Yesterday I was watching “Batman Vs Superman – Dawn of Justice” and something struck me. You see, for our entertainment, we have created this character Superman who is invincible and almost as though we want to give him something for us to feel sorry for him, we give him this weakness coming from kryptonite.
This is what people from their fallen nature in Adam, desire to do with religion as well, which worships Almighty God. Not that God is a fictitious character but people want to judge God as it helps them feel in control while having their own vacillating sorry feelings (mercy) imposed as the standard of being religious. Such a disposition has no capacity to truly look upon God Almighty with unconditional awe/reverence. Instead of seeing His Love, His Justice and His Mercy as being absolute, they want to look at His perfect attributes from a manner that cripples God’s Mighty nature. Such a humanist form of religion doesn’t quite view the crucifixion of Christ as an spotless sacrifice God put in place to be the atonement for all sin, rather people want to naturally look at “Christ’ passion” from a feeling of being sorry for Jesus, as over being sorry for their own sins. This is even after knowing it was a sacrifice that appeased God’s Justice to its absolute satisfaction.
27 And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were [a]mourning and lamenting Him. 28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
You see Biblical Hebrew often uses picturesque expressions to detail God’s nature to us, so when God is angry, His nostrils are said to be flared with smoke (Ps18:8) and when his wrath is appeased He is said to long of nose (translated as longsuffering in Ex34:6) from breathing in the sweet atoning sacrifice (Eph5:2). The sacrificial requirement in the Old Testament pointed to Christ atonement for all sin. So Jesus did not die on the cross that we may feel sorry for Him and therefore like Him, on the contrary Jesus substituted God’s people in death to serve as an instrument of God’s Mercy unto us sinners.
57 “And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?
But why doesn’t this appeal to our world. It seems they are a bunch of hypocrites who say they want to experience everything in life except… and this is implicit… the truth about God in the Bible, to which they are indifferent and often treat with contempt. Ideally God should be first, even before the individual but thanks to fallen Adam, the world is filled with gods, doing as they please and believing only what appeals to their fallen appetites, having put themselves before God!
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
The very fabric of the world’s nature says they do not trust God and so it turns out that most of what they do is from a mind-set of godless unbelief, which is sin (Rom14:23). So it is that, people are given to more humanist forms of religion, so they can have mercy (take pity) on God and do what is right from the righteousness they received from Adam’s disobedience but the justice of the people is not true justice because they inherently from Adam awe evil as being all-powerful and true justice is merely their opportunity to show compassion. This is something we notice in the movies we make as well, where horror has no mitigating factor being all-powerful because that is how the world expects evil to be from their ignorance of God. However, the Mighty nature of God is such that people deceive only because they have been deceived!
Gen 3 (The Fall)
2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Ezek 36 (The Promise)
26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
John 3 (fulfilled in Jesus)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Such are the fools Satan has made of Adam’s offspring, that until these are adopted into the family of God through Jesus Christ by giving them a new Spirit, they remain deceived as sons of Satan (Jn8:44), believing evil is awesome while looking upon God’s attributes of love, justice, mercy and wrath as factors which only cripple the reason people ought to worship God in Spirit and truth. Such is the world’s self-righteousness that they have foolishly made themselves judge over God!
Implicitly the condition which these liars state as a general requirement to believe in God, is if religion will lower its standard just enough to help these exercise their fallen emotions including feeling sorry for God Almighty as being helpless in the world. So their point of view is: God Almighty in truth is quite boring but if these could introduce some kryptonite in God Almighty then that would make religion appeal to their appetites because then these would get to play god and dictate what religion requires to exist as proper religion but the truth is with God… Jesus is the truth (Jn14:6), and though liars may claim to know the truth from vested interest, God shall merely convict these for unbelief and He doesn’t quite have to wrestle these pigs in the mud to prove He is God over all.
Take the TULIP for instance, which showcases God’s absolute Sovereignty in Salvation. This TULIP has been under massive attack from inside and outside the Church but mostly by people whose lives barely walk the talk, these in most cases are hypocrites who desire to introduce some humanist kryptonite into good solid religion which awes God in Salvation.