A Designer God
love designer clothes, men like well-tailored good fitting suits, and
many people apparently seek a designer God. Just like telling the
tailor to “take a little off here” and “add a little here,” we want God
to be of our design. After all, we know what’s right and wrong and we
don’t need God to tell us what’s right and wrong.
That has been
the error of man (and woman) from the beginning of time—we seek to be
gods and goddesses. We are not content to have a loving God who gave
His own Son up for our sins, we want to be, and we demand to be God!
It’s silly, but we all do it. We want to make the rules, not God. We
want to be on top, not God. We want to decide for ourselves, not God.
are there so many religions in the world? Quite simply, man seeks to
be God, to define God. He wants to choose what’s right and what’s
wrong, and to decide how to get to heaven, or even if there is a heaven.
we reject God. But we do it in a subtle way. Someone may ask me what I
think about some moral issue such as lying, or jealousy or hatred or
murder or adultery or the like. Who am I to say what is right or
wrong? Am I God? It doesn’t matter what I think about abortion or
adultery or lying or hatred. It just doesn’t matter. Whether I think
something is good or bad is not relevant. What God says is the only
thing that matters.
The other evening Kathi and I watched a show
on television that certainly promoted a designer God. A man had a sex
transplant, abandoned his wife and son, and is now a pastor with Bible
in hand “preaching” to his flock a politically correct message of right
and wrong according his own notions. Like giving directions to a
tailor, he has decided that his Bible should have “a little taken out
here” and “a little added in here.”
God is God. Who are we to
sit in judgment of the great “I am”? Are we all-powerful? God is. Do
we fill the universe? God does. Can we listen to and answer prayers
from all around the globe at one time? God can. Are we perfect? God
You can’t have it both ways. Either there is a God or there
is no God. And by His very definition, God does not conform to human
standards. He is above nature. His dimensions and power and authority
are not defined by man. He is God.
There are no designer Gods. There are false gods and then there is God.
wasn’t just a good teacher. If you believe that, then you also must
believe that Jesus was a liar. After all, He proclaimed himself as God.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on
earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded
you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
(Matthew 28:18-20). You can’t have all authority in heaven and earth
and be an ordinary human.
How could Jesus be born of a virgin?
Ridiculous! How could Jesus walk on water? Preposterous! How could
Jesus turn water into wine? Impossible! How could Jesus live a perfect
Yes, all this is ridiculous, preposterous,
impossible and absurd if you are a simple human. It could only be true
if Jesus is God.
The Bible is given to us as a special
privilege. Through the Bible we hear directly from God. We are blessed
to know exactly what God says and thinks and what He wants us to do.
How do we get to heaven? God tells us in a straightforward, unequivocal
way in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not
by works, so that no one can boast.” Is there any other way to get to
heaven? Not so, according to Jesus. Listen to what He says in John
14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me.”
If you want to believe in another god
or no god, that’s your choice. But please, let’s not distort what the
Bible says. His words and teachings are clear. You have a right to
reject the Bible as false, but when you pick and choose and turn God
into a designer God who meets your preconceptions and has your values,
he is no longer the God of the Bible.
Undoubtedly God’s teachings
are hard teachings. That’s exactly what His hand-picked disciples said
in John 6:60. We don’t want to believe God. We want a designer God.
One who thinks the way we do. But it doesn’t work that way. That,
indeed, is a hard teaching, but one that is meant for our good.