Theology for the Masses

November 15, 2006

Be not like the world

Filed under: creeds,Problem of Evil,The Kingdom,Unity — Henry Imler @ 11:47 pm

Our most prolific guest commenter, Puritan Bob, in talking with Casey about the “worship wars“, has this to say:

As for the concept “Where the bible is silent we need to be” I am beginning to question its use (although I agree in right context). But it can be used for anything ex: The bible does not say anything about smoking pot therefore I can, or the bible does not say anything about rocking out to heavy metal music therefore there is nothing wrong with it. I just don’t know I think there are basic principals of morality laid out like “be not like the world” which need to be applied to our lives. Therefore, the bible does not need to specifically address pot smoking.

I like most of what he has to say up there. What I don’t like, is this “be not like the world” business. It seems to have a gnostic ring to it in that it rejects the world as inherently evil.

Instead, I think God calls us to be holy and that call can conflict with the world, or go along with it. Anything else would be a hasty generalization:

  1. Parts of the world are not holy.
  2. If one part is such, the whole is such.
  3. (C1) Therefore, all parts of the world are not holy.
  4. God calls us to be holy
  5. All parts of the world are not holy. (C1)
  6. Therefore, we must be completely separate from the world.

Premise 2 is incorrect. One can substitute culture for world it one wants to fit the above faulty argument into one’s worldview.

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