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.

Monday, June 24, 2024

One of the themes I hear, repeated in different places, is a concern about the killing in the Old Testament.  People wonder how God could be so mean and cruel as to kill the Canaanites or others who resisted his rule and his Holiness.  An interesting question would be, “Where do you get this idea that killing is bad?”

I would submit that the reason they believe killing is bad is because their culture has been influenced by the Bible.  I don’t know of any other religious tradition which has such a rejection of murder and political cleansing of people.  The Bible condemns murder.  It offers sanctuary for strangers and foreigners.  It advocates mercy.  You don’t find that in other religions.

So the people that attack the Bible and the people of the Bible are basing their attack on the teachings of the Bible, and they are totally unaware of it.  Wouldn’t it be great if they would adopt some of the other teachings of the Bible.

The rejection of the Bible is not necessarily in its values as much as the requirement of submission to Almighty God.  The big sin of our modern times is the same sin that originated in the garden.  If you remember what the devil implied to Eve that she could become as a god.  People still lust after that power, and reject anything that limits seeking that power.

It is often hidden under flowery phrases and popular teachings, but the idea that man is supreme is still at the heart of all modern philosophies.  It won’t work.

homo unius libri

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