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.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Opus 2014-150: Nobody’s Perfect? Part 1 of 2

Warning!  Theology ahead.

We can be perfect and have flaws.

You may have a problem with that statement.  I can understand that.

First, for those who are Christians, let’s look at what the Bible says about being perfect.  Let’s start with the words of Jesus.
(Matthew 5:48 KJV)  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
This is a statement that is linked to Leviticus 19:2 and I Peter 1:16 which have the same structure but use the word “holy” instead of “perfect.”

When Jesus says we are to be perfect and numerous other references can be brought out to back up this simple statement, we cannot discount it with a simple, “No man can be perfect.”  If you are a pagan, atheist, or pseudo-Christian you can say that, but not if you accept the Bible as the word of God.

The problem we run into is in laying our definitions and presuppositions on the translation.  When we use the term “perfect” we assume something that even we know is not true.  For instance, a “perfect” diamond.  It may be considered “flawless.”  It may be worth a lot of money to people who pay for that kind of thing.  It is really “flawless?”  I doubt it.  Get a stronger scope.  Look closer.  Keep looking.  Somewhere, at some level, you will find a flaw.  It is still considered “flawless” and that is not considered inconsistent. 

When my firstborn child was produced he was the perfect baby to me and the perfect grandchild to my parents.  He also cried and pooped.  It is part of the package.  I stopped using the term “perfect” during diaper changes but still use it today when reminiscing.  If he was still crying and pooping we would have other words to describe it.

To be concluded...

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