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, September 4, 2013

Opus 2013-288: Book Review: Dan Brown Wannabe, Part 3 of 3

Sandwiched in between a major plot decision of honor and romance the author introduces the attacks on Christianity.  Through the entire book they have been wanting to recover this new scripture so they could sell it to the church and get rich.  Imagine how valuable a new scripture would have been.  When the manuscript is unearthed they only had time to read a few pages before the Muslim’s took the book from them.  Because of those few pages they conclude that the “gospel” would not have been of any real value.  Here is part of the dialogue.
    “Vallon stared at him.  ‘You told me that it’s one of the most important books ever written.’
    “‘Important for the wrong reason.  If someone did buy it, they would do so only to suppress it.  Destroy it.’
    “‘Suppress the testament of one of the apostles?  Destroy a piece of the Bible?’
    “‘The Bible is the word of God, but the Church decides what words it wants to world to hear.’” page 649
You see the mixture of pseudo-respect for the Bible and contempt for the church.  Ask yourself, who would be best positioned to decide what the Bible says, people who have dedicated their lives to truth or authors who want to jump on the Di Vinci Code Express?

He then proceeds with a revelation. 
    “‘That’s not the only way in which it differs from the Biblical accounts.  Thomas calls Jesus “the Son of Man” rather than the “Son of God.”  That’s an important distinction, one that challenges the belief that Jesus was truly divine.’” page 650
That sounds powerful but it is a total lie that shows he was using talking points instead of doing simple research.  The Gospel of Matthew uses “son of man” 30 times, Mark 14, Luke 26 and John11.  It is Jesus’ way of describing Himself.  Some cover up.  It is a very common phrase used in the OT and I have heard real scholars explain how it was used to reflect the usage by Daniel and is a sign of prophecy backing up the claims of divinity.

I could go on but if you are still with me, I have made my point.  If you like a good adventure, read up to page 644 then skip ahead to 654 and finish the book.  You won’t miss anything but heresy and hating.  If you enjoy put downs of Christianity make sure you only quote him to people who know as little about the Bible as you do.

Lyndon, Robert.  Hawk Quest.  New York:  Redhook, 2013.

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