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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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Opus 2024-105: Spiritual warfare

I have been listening to a podcast by Michael Heiser, which deals with the spiritual realm.  He talks about something called The Divine Council, and how God seem to have a group of spiritual beings that He sat with as He ruled and oversaw the world.  The jury is still out on that for me.  But one of the things he said dealt with the world view that they had in ancient times.  They were much more aware of the spiritual realm.  As I think about that, I believe that is true.

We have not had to deal with the forces of evil in the same way that they did in the ancient world.  The 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries were a time when the Holy Spirit was filling believers.  The Holy Spirit kept the forces of evil at bay.  Evil was still active but forced to work in different ways.

At the end of the 20th century and in the beginning now of the 21st century, we find that the church is turning away from God and I’m wondering if He is withdrawing His Holy Spirit in such a way that demonic forces have less to check them now and can move more in the open.

Does this also affect us in the area of health and medicine?  We have a real uptick in cancer and other illnesses right now.  We have blamed that on these vaccines going around.  Could it be that the removal of the Holy Spirit coincides with the vaccines in such a way that the forces of evil are much more able to impose sickness and illness on human beings?

As I look at my personal circle, I don’t see a lot of the illnesses that the world is experiencing.  My family, friends, church, and others that I have contact with are not reporting massive cancers and other things like that.  The reports we get are at least one step away.  I am not seeing lots of deaths from this type of thing.  This has to be more than coincidence because these people seem to be serious followers of Jesus.

Is the other shoe just waiting to drop?  Or the cancer is growing and we just don’t know about it yet?  Am I going to drop dead tomorrow?  It’s hard to know.  Disease, sickness, cancer, accidents are all a part of life.  But I wonder.  I remember the book None of These Diseases, where it is made clear that God provides for our health often through the regulations of the Law. An example is circumcision.  We know that God commanded it for his people.  The modern gentile world adopted it largely.  I would imagine the areas that would be labeled as white supremacist have been largely circumcised.  We know that it reduces cervical cancer in women.  We now know that it makes it much harder to catch HIV.  How many other diseases and sicknesses are held at bay by obedience to God?

This is one of those things that we could never prove scientifically, but we have reason to believe, in faith, is true.  It would fit with the personality of God.  It would reflect His desire to care for His people and yet still maintain our free will.  It could be one of those secret benefits that we don’t know about until later.

Spiritual warfare or coincidence?  As someone once said, it amazing of much coincidence there is when God is involved.

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