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, June 23, 2016

Opus 2016-166: Eternal Prospects in Temporal Clothes

Christians have a different world view because we think in terms of eternity.  This life is just the opening act of a production that will go on forever.  What happens here and now is important but no tragedy is final and every joy can multiply.  It doesn’t matter if the multiplication is mathematical or geometric, over eternity both will pay big dividends.  It is like the difference between someone who plants pansies and someone who plants oak trees.  One is looking for beauty next week.  The other is doing something for his grandchildren.  The Christian plants both and a few apple trees for ten years from now.

If that is true I am developing my eternal personality.  What I am now I will carry beyond the grave.  It may be cleaned up but it will be eternal.  I will no longer have the limitations of a physical, temporal body so there will be potentials that I can’t dream of now.

I was thinking in terms of eternal life in God’s presence, heaven  Then I thought that I would take the same personality to hell if that were my choice.  What is the difference?  Would there be a difference.  I think so.  In hell I will be isolated by myself with no hope of improvement.  When I got tired of myself I would face the despair of knowing I would only get more frustrated. 

In heaven I will be part of the body of Christ in eternal fellowship with the living God.  Growth will continue.  I will have an ever changing, ever improving personality. 

Something to think about.

homo unius libri

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