Showing posts from October, 2017

What is the Left?

I am not interested in politics except as something seen in the light of spiritual truth.  A proper understanding of metaphysics would render most political matters irrelevant in that the way to live would become obvious. But increasingly nowadays politics is used as a weapon against spiritual truth and that is why I must ask, what is the left? Is it merely a political point of view revolving around equality for all which believes in taking power from individuals and giving it to the State for the theoretical benefit of society as a whole, one that is espoused by the more intelligent amongst us as statistics appear to show, or is it, at root, something rather different?
Let's get this idea that the more intelligent a person is, the more likely he or she is to adopt a leftish perspective out of the way first. This may be true up to a point but that's largely because the training of the mind in the modern world is heavily slanted towards atheism and scientific materialism. That i…

A Meditation on Christmas

It has become almost an annual tradition to complain of the commercialisation of Christmas, and I am not going to do that here. After all what’s the point? We have gone so far down that particular road there can be no turning back. But Christmas has not only been commercialised. It has been thoroughly trivialised too with every year bringing a further reduction of the sense of what its meaning really is, to the extent that the Christian aspect is now almost an embarrassment. We are happy to talk about a generalised peace and goodwill to all men but only in a rather bland, humanist context. Reindeer and elves? Fine. The birth of Jesus? Not so good. It might be divisive. Even many religious leaders appear to have succumbed to this watering down of the Christmas message, so much are they a product of their times, seemingly unable to stand back from the relentless flow of materialistic assumptions which increasingly frame all our discourse, our language and what passes for our philosophy.

Christianity and Salvation

I've been thinking about the idea that anyone who believes in God and accepts Christ as his or her saviour goes to heaven. Is this really the case? Does it not matter how you believe and the depth of your belief and the extent to which you apply that belief to your life? Does it not matter how much you reflect the reality of Christ in your own being? It surely must do or else why bother to be a saint? Why not just believe in your outer mind and carry on as normal, not overtly sinning but not really doing anything very differently to anyone else either? That, of course, is precisely what many professed religious people actually do but it's nowhere near good enough, and on a certain level is actually hypocritical. For if spiritual belief does not translate into radical restructuring of the self it's insipid and can hardly be called belief in the religious sense. After all, to believe God, if it's to mean anything, obviously requires a different sort of belief to believin…