Posts tagged ‘creation’

April 28, 2016

Idolatry

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I got this quote below from a good article about Idolatry. I felt the need to post this because of the power and essence of what it said. The way it was worded so eloquently I had to share it with you. Excerpt taken  from this link: http://www.christianunion.org/publications/christian-union-the-magazine/past-issues/fall-2015/1245-idolatry-and-sexual-immorality

Richard Keyes provides a useful psychological description of how idolatry actually functions in our lives:

“At the most basic level, idols are what we make out of the evidence for God within ourselves and in the world—if we do not want to face the face of God Himself in His majesty and holiness.  Rather than look to the Creator and have to deal with His lordship, we orient our lives toward the creation, where we can be more free to control and shape our lives in our desired directions…since we were made to relate to God, but do not want to face Him, we forever inflate things in this world to religious proportions to fill the vacuum left by God’s exclusion…An idol is something within creation that is inflated to function as a substitute for God.”

 

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July 15, 2008

Jesus is Lord

It is reckoned that the earliest and simplest of the Christian creeds comprised just three words; JESUS IS LORD.

Upon the strength of this straighforward confession believers were baptized and welcomed into the Christian community.  With this phrase they were making a statement about Jesus’ identity.  Lord(Kurios in Greek) was the word which the scholars used for God’s divine name(Yahweh) when they translated the Old Testament into Greek.

They knew LORD was a divine title, and they constantly employed it with reference to Jesus.  He was not the latest addition to the pantheon of Roman deities; He was unique in His birth, death and resurrection – and one day every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!

Giving in to the pluralistic thinking that grants validity to every religion is false.  We are, if you like, stuck with the great New Testament affirmations of the uniqueness of Jesus.(Acts 4:12-Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.)

There is a myth gaining ground in our day – namely that the world religions(Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, etc) agree on the main things while disagreeing on only peripheral matters.  In fact the differences between them are profound.  The English poet Steve Turner makes this point well in his poem CREED:

“We believe that all religions are basically the same, at least the one that we read was, They all believe in love and goodness, They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation”

February 15, 2008

new beginning

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed and the new has come”  2 Corinthians 5:17

 The verse above is one of my favorite versus in the Bible.  I put it on my Home page, because of how much it means to me.  The significance for me is that my old life has passed and the NEW one in Christ Jesus is here.  My old life, fruitless, dead, empty, hollow, unhappy, never filling, never satisfied, always wanting more, old life has been replaced.  Thank God for a NEW life that’s happy, fulfilled, satisfied, thirsty for His word, married, complete.  These new words have replaced the old ones.  This new life has replaced a stranger that I no longer want to know or be.  I could never turn back from where I am today.  The good thing for me is that I remember vividly the emptiness I once felt that no longer haunts me, but is in my memory.  I don’t want to forget that, because it helps remind me of where I was and where I am today.  Praise HIM forever for lifting me up out of the miry clay and setting my feet upon His rock!  Amen.