Is God a good idea? Is God just an idea? Did we invent something, or someone, from our psychology because we wanted some comfort in this world?
This is a common idea. One of the founders of Christian Liberal thinking is Ludwig Feuerbach, who believed that we invented God by looking at ourselves. We created our creator in our own image; we looked into ourselves and put pieces of ourselves into our ‘superman in the sky.’
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Ludwig Feuerbach inspired many, including the founders of Communism, and probably the Nazis. He also inspired the Protestant Liberals. The result of that thinking, in Christian churches, was Liberal Theology, and the end result of Liberalism is empty churches. People who learn the teachings of doubt and dis-belief are not inspired to believe more; they are mostly inspired to leave. Look around your city and notice all the old and empty church buildings. We have some very beautiful buildings where I live, and they are mostly empty on Sunday; beautiful tombs. I remember a historical antique church in Scotland that was converted into a Sikh Temple, or Gurdwara. I was not offended by the Sikhs from India; they just recycled an empty building after all the Christians left, and they saved the building from demolition.
Old Christian traditions are easy to see in the design of the buildings, and the biblical names, and the clothes worn by the leaders. Probably, it would be difficult for any members who still go to those places, to explain the cross symbol on their old building, but the crosses are still there. If you want a classic statement of Protestant Liberalism, see it here: Click here.
I’m a Christian believer, and I believe in the existence of God, who came before me, and made me. I am offended by church-killing dead religion. To me, it’s just an example of ‘Atheism Goes to Church.’
There is a different point of view out there:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5 and 6)
On Friday, I went to work at a site about an hour from my home. This was the end of a busy week for me, and I was tired. Just before I started driving, I started worrying. So many things could have gone wrong, and I was too tired for big challenges on Friday. This is part of the list: I was tired and I needed to be alert and focused; I was being evaluated for upgrading and the senior examiner could be harsh and critical; I had to get a company vehicle from a co-worker, and he was driving home to another city, and my supervisor didn’t know how to connect us.
Also, before I started driving, I decided to pray about the day. From a Liberal point of view, that was an extreme decision. No sensible person would pray to an idea that we invented, and ask it to help them. When I looked at my own resources, my psychological strength, I just got stressed and worried. So, I prayed to the God who made me, and asked for help for the day. I didn’t see what a God in Heaven could do, but I asked anyway.
And things got worse.
I forgot to mention, I carry a company iPhone for remote-site communication, and for some reason my email was not working, and no-one could help me with that. I’m not an iPhone person, and I had no idea what to do. Also, the day before, I had been delayed by flood damage. We are having a wet summer with thunder storms and flood damage, and I had to drive over badly damaged roads, and maybe through bad weather.
The text messages flew to between senior managers and me, and we tried to make it all work. As a group, we have experienced some stress, and our public image is not good right now. I felt the burden of making it all work for the public and the clients, and keeping up our good name.
I did not pray to Liberal-Idea-God. That was obviously a waste of time.
Here’s what happened after I prayed:
- I walked into the site office, and the first person I met was the man with the vehicle that I needed. I was very surprised to see him there, with the vehicle. With a few phone messages, he arranged to fly home, and leave the vehicle with me. That saved him a few hours of driving and it saved me a huge effort to travel to his home, and drive back over the weekend. Also, I believe he is a fellow Christian, and just after I arrived, his phone rang. His insurance called to tell him they had overcharged him, and they were sending him a large check; more that a thousand dollars. He is struggling financially, and he was thrilled. It was good to see his happiness.
- My senior manager was very kind all day, and I passed her evaluation. She seemed happy with my work. Also, she took a few minutes to fix my email, and suddenly I had twenty-seven messages that had been delayed in the system. Now I have to read them all, but that is a good problem.
- The weather was bad, with severe storm warnings. Someone loaned me an umbrella, and almost ordered me to use it. I don’t like umbrellas, but some complete strangers were concerned about me. We had some extreme weather, with hail, and we had to stop our work at one time, but we got through it without injury or damage, and that umbrella kept me dry. On the drive home, I passed between storms, very close to them, but for some reason, my road was dry until after I passed through.
Maybe this was all coincidence, and we got through it with our own resources, but I know that I stopped and asked God to help me in the early morning. Belief is a choice, and I believe we saw the power of the living God.
I emailed my supervisor, in a city far away, at the end of the day, and her comment was “Dance of Joy.” It was so much more than a good day for us all.
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. (Psalm 34: 1 to 6)