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.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Opus 2023-131: Material or Spiritual?

Do you really want a materialistic world?  The term materialism means a belief that any ultimate reality or purpose is found in material things.  Spiritual values would be looked at as fairy tales and myths with no real content.  All that exists can be weighed and measured.  There is no God, no heaven or hell, no truth.

Have you stopped to think of the implications if the universe really were a product of chance?

I believe God created.  Part of that belief is that He is still active in keeping things on course.  What if we could get God to back out and let the universe, from this point on, be the kind of place that you envision?  It would be the ultimate back to nature.

Let chance and probability reign.  It is possible that there would be no immediate difference.  Inertia exists and would take time to be worn down by other forces of nature.  God left things well designed and probability would keep things running smoothly for a time.  But eventually it would begin to unravel.

What would happen when one of the laws of nature decided to do a morph?  What would happen if water would continue to contract as it froze instead of gaining volume?  I don’t know the laws of physics that would need to be changed but imagine it happened.  After all, if everything is random and chance, why not?  Ice would no longer float.  The current cycle that brings the frozen to the top to be melted again would cease.  Eventually the oceans would freeze up except for a possible light coating in direct contact with the sun.  Imagine what that would to to life as you know it.

I prefer a world in which gravity always pulls you down, where nitrogen (71% of the atmosphere) remains inert, where fire provides heat and hunger reminds you that food is needed.  I would not want to live in your world.

Fortunately I will never need to.

homo unius libri

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