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, March 26, 2022

Opus 2022-108: Basic Beliefs II: The Foundation, part 4 of 4

There are also differences in the nuances of inspiration.  Christians will say the Bible is infallible but will parse that different ways.  The key factor is that it is trustworthy in communicating what God wants us to know about Him and salvation.  Two people will look at something like the Parable of the Prodigal Son and get totally different understanding.  Some will focus on the prodigal, others the older brother.  Many say the father is the center of the story.  Others will feel it makes a difference whether it is a story made up by Jesus to make a point or it actually happened as written.  

I for one prefer the New American Standard Bible.  I do so for several reasons.  First, it is a word for word translation.  The priority is on accuracy at the cost of simplicity.  When I am feeling really testy I will ask who these people are that can correct what God gave us.  Second, it has the best tools for understanding the original languages behind the text.  It uses the Strong’s Numbering System that means anyone can access the Greek and Hebrew.  Third, I have 40 years invested in it and am not looking for something new.  The last is probably the reason I don’t look into some of the newer efforts.

Even with all this there is plenty left unsaid, but Christians look to the Bible as their source of information in spiritual matters.  Ultimately it is the only authoritative source.  

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