For years I've heard/read -about- George Orwell's book "1984", but never read it. Friday the movie was on. It was on one of the movie channels that often shows things twice, or three times, or, like in the case of "Water World", "Superman", "Top Gun", or whatever....when will they STOP showing them already! Since I didn't want to stay up late enough for the second showing, I watched parts of the first showing, which began at the same time the news was on the other channels; so I didn't catch all of the opening premise. But once the news was over, I even abandoned Jeopardy in order to see it to the end. Since it is such a 'famous' work, I figured I should at least see what it's about. I watched continuously, to the end, from where the Thought Police break in and arrest the couple, who have gotten up for the day, and are enjoying the woman, out the window, singing contentedly as she hangs up the laundry.
THE OBSERVATION I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE, for you who are familiar with the work, is where the man is being worked over on the restraint table. What is "2 plus 2"? 4 pain, pain, pain Are there times that 2 plus 2 might actually be "3" depending on the circumstances? What about "5"? 2 plus 2, How many fingers am I holding up? "4"? pain, pain, pain How many fingers am I holding up? Perhaps "3"? Perhaps "5"? pain, pain, pain. Eventually, after repeated pain: How many fingers am I holding up? "Ieeee DOoooN'T KNOoooW!!!!!" correct
I must say, I've seen some pretty awful movies and films before, such as documentaries of the Holocaust with the Nazi treatment of the Jews and all those dead bodies being dumped into the pits, etc. (but I would not desire to have NOT seen them) Or some aspects of series like "Victory at Sea" where footage showed the use of flame throwers, and out of the jungles would come the enemy, ON FIRE. But this 1984, I would say, left me with the worst feeling of all. On one hand, the brainwashing tactics dredge up certain memories from childhood and youth. On the other hand, the results of "I DON'T KNOW!!!!" is what the world has become today. It -defines- our modern world.
Situational ethics and morality, conformity with the majority, individuality disappears into a collective consciousness, etc. I now begin to better 'understand' the -consensus- of the dialectic. Back in those college Bible studies, when everybody was -sharing- what the Word "means to me", there was always the underlying subliminal, unspoken but understood, "I don't know" that was supposed to be the foundational premise. How can any of us presume to claim to know? If I say I know, and it disagrees with the collective consciousness: are you then saying that "you (alone) are right...and all the rest of us are wrong?" (And this is what they would retort back in the 70s...yes...in the churches!!!) There is no right or wrong. It is whatever the collective contrives. And so, when I as a True Bible loving Believer would take my -turn- at 'sharing', and would proclaim, "This is what the Bible -SAYS-" ...that was like proclaiming that "2 plus 2 equals 4"
How many fingers is the Bible holding up? "4"
And so, that problem from Logic 101, that I've shared about before: We were given a problem to solve, using formulae and equations of logic, but instead of -words-, -numbers- were plugged into the equation. By the time the calculations had been finished 2 plus 2 equalled "3.99" At the time I thought that was 'funny'. Had I known that 40 years later I would be writing this, I might have personally probed into those arguments of logic a bit. To yield 3.99 means they were flawed. But I was a -music- major; Logic 101 was a 'required' (not so 'important') to get-it-over-with and back to the music.
But -TRUTH- 'is' that 2 plus 2 equals 4. But the world does as the former president did, when excusing his way out of impeachment questioning. What is the meaning of "is"? Today it is no longer accepted: That which is, is; that which is not, is not. Even though the evidence stares us in the face WE CANNOT KNOW TRUTH... FOR SURE. To proclaim TRUTH, by its very nature, then means that some are WRONG... that there is also something called FALSEHOOD. And if a person is referencing the Bible, Falsehood results in DEATH.
However, people in modern society are not strapped down to a torture table. It is much more subtle than that, and is a -pleasant- experience. Everyone gets to share in truth, and nobody is wrong. And by the time everybody has shared, that which has been shared -becomes- truth, as they have come to perceive it. Just like AA speaks of the "god" (higher power) "as you perceive him/her/it to be".
Do police come around to make arrests? They still do in places like NKorea, China, etc. And by now, what is the situation in UK? Perhaps ten years ago, or more, I was reading how: Supposing some people were sitting in a public booth at a restaurant and having a conversation, and somebody in a neighboring booth overheard the conversation, and DIDN'T LIKE what they were hearing, they could call the Thought Police to initiate an investigation. Where is that whole thing these days? It is said that London is one of the most surveilled cities in the world. This country is rapidly going in that direction. Saturday night's news told of a person who was suing the FBI for placing a magnetically adhered GPS tracking device under their car...with no warrant or cause. They only discovered it when the car was up on the rack for service. And when asked, the FBI admitted to having put it there.
The reason sinful man rejects Jesus Christ is because He makes the claim:
Saturday night Public TV had a program "God in America" of which I watched only the first half hour. As the Spaniards started to settle the Southwest, the catholics proclaimed catholicism, and the native peoples would attend mass and listen to the sermons, and the catholics were jubilant that the natives were "converting". But, in fact, they were not. Catholicism said "only one god", but the natives said, "no there isn't"...but we will 'accept' catholicism ALONG WITH our other beliefs. As my dad would tell of Japan, they would also 'accept' Jesus Christ...but they did not do so...ONLY. They -included- 'christianity' along with Shinto, Buddhism, and whatever other of their yaoyorodsu no kami. In fact, some in the village where we lived would talk about "going to bekka". (That's how "becker" is said in Japanese) They would go to hear Bekka Sensei. Well...christendom does that in English, too: the Billy Graham meetings, Harold Camping, Billy Sunday, and what are some of the websites one can visit, where the website is named after the person. That's why the most you see around here, typically, is "PB"...and yes, some of these others that put their names prominently at the top of what they write, sometimes complain that they can't find -WHO- WRITES THIS STUFF at VW? The same thing Jesus' earthly siblings, in unbelief, also taunted at Jesus...
Aliens... like the (fallen angels) "sons of God" (Gen6) of Noah's day? What did Paul say? "Even if...an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel...let him be accursed" (Ga1:8)
If one is firmly planted on the rock of Jesus' teachings; or if one builds in the sand; the flood waters will tell. (Mt7:24-27) The one on the rock stands firm. The one on the sand gets washed away and is destroyed.
The Bible does not tell us to 'dialogue' and "come to consensus". When satan's wiles come along, we are exhorted...