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, January 8, 2023

 Opus 2022-013: Order in Chaos

Contemplating the nature of God.

The term “chaos theory” comes to mind.  I am not sure what it means but I come across it in my reading once in awhile.  The books I saw it in have gone back to the library and I can’t find anything in my personal library.  I am afraid I have resorted to the internet which took me to Britannica.  It seems to resolve to the unpredictability in areas where we think we know the rules and should be able to predict.  You may be familiar with the statement that a moving subatomic particle can be located or its speed can be determined, but not both.  In the first paragraph Britannica shares the term “deterministic chaos”.  If you know anything about the English language you recognize that as an oxymoron.

As I scanned the article I noticed that there is a belief that the chaos can eventually be understood if enough study is done and enough data gathered.  Time will tell if this is true.  

Which brings me to the nature of God.

God brings order out of what seems to be chaos.  He holds it together because we are created to need order.  He can predict and allow free will at the same time.  Predestination and free will is another oxymoron.  Both are in the Bible.  What appears to us as chaos is well organized.  The free will part is based on God being just.  I don’t pretend to know how God is going to work things out.  I question my place in the eternal fabric of the universe.  I am secure in the midst of chaos because of God.

Maybe part of eternity will involve us being perfected so that we can deal with chaos.  

Maybe our worship of God will involve all the alternatives we could not handle now.

One thing I am reasonably sure of is that I could not handle the Eternal in my present physical form.  I get car sick on a mountain road.  Imagine being in the presence of the Creator.  It is going to take some powerful divine Dramamine, that is for sure.  

homo unius libri

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