Monday, November 12, 2007

The God Shaped Hole In Your Soul and Worshipping Idols

I don't like talking about people having a God shaped hole in their soul, although it is true. The problem is that it is not the gospel message that brings knowledge of sin and salvation through Jesus Christ. However, the hole people have in their soul drives everyone to a spiritual search... and the problem is that in America the result of that search is not a good result. Instead of finding God, Americans are finding idols and worshiping idols.

An idol does not have to be a statue made from stone or wood. An idol does not have to be a physical thing. Any time we worship something or someone other than God we are worshiping an idol. For example, Mormons have created a Jesus they like. He is nothing like the real Jesus. And even though they call him Jesus Christ and use his name in the name of their church, the Jesus they have is idol they have created. It is the same with Jehovah's Witnesses, evolutionists, and progressive Christianity. They have all created a Jesus they prefer. Instead of making themselves into the image of Jesus, they have created a Jesus in their own image... and they worship that idol.

When Jews in the Kingdom of Judah were was accused by God of worshiping idols, this is what God said in Jeremiah chapter 2. It is an accurate description of America today. Americans are seeking after every god but God:

"You say, 'That's not true! We haven't worshiped the images of Baal!' But how can you say that? Go and look in any valley in the land! Face the awful sins you have done. You are like a restless female camel desperate for a male! You are like a wild donkey, sniffing the wind at mating time? Who can restrain your lust. Those who desire you do not even need to search, for you come running them them! Why do you refuse to turn from all this running after other gods? But you say, 'Don't waste your breath, I have fallen inn love with these foreign gods, and I can't stop loving them now!'"

What can be done? The answer is the same. Repent and turn to Jesus. Not the Jesus created by you or by a church, but the Jesus of the Bible. Humble yourself. Admit you are wrong. Read your Bible and accept Jesus, just as he is.

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