream publications and blogs have reported on the issues above giving equal voice to the people who promote these fictional point of views. There is no “other” side of whether or not the Holocaust happened. To even give a voice to Holocaust deniers in a serious news article is to do a disservice to readers – and to society.

But this is what happens in a polarized political environment divided between Democrats and Republicans. The idea gets pushed that there are two sides – and only two sides – to every issue (as if every Democrat and Republican thinks exactly the same and that nuance doesn’t exist).

The job of a journalist should be simple: Discover the truth. Explore all the angles if necessary – giving a voice to dissenters with an opinion based on facts and reason. This could be one side, two sides or many sides. But at the end of the day reporters – those working for newspapers and those working for blogs – need to provide readers with what is real.

(Article from George Snell, https://hightalk.net/2009/08/25/truth-not-sides-is-what-matters-in-journalism/)

Some Famous Quotation about Truth
http://www.quotationspage.com/subjects/truth/

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  1. Hi, I found your site from reddit. This isn’t not blog post I would raerlguly read, but I loved your perspective on it. Thanx for creating something worth reading!

  2. What a pleasure to meet somonee who thinks so clearly

  3. No Educated Honest Intelligent Person could Rightly Deny that there was a Jewish Holocaust; but, to what EXTENT was it? It is Impossible to Cremate 4 or 5 Bodies in one Oven every 10 Minutes, as they Falsely Claim in the Holocaust Museum in the District of Criminals, in Washington. Ask any Manager of a Crematorium about that. It takes 4 to 5 Hours or more for most dead Americans, and only one Body at a time. German Crematory Ovens had small Doors for one Body at a time to pass through. Get your Facts straight. Search for: “Was the Holocaust a HOAX??”

    • The purpose of Truth is what matters is to allow my truth to be compared to your truth and of course to bring God into the conversation and to find out what His truth is. Which when He speaks our truth pales and becomes insignificant. Thank you Ray Swangkee for offering your thinking regarding the Holocaust of the Jews. I am glad that neither of us deny history nor deny that the holocaust of the Jews occurred. I am not aware of the nuance of this information about exactly how quickly the Jews were incinerated. I am glad that you agree that the Holocaust was not a hoax but curious about why you wish us to explore whether it was at a site that obviously doesn’t share our opinion. I welcome your further comments and the comnents of others on this topic.

      • Ray Luff, it is very Important to Understand the Impossibility of Cremating even one million Adult Bodies within 2 years within 10 Crematory Ovens: beCause one Oven can only handle a Maximum of 6 Bodies per Day, times 10 equals 60, times 365 equals 21,900, times 2 years equals 43,800, which is a very long ways from 6 Million Bodies. So, the Holocaust Story is about as Exaggerated as the Noah’s Ark Story, whereby 7 males and 7 females of each Kind of Bovine supposedly got into the Ark, along with all of their Foods and Water, when there were at least a thousand Species of Bovines, and just one Bison could easily drink 50 gallons of Water during one Day, times 14,000 Bovines equals 140,000 gallons at the rate of only 10 gallons per Bovine per Day, times 30 days equals 4,200,000 gallons, times 10 months equals 42,000,000 gallons! The Ark was not large enough to Hold that amount of Water, let alone the 4 million Bails of Hay! Try to Imagine 8 very Tired People trying to feed and water and clean up after 14,000 Bovines, not to mention all of the thousands of Unclean Creatures! The Ark had no Flushing Toilets. The STINCH inside of the Ark would have made it Unbearable. Just 2 Unattended Dogs and 6 Cats in a House for one Week should be enough Proof of that. However, there were hundreds of Species of Cats and Dogs at that Time, including the Extinct ones. However, it is a nice Jewish Story; but, without any Credibility whatsoever, and that can be Proven in a Courtroom. You be the Judge — was it Possible or not??

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    • This blog has not been updated in awhile. I have been kept quite busy doing other things this year. However it is planned to start to update the site again and perhaps improve it in some way. Brad Snell and I were given the opportunity to go on Radio with our show in Markham last summer but I was too busy to make it happen. Recently I was on the air with Dorion Arthur Baxter on STAR RAY TV which is a Digital Antenna TV Show that broadcasts in Scarborough to approximately 60,000 homes across Toronto. We have been invited back on the air in two weeks time. I hope to provide a link here at Truth is what matters to these shows going forward. And I hope to return to providing information at this website. Thank you for your comments and i trust you will continue to find good content that helps you to strengthen your faith (trust) in the Bible and the God and Son of the Bible and that it will help you to explain your beliefs to the lost and dying world in which we live.

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    • I have had a lot of changes in my life in the past year. I am hoping to restart blogging to this website by the New Year. I wish to thank those that follow the blog. There are currently approximately 1000 followers. Two bible verses have meant a lot to me in the past year. “He makes all things beautiful in His Time.” and “All things work together for good for those that love the Lord.”.

      Regarding missing a comment to moderate, I had to restrict the responses at the site to require approval because I was under attack by activists who wished were demanding I bring the site down or be sued and to remove truthful information from the site by other commentators and they were threatening to sue me for not moderating the site. I apologize If I missed some responses in the moderating since implementing the moderating policy.

      In the meantime If you are a follower, while I am trying to get my act back together as far as updating the blog, please review the various blog items and make your comments.

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