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, April 28, 2024

Opus 2024-093: Divine Arrogance

As I was contemplating the miraculous and mysterious, my mind bounced over the definition of love given in the Bible.

(1Co 13:4-8 KJV)  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth:...
One of the thoughts I think I have already shared is that this definition of love helps us understand what the Bible means when it says “God is love”.  It demonstrates what it means when we read “For God so loved the world...”  But I had trouble relating not vauntething itself and not being puffed up.  The NASB translates those as “arrogant” and “not bragging”.

In thinking about love, being non-arrogant, and non-bragging I realize that perhaps this was talking about the relationship within the trinity.  The ideas involve some kind of puffing up that is all hot air and no substance.  How could the source of all things think too highly of Himself?  Some of the chapter talks about us as humans but others relate better to God.  Or maybe it’s better to say that while all of it relates to us as humans some of it relates very well to God.

The Trinity postulates three persons.  It would take a God-sized love to exist as one for eternity.

homo unius libri

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