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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Opus 2012-315, Religion and Culture: Sacred Cows and Golden Calves

What you believe effects what you do.  We all have heard about environment and heredity.  One wise man added our will and decisions.  Religion is also a powerful influence.  It molds us as people.  It also effects culture.  I already mentioned the sacred cows of India.  Since that time I was listening to a sermon by Alistair Begg and he mentioned the golden calves installed in the worship centers of the break-away Northern Kingdom of Israel.  I had either forgotten this or missed it totally.  Look at the reference.
(1 Kings 12:28-29 KJV)  Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.  And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
Most people when they think of the “golden calf” think of Aaron making one in the wilderness.  Moses came down from Mount Sinai, saw it, and smashed the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. 
(Exodus 32:3-4 KJV)  And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.  And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
So it would seem that the worship of cows was common in the ancient world.  It tried to make a place for itself in the worship of the Jews and succeeded in the Northern Kingdom.  Is it any wonder that the Jews of Jesus day had no place for the paganism of the Samaritans?

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