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.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Opus 2014-68: The Fullness of Time

In a sermon I listened to a few years ago Alistair Begg asked the question, “Why didn’t Jesus come now?”  He was commenting on how it would be easier to spread the gospel with all the modern communication technology. 

There is a problem with that question.  It assumes that we would have all the modern communication technology is Jesus had not come.  I don’t think so.

Much of what we have today is based on a culture that was produced by the followers of Christ, not Mohammad, etc.  The scientific method that is at the root of our technical advances depends on the Christian view of God.  It would not be possible in Islam as it developed.  It never developed in the pagan world.  It is based on a world created by an immutable God not on the superstitions of the non-Christian world. 

Also found in Christianity are the ideas about the worth of the individual that led to the crumbling of belief in the divine right of kings and the God-given superiority of class.  Without the modern philosophies and sense of self worth stirred by Christ we would not have the modern advances.  Things would not have gotten much better.

So if Jesus had not come when He did we might still be riding horses and dying of simple infections.  Electricity would be worshiped instead of harnessed.  Children would be sacrificed instead of...oh, well, you can’t win them all.

There is still a lot of work to do.

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