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by Ben Huot

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“Shall any teach God knowledge, since he judges those who are high? One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. His pails are full of milk. The marrow of his bones is moistened. Another dies in bitterness of soul, and never tastes of good. They lie down alike in the dust. The worm covers them...."
Job 21:22-26 WEB
person kneeling before Bible with arms raised to God in giant puzzle piece with words what is freedom? and what is worship?

What is Worship?

The picture is of a person kneeling before a flying Bible (to represent the Holy Spirit) with arms raised to praise God. The what is freedom? and what is worship? are questions about what role religion plays in contemporary society. The background is of a giant puzzle piece which represents mystery and the series of squares in the background represent modern global media and technology.

person standing holding cross over shoulders with glowing heart and words ethics over beauty and God over science

God over Science

For Christians, we want to be free to worship, but worship is about giving up freedom too. We have a problem in our society about submitting to anyone even any authority figures and this often transcends to God. This problem is present in all of us. Being Christian means being free, but it is a slightly different definition of freedom from a very different perspective on life.

toy guardian angel with 2 sets of wings holds little person in force field and force field radiates from wings with big shadow behind the angel with words everything happens for a reason

Everything Happens for a Reason

A complicating factor is that many in power are quite corrupt and don't follow our country's rules either. As Christians we are to follow them anyway but we should not promote their worldview. Some people have trouble following rules about their personal behavior while others have trouble following laws regarding social behavior.

toy heaven city of gold with words god rules on the top and that we may see more clearly on the bottom

God Rules

Today all separations between anything are being broken down. What remains are religion and science.

homeless tent next to road, river, and outhouse with purple heart opening and plant bow on tent with words Jesus was an outcast on top and in the future we all may be homeless on the bottom

Jesus was an Outcast

You cannot understand the goodness of God until you admit the evil of people.

“For a small moment I have forsaken you, but I will gather you with great mercies. In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting loving kindness I will have mercy on you,” says Yahweh your Redeemer. “For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah will no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness will not depart from you, and my covenant of peace will not be removed,” says Yahweh who has mercy on you.
Isaiah 54:7-10 WEB