You Do Not Have the Right to Not Be Offended

Hope's Reason

This post is aimed both at Christians and non-Christians.

People today seem to think that they have the right not to be offended. Not only that, they expect the government to enforce their right. Unfortunately, at least for certain groups, the government complies.

Why should anyone have the right to not be offended? How does that help to create a healthy society? It only creates a whiney society.

Since I am a Christian, I will start with Christians. Christians get upset easily and are often offended. There are movies and books and TV series that we do not like. In the past we have called for censorship, protests and boycotts. We need to remember that this is not a Christian society. Non-Christians can read and watch whatever they want, even if it is offensive to us. If you do not like it, keep away from it and teach your children…

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J. P. Moreland explains the meaning of happiness in the Christian worldview

An excellent synopsis of how we pleasure seeking is inferior to a life well lived.


From happiness expert and Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland.


According to ancient thought, happiness is a life well lived, a life that manifests wisdom, kindness and goodness. For the ancients, the happy life — the life we should dream about — is a life of virtue and character. Not only did Plato, Aristotle, the Church Fathers and medieval theologians embrace this definition, but Moses, Solomon and (most importantly) Jesus did, too. Sadly their understanding is widely displaced by the contemporary understanding of happiness defined as pleasure and satisfaction, a subjective emotional state associated with fleeting, egocentric feelings.

Consider the differences:

Contemporary Understanding Classical Understanding
Happiness is: Happiness is:
1. Pleasure and satisfaction 1. Virtue and character
2. An intense feeling 2. A settled tone
3. Dependent on external circumstances 3. Depends on internal state; springs from within
4. Transitory and fleeting 4. Fixed and stable
5. Addictive and enslaving

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