Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dunedin protest against the GCSB and TICS bills

Dunedin protest against the Government Communications Security Bureau and Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) bills being pushed through parliament.
Photos by Paul S Allen – TheWaterside

Dunedin protest against the GCSB + TICS bills

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Dunedin protest against the GCSB + TICS bills
Dunedin protest against the GCSB + TICS bills
Photos by Paul S Allen – TheWaterside

Paul S Allen Flickr photostream

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Faith and Thinking.

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This is one for those with a religious or faith-based background.

I have often heard religious people say “god told me to do…” and worse are the religious leaders who say “god told me YOU should do…” and expect unquestioned and total compliance.

I have seen this in practice in some churches, it is not healthy or desirable. I would go as far in saying that if you see a religious or church leader/pastor behaving like this, leave that organisation or at least investigate the true motivations of such a person.

I am a man of faith, but I have an issue with “god told me to” or “god has told YOU to…” statements. I think they’re dangerous and an excuse to do your own thing regardless of how irrational it is.

A friend once said “God has given you a brain so use it”, I agree with this statement. We have all been given the ability to freely think through things and come up with rational or logical decisions. Whether we choose to do that is a another question.

Do I believe that God is concerned with our daily lives? Yes.

Can God interact with us? Yes

Have we been given the ability to think and make decisions for ourselves? Yes.

Should we have to give up/surrender free will or logic or critical thinking just because someone tells you (or you tell yourself) “god says so”? NO.

It was not that long ago when people who said they heard the voice of god were institutionalised.

Recently, someone made a great statement “blind faith equals stupidity” and I agree entirely.

It is a dangerous situation when people in positions of authority make absolute statements like “God said…” and that people will follow blindly without thinking for themselves.

Being a person of faith does not mean that you should become someone who cannot think for yourself.

Questioning is not wrong – but some will be threatened by it.

Doubt can be a good thing – it can lead you on a journey of discovery.

Thinking is to be encouraged – it will help you grow in understanding.

If you disagree with something, investigate it, hunt for the truth (whatever that is). Don’t just take someone else’s interpretation, misunderstanding or manipulative personal agenda as truth absolute.

Faith is a choice, make your choice an investigated one.

Paul S Allen

South Dunedin Community Expo

Here are photographs from the South Dunedin Community Expo held Saturday, 6 July 2013.

This event was organised by the South Dunedin Voice group.

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South Dunedin Community Expo, a set on Flickr. Photos by Paul S Allen.

South Dunedin Community Expo

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