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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.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Opus 2024-066: O’Henry Theology

I think Satan is locked in time about the same way we are.  When you consider the glee he must have felt after the sin in the Garden of Eden, and the way in which mankind had fallen, he must’ve been excited about what he saw happening in the world.  God looked on and decided that he was going to destroy it all.  I am not sure if Satan considered that a victory or a defeat.

Satan can’t have known what was coming which means that he couldn’t see the future.  He could not know what God was willing to do.  He was limited to the facts on hand and his own blind spots.

How many times in the Bible has Satan been suckered in by this kind of thing?  Picture the crucifixion.  Satan must have thought he got the gold ring but it was forecast in Genesis about the Messiah stepping on his head.   Then you have the persecution of the early church which caused the flight of believers.  Instead of ending it all the Christians spread the good word.  

It is possible that Satan is also not a very good student history.  He can’t seem to remember all the times he thought he had a victory, and yet it went sour on him in the long run.

So be of good cheer.  Things look dark now but if you read the book you won’t need to wait for the movie.  Think of it as the classical O’Henry ending.

homo unius libri

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