Summary: It is tragic how so many are deceived by subtly exchanging the truth of God for a lie. The following are eighteen false views of God that pervade our world and need to be exposed.
They Exchanged the Truth of God for a Lie (Rom 1:16-22)
It is tragic how so many are deceived by subtly exchanging the truth of God for a lie. The following are eighteen erroneous views of God that pervade our world. The first of the ten commandments is "I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other idols before me." (Exodus 20)
God told the people of Israel, "Be careful or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you and He will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you." (Deut 11:17)
True satisfaction and deliverance from a life of frustration, emptiness and sin only comes when we put away flase notions of God and worship the true God in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
Woodrow Kroll of Back to the Bible writes:
"Satisfaction for the soul cannot be found apart
from fellowship with the Lord. David the psalmist
sought to maintain his companionship with God
from early morning until late at night. He made a
practice of being in the "presence" of God
throughout the day by the blessed privilege of
When our souls thirst for the Lord as our parched
tongues thirst for water, when our appetite for
righteousness equals our appetite for food, then
we will make it a habit of rising early in the
morning to make our first appointment of the day
an appointment with God. He will be the first one
on our minds in the morning, and the last one on
our minds at night."
When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries;
May Jesus Christ be praised;
Alike at work and prayer
To Jesus I repair;
May Jesus Christ be praised.
The following eighteen false notions of God must be put away and replaced with a worship of the true God in the fullness of His grace, love and truth.
1. god Always Give Success
There are a growing number of believers in a god who is shaped according to a prosperity vision. Many teach and portray God as one who always gives success when we live by faith. Consider Job who had to rethink his understanding of God when he wrote, "Lord, now I know you can do all things and no purpose of yours can be thwarted." (Job 42:1-6) Job had to learn that God is sovereign and He can take away anything we have to teach us the lessons we need to learn in order to be complete in our understanding of His total right to do whatever He pleases even if it involves loss, adversity and delayed blessings. The Lord allows adversity to help us push the reset button and readapt to His sovereign training program.
2. god Who Plays Favorites
Some view God as partial only toward the religiously devout. As a result, many people suppose that they have to seek a special mystical relationship with God in order to see God work on their behalf. The principles of Romans 8:28,29 are constantly at work for those of us who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes. The Lord is completely impartial and has the right to send rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Samuel wrote, "Now may the fear of the Lord be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery. (2 Chron 19:7) Thank God that He always knows how to evaluate everyone according to sound Biblical criteria without any bias or having to play favoritism.
3. god Who is Oblivious to Suffering
Many people can be heard to say, "If God is so loving why does He allow so much suffering in the world?" They seem to cast doubt on God’s superintendence and ability to rule His creation. These folks deny the wisdom and power of God because they think that the sufferings of the world are out of His control. However, much of the suffering in the world is a consequence of sin. He subjected the whole creation to frustration (Rom 8:12-15) Natural tragedies do occur, but always the sovereign wisdom and plan of God are being carried out in ways that do not need to understand in order to do God’s will. (Deut 29:29) War and sin are by-products of rebellion against God. We should not be surprised when we see the flack of evil affecting people around the world. (2 Pet 1:6,7)
4. god is a god of all world’s religions
In our new age oriented society many people think that all roads lead to heaven or a spiritual state. The mantra of the news media is tolerance. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. NO one comes to the Father but by Me." (John 14:6,7) There is no equivocation when it comes to everyone’s need to find forgiveness through Christ alone as their substitutionary payment for the forgiveness of sin. In an age of tolerance it is fashionable to project God as one who accepts all religious points of view. It is common to hear people who hold view say, "I find God in my own way." Let us remember what Peter said, "Neither is their salvation in any one else. For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)