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.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Opus 2012-139, Immortal Quotes: I Think, Therefore I Am

I believe it was Rene Decartes who penned the phrase, “I think, therefore I am.”  He was dealing with the question of existence.  How do we know that we are real or that anything around us is real.  Philosophers focus on things like this. 

How do you know you are real?  Sometimes I think that these posts begin to run my life.  “I blog, therefore I am.”  Maybe it would be more accurate, “I am, therefore I blog.”  It certainly would for some people.

What fits in your blank and where is the blank?  Is it “I _________, therefore I am,” or is it “I am, therefore I __________.”  Or is it “I _________, therefore I ___________.”  Are you a blogger?  A gunny?  A sports nut?  A political junkey, prepper, mommy or ____________?

I enjoy all of these (except being a mommy).  They tweak my interest.  They spice up my life.  But none of them answers the questions that come quietly out of the dark, like “What is your purpose in life?”  They all try desperately, but come up short.  That is one of the big questions, “What is the purpose of life?”

My father used to say to us, “Don’t sit there like a bump on a log.”  Why not?  If I am only a bump on a log, why not act like one?  What reason do you have to believe you are anything more? 

Those who follow the teachings of evolution and secular humanism don’t consider themselves bumps on a log.  They consider themselves aberrations on nature.  When they cross-train with the extreme environmentalists they see us as simians gone bad.  Most look at human beings as destroyers of the ecosystem.  People are enemies of Mother Earth, sometimes known as Gaia.  We are a cancer on the perfection of the universe.  With their philosophy the only other choice is that we are part of nature and if you really believe in natural selection then it is natural for us to kill off other species and each other.  Let the last species standing claim the trophy.

I march to a different drummer.  I believe that a personal God created all of this.  I believe He knew what He was doing.  Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean it isn’t there.   We see examples of this on a regular basis if we will look.  That is a big “if.”  A few years ago we had a major oil blow out in the Gulf.  Our elitist president used it as an excuse to shut down drilling in the ocean.  We heard about all the damage to the environment.  It is funny that we never had repeated stories about the little microbes that suddenly appeared and began eating all the excess oil.  God’s creation cleaned itself up. 

It seems that those microbes have been around for a long time.  They were designed to deal with the natural oil leaks that are squeezed out constantly in the natural condition of the ocean floor.  It seems that God knew about oil leaks when He designed the world.  Funny how that works. 

I consider myself at the top of the food chain.  That position as God describes it is to be a steward, not an exploiter.  I care for the trees, not because they are divine, but because they are my responsibility.  I care for the animals, not because they are my brothers but because God told me to do so.  Nature comes out in good condition without throwing out the place of mankind in creation.

It works for me.

I guess I could say, “He is, therefore I am.”

homo unius libri


  1. That sums it up well enough for me!

  2. Some things are simple and yet profound.

    Grace and peacce.


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