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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Opus 2015-33: Immanence and Transcendence

Warning:  Theology ahead.

How is the Christian view of God different from other religions?

Two of the attributes of God that are in the books of theology are immanence and transcendence.  The God of the Bible is both.

Immanence, if you spell it correctly, means being close and mingling.  Paganism that presents a pantheon of Gods tend to stress the immanence of their gods.  If you read the stories of the Greek gods you find that they are always moving around among the people of the earth.  Often they are up to mischief and looking for ways to relieve their boredom.  This is common with polytheistic religions. 

Christianity also believes that God is close and involved in our lives.  The anti-Christian crowd would also say he is up to mischief but that is not the way believers see it.  He is present on a constant way in the Holy Spirit which we believe not only is active in the world but can indwell us.

The eastern paganism that sees god as a force is into transcendence.  This refers to the belief that god is above it all.  If you think of the Force of Star Wars or the Buddhist idea of god you see no personhood involved, just a power.  Although Christians believe that God is an aware entity they also believe that He is above creation.  He is not physical.  He is not limited by time or space.  He created it all.

So in this area the God Christians worship is different, both immanent and transcendent at the same time.  Monotheism is more than a number.

homo unius libri

1 comment:

  1. Always glad to be of service to those who are avoiding certain topics.

    Grace and peace.


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