26 May 2014

What If 'My God' Is Bigger than 'Your God'?

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It does not require a detailed scouring of society to realize that men and women have devised gods of their own imaginations and fancies. Today's idolatry ultimately is revealed in the various fill-in-the-blank 'gods' that exist only in the fallen, sinful minds of men. One has a god that loves everybody and judges no one, except, of course, for those "really bad" people like Hitler or Genghis Khan. Men with their track records cannot get a pass with this all-loving, warm and fuzzy god. Others have a god that requires religious ritual and rite, irregardless of the heart motivation behind its execution. All those who worship falsely have a god that requires good works and behavior, who weighs one's life on the scales and who gives most everyone a pass into heaven so long as no monumental, major infraction is sitting on his or her record.

These people who live and walk in deception are, in essence, saying, "yes, but my god. . ." Yet, rarely does one actually hear these words uttered from their lips. This writer happened upon one man, however, who boldly did declare that "My god is a god of love and forgiveness. My god is not vindictive and wrathful like the God of the Old Testament. We are all [this god's] children," he said. So much could be said about this man's emphatic declaration, but let us look briefly at just one aspect of his statement.

There is a problem with announcing such bold assertions about "my god," and it is this. Can I not respond by saying, "Well, yes, but my God is bigger than your god."? If I have a god, and you have a god, and Susie up the street has a god, and Jim down the street has a god, at some point at least three of us must have the wrong god. We cannot all be right when it comes to the sovereign deity and creator of the universe.
I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these. 
(Isaiah 45:5–7)
Further, by declaring that my god is like thus and so, are you not actually declaring yourself to be god? After all, you have just fashioned the god you claim to know, and is not the creator greater than his creation?

The good news for this man and for all who currently live in self-deception and self-worship is that the True God, the thrice-holy God, the Creator, Savior, King of all, the Almighty, is a God of love and forgiveness. He epitomizes love and forgiveness for those who have been brought to repentance and faith in Him and in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1–2)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:8–11)
For He [God the Father] rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13–14)
Yet, for those who stand in opposition to Him, for those who prefer to fashion their own god, for those who refuse to repent and bend the knee to Him, He is a God of justice and righteousness. His just wrath must be meted out upon someone. If not upon Christ as a propitiation for the sins of those who believe, then upon the unregenerate, unbelieving sinner and transgressor.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. (Romans 1:18–19)
For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:5–6)
It is sinful pride that leads men into idolatry as they create imaginary gods that suit their own personal needs. It is the same sinful pride that prevents men from bowing low before the True God. It is this pride that refuses to acknowledge one's own inability to offer anything truly "good"and refuses to acknowledge his own sinfulness. Yet it is God Who can, by wonderful, amazing grace, break a man of this pride and bring him to his knees in humility. It is God Who can bring the most stubborn, prideful man to a place of repentance and faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. May we pray this day and every day that God would use us to proclaim the truth of His Gospel to such men, and may we pray that His Spirit would stir and work within those men to bring them to repentant, saving faith and knowledge of His Son.

Further Reading
Witnessing to a Blank Stare
Take and Eat: A False Convert at the Lord's Table
Mockingbird Christianity

2 comments:

  1. Great article. We should conform to the one and only true God; He does not conform to us.

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  2. I agree. Even us believers need to think about this seriously and search our own hearts.

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