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The Fading Reality of God

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To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.He that is so impover ished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.  -Isaiah 40:18-25

God makes it very clear that he is wholly unlike anyone or anything else. No comparison can be made to a graven image, or to a wooden idol. No comparison can be made to men. So to whom then will you liken God?
Modern Christianity has lost it’s focus on the reality of God. He has been replaced with an idol of the mind that we worship with the least possible effort.

This issue permeates all of religious life. It’s what I highlighted in my last post and what one commenter called irreducible minimums. Christianity is not just a show. We need to stop and consider why we do what we do. Are we doing it because of our God or are we doing it as a religious ritual that chalks up extra points on our righteousness scorecard?

If we treat God with only a modicum of respect in our daily life and in our worship, do we really believe he cannot be compared to anyone?

Your life and your Sunday worship reflect how you see God. Are you just going through ritualistic motions every week? The reality of God is fading. We must rethink things.

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August 2, 2009 at 7:03 AM

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A Whitish Hue

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“For, since we are all naturally prone to hypocrisy, any empty semblance of righteousness is quite enough to satisfy us instead of righteousness itself. And since nothing appears within us or around us that is not tainted with very great impurity, so long as we keep our mind within the confines of human pollution, anything which is in some small degree less defiled delights us as if it were most pure just as an eye, to which nothing but black had been previously presented, deems an object of a whitish, or even of a brownish hue, to be perfectly white.” John Calvin

Many seek to do what is acceptable in God’s sight. This desire is common in our churches, colleges, and seminaries. Our houses of worship are filled with parishioners that are wondering what the minimal level of sacrifice is to please God. They avoid pornography but consider The Office, Lost, and Family Guy good entertainment. They rejoice that Sunday evening church is cancelled so they can watch the superbowl.

You can not offer God partial devotion, just as you should not offer the President of the United States leftover casserole, it doesn’t matter if Mama made it and it really is good. If our focus is on finding worship that is just acceptable to God, and living a life that is minimally offensive to Christ we are missing the point. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a used car that you try to make a very small down payment on. We would do well to read and re-read Matthew 13:44-46.

Then, if you have not yet looked into getting a copy of William Law’s “A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life” you should do so.

Christian devotion is not just a minimal sacrifice Sunday morning thing. Calvin was right. Modern Christianity has become enamored of that which does not even have a whitish hue.

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August 1, 2009 at 1:26 AM

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