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, August 28, 2013

Opus 2013-282: Basic Beliefs: The Resurrection of Jesus, revisited

Some diluted versions of the Christian faith are totally acceptable to the world at large.  If you just stick to the second half of the Ten Commandments, rename it the Six Commandments, you are good to go.  Much of what Jesus taught is not offensive to people of good will.  Most of what Jesus taught was simply a repeat of the Old Testament and healthy rules of living that would have been approved by Dr. Phil as well as your local porn star.

What stops them cold are what the Bible teaches about His death and resurrection.  That they cannot abide because that goes along with the first four commandments and the full teaching of the Old Testament.  God is supreme.  Man is created.  We are to live in obedience according to His rules. 

With Jesus we add the resurrection.  I wrote about this before, but some things cannot be repeated often enough.  You can see a fuller discussion at Opus 211-325

It is the key difference between moral teaching and hope for eternity.  Living well is a benefit but it will not drive away the specter of death.  The resurrection is the center.  It is the center of the problem and the center of the solution.  It is not turning the other cheek, justice or anything else.  The problem of the world is with the resurrection of Jesus.  That is offered by the Bible as the key.  It is offered by the true church.

And it is offered to you.

The cross and the shed blood offer forgiveness of sins.  The empty tomb offers the hope of eternal life. 

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