Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Opus 2011-158, Immortal Quotes: Two Mistakes about Devils

I am beginning to work through The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis so you may hear a lot of Lewis quotes for awhile.  This one is fairly well know and comes from the Introduction of the book,
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils.  One is to disbelieve in their existence.  The other is to believe, and feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.  They themselves are equally pleased by both errors,...”  p. ix
It seems to me that I read this somewhere else in his writings also, but this book starts out with it.  For a long time I tended to be in the first group.  Not because I don’t believe the devil exists, because I do.  I just put him in a category with eschatology and such.  Give me meat and potatoes.  Let me study Isaiah and Paul. 

Find a balance.  Also admit that the devil gets a lot of credit for things that people in the control of their sinful nature execute on their own steam.  Either way the antidote is Jesus.

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