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, March 12, 2016

Opus 2016-71: Context of Hatred

Sometimes a little context gives a deeper understanding.  Take for instance a verse that we love to quote and sing,
(Psalms 139:23 KJV)  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
What I had not done in my memory is read the verse in context.  The repeated word before this verse:  hatred

The Psalmist is writing about how he hates those who hate God.  He confesses these feelings and then asks God to check his attitude.  Is his hatred sin?  There does not seem to be any indication that it is.

This is not an invitation to violence toward people we disagree with or our pagan culture.  It does point out that strong feelings against those who reject and mock God is a real possibility.

homo unius libri

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