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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Opus 2013-167: Anticipate the Sugar Smacks

I was again thinking about eternal life and the resurrection.  Most of the ideas we have are more imagination than they are accurate.  For instance, the idea of heaven.  We will not be floating around on clouds playing harps.  That is a cartoon creation not a Biblical revelation.  True there are times when it mentions joining the angels in singing praise to God but there are other pictures too.

Eternal life will center on the new Earth and the New Jerusalem.  On the new Earth we have pictures of lions and lambs together in peace.  In the city we have jewels and gold that no one will try to steal.  These are snapshots not final statements. 

It is very hard to understand these projections.  God is trying to give us a flavor, a nuance, a taste of the glory that is to come.  How do you describe eternal?  How long does it take to count the infinite?  At this stage in our existence we cannot begin to understand.  We are not capable.  Get this down, if we were able to comprehend what it will be like it would not be from God.  If it won’t be better than we can understand then it probably would not be divine.  Not only will our bodies be changed at the resurrection but our minds will be expanded.
(1 Corinthians 15:52 KJV)  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Since we live in corrupted bodies with corrupted minds we cannot understand what it means to be uncorrupted.  Accept it.  Glory in it.

Think of an infant eating Cheerios and having the time of his life.  He chases them around the tray in front of him.  He watches them fall to the floor.  He sees how far he can throw them.  Eventually he puts one in him mouth and has a revelation.  His world has expanded.  He discovers there is something beyond pureed apple sauce and milk.  He never knew.

That is just the beginning.  He doesn’t even think about Sugar Smacks being in the future and has no comprehension of what that will be like.  Once he has tasted the Smacks there is no going back.  Of course with maturity I can now enjoy Cheerios again but that is after steak, Stroganoff, pizza, tacos and countless other things I could not imagine.  What is waiting down the road in all the ethnic restaurants opening down the road?

Eternal life will be like that.  There is no way we can beginning to comprehend it except with what we know like gold and jewels. 

It will be much better than that or it will be boring and believe me, eternity will not be boring.  Just think of all the computer games that an eternal, omnipotent, all knowing God could come up with.

homo unius libri


  1. I've always suspected, too, that heaven will not contain LITERAL streets of gold and jasper walls, but that God was simply using terms of value and wealth that most poor people of the day could understand, even if they never had those things.

    1. If you think about it, gold's value is in its scarcity. If there is enough to pave streets, then where is the value. It is still beautiful I guess.

      Grace and peace.


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