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, April 14, 2023

Opus 2023-113: We Made It to the Comma

I recently had the opportunity to preach and my text was Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  One of my key points was how science has finally caught up with the Bible.  

The current theory for the beginning of, can I say it, creation, is called the Big Bang.  Without getting into the weeds, it meshes very well with Christian and Jewish belief, one that science had been fighting against for a long time, that there was a beginning.  Once you get past the first comma in Genesis 1:1 there is a divergence of 180 degrees but even making it to the comma is progress.

Believers should not get too excited about this.  It does verify what we have always believed but keep in mind that the agreement will probably be temporary.  There are two reasons for that.  The first is legitimate.  It is the nature of science.  Real science is never finished and never satisfied.  No matter where you are it keeps asking, “Why?” and “How?”  That is good.  They will keep pushing and trying to delve into the nature of creation.  I think God sits up there cheering them on and maybe even giving a little prod now and then with clues and even inspiration.

The second reason is the cause of the conflict between believers and some scientists.  It isn’t because believers reject science, but that materialistic scientists reject God.  It is like leading one of these God-haters out into the rain and telling them the rain is making them wet and they will spend all of their time coming up with theories of wetness that reject the obvious rain hitting their heads.  Instead of finding ways to make the rain productive they will deny its existence and claim the moisture on their skin comes from aliens or crystals.

It would seem that even scientists can’t always avoid the big questions such as, “Who am I?”  “Where did I come from?”  “How did life begin?”  “Where did everything come from?”  and so forth.  The questions won’t go away.  That does not mean they are open to the real answers.  For many of them, possibly most, it is more important to ignore the divine Elephant in the room than to find an obvious answer that they don’t want to hear.

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