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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Opus 2014-246: Homework and salvation

I am constantly amazed at how I share things and people don’t hear.  A student asked what kind of books for a book report.  I waited and eventually another student piped up and answered correctly.  I turned around and asked, “How did you know that?”  She said, “I was listening.”  In all classes I have two types of students.  One type will keep asking how and what to do no matter how many times I explain it.  The other type will be halfway done by that time.  Within a few days I can tell which type of student most will be.  You could call it foreknowledge on my part but it is foreknowledge based on observing how they behave. 

Does God know ahead of time who will be saved?  If I can figure out how students will do with a fair degree of accuracy, God, with perfect knowledge, would obviously be able to do even better.  Is this predestination?  Maybe.  Is it free will?  Maybe. 

I don’t plan to take a chance on it.  Remember Pascal’s gamble.  If you bet on God being who the Bible claims He is and you are wrong you lose nothing.  If you bet on no God and you are wrong you gain nothing. 

Place your bets.  And don’t forget to hand in your homework.

homo unius libri

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