The headline is taken from John 18:38 where Pontius Pilate clearly didn’t think Jesus deserved the death penalty. He probably used one of the latin words that many people have heard, veritas. That is something we should always ask ourselves. I tried, without much success, as a teacher to train my pupils in critical thinking. I really think it’s necessary to watch, listen and read critically.
It’s been a while, but I have written about media’s somewhat creative relation to truth. There’s a lot of really bad journalism, but also quite a bit of journalism that is meant to be misleading. I have written about this several times, and the most relevant I can think of is the post A Peaceful Leader and Yellow Journalism.
I turned on the TV the other night and ended up watching the last 15 minutes of a program about the freemasons in the USA. I have seen a lot of bad journalism presented as something serious and objective, but I think this topped everything. They appeared to only interview people that were positive to this secret society, and when they mentioned conspiracy theories, it was only to riducule these. I noticed that in the last minutes of the program they had at least half a dozen statements about how the freemasons represented the light. They stressed the importance of fighting for the light and against the darkness. There was even one that compared these men to Jedis from Star Wars. They had to use the force to do something good, and make sure darkness didn’t win.
This sounds like a perversion of Christianity where everything is removed, and they don’t talk about God because it’s men doing this. There is no room for God. Evil wouldn’t be problematic if it was ugly and unable to trick people. When evil sounds attractive there is real danger, and that’s why we need critical thinking. There are also sects and organizations claiming to be Christian doing this. They are saying almost all the right words, but not quite.
I have seen something similar from Discovery Channel before when they have Christian “documentaries.” They tend to interview scholars and authors that hold the view they want to present. They also present the alien astronaut theory as serious research. Together with series like Futurescape (hosted by James Woods) and Through the Wormhole (hosted by Morgan Freeman) it seems like the focus is to move the attention away from us as God’s creation. The version we’re being fed in popular culture is that an alien race created us, and that our only hope for the future is to turn us into machines. Scientists have for example successfully uploaded new memories to mice. That’s how they see us in the future. The successful people will be those that can afford an upgrade.
One of the most fascinating developments in science in recent years is that science is talking about an intelligent designer. That had many question whether atheist scientists had to give up their attacks on Christianity. It’s interesting that these slanted “science programs” started showing up next, and I believe there is a connection.
I have no doubt that we would hear a lot of creative explanations if they were accused, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the only possible explanation has to do with who owns the major news and “science” channels. There is no doubt that there are strong forces at work trying to convince us that God is an alien (which means there is no God), and that we can create life ourselves.
I think I have shared this quote before, but I’ll do it again. There’s a lot of good stuff in The Lord of the Rings. This is from a conversation between Frodo and Ganndalf.
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging though.
Frodo may not have felt especially blessed, but I agree with Gandalf. In the midst of evil and chaos there is encouragement to find from our experiences with God, and from the fellowship of Christians.
This topic will also be relevant in my book challenge-update at the end of the month.