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.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Opus 2021-330: It Depends

The Bible is not a book of rules.  It is the book of life.  It does have rules but it also has principles.  The key in living a productive and righteous life is knowing which is which and applying them consistently.

I was thinking about Proverbs telling us that the wise man keeps his mouth shut and comparing it to Peter defying the Jewish council.  I was surprised to find that the NASB uses the word “mouth” 339 times, 46 in Proverbs.  It is expressed many ways by Solomon but I think the most amusing is,

(Pro 17:28 KJV)  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
I digress.

This is why I believe the Bible and find it believable.  The two are not the same.  The Bible does  not teach legalism.  It is a book that requires thought and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  It applies the “legal” with a God molded mind.

Wisdom is bi-polar.  It speaks out and shuts up.  It depends.  How I hate that phrase.  How freeing it is.  It reminds me that I am created in the Image of God instead of being a knee-jerk robot.  The Imago Dei is both a burden and a blessing.  Apply it with care.

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