Est. May 2008

24 March, 2013

DIY Gods

"When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything." - GK Chesterton
Perhaps you’ve heard the most recent Rob Bell story – that he’s embraced gay-marriage on the grounds of being ‘for marriage’:
"Yes, I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think that the church needs to just … this is the world that we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are."
Yes, this is the same Rob Bell who wrote the book Love Wins, a book-length denial of Jesus’ clear biblical teachings on the reality of the existence of hell and damnation.

This isn’t surprising, though, considering that back when he wrote his book Velvet Elvis: Repainting The Christian Faith, he ‘denies outright the historic orthodox Christian view of the Bible’:
This is part of the problem with continually insisting that one of the absolutes of the Christian faith must be a belief that "Scripture alone" is our guide. It sounds good, but it's not true. (emphasis in the original link)
In short, Rob Bell doesn’t believe the Bible is God’s Word; it seems to follow that Rob Bell, then, doesn't believe in the God of the Bible.  So...what god does he believe in?

Dan Delzell, writing for Christian Post, addresses Rob Bell in a recent article (which I recommend you read; it’s right here); in it Pastor Delzell says:
What makes Rob's teaching on heaven, hell, and sexuality so popular is that his views represent the natural flow of man's heart. There is no divine revelation in it, but just feelings and wishful thinking. It's warm. It's fuzzy. And it's popular.
And there’s Rob Bell’s god – a god created from his own heart, a god of ‘feelings and wishful thinking’.

That’s not the God of the Bible, for sure.

Mankind makes the god it wants because it wants a god that’s undemanding, who’s easygoing, who doesn’t yell at us, who doesn’t expect a whole lot of us.  Mankind wants a god who doesn’t condemn the sins we enjoy so much – but he or she can condemn other sins, the ones we don’t like, that’s acceptable.

We make god in our own image, after our own likeness – which is as far from the God of the Bible as east is from west.

And we have preachers – modern preachers and teachers of the Word (allegedly) – who preach and teach these man-made gods.  Why?  Part of it is outlined above – those are the gods we want.  Another part is Bible illiteracy.  If you don’t read the Bible, how do you know that what you’re being told is actually in the Bible?  You don’t.  If you depend on others to tell you what’s in it, you get what they want you to have and nothing more.  And if you get a preacher who skips over the ‘icky parts’ about what God expects and demands from His followers, all you’re going to get it the ‘warm and fuzzy God’ – you’ll only get half the story.

It’s kind of like reading an owner’s manual.  Most of them have a list of do’s and don’t’s for the product.  If you don’t read that list, and you ‘do’ a ‘don’t’, and the product breaks and you take it in, the repair person is going to tell you, ‘Well, this isn’t under warranty because you didn’t follow the instructions.’ Then you’re stuck.  When you’re talking about the Bible – the ‘human owner’s manual’, so to speak – if you do too many ‘don’t’s’ there’ll come a time when you ‘break’ and you’ll be told by the Repair Man that you’re no longer under warranty because you didn’t follow the instructions.  And then you’re really stuck, aren’t you?

Whether they realize it or not, these modern preachers depend on Bible illiteracy to spread their half-truths and half-informations to their congregations.  And their congregations eat it up because, again, their sinful hearts want a ‘warm and fuzzy god’ who doesn’t demand their compliance.  They want to hear about God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to die for our sins, but they don’t want to hear that that’s supposed to change your hearts and get you to act against your own sinful will.  They make their own ‘warm and fuzzy god’ because they don’t know the whole truth, and, in fact, they’d probably rather not know the whole truth.

And the longer preachers preach a ‘warm and fuzzy god’, the more they being to believe in that god themselves.  They exchange the truth for a lie and worship their own god, which in the end is going to be as effective as worshiping a brick.  And the worst thing?  They lead others to the same fate.

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