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, May 20, 2017

Opus 2017-151: It’s in the Blood

Christians have a lot of ideas that seem strange to modern minds.  One of the obsessions that we have is with blood.  It isn’t that we are violent or perverted.  We are not talking zombie makeup.  It is because of the teachings rooted in the history of Israel about God’s character and humanity’s needs.

One attribute of God is justice.  This is tied in with His immutability.  God is thus locked by His character into a consistency that does not allow for Him to violate His principles.  We may not always understand them but they are consistent.  The laws of science and nature are a result of this consistency.  Thus we have such ideas as cause and effect, action and reaction and a refusal to accept that life could come from nothing.  We might get a deeper understanding through research and experimentation but at the core are unchanging laws.

As a just God, there is a requirement that breaking His laws demands punishment.  When we sin we must be punished. 
(Romans 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
So that means that all must be punished.  That is what a just God demands.  But a loving God provides a way out.
(Romans 6:23 KJV)  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In order to be consistent, God won’t just forgive the sin.  The sin must be paid for.
(Hebrews 9:22 NAS77)  And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
So you end up in a paradox.  We sin.  Sin must be punished.  The punishment must be death.  Blood must be shed.
(Leviticus 17:11 KJV)  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Thus blood becomes of vital importance to Christians.  Blood must be shed.  It can be ours or it can be the blood of the Perfect Lamb of God.  Is it the shedding of the blood or the sprinkling, application, that makes the difference?  That is for another day.

homo unius libri


  1. Thank you for this explanation of the "bloodiness" of Christianity. I have struggled for years in an attempt to accept it. Look forward to the post "That is for another day". Julia

    1. The thing I have trouble with is Hell but the Bible teaches it. Good to hear from you.

      Grace and peace.


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