Sunday, January 21, 2018

inspiration...

We have all heard the phrase "Cleanliness is next to godliness".  While there's nothing intrinsically wrong with the notion, in spite of mentioning God the phrase doesn't have a Biblical basis...or does it?  

God and Satan are both orderly and chaotic imaginings of the principle that governs the universe. God being the perceived principle of Order for the universe, and Satan being the Chaos principle. They may be orderly and chaotic reflections of each other, but that might just be missing the point. The principle of God is the principle of Order, in which the universe is governed by God, as an organized matrix in which the individual has no freedom to create his/her own structure and must conform to that of God, or the universe. This principle implies obedience and subservience to a higher power as the highest ideals yet these principles need to be applied to our earthly life.  The principle of Satan is the principle of Chaos, in which the individual is free to create one’s own structure and rules based on the raw material of the universe, and it is possible for the individual to have one’s own will and power, thus there is no order besides one’s own, and nothing rules the universe. This principle implies freedom and personal power...but is a dangerous lie.

1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

4 comments:

pamit said...

"The principal implies freedom and personal power - but it is a dangerous lie."

This makes me think of how anti-environmentalists sneer and jeer at those of us to whom protection of air, water and the earth are more important than WalMart jobs and a DOW above 26K. Is this not God's ordering of our world - the opposite of chaos or Satan? Is the dominance of man's "personal freedoms" above that of the Earth's, an example of that kind of chaos? To take a smaller example, doesn't pumping chemical and waste into rivers play havoc with what God intended that river to do, in his grand schema? Isn't the breeding and torture of billions of animals, in order to provide profit to corporations and cheap unhealthy foodstuffs to humans, a chaotic abomination that no God conceived of when He created this universe?

If Christians would apply common sense to the kind of Biblical principles that John writes about each week, vis-a-vis the natural world, I believe a whole lot more folks would embrace their religion. Including me.

John Wells said...

You are mistaking God's gift to man of free will as some excuse for the problems of the world. They are all because of Satan. There is no need for anyone to embrace the belief in a religion. Simply ask for Christ to come into your life and you will experience the tangible truth of the Holy Spirit.

pamit said...

Hmm. If free will is a gift from God, how can any decision made as a result of that gift, be evil?

You see how it goes in circles, John? It's easy enough to say that everything "bad" is just man's actions due to his free will, and everything "good" is an expression of the "truth of the Holy Spirit".

I still wonder how Christians view the actions of folks who sully God's creations - who pollute the oceans for profit, and torture animals. I would love to get YOUR take on that. But I won't hold my breath.

Randy Caswell said...

Amen!