Monday, 25 January 2010

The Idolatrous Creation?

Been hearing lectures on General Revelation and irked by them

if general revelation (the supposed generic and universal revelation of God in creation, providence and conscience), is supposed to give a non-salvific view of God - then surely creation is idolatrous!

creation proclaims Christ.

Acts 14:15-17 15 "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness."

What does this mean? that men understood this?
No it implies you've been looking at the Word of God in the rain and the Bread of Heaven being witnessed to in creation and you haven't seen anything!
Those Zeus guys and Hermes - they're vain things - there is a Creator God you don't know!

Acts 17:23-24 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

Again, what about this... ?
It implies that YOU DON'T KNOW this God - HE is UNKNOWN to you. Thus I, Paul, am explaining and REVEALING Him to you....
you are without excuse.... look at that statue...

Creation proclaims Christ.

We cannot see Christ because we are sinful.
The fact that we cannot understand God by looking at creation reveals that we do not know God... it works the same way as how people don't understand Jesus' parables

because the Word of God is the same everywhere..
the Scriptures, Creation, Providence, etc... all point to Christ
and all work in the same way

in Christ, you understand
outside of Christ, you realise you are condemned and you don't know Him.

Surely you cannot know half of God!
the God of Creation is the God of redemption - all solely revealed in Christ
it is very weird if creation and providence reveal only the toenails of Christ... which is basically what this theology is saying

i'm not even going to get into human conscience... surely if anything this one creates the MOST idols!


Glen said...

I like it when you blog angry. Tis a righteous anger. Keep it up!

And thanks for the Exodus stuff. Will definitely use it.

yemsee said...
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yemsee said...

lol.. maybe i'll write an essay on this for my current course and see if i don't fail

Inilah Kebenaran said...

I'm writing a couple of long essays which touch on this! One's on creation proclaiming the gospel and the other one on Jesus being the only or best revelation of God... so thanks for this!