Build a God??


Are you familiar with the, “Build a Bear,” concept? You can take your child into a store and the can pick out just what their teddy bear will look like. They chose every aspect of the bear right down to the clothes he will wear. Then they help you build him.
Many of us treat God this way. We pick and choose what, “Our God,” is like. We construct, “Our God,” just the way we want Him to be. We say things like, “My God would never do that,” or, “My God isn’t like that.” The problem with this approach, of course, is that we become the creator, and He becomes our creation. God doesn’t live by our rules. We were created by Him, and for His purpose and pleasure.
This is why the Bible is so very important. Without it we are left with countless issues, and situations that require us to make moral judgments. The question we need to consider is, “What standard of morality do I use to judge right and wrong?”
“Thus says the Lord” occurs over 400 times in the Old Testament. “God said” occurs 42 times in the Old Testament and 4 times in the New Testament. “God spoke” occurs 9 times in the Old Testament and 3 times in the New Testament. In the gospels Jesus spoke of the Old Testament as the word of God (Matt. 15:6, Mark 7:13). In 2 Tim. 3:16-17 the Apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work,” (2 Tim. 3:16-17 ESV). Peter says in 2 Pet. 1:21, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” (2 Pet. 1:21 ESV).
The Bible is, as it claims to be, the word of God. Let us not be guilty of creating God, rather allow Him and His authoritative Word define who He is and how He desires us to be.


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