One of the most baffling things to me as I read through the Old Testament account of history is that people could worship things created out of their own hands. They worship a golden calf. They worship the bronze serpent. They created idols out of all kinds of materials. And we know that people still do this today.
As Christians living in the 21st century we often think that we’ve moved way beyond this kind of philosophy. We believe that we don’t have trouble with the first and second commandments because we aren’t constructing idols and we do not have any other gods that we are worshipping.
May I suggest that we may be wrong here? You see, just like when Jesus said that those that commit adultery with a woman in their heart are the same as those that commit physical adultery, I believe that those that construct a god of their own out of what they want to believe about God are also following a lie.
I’d like to take some time here at MInTheGap to explore some of the gods that people people believe are God, and explain both why people believe this, but also why it’s wrong and what harm it could do.