Sunday, August 9, 2020

Worship the creature not the creator?

I think we fail, in this modern world dominated by metaphysical materialism, to appreciate what it means to worship God, and the relationship between us as creatures-in-his-image and God that this rests upon.

In many passages, our worship of God is predicated directly on his being creator. When creator is mentioned in the Bible, it is a pointer to Genesis 1 (and on to 3) where creator-ness is defined by demonstration. The culminating expression of this is Revelation 14:7.

When the sequence of connections between the words of creation, the events reported as directly consequential of those words, and our experience of results of those words is broken by interposing principles, processes or systems of chance, which is the materialist recourse, we break the worship relationship. Instead we defer to the gods that Isaiah castigates in 65:11, (Fortune and Destiny) because we have ignored the God who speaks, as in Exodus 31:12-17, and particularly 17.

In fact, we have displaced God as the one who created and rejected the evidence he gives us of his being creator for our preferred story that the world created itself. 

Having displaced God as the direct, involved, committed creator, we have replaced him as the one to be worshiped because he is creator. The worshipful intent slips from the creator to the product of the creator. God's Image-bearer turns from God to find an 'image' in the work of the creator's hands.

We thus, like the Israelites in the wilderness, worship the creature rather than the creator.

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