IS GOD TOO MUCH FOR US?

bibleIs God too much for us? Is our Creator so far beyond our understanding, we cannot understand him? We cannot even properly worship Him?

You, I, and everyone else, what are we? Are we not just small little creatures? Supposedly, we are sentient. Nevertheless, we live on one little planet in a humongous, incredibly complex universe. Sentient or not, we know so very little. We don’t even know how we came to be or why? How can we know God?

How can we know God? Is that the right question or just an excuse? Don’t we already know God? Consider the variety of approaches we take towards God.

  • If we are atheists, we have faith — an irrational certainty — God does not exist. We have firmly shut our eyes, our ears, and our hearts. We refuse to know God. We refuse to admit we need God.
  • If we are agnostics, we boldly declare our confusion as the ultimate Truth. Then we refuse to further consider the matter of God. If God wants our attention, we demand He demand it. That, of course, He can do. Nonetheless, we can still refuse to pay attention. We can still refuse to admit we need God.
  • If we believe in God, we can choose what we wish to believe about God. We can fabricate a god of our own creation. We can choose — we can even design — our own religion. How can we do that?  What difference does it make? Who knows enough to judge which religion is the true religion? What matters is that we have the god we want. Then we can refuse to admit we need God.

Is God beyond our reason? Do we need to worry about “finding”God? Is God lost? Is He hiding from us? Some say we need not worry. These say God is easily found. These say all paths lead to God. We just need to choose a path — any path — and begin our journey.

Does just starting the journey work? Have we considered why we are starting the journey? What is this thing some call salvation? What sort of salvation makes sense? From what do we need to be saved? Can we achieve salvation on our own?

Imagine eternity. When our friends and relatives die, we want to see them again, and some religions offer us that hope. But there is a problem. As good as each of us may think ourselves to be, could any of us stand to be with someone as vile as each of us happens to be for all of eternity? Could even God stand to be around one of us for so long?

You say you are not evil? You say you know others who are not evil? Are you certain about that or just guilty of wishful thinking? Consider.

  • 10 Reasons Humans Are Naturally Evil (listverse.com) – What have you observed about others and yourself. Here the author provides range of observations. Each of these observations suggests man is inherently evil.
  • Is man evil in nature? (www.debate.org) – At debate.org, two-thirds present arguments for man’s evil nature. Most people understand human beings are deeply flawed (at least other human beings).
  • The Evil That Men Do (www.americanscientist.org) – This article considers the tendency of men to abuse those over which they have power. This propensity to abuse power seems altogether common.

Why are men evil? How do we overcome evil? Here is where Christianity begins to stand apart from other faiths. Christianity offers us a clear path to salvation. Christianity says Jesus is the Way. The Bible uncovers our evil nature  and shows us why we need Jesus to save us from ourselves — why we need to accept His gift of grace.

So why Christianity? Christianity is for those who have finally come to the conclusion they cannot achieve salvation on their own. When we become a Christian, we admit we need a savior, and that savior is Jesus.

  • Which religion is right? In this article, the author explains the fundamental distinction of Christianity.

    Religion can never fulfill God’s intention for man, but God, being eager to bring man back to His intention, became a man Himself. Firstly, He showed man how God could live in man and man in God. His living was that of a man coinhering with God. He expressed all that God is, and He was without sin. Secondly, He died for sinful man so that man would not have to die. Thirdly, He resurrected to be life to all those who would believe and receive Him so that He could live in them. Receiving Christ in such a way restores man to God’s original intention. Man may receive God for God to live in him and he in God. Then when man lives, God is living in and through him. This is the greatest wonder in the universe.

    Christianity is a relationship with Jesus. To become a Christians, we must accept in love Jesus’ gift of salvation. There is no other way.

  • With all of the different religions, how can I know which one is correct? (www.gotquestions.org) – To answer the question posed by his article, the author says we can use logic and reason.

    In the end, we see that ultimate truth about God can be found and the worldview maze successfully navigated by testing various truth claims and systematically pushing aside falsehoods so that only the truth remains. Using the tests of logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and existential relevancy, coupled with asking the right questions, yields truthful and reasonable conclusions about religion and God. Everyone should agree that the only reason to believe something is that it is true—nothing more. Sadly, true belief is a matter of the will, and no matter how much logical evidence is presented, some will still choose to deny the God who is there and miss the one true path to harmony with Him.

Why are there are so many religions? Is it because so many of us have not chosen wisely? Check out The Religions of The World at settledinheaven.wordpress.com. To explain why there are so many religions, Rob Barkman references the Bible.

What about you? What if you still do not believe in Jesus? What if you have not yet chosen to believe in Jesus? Then please read the Bible, and study the Bible carefully. Pray for God to open your heart, your ears, and your eyes. To know the Truth, we must want to know the Truth. God does not force Himself upon us. God will not rape our hearts and souls.

In time, if you study the Bible and honestly desire to believe, you will find what I and so many others have discovered. The more carefully we study the Bible, the more sense the Bible makes, and the more joy we find in knowing Christ.

6 thoughts on “IS GOD TOO MUCH FOR US?

  1. Is God too much or are we too little?

    Wise King Solomon figured it out, we are too little.

    As for different religions, the reason could lie in this Solomon Proverb and following interpretation.

    Yahweh has made everything in relation to its counterpart, and so the wicked man for an evil day. (Proverb 16:4)

    We humans also have two counterparts. Those who serve Yahweh and those who serve themselves, or to live righteous, or wicked. I believe Yahweh created both an order and purpose to make all things in relation to what answers to its counterpart, and so the wicked man for an evil day. I believe Yahweh allows both the good and the wicked free choice of their time and actions. Every act has a consequence and is self-regulating rather than an effect separable from a cause that would require Yahweh to intervene on every action to either justify or condemn.

    In my opinion, different religions may also be considered as counterparts. I can only surmise God wants it this way to test us for our final judgment. Those who read the Bible find peace, comfort, and guidance what to do as they live among various counterparts.

    I agree with your statement. “In time, if you study the Bible and honestly desire to believe, you will find what I and so many others have discovered. The more carefully we study the Bible, the more sense the Bible makes, and the more joy we find in knowing Christ.”

    If only we would take the time to read and live by the Bible instead of wasting our short time in life doing what King Solomon described with these words. “Blowing in the wind.”

    True or false are also counterparts. Is the religion of your choice a true religion? In my opinion, if your religion teaches you to kill innocent people, it is not a true religion. And if you believe it to be a true religion, you are not wise, you are a fool.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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    1. Thank you for an insightful comment.

      When I studied Proverbs, I learned that that book groups similar and related proverbs together. Hence, I think you and other readers may enjoy this passage.

      Proverbs 16:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

      16 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
      But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
      2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
      But the Lord weighs the spirits.
      3 Commit your works to the Lord,
      And your thoughts will be established.
      4 The Lord has made all for Himself,
      Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
      5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
      Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
      6 In mercy and truth
      Atonement is provided for iniquity;
      And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.
      7 When a man’s ways please the Lord,
      He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

      When I find the meaning of a proverb obscure, I usually try a less literal translation. Here is a good one. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+16%3A1-7&version=GNT

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  2. When you use your time to study the Bible to use as a guide to serve God’s causes, you will benefit in both the times of now, and in the hereafter.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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  3. Tom,

    I appreciate the logical progression you use in this posting. Especially I appreciated your emphasis on God’s Word and its importance in recognizing the universal truths about God, mankind, and man’s great need for Christ.

    Lord bless.

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    1. Thank you.

      Even though I use to be one of them, I am amazed by the people who compare the Bible to science fiction and fantasy, and yet I too did that. Only in hindsight do we realize the full extent of our stupidity. So now I challenge other people to read the Bible and learn how foolish they have been.

      Thank you for your blog, and God bless you.

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