Preserved Words Bible Studies, a Part of First Love Ministries Guest Post Series
MAN…. is God – Read Isaiah 14:13-15 & Genesis 3:5
Well, here we are. NOW MAN is god. A new idea? Not hardly!!! Seductive? You better believe it! Was it not in Eden? I hope this will be more of the last lesson with a few new wrinkles. At 66 I’m good with new wrinkles!
New Age says that we are “god in disguise.” New Age author, Paul Williams, wrote, “Remember, if not for the grace of god, we would not BE god. It’s something to think about.” No, I will meditate on the Word of God, the Truth in the face of the lies of New Age, for the Bible ALONE is able to light the darkness of New Age.
They also say that our ignorance keeps us from realizing our “divine reality.” Theodore Roszak says, “We must awaken to the god in us, who sleeps at the root of the human being.” (Sound familiar?) (They’re passing off that old fruit from the forbidden tree again, folks!) Swami Muktananda, a great influence on Werner Erhard, says, “Kneel to your own self. Honor and worship your own being. God dwells within you.. AS You.” Gag me with a soup spoon! But folks, this stuff is selling like $100 bulls for a quarter. Well, in fact, it is quite costly to go to their classes and get their books. (Fortunately, I got them for pennies) And, whether it comes from Eastern religions such as Hinduism (Atman is Brahman (the individual self is really the universal Self), or from classic occultism (“as above, so below”) (which New Age is), or from new self-actualizing psychologies, all knowledge, power, and truth are locked within and waiting to be unlocked- the New Age raises the standard of pantheism high: you are god. Stewart Brand, in The Next Whole Earth Catalog says, “We are as gods and might as well get good at it.” Folks, that is a DIRECT QUOTE, WORD FOR WORD, from Genesis 3! See it? Ye shall be as… gods.” This is the good news that new age preaches. How about THE Good News, Jesus Christ? Where are we Christians in all of this? Do we not care about their souls? Are we so timid, and so afraid that they will ask us a question we can’t answer or are we that ignorant of our Bible?
Further, George Leonard says, “…each of us is the entire universe” and “we are like god, omnipotent and omniscient.” This stuff should alarm us- awake us! Let me give you some statistics here: 86% of Americans claim to be Christian, yet 72% reject the notion of absolute truth, 40% believe a New Age (pantheistic) view of God, 30% believe in reincarnation, and 36% believe that astrology is scientific. We MUST stand up for the truth!!!!
As men become more and more indoctrinated with this lie, and it moves deeper and deeper into the hearts and minds of our youth, and government, the world will be more and more acceptable to a one world government, a one world religion, and accepting the anti-christ AS god, because they will see him as merely a more enlightened one than they are. We, Christians, the true church, with the Truth, and the TRUE Gospel must be educated to what is going on, refuse to sit down and be quiet. We cannot go into a shell or shut out what is going on. We cannot allow ourselves to be uneducated in either these matters OR the Bible! Jesus promised us power, told us to witness (Acts 1:8) and we sit as passengers on the cruise ship to heaven sometimes, while souls die because of this stuff, and go to hell. If we do not tell them the truth, we will be complicit in their damnation and complicit in allowing this lie to take over our nation! And, by the way, YOU can have this wisdom at the low low price of…….
Now, the idea that man has, that he either is or can be God is not new. Folks, it has been going on since, well, the Garden! Let us not be surprised. Many world and national leaders have thought this. And most who have had what they consider Ageless Wisdom, or wisdom thought to be beyond most mortal men, have promoted themselves as a form of a god for centuries. Men have looked at them that way, too! Just look at what the New Agers, Hindus, and Buddhists say. Add in Krishnas and you see it clearly, Forget not, though, that such men are only pawning off what Paul speaks of in 1Corinthians 1:20, 1 Corinthians 2:6, 1 Corinthians 3:19, & 2Corinthians 1:12, when he speaks of the wisdom of this world. It goes back to Nimrod in Genesis 10, comes forward to kings of both Israel and other nations after that; to the Pharaohs (Exodus 5:2), who were worshiped by the people as gods or sons of the gods, to the Greeks, to the Roman rulers (Caesars), to Hitler, the Czars of Russia, Stalin, Lenin, and others even today. And… how about the Popes? Did you know that when Stalin and Lenin were in power they went to the Christian churches, took down all the crosses, placed the red star in its place, and commanded the people to worship them? Coming to America! Now go back to Genesis 3:5 and let’s look at something from another angle. (By the way, read Psalm 2, also! My, my, the Bible is right on the money again!)
Notice also these New Agers, and other false Eastern mystic religions, say they know right from wrong, and good from evil. Examine their “special wisdom” thing for a moment. Genesis 3:5 is not just saying that they would know both, but be able on their own to differentiate BETWEEN the two, independent of God! Well, let’s just throw OUT God… and while we’re at it the Bible.. or let’s change it as WE see fit. Are you getting the picture? My, how the new laws change good and evil, right and wrong (see Isaiah 5:20). WHY? No True God and no Bible! Man has indeed… set himself up as god, and the dictator of what HE says is good and evil, right and wrong, and just like in the garden, it’s all going over a cliff. Read Proverbs 14:12 and Proverbs 16:25. Man has always WANTED to act as God, and always wanted another man to BE god, on this earth. They rejected the Real One, Jesus Christ, and will embrace the false one in the end, but what they will get is a whole lot of evil, and not good, for that one will be the devil incarnate! But throw away the Bible and man will fall for it, hook, line, and sinker! Apart from God… you always have the devil. No spiritual vacuum! When man, relies on the heart and nature OF man, man is in deep trouble! Genesis 6:5 & Jeremiah 17:9.
To close I want you to take the time to read a few passages and ponder our lesson and look around you today! Please, read these passages. If we say the Bible has the light the world needs, how then do we not turn it on? Don’t miss the light in these passages! Psalm 12:1-4, Isaiah 14:12-14, Isaiah19:11-14, Isaiah 29:14-16, Ezekiel 28:1-9, Ezekiel 29:3, Daniel 4:30, Daniel 6:7, Acts 12:22-23, & 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. Romans 1:21-22 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools….