It’s funny where God is disappearing these days. In the late 1800s, Nietzsche said that God was dead and for many He began to disappear in their lives. Then they decided that prayer in schools was “un-constitutional” and He began to disappear from the schools. Some want Him to disappear in the pledge of allegiance. And if you have been perusing the internet much you begin to realize that there are huge numbers of atheist who are beginning to evangelize the public with their God-doesn’t-exist philosophies (which is interesting that a finite being would claim to possess enough information to be able to state categorically that God does not exist, therefore making themselves out to have all knowledge and thus claiming to be the very being they say does not exist).
The debate in the public sector as to the existence of the Infinite is not altogether surprising in lieu of the reality of the spiritual undertows that are occurring between the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Light. It is not even unfathomable that there would be a battle for God centeredness in the Church as the teaching of the world system crowds in and tries to be heard. The place where I find the most interesting dismantling of a God image is going on in the Bible. We are so self absorbed that we think that the Bible is about us. Hear me clearly: THE BIBLE IS NOT ABOUT YOU!
These days we approach the Scriptures much the same way we approach any other self-help book or read the headlines of the newspaper or watch the evening news. We are looking for ourselves or things that affect us directly. Now don’t get me wrong, the Bible is full of wisdom and illustrations and teachings about how we should live our lives. But, it is much more than that. It tells us the story of a Creator who loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us. THE BIBLE IS ABOUT GOD!
If you don’t believe me try an experiment with me. Pick a book of the Bible and begin to read it. As you read, circle or underline every reference to God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit. Mark each reference even pronouns. After you finish the section go back and reread it from the vantage point of “what do I learn about God in this passage”. What you discover will surprise you. Even your favorite verses are about Him not you. THE BIBLE IS ABOUT GOD NOT YOU!
We want to be the star of every show we attend. But when it comes to the Bible we need to play a bit part. THE STAR IN THE BIBLE IS GOD NOT US!
30-Day-God-in-the-Bible Challenge: For the next 30 days read the Bible and underline every reference to God you can find. If you come up with a different conclusion than me come back here and let me know.