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 4, 2022

 Opus 2022-323: Dark Thoughts: To Be, or Not to Be

In the dark of the morning my mind wanders around the world, and off.

What would you say is the most important attribute of God?  

If you were an ancient Roman or Greek each god had a different characteristic.  One might be fun loving, another sneaky.  One might be the embodiment of sexuality or beauty.  Often their main attribute might be something the believer saw in themselves or wanted.

Christians and Jews would be coming from another angle.  They would be looking at the revelations God has made about Himself in the Bible.  They would have a multitude of choices. Recently I saw the phrase, “Everlasting to everlasting”.  I remember the class where the professor said there are three “God is” statements:  God is love, God is light, God is spirit.”  Sometimes the reference is specific, other times inferred.  But there is one that trumps all others, that makes Him different from all other versions of divinity.  

God’s major attribute is that He exists.

You might have some memories of the call of Moses.  He and God went round and round.  They came to a theologically central point when Moses asked who should he say sent him.  

(Exo 3:14 KJV)  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
There is a play on words going on in the Hebrew that we might miss.  The Hebrew used for “I am” is the verb form of the word “LORD” in the next verse.  The main Jewish name for God basically is saying, “I exist.”  God picked that name himself.

A good place to start.  

homo unius libri

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