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Putting A Trigger Warning On Truth

Truth Cultural Trends Censorship

Source: "Wokery beyond parody because university slaps a TRIGGER warning on George Orwell's 1984 as it contains 'explicit material' which some students may find 'offensive and upsetting'" by Chris Hastings, DAILYMAIL.COM, January 22, 2022

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-03-21

Scripture: Romans 1:8

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In a flagrantly glaring display of irony, the UK’s University of Northampton is taking censorship and wokeness to caricaturish new levels by slapping a trigger warning on none other than George Orwell’s classic, dystopian novel, 1984, seeking to spare sensitive students from unwitting exposure to “explicit material.” 

Said “explicit material” is the story of a dystopian future world controlled by thought police, where language is redefined, former events and people are “memory holed,” and history is rewritten to suit the narrative of the ever watchful Big Brother. Truth is no longer objective. In fact, truth (or what used to be recognized as truth) is Public Enemy Number One, and must be hidden from the masses at all costs. 

It is to this novel that this bastion of re-education education has slapped its stamp of censorship -- woke culture’s most prolifically used mark of impending danger – the trigger warning.

This is nothing short of dystopian life, imitating dystopian art, imitating dystopian life. So close to current events have the themes of this sci-fi classic come, that putting a trigger warning on it is like putting a trigger warning on a mirror. Don’t look! You might see reality!

In response to criticism, a spokesman for the university said:

“While it is not university policy, we may warn students of content in relation to violence, sexual violence, domestic abuse and suicide. In these circumstances, we explain to applicants as part of the recruitment process that their course will include some challenging texts. This is reinforced by tutors as they progress through their programme of studies. We are aware some texts might be challenging for some students and have accounted for this when developing our courses.”

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Oh, so it’s the violence and sexuality inherent in the story line from which they want to protect these young adults. Really? Even as institutions of education here in the US and around the world want to teach Kindergarteners about gender preferences, while promoting pornography to middle and high schoolers through libraries and reading lists? 

What are they really trying to shield these young people from? Is the trigger warning actually for the protection of the delicate, fragile sensibilities of the students? Or is it for the protection of the elites and mavens of indoctrination who fear their subjects students might actually be confronted with reality, and rather than cower under the weight of it, embrace it?

Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Source: NPR

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Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp
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Studies have shown that if you blindfold a man and ask him to walk in a straight line, he will start out well but will soon begin to turn one way or another, looping around in ever tightening circles. It is a phenomenon that has been demonstrated over and over again: without a fixed reference point we cannot keep a straight line.

The strange thing is that it feels like we're walking in a straight line. But we begin to loop and curve erratically – without ever knowing it. We need a fixed point to walk a straight line.

Robert Kulwich, for NPR, observes, "Without a corrective, our insides take over and there's something inside us that won't stay straight."

[Studies of this phenomenon appear in Chris McManus' book, Right Hand, Left Hand, The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures (Phoenix, 2002).]

APPLICATION

God’s word is that fixed point for our souls. Its truths are fixed – “forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89). Thus, it gives us a safe and accurate reference point for our lives.

A person who rejects God’s word as the source of truth may feel like they’re on the right road – they’re going straight – but inevitably they go astray. The Bible says there is a way that seems right to a man (think they’re going straight) but the end thereof is death (Proverbs 14:12). 

Amazingly, Jesus didn’t point people to the fixed point, he claimed to be the fixed point. Jesus didn’t say “I know the truth” or “I can point you to the truth”, he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6)– He is the sun by which we navigate our lives, the star by which we guide our path. He is our fixed point. 

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2, BSB). 

Do Bunnies Lay Eggs?

Easter Truth Apologetics

Source: “'Do bunnies lay eggs?': A surprising number of people don't know,” Womans Day, Taysha Murtaugh, Lifestyle Editor, Mar 27, 2018.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:4

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Taysha Murtaugh, with ABC's Woman's Day, writes: 

According to Google AdWords, the phrases Do bunnies lay eggs and Do rabbits lay eggs each receive between 1,000 and 10,000 average monthly searches. That's a pretty big number, which leads us to believe that people sincerely do not know.

... Allow us to clear this up: No, bunnies do not lay eggs. As placental mammals, rabbits develop embryos inside a uterus and, after a pregnancy lasting about 31 to 33 days, give birth to a litter of often 12 or more bunnies.

If you found your way to this article by searching that very question, don't feel too bad. There's probably a reason for your confusion, and that's Easter. The Christian holiday, of course, has two very famous symbols, bunnies and eggs, with the former delivering the latter.

So why is there an Easter bunny when rabbits do not lay eggs? The idea actually comes from a pagan celebration of spring, which was eventually linked to the religious holiday. According to the legend, following a long winter, the goddess of spring, Eastre, turned a frozen bird into a snow hare that could lay colorful eggs. 

APPLICATION

When it comes to religion, there’s a lot of contradictory information out there.  Besides the confusion over whether bunnies lay eggs, there’s another popular myth that needs to be debunked.  It's the one that suggests that all religions are essentially the same. 

This is where the Easter story really helps to clear things up.  The resurrection, and the hope that it provides of victory over sin and death place Christianity in a class all by itself. Only Christianity offers a resurrected, victorious Jesus who came to die for our sins.  Only Christianity offers a Savior who rose again.  Only Christianity offers proof positive of life beyond the grave. 

Easter teaches us the uniqueness of the Christian message. So don’t lay an egg when it comes to the Easter story.  Know the myth from the reality.  

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). 

The Half-Life Of Facts

Truth Cultural Trends Gospel

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ; Matthew 5:18

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Give The Customer What They Want

Truth Blessings/Blessedness Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Terry Shea / Illustration Exchange
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If Christianity Is True, Why Do Christians Behave So Badly?

Apologetics Hypocrisy Truth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Joel Furches
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Hey, You Walk Funny!

Truth Love (Tough Love) Friendship

Contributed By: Brad Shockley | Date Posted: 2016-02-24

Scripture: Proverbs 27:6

Author: Brad Shockley
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Seek But Don't Find

Seeker Truth Cynicism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Matthew 7:7

Author: Andre Gide / Illustration Exchange
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Balancing The Truth with The Spirit

Word of God Truth Spirituality

Contributed By: Jimmy Kiker | Date Posted: 2015-08-19

Scripture: John 4:24 ; 1 Corinthians 2:14

Author: W. Graham Scroggie / Jimmy Kiker
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Ambiguous Wedding Dress Color Causes Internet Stir

Truth Relativism Worldliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-16

Scripture: Judges 17:6 ; Proverbs 12:15

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