9.02.2005

Lewis? Continued? A far off gaze? Natalie?

Happy Friday,
I can't get "Believe me Natalie" by the Killers out of my head. That and "Don't Change" by INXS. Anyway, last post, my friend Melissa made a comment that summated my thoughts very succinctly, and I decided that I would start a new post to hopefully focus on the very questions she raised. It's a real relief to have someone give words to the question that is broiling below the surface. So, here goes:

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Meliss said:
I am somewhat afraid of being lambasted here, but I do have to chime in with what popped out at me in the original question.

In Acts 17:22-23 it says, "Paul then stood up in the meetnig of the Areopagus and said:'Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you."

He then proceeded to explain the Gospel of Christ and our God as the one the Athenians marked as the "unknown god."

I think the point taken here is that there can be a relationship with God, and knowledge of God, without the theology to back it up.

Aslan's proclamation that no good thing can be done in the name of Tash and no bad thing done in the name of Aslan supports the thought that there can be a relationship without proper intellect of the situation.

In this way, a baby knows its parents before it learns to say "momma" or "daddy." A confused child might seek refuge in the arms of another, but the intent was always to seek shelter in the arms of a loving relationship.

Could it be, then, that people who worship another god in a way that is pleasing to our Lord would actually be serving our Lord and not his own?

It comes down to properties and semantics, really. A sort of, "A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet."

If God is good (and the only One who is and was and ever will be good) and a person worships a master who is good, can it truly be anyone other than our God?

does that make sense?

3:49 PM