Eons ago I was a grad student in history. All the faculty, save one, were, at the very least socialist. The one holdout was a man whose father had been a Hungarian count and held a grudge. Each of these professors had one thing in common. They spoke and wrote about history with a capital “H”. Each of them had deified history. History was their God. History, they taught, is the force that moves people, creates philosophies, is responsible for events. The reality is actually something quite different, of course. The God whom so many seek so desperately or try to clone – or create in their own image – already exists. All that struggle to create or crown some false God is unnecessary.
As we look at the realities about God over the next few weeks, this will be our touchstone:
The starting point for a satisfying & obedient life in Christ is our relationship to God, the Father. A correct understanding of His character is what’s necessary for a full life.
Let’s look at a few points made in Exodus, chapter 20.
First, we are told that God must be our God – none other. In verses 2 and 3 we read,
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery
“You shall have no other gods before me.
God, in verse 3, is making a claim on our allegiance. “I am your Lord and God,” He has already told us in verse 2. In other words, He already is our God. Whether we acknowledge it or not, God is still God, He already is God. He doesn’t need our approval. He doesn’t need us to “create Him in our own image,” as so many have tried – which, in fact, all of us have tried to do at one time or another. There are a lot of more or less standard views about God circulating. You can be
- an Atheist, who claims there is no god
- a polytheist, who believes in many gods
- a pantheist, who mixes up God with the universe He created
- or even an agnostic, someone who claims to be “not sure” about the existence of God.
None of these belief systems will change the truth a bit. Believing hard enough in something won’t make it real. You can believe all you want that the Red Sox won the World Series last year, but the reality is that they finished dead last in their league. No matter what we believe about God is does not change the fact that He is; and that he has been active. He’s the creator and sustainer of the universe. He’s the owner of the universe.
Next week I will continue this train of thought. In the meantime, I would like to know what YOU, readers, think about God and the prevalent attitudes/beliefs concerning Him.