The God a Man Would Make
One of the protests against the claims of Christ is that Christians have made the whole story up, that God is nothing more than the projection of man’s own wishes, a magnified man if you will. There are many answers to that charge. Here is one.
You need to think only for a moment what a god made in the image of man would truly look like to dismiss such a thought. This god might indeed have some excellent qualities but he would also be as violent as a terrorist and as fickle as the stock market. He might in his better moments care for the poor or the down and out or the stranger. But he would just as likely abuse them. And who would know when he would do one and not the other? That would be a scary god at best but a dangerous one at worst with all the attributes of humanity and infinite power to exercise them.
On the other hand, consider the God the psalmist worshiped. Psalm 86:8 – There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
Here is a God who stands apart. Consider only what Psalm 86 reveals about him. He hears and answers the prayers of the humble. He is gracious. He makes the soul glad. He is good and forgiving. His love is steadfast and boundless. All of creation is headed to his feet to worship him. His works are filled with wonder. By walking in his truth, a broken and divided heart is mended. He delivers from death, pride, oppression and ruthlessness. He is merciful and willingly shows signs of his favor to his servants. What a God! Indeed, there is only one and therefore none like him!
Looking beyond this psalm we learn that unlike man, he is not fickle. Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? He does not think like a man. Isaiah 55:8 – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
On and on the story goes. It is why Christians love the Scriptures. Studying its stories and pondering its words, they see him, not as men dream he is but as he himself has revealed. His story always goes on and those who connect with him will go on with him. That connection comes through the One who speaks most clearly to us about God’s nature, his only begotten Son. The Son is said to be “the radiance of his glory.” (Hebrews 1:3) Look at Jesus and you will see the heart of God. Come to the cross of Jesus and you will begin to know it. This is no god thought up by men. Men cannot think so high nor act so great as this, at least not without the help of this awesome God of the Bible. There is none like him!
What a wonderful Savior he is!