Thursday, January 10, 2013

Words of Comfort: The 2nd Commandment


Violation of the Second of the Ten Commandments (you shall not make up false gods) is the doorway to all evil. Most idolaters create a god in the same way they approach a buffet. They take what pleases their eye—everything that is sweet to the taste and easy to swallow: God’s wonderful love. His amazing mercy. His great kindness. Then they make up an image in their mind that has no reference to His fearful holiness, His perfect righteousness, and His terrible warning of a Day of Judgment. The problem is that their god doesn’t exist. He’s a figment of their imagination—the place of imagery. The god that they readily bow to has no moral dictate, therefore anything goes. That’s why they love him.

Richard Dawkins is a big buffet fan. He picks and chooses Old Testament examples of God’s wrath and points to His harsh judgments on the nations, and creates a tyrant who has no love, no mercy or kindness. The professor then says, “If that’s the God you believe in, I don’t want to have anything to do with Him!” And he’s right to not want to have anything to do with that idol. The god that Richard Dawkins doesn’t believe in, doesn’t exist. He’s a figment of his fertile imagination. Let’s pray that he comes to his senses before he passes into eternity, and gets the shock of his death when he has to face His morally perfect Creator.