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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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Opus 2015-403: Salt or Tofu

It sounds like the same title but it isn’t. 

Let me say that I think all Americans are going to need to make a choice soon.  We are going to be forced to pick Jesus or jihad.  There will be no middle ground.

You see it happening in Europe now.  Years ago Europe in its so called Enlightenment citadel looked down its nose at the teaching of Christianity.  They figured that the thinking of the humanist philosophers had moved beyond superstition and ignorance and they were now the cherry on the top of the pie.  How is that working for them now?

Blase Pascal in Pensee said when talking about this kind of thing,
“But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.” Kindle location Highlight Loc. 2150-51, from Project Gutenberg text.
People are going to try to fill that “abyss” with something.  That is part of the reason why otherwise rational people saturate themselves with video games, drugs, alcohol and perversions.  They are looking for something that will take away their awareness of being empty inside. 

That is the part of jihad and suicide bombers that the secular world will never understand.  They want to think that these people are aberrations so they come up with terms like “fanatical” and  “extremist” to describe what is simply genuine application of Islam as taught in the Koran.  That book endorses deceit, rape, pillage and murder against people who are not “true” believers.  I urge you to read the book.  Don’t take selected passages as proving anything.

The emptiness of European hearts will not stand against the fire of Islam.  The question I am asking is “Will American hearts stand against Islam if they are also empty?”  The answer is “No.”  We still have a fair number of Americans who have the void filled by the living God.  That God teaches the opposite of deceit, rape, pillage and murder.  It is all in the book.  I urge you to read it.

And make a decision because I assure you, you will have to live with it.  Or die with it.  That is not a threat from me, a Christian, but a promise from them.  Take a side.  It is Jesus or Jihad.  It is us or ISIS.  It is turning the other cheek, loving your neighbor as yourself and feeding your enemies or it is locking prisoners of war in cages and setting them on fire.

There really only two doors and no consolation prizes.  Choose wisely.

homo unius libri

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