Many have let the world lead them toward misconceptions about God. There are 4 common perspectives about God we encounter every day. Here they are – plus 10 truths as well. ◊
Mitch prides himself in his atheism. He loves to debate Christians who he says are fools and can’t defend their base elementary beliefs against obvious evidences in science. He says his parents were atheist/agnostic. He believes that religion is a crutch used by people to simply make them feel better about their problems.
Julie used to believe in God as a young person growing up in a Catholic tradition. She drifted from the church as soon as she went to college and never looked back. She has a new boyfriend and just landed an internship with a good company across town. She feels pretty satisfied and says she’s spiritual but not religious.
Jim said he’s about done with God. He says that God is not answering his prayers and that God has probably abandoned him after all the bad stuff he’s done. He’s recently gotten a DUI and also is struggling with a pornography obsession. He says he’s angry that God has not listened to his pleas to help him change.
Beth has two children in college and attends a mid-sized church at least two times a month. Her family has been going there for 10 years. Her kids are “not very into church” she says. She says she helps out at the annual church fundraising bazaar and contributes some money to the church when they do attend. She admits she doesn’t really read the Bible and that she does her best to be a good person.
4 Common Perspectives About God
Mitch, Julie, Jim, and Beth are people we each know and love and are all around us. They are good people, not bad people. God loves them like God loves all people. They each reflect common distinct perspectives about God or a combination of these perspectives.
Here are the 4 common perspectives about God:
- God’s Not There – God is a myth and does not really exist other than in the minds and imaginations of wishful (and not very deep) thinkers. Material naturalism and atheistic worldviews hold this perspective that God is a human construct and is only there in our minds to control the masses and/or make us feel warm and at peace. Other than that, we are all simply material matter who live and die and that’s it.
- God Doesn’t Care – God does exist but he actually doesn’t really get into the details of our lives. To expect any more from God is to set oneself up for deep disappointment and frustration. God may love everyone but I don’t feel it in a personal sense. God may be good, just too big and busy to care about me.
- I’m Not Worthy – God is not happy with me for the bad things I’ve done and how I’ve not satisfied him with my life. I don’t think he could ever really forgive me for not being obedient to his rules and requirements. While people say that God loves me and that Jesus died for me, I have a hard time really believing that, given my past. No, God is not happy with me – and I don’t blame him.
- I Really Don’t Care – God exists and I believe that Jesus died for my sins and all that, but it’s not a big focus in my day-to-day life. I go to church when I can and pray for things, but other than that I just live my life and hope for the best. I do think I’ll go to heaven when I die and I try to be a good person in the world and to my fellow man.
Often these perspectives about God combine with each other to form belief systems that acknowledge the existence of God but not the active engagement of a personal God. Additionally, the weight of guilt and shame can heavily influence one’s view. Finally, a lack of clear answers to practical, even skeptical, questions about God will taint one’s honest perspective.
10 Truths Be Told
An answer to Mitch, Julie, Jim, and Beth, and anyone else like them is as follows:
- God is the originator and purpose of all of life, a truth that does not change regardless of one’s personal perspective on the matter.
- God is supernatural beyond the constraints and dimensions of natural laws of science and our human mindsets about His power, glory, love, plans, actions, and purpose for mankind.
- Jesus is the supernatural manifestation of God in human form to fulfill the promise to restore Man and creation to their beautiful ideal as originally designed.
- All people are born into a sinful separation from a loving and Holy God – there is no restoration back to God apart from Christ as all have sinned and fall short.
- Our purpose in life, regardless of vocation, is to love and honor God with this life lived under His Spiritual authority and direction for His good purpose.
- Any life, even God-devoted, comes with no guarantee in this temporal world that one will reap human rewards or be free of pain and suffering.
- Man is destined once to die and then face eternity with or without God after a final judgment by The Holy God based only on belief and identification with Christ as one’s redeemer.
- Heaven and eternity will be beyond anything we can begin to fathom in our human minds and will someday make our earthly lives seem like a speck in time.
- God’s love for each person created is beyond comprehension, with His forgiveness of all our sins and failures atoned for by the substitute death of Christ.
- Each day lived should have deep meaning and purpose if nothing other than to love and honor God and know His Word and prayerfully abide with Him in Spirit.
We all should strive to live a life full of promise and fulfillment with potentially all that can be had in this world – love, relationships, family, prosperity, value – as long our daily overriding driving purpose for living is in the prayerful, honoring, and abiding submission to the God of all creation. A life lived like that, be it short or long, rich or poor, is truly blessed and set up well for eternity.
Do you have the proper perspective on God?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39