NAMES: RELIGION IS A WAY OF DISTANCING OURSELVES FROM GOD!
All over the world we find that human beings retain "some" knowledge of "a" God but have persistently sought to distance themselves from Him. This distancing takes several forms.
One religious idea is reflected in stories of a High God who is uninterested in His creation. In other words, God created everything, placed the moon, sun and stars in rotation, placed man on earth, and then backed away forever to watch what happens, but never having intervention into the affairs of His creation. In this belief, God’s existence is acknowledged by mankind, but God is uninterested in the affairs of mankind. What a terrible belief system, to hold to the mindset that prayers are unheard and that there is a God who doesn't care what happens to His creation.
Another religious idea assumes that the gods were themselves created through the mind of mankind. These folks would say "Man created the gods in his image." Typically the many gods in such systems are organized by those who created them in hierarchies. The majority decides whose god is greater. This is very common religious thought for distancing ourselves from God. We just envision deities in our image. This means that god has the same weaknesses, strengths, and desires as we do. This results in mankind disavowing the concept of sin. Morality, the idea of that which is good or bad, is defined or rejected by the god that was created.
The enemy likes to reverse the Biblical order of God's creation. God made man in HIS image and man fell from that through sin. Then man, in his worldly, prideful, wisdom tries to create god in his image so that he can do what is right in his own eyes.
The One True God of the Word, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not operate in the morality concepts of mankind. He is the God of justice and righteousness. He has defined sin as anything that transgresses against His Word and His character. He imparts justice to all who refuse Him and He imparts His righteousness to all who believe in Him.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.