Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Post-truth and Fake News



Every year the Oxford English Dictiounary introduce a new word to their word dictionary.

Back in November, Alison Flood wrote an interesting leader in The Guardian about post-truth, she wrote,’ In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” to be it's international word of the year. Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”.
Oxford Dictionaries’s word of the year is intended to “reflect the passing year in language”, with post-truth following the controversial choice last year of the “face with tears of joy” emoji. The publisher’s US and UK dictionary teams sometimes plump for different choices – in 2009 the UK went for “simples” and the US for “unfriend”; in 2006 the UK went for “bovvered” and the US for “carbon-neutral” – but this year teams on both sides of the Atlantic chose the same word.’



My simple understanding of post-truth is that when a person or society depart from a position of truth to an alternative position based on untruth this can be disastrous.

When a boat is safely secured by its rope to a mooring, it is going nowhere, it is safe, but if that rope is slackened by the pull of the tide it can slip its mooring. For a while the boat may stay close to the mooring but the tug of the tide will carry it away into deeper water, and what then? Will recovery take place or will it be wrecked?

The call from this article is to leave the doomed boat and get aboard the life boat, Jesus Christ is the Master of this Heaven bound vessel, so get on board before it is too late.

In Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House he has used the expression ‘Fake News’ in a number of reports, accusing the media of propaganda based upon leaks from Government sources, allegedly involving Russian email hackings.

The media has fed on Fake News for years. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story! Politicians,celebrities and sports people have been subjected to fake news, scandalising some in order to sell more newspapers.

I have been told by a Jehovah Witness that on any Saturday there will be over 8 million of their members throughout the world, calling on people with their fake news contained in their literature and New Translation of the Bible, saying that Jesus is not God. They say in John 1:1 ‘that the Word was a god’, small ‘g’. The King James version of the Bible says correctly, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Christ is co-equal, co-eternal in the Godhead.

The Bible records an incident in Matthew 28:10, “Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.  Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.  And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day”. Large lies often receive large money as was the case of the soldiers being bought by the priests and elders, who wanted to supress the truth that Jesus had risen from the dead.

The death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the bedrock of the Christian Faith. Paul said in 1st Corinthians 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”. 

This is the truth and totally trustworthy, many people have bought into post-truth and swallowed fake news. Don’t be one of them. If you believe the gospel (good news) that Christ died for your sins and was raised for your justification, you can be saved this very moment by praying to Him and asking Him to forgive all your sin.  God bless.

Written by a Guest Blogger for FTMP

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Helping out other Christians - Acts 6

Scripture Reading - Acts 6. 1-7

Key Verse - Acts 6.4 ‘And the word of God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied’



When you woke this morning were you
grumpy? Did it make you cross when
someone else had something that you
wanted? We can all be a bit like this at
times! It’s better not to be, but it
happens.

In our bible reading today some of the
ladies in the church in Jerusalem were
feeling unhappy. I am not surprised. They
were sad because their husbands had died!
Ladies whose husbands have died are
known as ‘widows’. Imagine how lonely they
must be! These ladies in Jerusalem were
probably afraid as well! In Bible times many
ladies didn’t have money of their own. If
they became a widow then buying things
would be difficult. How would she pay the
bills and buy food to eat?

It was a bit different for Christian widows, as
believers in each church were told to make
sure that they were being looked after. But
things don’t always go smoothly! People
often argue and sometimes people from
different countries don’t trust each other. In
Jerusalem there was a big argument
between the Greek Christians and the
Jewish Christians. The Greeks said that the
Jewish widows were being looked after
better then their widows. There was a lot of
complaining for a while! Christians should
try not to argue and complain but when they
do they should sort things out and say sorry.

Many of Jesus’ disciples still lived in
Jerusalem at that time. They heard about
what was happening and decided to sort it
out. Seven really good men got the job of
making sure everyone was well looked after.
They did a great job and everyone ended up
happy.

Have a think about how you could help
people who are lonely or in need of some
love and care. Your actions could show
them how much God cares!

Suggested Prayer - Dear God, help me to
look for ways to help people every day.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Do not lie to God - Acts 5

Daily Bible Reading - Acts 5. 1-11

Key Verse

Acts 5.4 ‘You have not lied to men but to God’









“Liar, liar pants on fire” – maybe you shouldn't say this but I
think you know what it means. Telling the truth can be harder
than telling lies but lies will always catch up with us in the end!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Going to Pray - Acts 4


Acts 4. 24 
‘And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God’






Can I tell you a secret? Promise not to tell anyone? Well here it is – when I was a boy I didn't like going to the church prayer meeting. It seemed quite boring to spend time sitting quiet. What was the point of meeting other people if you couldn't talk to them? When I grew up I discovered that the prayer meeting could be exciting! 

This was when I realised that prayer meetings are times when we speak to God.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In search of a better life!




One of the most pressing problems for the European Union presently is that of the migrants who set out to cross the Mediterranean every week in search of a better life. In the Far East a similarly ghastly scenario is unfolding as thousands of Rohingya migrants flee persecution in their homeland, Burma. Some of these have not been allowed to disembark in neighbouring countries and have been turned away to face the perils of the merciless Andaman sea, the horrors of further weeks adrift and the all too real possibility of perishing in the insatiable waves.

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Life is unpredictable!


Life is so unpredictable. At times this can be very exciting but sometimes it can be very frightening.
That flood in the house, the illness that took us by surprise! How were we to know? It can be disconcerting! As mere mortals, we cannot control our circumstances and have to try to cope with what is inevitable as well as we possibly can.


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Is it always right to feel guilty?


There are times when it is right to feel guilty. If we have genuinely wronged someone guilt is the God given mechanism that warns us that ‘action needs to be taken’. Sometimes we can rectify the problem and make amends. Other times it is outside of our power to reverse the effect of our actions. It is only right that, where possible, we should fix the problems that we have caused.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Life's Uncontrollable Events


A New Year brings fresh challenges and opportunities but life is so unpredictable! At times, the variety life brings can be very exciting but sometimes it’s a bit frightening. That flood in the house, the illness that took us by surprise! The speed of change and our helplessness can be disconcerting! As mere mortals, we cannot control our circumstances and have to try to cope with what is inevitable as well as we possibly can.
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Saying Goodbye - Acts 1

Acts 1.11 ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven’?

 Sometimes it’s hard to say good-bye to someone. But it’s
especially hard when we really love them. Jesus’ disciples had
seen Him every day for about three years. They had become very
attached to Him.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Queen Victoria's Conversion - Being sure of eternal life!




Queen  Victoria's  Conversion 

Queen  Victoria  once  attended  a  service  in  St. Paul's  Cathedral  and  listened  to  a  sermon  that interested  her  greatly.  Afterwards  she  asked  her chaplain,  "Can  one  be  absolutely  sure  in  this  life  of eternal  safety?"  His  answer  was  that  he  knew  no  way that one could be absolutely sure. 
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Thursday, February 09, 2017

85% of what we worry about never happens!



I am told that 85% of what we worry about never happens. 

Paul is writing a series of exhortations to the Christians in Philippi in his closing comments of the letter. In chapter four verse four he has encouraged them to ‘rejoice in the Lord alway’. This is something we all need to be reminded about from time to time. When things get on top of us we often forget to see the blessings that we have and to rejoice in what God has done. I am sure we all know people who can see the goodness of God in everything. We should all cultivate this way of thinking.

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