Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:19 AM

SEARCHING FOR OR RUNNING FROM?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:19 AM
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:19 AM

It is interesting how people describe their sincere search for “peace or spirituality”…this is their description of their search not mine. When you peel away the onion, to use a metaphor, their search is always open to everything but God. This tells me that they know that there is a God, but they want anything but God.

 They know that there is a “higher being”, this phrase is also one they use to describe God, and they know that He is a God of peace. For finding peace seems to be their constant quest. They also know that God is a God of love, for they want and seek acceptance of the world. In the following quote by Dan Story, we can see that not only people of today, but people since time immortal have been engaging in rebellion not a genuine search for the truth…they are not searching for but running from.

 “The Bible teaches that God created the universe and revealed Himself to the first man, Adam. Adam knew God and had a close personal relationship with Him. Nevertheless, Adam rebelled against God by willfully disobeying Him. This incurred God’s judgment, and the first couple were banished from the Garden. Following Adam’s footsteps, subsequent generations continued to rebel against God, resulting in the judgment of the worldwide flood (Gen. 6) and later in the dispersal of humanity at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11).

 Sometime after Babel, God began to build the nation of Israel, starting with Abraham, as the focus of His special revelation. Through Israel, God began to reveal to the world fuller truths about Himself and His plan for mankind’s redemption. Prior to the Babel incident, the Bible does not relate that man, even in his rebellion against God, practiced idolatry, polytheism, or any other false religion. In other words, all knew of the one true God even if they rejected Him. It was only after the dispersal of humanity into various cultures and God beginning to focus His special revelation on the nation of Israel that we see the rise of false religions. Except for Israel, the nations of the world quickly turned away from their previous knowledge of God. They rejected God’s general revelation of Himself and began worshiping idols and practicing polytheism and other deviant religions. Israel, alone among the world’s nations, practiced monotheism and worshiped the one true God (they also rebelled in time). So pantheism, polytheism, animism, and all the other false views of God grew out of human rebellion, not genuine searching.”[1]

 

[1] Story, D. (1997). Defending your faith (114–115). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

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