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, June 18, 2023

Opus 2023-169: Either/Or

Sin has two broad categories.  One is the condition we are born in as humans.  It has different names such as original sin, sinful nature, carnal nature, etc.  The other is usually plural, sins, because it refers to actions on our part where we come short of the glory of God.  This second category is my focus.  Again we have two broad categories.

We have sins of omission vs sins of commission.  One type refers to the things we are supposed to do and don’t.  The other refers to the things we are not supposed to do but commit anyway.

The Decalogue gives us examples of both shall and shall nots.  For instance, you shall honor your father and your mother.  You shall not murder.

When Jesus was asked to identify the Greatest Commandment He summarized the ten in all shall’s.  

(Luk 10:27 KJV)  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
While we all are guilty of both kinds I think that in certain circumstances we trend one way or the other.  I tend to not do things that I should in life as a whole and it bleeds over into my spiritual life.  My wife tends to be the opposite.  It leads to a lot of stimulating conflict.

The blessing in it all is that God is willing to forgive.
(1Jn 1:9 KJV)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
That is a promise I can cling to.

homo unius libri

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