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, November 5, 2023

 Opus 2023-269:  God Channels Descartes

Most of us are familiar with the trademark statement of Rene Descartes, “I think, therefore I am.”  It is a claim that awareness is grounded in reality.  Not so many are familiar with a statement made by God to Moses:

(Exo 3:13-4 KJV)  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?   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.
I doubt if Moses had read Descartes.  It is possible that God inspired Descartes.  The God of the Bible is different than the divine essence of other religions because He is aware.  We think of it as the personhood of God.  

In ancient time names had significance in a way that we don’t follow.  Sure, we name people after their grandparents and parents.  In many cultures you did not even receive a permanent name until you had some vision or experience that made you stand out.  It is interesting that in that milieu God chose to emphasize the fact that He existed.

He still does.

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