Freedom, Truth, and Beauty

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The first article
The Dictatorship of Relativis

Idea of the article: The article is discussing about whether men can understand truth or change the truth in order to fit their moral standards. The article claims that people use their freedoms to change the unchangeable truths; moreover, when regarding to faith and religion, men ignore the truthful teaching of the church, and they try to rewrite Jesus's divine words in order to fit their own needs. The article pleases us to follow the real truth of the world, so we can accept the teaching of Church; if we do so, we will be given the true freedom and we will be united with God.

Quote: "The truth comes to rule, not through violence, but rather through its own power; this is the central theme of John's Gospel: When brought before Pilate, Jesus professes that he himself is The Truth and the witness to the truth. He does not defend the truth with legions but rather makes it visible through his Passion and thereby also implements it."

Reflection: All the pious believers would say that Jesus and his holy Church know the truth about the world and humanity, and they would all agree that Jesus's teaching is truly right and just. However, a human can't fully understand God's divine teaching without his help, and that is why many people try to change the truth to fit their own needs or even spreading false teaching about God. I believe that Truth is powerful, and if the truth is truly right and just, people would believe it without the need of prove. God gives us freedom is because he loves us and he trusts us, so as the children of God, people should never change God's words and teachings. The only way that we can experience the true freedom of life is trough putting our faith in God.

The Second Article

Ideas: Personally, I think that this article is the moral guide for us. The article not only explains the value of truth, but also teaches us how to be honest and faithful to other people. Jesus Christ is the representative of truth, and he teaches us that being honest is a valuable characteristic to all people. The article states all sorts offensive be behavior toward truth, and it also asks us to respect truth and be honest.

Quote: "The practice of goodness is accompanied by spontaneous spiritual joy and moral beauty. Likewise, truth carries with it the joy and splendor of spiritual beauty. Truth is beautiful in itself. Truth in words, the rational expression of the knowledge of created and uncreated reality, is necessary to man, who is endowed with intellect. But truth can also find other complementary forms of human expression, above all when it is a matter of evoking what is beyond words: the depths of the human heart, the exaltations of the soul, the mystery of God. Even before revealing himself to man in words of truth, God reveals himself to him through the universal language of creation, the work of his Word, of his wisdom: the order and harmony of the cosmos-which both the child and the scientist discover-"from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator," "for the author of beauty created them."

Reflection: I find that this quote is really touching and heart-worming. The quote states the benefits that people can get from being honest and telling the truth; I agree with the quote that telling the truth not only can help other people, but also can heal our souls. Being honest provides a joyful feeling to our hearts, and such feeling can improve our moral standards, so we can move toward the perfection that God intends for his creations to become eventually. I also think that truth is powerful, so only by being faithful and honest to ourselves, we can understand God's teaching completely in our hearts.

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