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.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Opus 2021-308: Plugged in Brains

The division in our world views is not faith verses reason but opinions based on emotion as opposed to facts.  Facts and faith go just fine together but basing our life on the stories we hear or the stories we can tell is dangerous.

We all have emotions.  That is good.  Those emotions are based on our experiences.  That is natural.  The trap is that our experiences are usually seen through our myopic self-centeredness rather than the cold rational light of truth.  For years I could not stand the thought of peanut butter.  I wasn’t born that way.  The rejection was based on an experience I can still remember.  We were on a car trip when I was very young.  We had pulled over because someone was hungry.  My mother gave me peanut butter on saltine crackers with nothing to drink.  It was a horrible experience that marked me for decades.  Eventually, for a reason I can’t remember, I tried peanut butter again and found my emotional reaction was wrong.  Too often in life we don’t have those moments of enlightenment.

We are assaulted by a plethora of manipulative messages.  We are so inundated with emotional images that we tend to bypass our brains and go straight to our feelings.  You can trace it through books like Michael Crichton’s State of Fear.  He points out how the elites manipulated our fear of Communism, which was a legitimate concern, to support what Eisenhower called the Military Industrial Complex.  Crichton’s point was that with the fall of the Iron Curtain the elites needed a new source of terror.  He said they settled on the environment and thus we had the beginnings of the Global Warming panic.  Of course it was first the Global Cooling panic but why look at factual detail when you have a mass of sheep waiting to be led over the cliff.  The latest panic of course is the China Virus.

On most of these fear focuses all that you need to do is put your emotions on hold, turn on your brain and do a little investigating.  There are many people who would be considered intelligent who cannot do that.  Pick a topic pushed by the Proregressives* and consider the facts.  It can be evolution, gender, climate, health, guns or now the danger of free speech.

As a Christian who believes seriously I am not afraid of honest facts, real science or my fellow man.  I plan to keep my brain plugged in.  Join me.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Synonym for swamp dwellers)

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