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.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Opus 2022-292: Cynic or Skeptic

I am not a cynic even though my Pollyanna friends might use the term.  I am a skeptic and there is a difference.

A cynic is negative, a skeptic neutral.

A cynic rejects everything, a skeptic questions everything.

A cynic sneers; a skeptic raises an eyebrow, if they can.

A cynic mocks, a skeptic listens

Cynics reject just about everything out of a spirit of superiority.  A skeptic is open to any truth but wants to make sure it is truth and not deceit.

It is possible that the cynic and the skeptic may be in the same lifeboat leaving the same wreck but for different reasons.  When the Salvation Army went woke the cynic laughed in delight and says, “I knew it all along.”  The skeptic sheds a tear because he has done his homework and knows that this organization at one time was one of the good ones and now has been destroyed from within.  Both walk away.  One struts looking for the next to fall and the other plods, glancing back over the shoulder hoping there is some mitigating circumstance they missed.

A skeptic is not a pessimist, nor negative.  A skeptic faces life with their brain engaged and their baloney meters on full gain.  

The world needs more skeptics.

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