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, January 29, 2014

Opus 2014-27: Inspired or Recited?

Christians believe that the Bible is different from any other book.  It is “inspired.”  That means “God breathed.”  There are many questions about what than means in practice.  A few would hold for mechanical dictation.  The gamete runs from there all the way to godly men expressing what they felt.  However you understand it, if you are a follower of Christ the Bible is the source of truth.

Muslim believe that the Koran is different from any other book.  They believe it was dictated to Mohammad.  The title itself means “recitations.”  There is no doubt about the method.  The angel Gabriel appeared to Mohammad and spoke the words.  Mohammad returned home and repeated the words.  His followers wrote them down.  Muslims believe that the Koran is the source of truth.

The two books are different.  Muslims believe that the Bible has been corrupted over the years by Jews and Christians and the Koran was God setting the record straight.  Christian believe that the Koran is based on heretical understanding of the Bible.  Mohammad seems to only be familiar with the gnostic versions that had been rejected by the church.  The two are different enough that they cannot both be right. 

I have read both.  I would suggest that you read both.  See which one you think teaches truth.

homo unius libri


  1. I once read an abridged version of the Koran. It was chock-full of half-truths that would sound profound to the uneducated. There-in lies it's appeal, I believe, it's simplistic enough to appeal to the ignorant.

    1. It sounds like they did a good job of abridging because that is a good summary of the book. I has a great appeal to nomads with a warrior culture and little education. That is one reason I urge people to read it.

      Grace and peace.


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