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?

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...Christ-follower, husband, dad, minister, and chronic day-dreamer
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1 Response to Images

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    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.


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