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Thread #93597   Message #1806960
Posted By: Slag
11-Aug-06 - 01:20 AM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
Theology is "God-Logic". If your religion includes a god, the things you sing about should be consistant with your beliefs (hermeneutics). A case in point would be "This Is My Father's World" including a (poetically licensed?) phrase "...the music of the spheres..." Definitely not a Christian concept. Or better, in "I Come to the Garden", "...the joy we share as I tarry there, none other has ever known."???? NONE OTHER?? Who are you?!

As far as having something for everybody and an offense to nobody, it's never going to happen. You believe SOMETHING. You have to stand for SOMETHING. One's religion is almost always one's defining factor in his or her life. Accepting everything isn't tolerance. In Christianity there is something called the "offence of the gospel." Christ didn't make a whole lot of people very happy with His doctrine. Come to think of it a whole lot of people today aren't very happy with His doctrine and they still display "crucify him" attitude. Christians (not a phonies) will understand this because they too were so inclined before their conversion. It is part of Christian doctrine that "But God commended his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners (read: enemies of God), Christ died for us."Romans 5:8.

The trick is to maintain your moral certitude and (good) doctrine and remember that everyone in the world has been afforded God's forgiveness making them brothers and sisters or potential brothers and sisters. None to be hated or despised. Well, that's what passes for sound doctrine for me. In fact I seem to remember a Christian hymn about "My Beloved Enemy".

And remember the apostle Paul's admonition to "...sing hymns and spiritual songs to one another, with grace in your hearts..." Colossians 3:16.