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, June 4, 2024

Opus 2024-138: Numbers

As I read Dennis Prager’s Bible commentaries I notice he continually makes a big issue of certain numbers and explaining what they mean.  The number seven, the numbers 40 and 12 are filled with significance.  I keep asking myself, “How does he know?”  He does not explain.  He just says “The number ___ means.”  Does the Bible actually say that certain numbers represent certain things?  Are these biblical or do they just come from the Pharisees making things up?  Are they biblical or they just pagan inventions?

The only place I find a specific reference is when 666 is declared the mark of the Beast.  I tried doing a search on numerology and everything I came up with was occult and mystical.  This goes beyond the simple references we have of “seven is the perfect number” and such.  There are whole systems of belief based on numbers.

There are many points in life that can be fun and games but if we take them too seriously they can become a fixation that fixes nothing.  Good questions are, “Says who?” and “How do you know?”

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