When we create God in our own image, that is, from our own imagination, we create our own god and set another god before the one, true Living God of Israel. When, by our own ideas and concepts, we construct a new god other than God as revealed in the Bible, we essentially violate the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
Is the God you believe, confess and serve consistent with the laws of God? To say, for example, that God is a God of justice and yet deny His biblical laws about capital punishment is to create a false god. If you declare God is a God of love and, at the same time, you refuse His written Word that Israel should be separate from all others, that god is a different god. Change or deny any of the written laws of God and a new god is created according to our imagination – in our own image.
The God of Whom?
At the heart of the violation of the first commandment, in our modern-day culture, is imagining that the God of the Bible is the God of all races. The great majority of Catholic and Protestant churches advocate a theology that God created Adam in such a way that he somehow became the biological father of all racial types and subtypes. Therefore, God has created all “human beings” in His own image and loves everybody on the face of planet earth equally. And, of course, it follows that Jesus Christ died for all of the “human race.” So, the gospel must be preached to all races and therefore, the ongoing world missionary movement is of God and ordained by Him. Furthermore, racial diversity and integration are sanctioned and favored by God. Racial intermarriage, inter-racial adoption, multi-racial churches – these are the natural and logical out-workings of such a theology.
Does this brand of theology come from the God of the Bible or does it come from creating God in our own image – a god not in conformity with the true and Living God? Does this theology create another god in violation of the first commandment?
To answer that question, certain other questions must be answered because they challenge the status quo that has made assumptions that may be, in fact, creating another god in our image in violation of the first commandment. And violation of the first commandment is sin as sin is the transgression of the law. So, how can we correctly discern whether or not the prevailing theology is true or not? By asking and answering other questions such as:
Was Adam the father of all “human beings” or was he the father of one race among others?
Are “the nations” of Genesis 10 representative of all races on the planet, or are they the nations of the race of Adam?
Is the God of the Bible the God of all racial types and subtypes or is He the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob only?
Does biblical Israel now include all races (“spiritual Israel”) or has Israel always been, and will continue to be, the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
Is the term “Gentiles” inclusive of all races or does “Gentiles” refer only to the descendants of Adam’s race?
Did God give His law to all races on the planet or only to Israel?
Do God’s laws apply today or are they done away with?
Did Jesus Christ die on a bloody cross for all races or exclusively to forgive and justify Israel?
The answer to these questions, from the cumulative raw data of the Bible, history and science, will clarify the truth about whether we confess and worship the God of the Bible or another culturally acceptable god.
To deny that God created Adam in His own image and likeness in order to rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom, and apply this to Negros and Asians, for example, is to create another god.
How Well do You Know the Bible?
The challenge is before you and everyone else. Do you know how to study the Bible for yourself? If you have not done so already, I invite you to get the Covenant Heritage Series which will help you learn how to do just that.
Eventually, we want to offer an audio/visual teaching series called the Bible Mastery Boot Camp in order to make the Bible easier to understand.
In the meantime, you might enjoy taking our 24-question, true/false, survey on the BibleMasteryBootCamp.com website. And please, send this email to others to challenge them.
How well do you know the Bible?
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv