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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Opus 2024-088: Eternity

As I was contemplating how God communicates with us I noticed what seemed to be a pattern.  The first communication was simply God, appearing walking in the garden and talking with Adam and Eve.  The second appearance is to Cain.  Again, we have a simple conversation.  That seems to be his pattern until we get to Moses.  With Moses, we start having things like burning bushes.  Revealing the law on Mount Sinai was full of spectacular events.  Those events were still explained in understandable terms.

God spoke to David and through David.  There was a lot of figures of speech and poetic language, but, again, still clear communication.

When we get to Revelation, everything changes, and we have all of these strange images that make no sense to normal person.  I tend to think of eternity in terms of the mystery of the unknown.  I have been thinking that we would not be able to understand it.  Maybe I have that all wrong.

Perhaps eternity will be understandable as God was understood by Abraham.  Perhaps it’s just the clarity of our thinking that will be different.  Maybe we will understand infinity.  Maybe we will we will be able to get our arms around everlasting.

When you think about the description of creation, there are no terms or ideas that we cannot grasp.  In fact, most people are quite content with that and don’t go behind it.  It is possible that in eternity the basics that bring us joy and satisfaction and fulfillment will be within reach of all of our enlightened minds.  For those who want to go deeper into subatomic structures and particle theory, and all of the physics involved, they will be able to do that.  Also that will be the glory of eternity.

It is possible that with our glorified minds, God will be understandable.

We will have to wait and see how it works out.  I am content to know that if I could understand it now it might not be worth understanding then.

homo unius libri

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