There’s a popular store where you create your own stuffed animals. The process involves choosing a “shell”, filling it with fluff, accessorizing, then taking the new made-to-order friend home. It may seem like a modern concept, but many of the ancients actually developed their deities in much the same way. They imagined, designed, and worshipped gods that were made from their own thoughts; and on several occasions, the Apostle Paul mentioned it. For example:
“Professing to be wise, they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the image of corruptible man.” – Romans 1:22-23 NKJV
It’s easy to dismiss that verse as applicable only to pagan worship, but is it? The ancients made their gods according to personal preferences, but it can be a potential problem for modern worshippers too. Slowly and unintentionally, the “less-preferred” parts of the Bible can be minimized, while other “more-preferred” parts are highlighted. At that point, there’s danger of describing an image more like us than the One True Living God revealed in the Bible.
Is your view of God a proper balance of His character traits? Will you give Him the honor, thanks and worship He deserves today?
Extremely important concept, and thus another highlight to Paul’s injunction that not many are called to be teachers of the Word, since their’s is a higher standard.