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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Opus 2016-194: Distortions, Ignorance or Propaganda?

We now have Christians getting on board the Transgender Express.  We find people claiming to follow Christ who are taking positions that would have either gotten them laughed out of the church or excommunicated for heresy a few years ago.  How do we get to positions like this?  Much of it comes because when silly statements are made about the Bible we keep silent and let the juggernaut of anti-Christian fervor roll on.

Lets look at one step in the process that keeps coming up. 

I have heard it expressed that the Bible is a document to justify male dominance in our society.  It is called archaic because it perpetuates a primitive belief in the superiority of men.  While it is true that the Bible refers to God as He in almost every case and that the husband is to be the head of the home, women have a special role that does not make them second class citizens.  I want to address the distortions about claims that punishment for sexual sin in one sided.

Some people claim that the woman is the only one to be punished when adultery is discovered.  You might take the case of the woman brought to Jesus starting in John 8:3.  The scribes and Pharisees were obviously wanting Jesus to condemn her to a stoning.  There is no mention of the man being dragged into the case.  Jesus saw through the charade,
(John 8:10-11 KJV)  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Deuteronomy gives directions for the law of Israel that are even earlier.
(Deuteronomy 22:22 KJV)  If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.
Notice that it is not just the woman who is punished.  The Pharisees that were trying to trap Jesus were ignoring the whole teaching as well as modern theologians like to do.  In the attempt to water down the standards established by God many of these “scholars” are becoming more haters of Christianity than lovers of truth.

Read the primary sources.  If you can tell the difference between decaf and real coffee you should be able to tell the difference between secular wisdom and eternal truth.

homo unius libri

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