THE NAMES OF GOD!
For those of us who want to know God better, we need to explore the names, the titles, and the metaphors through which God has presented Himself to us in His Word. While what may be known about God through natural revelation is plain, we human beings have the tendency to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness”
Rom 1:18 ASV For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness;
One of the ways to suppress the truth in unrighteousness is to substitute a relationship with God with a false religion. The Bible declares the origin of religions, which is clearly expressed by the Apostle Paul.
In the beginning, God created the material universe (time, space and matter), and the first human beings. But Adam and Eve fell, and in introducing sin into our race corrupted every gift God had given human beings. The spirit of man died, the soul of man (the mind or thoughts, the heart or emotions, and the will or choices) were twisted in the fall. The bond of love and obedience that had united God and man was broken.
God did not abandon human beings, human beings abandoned Him. Yet human beings retained an innate awareness of the reality of the spiritual world and the need for a god. True Biblical knowledge of God might be suppressed, but the need for God could not be. So as generation succeeded generation, over the centuries and millenniums, human beings remained a very “religious people.” But humanity’s religions reveal a drive not to find God but to distance themselves from Him by embracing dead, powerless, man-made religions.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.