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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 7: Its all about God

In the Day 7 chapter we read the corollary to Day 1's "Its not about you":

"It's all for Him".

The universe was made to show the glory of God.

I find christianity full of jargon - glory, worship, witness. What do these words mean?

My Concise Oxford Dictionary defines glory as:
- exalted renown, honourable fame
- subject for boasting, special distinction, ornament, pride
- adoring praise and thanksgiving

and glorious as:
- possessing glory, illustrious
- conferring glory, honourable
- splendid, magnificent, intensely delightful

So its a way of saying God is really good. The universe was made by God to show that God is really good.

Rick Warren says "All sin, at its root, is failing to give God glory. It is loving anything else more than God. ... In different ways we have all lived for our own glory, not God's."

If we accept that God created the universe (regardless of whether He did it by creation or evolution - which is a whole other debate that just doesn't interest me) then its not a hard ask to see God as glorious. Certainly I don't know how to create a universe.

So the point of our lives is to bring glory to God, we can do this by:
- fulfilling our purpose on earth - God made you to be you
- worshiping God - apparently everything you do can be an act of worship
- loving others
- becoming like Jesus
- serving others with our gifts - note this says "with our gifts", so I'm thinking doing something you hate doesn't qualify (unless its a test?)
- telling others about God (think this qualifies)

Back to the definitions:

- worthiness, merit, recognition give or due to these, honour and respect
- reverant homage or service paid to God
- adoration or devotion comparable to this felt or shown towards person or principle
- adore as devine, pay religious homage to
- idolise, regard with adoration

- testimony, evidence, confirmation
(really don't see how this applies to God)

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