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.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Opus 2024-119: An Adjective for the Bible

We have different ways of expressing the high place that scripture has in the life of a believer.  The vocabulary is varied.  We talk about being inspired.  That is in the Bible.  We talk about being infallible.  That is not in the Bible.  You have heard of inerrancy?  It is not a Biblical vocabulary word.  We talk about it being without error.  It is not expressed that way in the Bible.

The Bible is inspired.  It was given to us for our salvation.  It is not a science textbook nor a math table.  It is not even a history textbook.  It is a book that God has given us, so that we can know what we need to know in order to live as He would have us live.

When it comes to understanding Paul, or other authors in the Bible, we tend to put them on pedestals and make them idols.  We tend to deify them.  We forget that they are human beings like us, and God has to use us as human beings.  That means personalities and feelings will often show through.  We need to keep that in mind when we read Paul’s letters.

Christians believe the Bible gives them truth.  It is sometimes crystal clear.  How hard is it to understand “Do not steal”?  Sometimes it requires a bit of study.  Sometimes you can study for ever and not be getting close, eschatology anyone?  It is still truth and has values that do not change with every whim of culture or theology.

I have a suggestion.  Consider the source.  Put away your books about the Bible and start reading the original source.

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