The Rude Work of Philosophers & Others
A German philosopher (Hegel) wrote, "In philosophy, truth may be described in a general, one-sided way as 'the agreement of the subject-matter of thought with itself.'" *

Leaving aside the hard question of what a "thought" actually is, what does a modern philosopher say about Jesus of Nazareth who speaks of Himself thusly:  "I am the way.  I am the truth.  I am the life.  No man comes to the Father [God] except through me."

For 2000 short years those unequivocal words have been published in the Earth.  Someone, somewhere is reading them right now.  Somewhere, someone is repeating those words right out loud.  Those words are famous and to some, infamous:  "I am the man comes to the Father except through me."  

Philosophers and others have done their best to make Jesus out as another leader of "religion."  But is there anything particularly religious about the ultimate and absolute truth?  Truth needs no religion to be true. 

Philosophers and others do what everyone in this world must do:  compartmentalize and categorize the actions and elements of living.  But no matter how deep or high that work is taken, there is always more to do.  The end of exploration is never in sight.  And, human intellect and its inventions are never powerful enough to discern the complete structure of anything.  In this old world of pain and death, there are more questions than answers.  Therefore, there is no lasting peace.

Jesus of Nazareth was not speaking idly when He said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  Of all people, the Christ of God alone saw, knew, and completely understood the troubles of this old world.  He knew there would be no peace unless He guaranteed a new kind of peacemaking:   not by might or power, but by His Spirit.  

Jesus of Nazareth declared the coming of a new Heaven and a new Earth; a new life and a new way of living for those who follow Him from this old world into the new.  The headlock of humanist reason seeks to convince people that God's Christ is a "religious myth;" that His supernatural power and authority are a phantasmagoric imagination of human desire.

Philosophers and others do their best to shunt the Christ-truth over onto the siding where all the "religion" is parked.  The malarkey of worldly "religion" now flies under the colorful pennants of "multiculturalism, diversity, and political correctness."

It is quite true that no person on Earth has any right (let alone the power) to actually activate a sincere belief-or-hope-of-anything in another person.  Persuasive arguments are allowable.  But in the end, everybody is responsible for making up their own mind.  Wars fought over "religion" change boundaries, cultures, politics, and economics.  But do bloody crusades and holy wars actually change people?  Hardly, if at all.

Philosophers and others are free as birds to call whatever they like "the truth."  Their reasoning and argument may gain a few converts in time.  But it is an irrefutable fact that time ends for everything in this old world.  When time ends, so do the highfalutin vanities of humanist religion and philosophy.  There are no atheists in graves or foxholes.

*LogicPart One of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences (abridged)
By G. W. F. Hegel (1830)Translated by William Wallace

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