Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Modern Day False Idols

"He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:
And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god."
[Is 44:16-17]

An expression that has long bothered me is "Mother Nature". You hear it flung around everywhere, such as when describing fierce storms or the changing global environment (deforestation, "climate change", etc.) You also hear similar language from the evolutionist when he talks about the design of the human body (without a designer), or how nature "chose" such-and-such. This, in my opinion, deifies nature and gives it credit for creating, nurturing, and sustaining us. But these things are God's doings, not "Mother Nature's".

In the middle of Isaiah 44, the prophet talks about the silliness of some people's false idols. He describes how they will go out and cut down a tree with their own hands, take some of the wood from the tree and burn it to make a fire with which they cook their food and drinks, but then they will take some of the wood from the same tree, fashion it into a man (again, with their own hands), and then fall down before it calling it "god". How can something that you make yourself be your god? How can it have any power over you?

Our God resides in heaven. He does not depend on us for anything. He is our Creator, and we are His creation. The need within us to seek and worship Him is so great that even those who flat out reject the possibility of His existence have found their own gods in His creation. But let us not be led astray into such idol worship. Let us remember the God of the Bible and worship only Him.

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