A God Like Me

Buddha and monks statue meditaing, Laos.

Has God created man or has man created God?  We know what the Bible says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).  The purpose of this particular blog has nothing to do with apologetics, so I’m just going to take this claim at face value for a minute.  God created us in His image.  That is an honor and a privilege.  It separates us from the rest of creation, as we are to “rule” over it (Genesis 1:26-31).  So there is no doubt that we are going to be similar to God in some ways.

But a fear that I have, and that I see regularly, is that we become similar to God for reverse reasons.  Rather than God creating us in His image, we have attempted to create Him in our image.  Rather than our lives conforming to Him, we try and make Him conform to us.  Our similarity comes from our image, not His.  It’s remarkable how similar our version of god is to ourselves!

We have decided what this god likes, and have made him our own little personal god who is just like us.  A god who never disagrees with me or wants me to do the difficult things.  He never wants me to change or stop being who I am.  He craves everything I crave and desires everything I desire.  It is very easy to believe in that kind of god.  It’s even easier to serve that kind of god.

After leaving her husband for another man, a woman on facebook argued, “If God wants me to be happy, and this makes me happy, then this must be God’s will for my life!” Recently, a video about a female preacher recorded her saying, “A lot of the ways that I’ve been perceiving the Lord’s voice is through having peace when I walk through open doors.  If I have an unpeaceful heart then that’s not really where I’m supposed to be, but if I’m in a place where I have peace about where I’m going, then that’s the Lord telling me, ‘yes.’”

Essentially, this attitude reverses the role of God and man.  It says, “If I feel peace or happiness about my decision, then that must be what God wants.”  If that’s the case, then God must want me to eat A LOT of candy.  He must want some people to commit adultery.  He must want some people to hate and mistreat homosexuals.  But, I think that’s probably not the case.  I don’t think God particularly cares about my candy eating happiness or my momentary feelings.  I don’t think God wants me to seek peace and happiness, and try to drag Him along with me.  I don’t think He wants me to arrogantly determine what is best for me and Him.  I think He would like to be in charge of those decisions.  I think He wants me to lovingly and submissively run to Him as the only true and eternal source of peace and happiness.

The reason I think this is because of who is called to repent and turn in Scripture.  God is never called to turn around or change His actions and views to grow closer to us.  We are called to turn around and change to grow closer to Him.  We are called to obey, repent, submit, worship, and follow Him.  Not the other way around.  We have an innate ability to reject what is right, become callous in our hearts, and forget how to blush (Jeremiah 6:15).  We don’t need a god like that.

People can be weak, frail, and pretty stupid.  We shouldn’t want to put our hope in a god like us.  For one thing, we can’t.  There is no God like us.  No matter how hard we try, we will not change God or create a new one (Malachi 3:6).  We simply end up serving the idol in the mirror.  Secondly, the world does not need another god.  The world needs a God who is dependable, moral, and consistent.  A God we can cling to.  A God wiser than us who truly knows what is best for us.  A God who sees past the temporal pleasures of this life and into the eternal realms.  A God who cannot be created or surpassed.  The world needs the only true and living God.  Simply, the world has no use for a god like me.

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