WORDS ARE WHATEVER I SAY THEY ARE
By Marsha West
June 29, 2007
Anything is possible if one has the power to change the definition of words. Take for example the word truth. Once upon a time truth had a concise meaning. Merriam-Webster's dictionary (M-WD) defines truth as "the body of true statements and propositions. Truth is the 'state of being the case.'" In other words, it's a fact. A fact is something that actually exists, or an actual occurrence. M-WD defines In truth as in accordance with facts. As Ronald Reagan used to say, "Facts are stubborn things."
In our post-modern culture a number of people have come to believe that there are no absolute truths. All truth is relative. They proclaim, 'What's true for you is not true for me" and "No one can know anything for sure." For the relativist there is no universal moral truth, only what each individual perceives as truth. We all have our own truth, so we mustn't push our views on anyone else. Even some self-professed Christians embrace the concept of moral relativism even though it's patently unbiblical. M-WD defines relativism as "A theory that knowledge is relative to the limited nature of the mind and the conditions of knowing (b) a view that ethical truths depend on the individuals and groups holding them."
"What is truth?" Pontius Pilot asked Jesus prior to sending Him to the cross. Jesus chose to remain silent, but on other occasions He addressed the truth question head-on. To the chagrin of many, Jesus stated categorically that He is the way the TRUTH and the life and those who reject Him will be excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven and spend eternity in hell. The fact that Jesus Christ claimed to be God is another subject, so I'll move on. Truthful means "telling or disposed to tell the truth." Truth defines what a person believes in. It is not abstract, like a feeling or an idea. Jesus said, "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17). He was talking about Scripture. By reading it "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).
Ask yourself this question, professed Christian: If there is no absolute truth as the moral relativists holds, why did the Apostle John say, "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17).
Liberal ideologues redefine words to help advance a religious, political, environmental, scientific or social agenda. Never mind that to do so perverts the truth. For them "The end justifies the means."
The cults are infamous for perverting historically accepted biblical terms. "Is it any wonder then," asked the late Christian apologist/polemicist Walter Martin, "that orthodox Christians feel called upon to openly denounce such perversions of clearly defined and historically accepted biblical terminology, and claim that the cults have no rights�scholastically, biblically, or linguistically�to redefine biblical terms as they do?"
Oh that more Christians would feel called upon to denounce cultists who bastardize Christianity.
Politicians are also infamous for twisting words into pretzels. Even a former president of the United States did some fancy word twisting when he thought it would get him off the hook. You may recall how Bill Clinton stunned the nation during the Monica Lewinsky probe when he said under oath, "If the--if he--if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not--that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement....Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true."
In an age of moral relativism there's no virtue in honesty. Dishonesty, duplicity and deceit have become common behavior, even for those who have been elevated to high office.
Some unscrupulous homosexuals are as sharp as a dual blade saw when it comes to perverting words. Radical "gay" activists know all to well that if they're going to achieve the acceptance they yearn for, they must manipulate words that are a stumbling block to their cause -- which is to make same-sex sex appear as normal as, well, normal heterosexual sex.
Take "sodomite" for example. Homosexuals have fought to prohibit thought on the question of whether or not sodomy is normal. Try taking the position that it's not, and you're branded a bigot, a homophobe, or you're accused of spreading hate. Our once free press is no longer free to be critical of homosexuals for fear the Lavender Police will come down on them. (Note that homosexual activists go silent when the media smears a "gay" conservative or a Christian leader.)
Before homosexuals stripped "normal" of its original definition, it meant "occurring naturally." Which begs the question: If a practice goes against nature, is it normal or abnormal?
Common sense dictates that man on man and woman on woman sex is abnormal. Quite frankly, it's perverted. And I know this is true because I looked up "perverted" in my trusty M-WD. Perverted is defined as "an aberrant sexual practice or interest especially when habitual."
If we can't trust M-WD to give accurate word definitions, we're doomed!
An honest person will have to admit that those who have a propensity for same-sex sex are, by definition, perverts. In their struggle to make homosexuality mainstream, "gays" and lesbians have had to pervert the meaning of words. To avoid hurting a homosexual person's feelings, a vast number of people who are opposed to homosexual behavior (this includes people of faith) have surrendered to perverts who pervert words! Is that preposterous, or what?
Same-sex sex is not what the Designer intended. The human body was designed for normal heterosexual sex.
"Gays" and lesbians contend that the cause of same-sex attraction is biological therefore same-sex sex is normal. In his article, "What if Homosexuality is Biological" Selwyn Duke explains their reasoning this way:
"[I]f such feelings are biologically induced, then homosexual behavior is neither sinful nor a choice. Thus, the genesis of same-sex attraction has become a locus of debate in the culture war."
In order to win the debate, "gays" and lesbians play the biological card. They argue that homosexuality is inborn therefore it's not perverted. They also play the tug on your heartstrings card. "It's not my fault I was born gay," they insist. But even if homosexuality has a basis in biology (there's no solid scientific evidence that it does) the behavior is by definition "deviant." And how do I know that? The M-WD tells me so. Deviant means, "deviating especially from an accepted norm." The homosexual lifestyle does, in fact, deviate from the accepted norm. "Gays" and lesbians rationalize their choices by claiming that since they were born that way it's normal for them.
I call this the "nature made me do it defense."
Selwyn Duke makes the case that society has fallen victim to a terrible misconception and raises this excellent point:
The movement to eliminate thought on homosexuality has failed, miserably. That's because there's an issue that cannot be swept under the rug, namely, something that's biological is not necessarily normal.
Incredible how a small group of radical "gay" activists have found a way to manipulate the public into thinking that morality should be dictated by biology. Biology my Aunt Fanny!
Homosexuality is not one of those moral dilemmas posed by new technologies, like in vitro fertilization and embryo transplantations. In verbally inspiring the Bible, God revealed absolute morality to mankind and made it clear that sodomy is immoral because it degrades the body. Romans 1:24-27 clearly states,
People shouldn't fall prey to destructive biological urges anymore than they should fall prey to vices like pornography, prostitution, or gambling � or other egregious sins such as lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, sexual immorality and so on. Benjamin Franklin rightly said, "To err is human, to repent divine, but to persist is devilish."
The reason I bring up homosexuality is not to attack "gays" and lesbians, as I will be accused of doing, but to show that liberals change vocabulary and terminology to normalize aberrant behavior. One example is the fanatical feminist fruitloops who've been pushing to change the meaning of the word "prostitute" to "sex-worker." Or try this one on for size. Pathological perverts whose primary sexual preference is for prepubescent kids prefer the term "intergenerational sex" to "pedophilia."
Getting back to the cults, Walter Martin addresses the masterful way in which the cults redefine terms:
To put it bluntly, cultists lie. M-WD defines liar this way: to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive 2: to create a false or misleading impression.
Change agents intentionally create a false impression. Let me repeat, liberal ideologues redefine words to help advance a religious, political, environmental, scientific or social agenda.
For the liberal elites (the news media, politicians, jurists, attorneys, radical homosexuals, rabid feminists, Hollywood, environmental extremists, scientists, educators, even some religious leaders) words are whatever they say they are!
Americans have been asleep at the wheel while powerful far left ideologues work--round the clock to create words in his or her own image. Before you know it we'll all be echoing "One Nation Under Liberals." But in order to accomplish their desired goal, they must first obliterate truth. Dr. Martin warned of the dangers of perverting semantics when he said,
The lethargic populace seems not to realize what the sly devils have been up to. If the populace is aware of it, they seem not to understand the dire consequences of perverting semantics. Better come out of your stupor, huddled masses, before it's too late.
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Marsha West is the Founder and Editor of the E-Mail Brigade News Report, an online news report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is a freelance writer specializing in Christian worldview. She is a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, Alainsnewsletter.com, CapitolHillCoffeeHouse.com, plus her commentaries appear in MichNews.com and bibleteacher.org.
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Solid Rock Resources. She is currently writing a series of children's
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Americans have been asleep at the wheel while powerful far left ideologues work--round the clock to create words in his or her own image. Before you know it we'll all be echoing "One Nation Under Liberals."