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Give Me That Man-Made Religion – Acts 7:40b-41

09 Nov

Introduction

The title of my post is a play on words of an old song entitled “Give me that old-time religion”.  Our scripture text is taken from Acts chapter 7 covering the events leading up to the stoning of Stephen.  Before they stoned him Stephen recounted a history of the nation of Israel.  We will focus on one event in that history, the making of the golden calf.  The original account of the story Stephen mentions is in Exodus chapter 32.

In Acts 7:40 the children of Israel told Aaron, Moses’ brother…“Make us gods to go before us”.  Moses, as commanded, had ascended the mountain to meet with God.  He had been gone, in the estimation of some, too long and his return was called into question.  They saw an opportunity to make some changes due to the fact that they were already questioning Moses’ leadership.  They had decided to create a god in their image and to their own liking.

You might be thinking “that’s insane”, you can’t create a god.  First off I would agree, that is insane, but you don’t have to be a history major to know that since the beginning of recorded time our history is full of such efforts.  In my years on this earth I have personally witnessed the birth of new man-made gods.

Why does man seek to create their own god?  Clearly, in the case of Israel, they wanted a god they could see.  Over and over again the children of Israel desired to be like the nations around them who served rocks, trees, crafted precious metals and even the sun and moon.  An inanimate object, like the golden calf, is not going to deliver any laws.  This is man’s effort to tell God how things are going to work from now on. How great is this?  Decide what your god will look like and how it will act.  You can then make up your own rituals and rules to fit your lifestyle.

This thought process can be traced back to the Garden of Eden where the Serpent, in Genesis 3:5, tells Eve “and ye shall be as gods”.  Satan has always painted God as the suppressor of happiness whereas following Satan will allow you to be free to do as you choose.  In fact the opposite is true; God wants to free us from the curse of sin.  Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  Satan is exposed for who he really is in 1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  God wants to save you and Satan wants to destroy you.

I want to declare unto you there is only one true and living God.  There is coming a day when all the man-made gods will be exposed for what they really are and the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will sit on His throne in judgment.

Is there more than one God?

There is only one true and living God.  Let’s start with a couple of scriptures. 

Isa 45:5  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:…

Hos 13:4  Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

Almighty God has spoken on the subject, and it’s a good thing because He is the only one qualified to answer; there is only one God.

Any so called religion that does not singularly acknowledge Almighty God is man-made.

How many sons does God have?

Jesus Christ is the only begotten of Almighty God.  John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus spoke these words of himself in John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus said he was the son of God many times, even the unbelievers acknowledged that: Mat 27:43  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

Let’s not forget that God acknowledged Jesus as His son: Mat 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Any so called religion that does not singularly acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only begotten of God is man-made.

How many paths are there to God?

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 10:7-10  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I could offer additional scriptures here but the bible has spoken.  Jesus is the only way to God.

Any so called religion that does not singularly declare Jesus as the only way to God is man-made.

Final Thoughts

Even with the scripture evidence given I am sure there are those out there who still refuse to believe in one God, one Savior and one way.  Not accepting the truth does not prevent a person from being judged by it.  Rom 3:3-4  For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

God loves you as evidenced by the scripture in John 3:16 mentioned earlier.  Isn’t it about time you stopped running from the very thing you know in your heart is true?

 

Until Night,

A Servant

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Posted by on November 9, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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