Who’s Your God?

James Michener, in his book, The Source, tells the story of a man named Urbaal, a farmer who lived about 2200 B.C. He worshiped two gods. The god of death and the goddess of fertility.

One day, the temple priests tell Urbaal to bring his young son to the temple for sacrifice, if he wants good crops. Urbaal obeys, and on the appointed day drags his wife and boy to the scene of the boy’s “religious execution” by fire to the god of death. After the sacrifice of Urbaal’s boy and several others, the priests announce that one of the fathers will spend next week in the temple, with a new temple prostitute. Urbaal’s wife is stunned as she detects an intense desire written across his face, more than she had seen before. And then she is overwhelmed when his name is called to see him eagerly lunge forward.

After the ceremony is over, she walks out of the temple dazed. Her head swimming trying to comprehend what has occurred. It’s then that she makes this profound statement “if he had different gods, he would have been a different man.”

Is it fair to ask, “Who’s your God?” 

The apostle Paul warned in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

The “god of this age” is the one Jesus called “the ruler of this world” (Jn 12:42) Paul calls him “the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:1-2). Who is it? The Devil himself (Eph. 6:11-12)

This week I’m speaking at the church in Kettering,Ohio, regarding light and darkness. Yesterday, I discussed how the devil tries to keep us in darkness. He tries to blind us. To deceive us. To trick us. He hides the truth. Or at least obscures it. He doesn’t want us to value truth.

He does this with an emphasis on Individualism. People feel they can judge for themselves what is right and wrong. True and false. Good and bad. What it really means is “I am my own god”! Its tag line is “you will know when it’s right for you.” Pretty crafty, eh? And so we become blinded to the truth of the gospel.

Satan also uses the teaching of secularism to develop more followers. Secularists want to remove every vestige of religion and morals, especially Christianity from public life. And so during the past 40-50 years we have seen a systematically removal of God from schools, government, TV, newspapers and in some cases even churches. The mantra of the secularists is “God is unnecessary.”

The Devil has also used the philosophy of relativism to water down truth, or even eradicate it completely. Relativism can be summarized in two words: No absolutes. Every university student who has ever taken a philosophy course in a state university has probably heard a professor say, “there are no absolutes.” Hmm, that kinda sounds like an absolute to me! The idea is that what is truth for me, may not be truth for you. And visa-versa.

The “god of this age” has convinced our culture that we must be tolerant and non-judgmental of every view, belief and lifestyle, no matter how bazaar! The worse sin of this era is intolerance. Yet, truth is absolute. There is right. And wrong. Truth. And error. And Jesus said, “I am the truth.”

Like Mitchner’s Urbaal, the person you become will be because of the “god” you serve. “The god of this world” will leave you in darkness. In confusion. And in sin. Only through the God of the Bible can we know truth. Receive spiritual enlightenment. And bask in the light of love, joy and peace.

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5 responses to “Who’s Your God?

  1. Billie Mann

    EXCELLENT – LESSON FOR ALL – EVEN OF US WHO ARE STRONG IN OUR FAITH.

  2. Good article, keep up standard ! We need more topics like this one. Thank you so much .

  3. God is that who made this Universe and human beings, animals, Birds, insects and all things we can see in this world with our eyes. God arranged different kinds of foods to keep our body healthy and sent us guidance through holy books to keep our soul healthy. He told us what we should do and what we should not do. We have to get knowledge and act upon it and BE THANKFUL to God for the life He gave us and for all things He made for us that s all. Devil works like a laboratory for us through it we come to know who we are.It totally depends upon us to follow devil or God. If we follow Devil then we are the men of Devil But if we follow God then we are the men of God. This world is like a test and result we will see in the next world which God promises us in the Holy books and God never tell a lie.
    Its true everyone is different because of different belief Bur God is ONE and aktually we should be have one belief. It is due to some people stick to one belief and never try to check latest versions of instructions. Its our fault . We are free to choose the way.

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