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【事事關心】從紐西蘭談到歐洲

 

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"12 Rules for Life" 一書作者 Jordan Peterson

 

早兩個月,紐西蘭發生發生恐怖屠殺事件,當中有 50 名伊斯蘭信徒(穆斯林) 在  Christchurch 一間清真寺內被殺。該國政府為了減少社會後遺症,不在政府所公佈的文件中提及該槍手的名稱。該國最大的書店 Whitcoulls 則禁止一些它認為鼓吹極端主義的報刊和書本在其店內出售,當中包括加拿大一位大學教授所寫的書 "12 Rules for Life"﹐作者 Jordan Peterson 這兩年因為公開反對強迫使用所謂性別中立的代名詞而聞名於世,他的書和公開表態其實代表了任何社會需要捍衛的公眾言論自由,這自由也是在現今西方國家 (包括加拿大) 越來越被剝削的,是值得你和我深切關注的事。

關於這議題,80 多年前的德國歷史值得拿來借鏡,警惕現今西方國家的人民。

1933 年,希特勒領導的納粹黨逐步邁向極權的 "佳境",其手法是對信息傳播的徹底控制。那時沒有互聯網和電視, 但政府對既有的新聞傳播的渠道已滲透到國家的每一個層面:報刊、演講、集會、以及公立學校和大學。與此同時,政府宣傳部天天發佈其 "政治正確" 的新聞, 那些公開拒絕納粹謊言的人,就被謀殺或被送到集中營,大多數想離開德國的人也不能如願。秘密警察如果懷疑你,可以隨時去敲你的門,他們把罪犯拖到公眾地方處決, 故意讓鄰居看到恐怖的場面,產生殺雞警猴的效果。孩子們也被政府敦促要報告父母的反政府的私人談話,引致這些父母遭到酷刑甚至謀殺。那是人類歷史上非常可怕的事實。

獨裁統治最可恨的手段之一是對公立學校的完全統治,剝奪父母對子女的教育權利,所有學校都成為納粹宣傳的培訓中心。希特勒曾經這樣說: "你的孩子已經屬於我們了, 你是什麼並不重要,重要的是, 你的後代已站在新的陣營,不久的將來,他們除此之外什麼也不會知道。"

美國著名的基督徒領袖、Focus on the Family 的創辦人 Dr. James Dobson 曾經這樣說過:"歷史是會重演的"。幾十年來,美國和其他西方國家失去上帝賦予的將我們定義為一個自由民族的權利。我們還沒有經歷像納粹一樣的暴政,但我們不斷被引導按照所謂的 "政治正確" 的方式思考、說話、寫作和行動。主流媒體已成為影響選舉和傳播這 "政治正確" 體系的工具。

制止這局面的一個主要方法是基督徒積極參與選舉和履行公民責任:投票。不幸的是,大多數基督徒都懶得投票。Dr. Dobson 為這些從來不投票的人感到羞恥,因為這樣的心態距離暴政只有一代,甚至只差一兩次選舉而已。

自從 2017 年底,歐盟議會透過 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC,權利平等和公民計劃)分發小冊子給大眾傳媒,"引導" 他們對難民和穆斯林移民問題的報導:"留意不要將穆斯林或伊斯蘭與一些事件聯繫起來......﹐不要凸顯恐怖分子所說那句 '真主偉大'......不要高調談論穆斯林社區的分化......"

再者,借用打擊假新聞,歐盟更於 2018 年聘請了 39 位專家監管這事情(High Level Group on Fake News)。 然而,這些專家都必須有 "政治正確" 的立場和背景,所以都是那些左傾傳媒機構的背景人士。在沒有右翼人士去平衡這監管事情,勢必形成那些保守觀念人士受到壓制,他們在公眾領域的言論自由肯定經常受到制裁。

法國總統馬克隆正在建議立法,給予政府緊急權力,禁止大選期間他們認為的假新聞,不單刪除那些網上訊息,而且可以取締那些網站機構。若能成事,這不單違反歐盟人權憲法第 10 項,也不公平地使執政黨有恃無恐地隨意封殺其他對手的競選宣傳!固然,這也是言論自由的一大步倒退。

加拿大國會於 2017 年 6 月通過了一項法案成為法律 "變性權利法案", 對性別認同和表達、性取向、婚姻狀況等方面使用不適當代名詞的人判決監禁和罰款。在加拿大《刑法》中﹐違反這一法案被視為仇恨犯罪。它的通過被總理杜魯多稱讚為走向平等的又一步。筆者卻認為這是向邁向暴政的一步。

基督徒應該重視這樣的局勢發展,言論自由的喪失,將會導致宗教組織的壓制和甚至信仰的傳播。信徒必須經常在禱告中記念。讓聖經中智慧之言幫助我們了解現今的國家大事: "君王若聽謊言﹐他一切臣僕都是奸惡。"(箴言29:12)

現今的領袖(如古代的君王)﹐若只喜歡聽假話,他們不會聽到忠誠的勸解和事情的真相,因為在他們身邊只會有奸惡的人。

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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