Monday, November 04, 2013

NYT--"The End Justifies The Means," A PowerPoint On Ethical Relativism

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Sunday, the New York Times gave America a PowerPoint presentation on how relativism works to destroy a culture, while trying to prop up a President who has clearly lost his way.

President Obama may have lied repeatedly while telling Americans that they would be able to keep their insurance plans if they liked them, but according to the New York Times, that's not a lie – that’s just a slip of the tongue.

“Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that,” the Times editorial board said this weekend, but they explained why his "mis-statement" was justified.

Even The Times editorial board had to admit the president has not told the American public the truth about Obamacare.

"But," they said, "the untruth was totally justified."

Here's why.

Since Americans had to be convinced to give up their insurance for better insurance plans under Obamacare, his dishonest statements were not only appropriate but necessary to help people.

Breitbart says this was done in true fascist fashion, quoting this from the editorial:

Indeed, in all the furor, people forget how terrible many of the soon-to-be-abandoned policies were. This overblown controversy has also obscured the crux of what health care reform is trying to do, which is to guarantee that everyone can buy insurance without being turned away or charged exorbitant rates for pre-existing conditions and that everyone can receive benefits that really protect them against financial or medical disaster, not illusory benefits that prove inadequate when a crisis strikes.

The end justifies the means.

Lies are simply misstatements, according to the Times. And they are used to help those who are incapable of helping themselves. Therefore, there is virtue in telling the lies.

Tyranny is liberty. And canceling someone’s insurance is helping them.

This is a classic PowerPoint presentation of relativism. Ethical relativism.

Ethical relativism is the pillar upon which public education undermines a young person's biblical worldview and builds its case to conform our children to a secular progressive worldview.

Ethical relativism is an illusion.

It is a concept that seeks to deny the existence and possibility of absolute truth while simultaneously being premised on the absolute notion that no absolute truth exists.

This contradiction is found at the very core of the concept that is moving our culture more and more toward chaos, and moral and political destruction.

Ethical relativism merely validates or justifies one's own choices, passion's and desires; but is not a credible theory of ethics or morality.

Ethical relativism makes morality the equivalent of self interest.

In his bestselling classic book, "The Closing of the American Mind," Professor Allan Bloom uses his insights gained through more than 30 years of teaching in higher education to peer into the hearts and minds of students.

He says at their core he finds students with backgrounds, experiences and opinions as diverse as America but uniform in their belief that openness and tolerance are the sole and meaningful virtues that serve our times and the beliefs of our children.

"Absolute Truth" then becomes the enemy of tolerance. And those who hold absolute truth are bigots, haters, etc.

In this intellectual and spiritual environment, "The view that truth is relative becomes acceptable to students without much scrutiny given to the proposition."

He says, "The shortsighted nature of cultural relativism easily serves to confuse and ultimately destroy the concepts of natural rights, our own God-given reason, the true ends of education and goodness itself."

Professor Bloom says it is relativism that makes all this possible.

It has been said, "When man is shut out from the Truth, he can only be dominated by what is accidental or arbitrary."

This story in the New York Times is a single illustration of how relativism works in real life---how it misleads, confuses and destroys.

How should Christian conservative parents respond? How can we effectively teach our children absolute biblical truth and values? How can we teach them biblical virtue, without merely seeming to be out of touch, uninformed and irrelevant?

I'll be talking more about this on the radio this morning, live at 9 AM PST. Please join me from anywhere in the world. Here's how

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.