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 17, 2014

Opus 2014-237: Principles Versus Rules

“People who want to ignore the principles can focus on the rules.”

I don’t know if I heard that, word for word, or came up with it myself.  It is true either way. 

Principles require mental engagement.  Life is not simple.  Conditions change.  Serendipity is more than just a word from the 60's.  “Drive safely” is a principle.  “Speed limit of 55" is a rule.  It is possible that in the rain and wind that 55 is not safe.  The legalist will insist on driving 55 plus the 5 mph grace.  The engaged driver will slow down.

We find this in politics.  We find it in business.  We find it in the church.

Take for instance the ban on murder.  If you are quoting the King James Bible, like people tend to do even when they don’t know it, it comes out like this.
(Exodus 20:13 KJV)  Thou shalt not kill.
That sounds like a simple rule.  The problem is that it would outlaw all war, capital punishment, self defense, and in extreme applications, a good steak.  For you that might not be a problem.  It is still not accurate.

Engage your mind.  Does that make sense?  Now dig a little deeper.  What the modern translations say is different.
(Exodus 20:13 NAS77)  "You shall not murder.
Now we scratch our head and say, “That is a horse of another color.”  In the Hebrew definition of this word it uses words like premeditated, murder and assassinate.

The law, the Bible in which many of our legal principles originate, and common sense have their rules but they are to be understood by the principles under them.

It is hard to be a thinking citizen.  It is hard to be a real follower of Christ.  It is easy to be a robot.

Happy thinking.

homo unius libri

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