“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
“Man, the only creature made in God’s image, the only one who could think God’s thoughts after Him, is the one who suppresses the revelation of God and gives glory to gross creatures rather than to Him. That is the chronicle of human history and is the most serious offense of all mankind and every individual – the refusal to honor God as God.”
Dr. Joseph Pipa President, Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Most people would exclude themselves from accusations of worshiping created things, especially as it relates to the ancient worship of animals, stars, moons, planets or people as gods (and other similar beliefs). Most rational people (believing in a creator or not) regard these kinds of beliefs as absurd, baseless, even foolish – and rightfully so.
As the most intelligent creature in the animal kingdom of God we have come to believe that no other earthly creature is then our equal or superior. In other words, they are not worthy of our worship. Naturally, for the most part, “civilized” societies have moved past nature worship and have moved toward something possibly even more offensive to God.
Thinking ourselves to be wise we suppress the glory of God evidenced in and by His creation and attribute it to a mathematically impossible number of random occurrences. In other words, we have substituted the once held belief that all of creation/nature has some intrinsic deep meaning (however often perverted in that belief) and exchanged it for the belief that creation is all the result of mindless and purposeless chance!
How offensive would it be to Michelangelo Buonarroti to hear the countless admirers of the Sistine Chapel praise the cathedrals resident cockroaches for its creation and beauty? Or how about the very figures that adorn the chapel’s ceiling give praise unto themselves because “in all the world there is no other art quite so grand!”
Now imagine the throngs of visitors proposing that no one is responsible for the ceilings’ beauty. It is nothing more than an illusion. It’s not actually a work of art at all. It is simply the natural colors, inclusions and shadows of the materials used in constructing the chapel. It just happens to look like someone’s been busy painting!
In reducing God’s mind-blowing creation to such an unbelievable absurdity we offend Him on the deepest levels. Furthermore, the result of buying into this belief leaves humans atop all that has randomly occurred. And we live as if we’re supreme. But the only logical conclusion in this belief system is to confess that we are the “pinnacle” of purposelessness!
(The great irony in this godless thinking is that we are no better or greater than the simplest form of bacteria. We are simply the result of a different set of random processes.)
And what about those who profess to be defenders of God’s truth? We must carefully and continually examine our own understanding of God. Our worship is no worship (no different than the pantheist or atheist) if we are not worshiping in the WHOLE “truth” of God’s word.
Beliefs that conjure up ideas of “the man upstairs” are not worthy of the one “who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:16)
Beliefs that conjure up ideas of “God-Grandpa” are not worthy of the one who will hold men accountable for every careless/idle word on the Day of Judgment. (Matthew 12:36)
Beliefs that conjure up ideas of an unreasonable and hostile God are not worthy of the one who “demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Beliefs that conjure up ideas of a God who wants to be our “co-pilot” or “CEO” are not worthy of the One who was beaten, whipped, sliced, pounded, gashed, gouged and murdered as penalty for our wickedness!
We are the only earthly creation designed in the image of God. We were purposed to worship intelligently! It is our only reasonable response. So let us purpose to worship God, not only with our entire heart, not only with all of our imagination but also with our entire mind!
(c) 2006 Preston Philpott