Rejecting God our Creator and Redeemer in Three Ways!

Rejecting God

Rejecting God our Creator and Redeemer in Three Ways!

We may immediately think of false religion’s role in rejecting the God of the Bible—and this indeed is a chief way of denying God. Think of Buddhism and its rejection of the personal God of the Bible. Or consider Hinduism and the claim that there are three chief gods along with 330 million lesser gods! Then there is Islam, with its claim that Allah is the only god there is, and this causes adherents to reject Jesus as the Son of God who died on a cross and rose from the dead.

It is true that these are some of the chief ways that people reject the God who is described in the Scriptures. Do you, personally, compromise your belief in God in some way? Let’s notice three of the ways that people deny the true and living God and, instead, hold to some compromising position.

The Rejection of Idolatry

As we have mentioned above, some world or local religions deny the God of Scripture and substitute certain idols. We immediately think of Hinduism with their millions of different gods. Perhaps this is the greatest evidence of idolatry in the world today. But there are more. Buddhism may theoretically deny any God, but they have made Buddha (a mere man) into a “god” by elevating him to a wrongful level of devotion. In contrast, Jesus said, “You shall worship the LORD your God, and serve Him only” (Matthew 4:10).  Perhaps traditional Catholicism would be another example, for even though Catholic authorities may deny it, hundreds of millions of members use images and virtually “worship” them.

Making images in the form of man or any non-God creature is an offense against the God of heaven. As Paul explains, “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man” (Acts 17:29). In another place, Paul points out that Gentile pagans (and this would include idolaters today) “exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures” (Romans 1:23). When we observe an image made by man, let’s view it as a blasphemous rejection of the God of the Bible who is pure “spirit” in nature (John 4:24).

The Rejection of Evolution

The latest Gallup poll (from 2017) has revealed that only 38% of the American public accept the Biblical account of creation. Some 38% believe that God used evolution as the origin of humanity. Of course, this makes sense, since either God created or evolution has happened. But one can’t come up with the idea that God “used” evolution to create! Further, some 20% of the public think that “humans evolved from lower life forms without any divine intervention.” This shows the extent to which false ideas are being believed and promulgated in our modern world. The situation is far worse in other nations of the world!

Scripture says that God’s wrath is revealed from heaven “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). Paul goes on to explain: “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (v. 20). It is clear that God “made the world and all things in it” (Acts 17:24), thus there is no room for a naturalistic explanation. Evolution must be false. Evolution is a rejection of the true and living God described in the Scriptures. In effect, it is blasphemy against God Himself!

The Rejection of a Different God

By this we mean that when a person, as part of his religion, has a conception of a Higher Power that differs from the true and living God, then that person is actually rejecting God our Creator and Redeemer. This would include idolatry (see above). But we must “turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all things in them” (Acts 14:15). This would include the false gods of the world religions. It would include the faulty gods of Christendom, for often they differ in some way or in many ways from the God of the Bible!

Paul knew that the philosophies of the Epicureans and the Stoics of Athens had a wrong view of the living God of reality (Acts 17:18-29), and from this they had to repent and change (vv. 30-31). The god of the Thessalonians also had to be renounced, for these pagans had to turn to God from idols “to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). In our day, many professing “Christians” want to retain faulty ideas of god that they have inherited from their past religions. These lies of Satan must also be renounced and the true God described in Scripture must be embraced.

Have You Rejected the True and Living God?

Could it be that you have rejected the true God of the Bible in favor of your own conception of god that is different from reality? Maybe you have been involved in idolatry is some way. Perhaps you have accepted the false theory of evolution, but this too denies massive amounts of Scripture which rejects the God of creation described there. And maybe you have devised a false god of your imagination that differs markedly from the true God of the Scriptures!

If any of this describes you, now is the time to repent and accept the true God of the Bible. Nothing else will do. As the writer of Hebrews says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Will you come to Him by faith today?

Richard Hollerman

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