Daily Good News – Creating God in Our Own Image
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Jul 24, 2015 1123
The way that people see God depends on their upbringing, culture, education, life experiences, and their mental state. In many ways it is true that people have created God in their own image: narrow-minded people serve a narrow-minded God, resentful people serve a resentful God, small people serve a small God, legalists serve a legalistic God. Others serve a great big God whose forgiveness is unconditional, whose mercy is boundless, whose companionship is personal, and whos currency is love. And of course, when you get a group of like-minded people together, hey presto, you have a new religion or a new denomination! Why do different people see God so differently?
Human beings have been trying to create God in their own image from the beginning. The Children of Israel at Sinai didn’t want the awesome God who parted the sea and who thundered from the mountain; they wanted a God whom they could understand, and so they made a golden calf – something they were familiar with in Egypt. Paul tells us in Romans 1:25 how people want to serve the creature instead of the Creator. This is just part of human nature – and fallen, sinful, degenerate human nature at that – to have a God who is just like us – a God whom we can control. Because what we create, we can control.
It is just part of human nature for us to rely on our own experiences, our own upbringing, our own intellect, when it comes to understanding what God is like, particularly in the absence of an objective revelation of God. We live in a world in which many believe that there is no objective truth, that there are no objective standards, and that our experience determines reality. And so we are seemingly free to create God in our own image.
But are we free to create God in our own image? Think about it today and let’s explore it further tomorrow.