Amy Barrett, the nominee for the supreme court justice, has been quizzed and will continue to be challenged on how her faith informs her judgments on the bench. Her answer recently boils down to all jurists, regardless of their theism, have a world view that tends to bias in any decision. In other words, no matter what your world view is, a persons subjective belief system, and everybody has a belief system (another word for world view) informs or causes bias in decision making. My way stating this is that whatever your belief system, whatever your world view is, this is your religion. Religion can be atheist just as much as theist. All jurists have biases. She went on to state that all jurists must take their world view (religion) into account when making decisions on the bench.
I have stated that I desire to tell the truth according to the commandment: DO not bear false witness. Since I have dedicated myself to this command, I decided to express to you, the reader the most impactful aspect of my life. Pretty much everything goes through my world view that is highly influenced by my understanding of what the Bible says. I believe that there is a creator God who has spoken his message to man through the inspired word, called the Bible. I have spent most of my life reading and studying this Book, called the Bible. I am also involved in Sierra Community Church quite extensively in some people's mind. Yes, I darken the doors of different Church functions approximately 4 times a week. I enjoy personal Bible studies. I am presently to some degree studying Proverbs, the gospel of John and First Peter. Some would say I am classically trained in the "historical grammatical" method of interpretation (due to my Seminary training) . It means that I hold historical settings of the writings in high regard (primarily as found in the context) and the language very important. For me, there is something very fulfilling and captivating about trying to understand what the message God is trying to convey by a scripture passage. I will sometimes spend hours in this pursuit. This is not hard for me. It is a joy!
How does this inform my outlook concerning running for City Council and society in general? It effects it greatly! For instance, the Book of Proverbs, is a unique book because it predominantly looks at humanity as being part of two spheres. Not the usual God's elect and those not elected. Although God is in the mix of the verses, it characterizes humanity as being "wise" and "fools". It defines the wise as learning from others and discerning, looking for truth in observation and realizing that there are outcomes that seem to defy logic and other outcomes are very logical. The fool is the exact opposite and refuses to believe some acts are destructive or evil. Some behaviors that exemplify the fool is selfishness, sloth, mocker, a know it all, makes truth what ever he wants, does not listen to the wise and refuses to accept obvious truth. And as usual, Proverbs speaks to and about the heart of the individual and gives characteristics that from a persons behavior, tells us who the person is, a fool or wise. Can I consider a person a fool and still respect them? might be a question asked by some. The answer is yes because the root of the command, "Thou shalt not murder." is based on the fact that God has created every human being and in His image he created them (each human). With this in mind, I have discussed with the atheist where they get their basis for the dignity of man or the basis to treat others with respect. The answer is either a sense of "feeling", which is not very persuasive since the basis of feelings are subjective, or the thinker goes silent (or evasive) as they realize they don't have any firm reason based on a process of chance being. I believe that this (being made in God's image) is what gives me strength to respect another individual even when I don't think they are being truthful (often to themselves) and may fall into the category of being the Proverbial fool. No I do not meet people and ever ask immediately what category they fall into! Those of our world that believe we are no more than a chance animal, logically exhibit power struggles and interpret behavior as no more than "survival of the fittest"! Many logical philosophers, such as Bertrand Russel, have come to the conclusion that there is no meaning to life, there is no ethics, and there is no morality! This line of thinking is paramount in our educational systems that give rise to such concepts as: make (or choose) your own reality, truth is what you want to make it to be, we can make a behavior of our own choosing and call it moral, ethical or not. And how about the misconception that morality is nothing more than a "construct"! This is the belief that states, some kind of consensus of the herd in the distant past created a social rule or paradigm. However, no one has any proof that this consensus activity ever took place concerning a particular social belief. It is a fertile mind that has conjured up the story, that before written history, a tribe made or created a social rule. The world's view that states man is the highest form of intelligence known on the earth, leads to the logical conclusion that man is the sole originator of moral law. This leads to the story being accepted as truth, therefore quite readily by possibly a majority of our society. In history man made a decision regarding behavior (like heterosexual marriage) and therefore it is a human "construct" that man has sole power to now decide differently. Under this world view, man is free to choose to make moral law on any subject at any time. This can only be true if man is the highest intelligent being on his earth.
We will start off with a no brainer: "The sluggard who does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing." Obviously, this concerns a winter crop. It illustrates what is called "natural consequences" in the vernacular of social work of our day.
Here is a bit harder proverb that one may not choose to like: "It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling." The term "fool" gives some people a feeling of consternation. The author seems to be completely at ease with this term but many are not, because it may have negative feelings to believe that we may be a fool or our best friends may be fools. This is the way proverbs speaks to a searching of one's soul.
Last one for the road: "It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice."
to be continued.