The Frankenstein god.
In my senior year of High-school I had to read the book Frankenstein for an English class. There was a man named Dr. Frankenstein and he took the body parts of corpses of different people and created a monster. The final product disturbed him so much that he fled the creature and hid.
Similarly, today, people create what I like to call a “religious Frankenstein’s monster.” They pick and choose the features of all sorts of different religions and belief systems and fashion a god of their own making, which is not a god at all but a monster. It’s kind like food, ever noticed that some foods may indeed be delicious in themselves but together they taste terrible. Have you ever had a box of Russell Stover’s with a glass of lemonade? or how bout ketchup flavored ice cream cake?
1 Kings 18:21Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
Can we not say the same thing these days? If Jesus is Lord follow him, but if if Muhammed is the way follow him, or Budhism, or Darwinism or if “let’s live it up now because their is no sin, heaven, or hell and this life is the only one we have” Or how bout let’s just make up our minds and stop putting on soxs that don’t match.
If one wants to live as a Christian, then let him do so but as Jesus said “count the cost.”
Luke 14:25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
Luke 6:14 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Is Jesus only speaking about money here? No, although this is the example he used the principle here underlying is that anything He desires one to part with they must be willing to if He asks it of them. He must be Lord of all. Are we going to choose Christ an all he teaches, or are we going to fashion a bobble head Jesus that will nod yes at everything we want and think. A common temptation is to take out of the Word the parts that are uncomfortable and challenge us to change things we don’t want to and if we are not careful we can end up piecing together a God that will just encourage us when we are down, give us what we want when we are low on cash, get us out of problems and tell us what we want. That’s not God, that is an idol with a big “I” in it. The Greeks had many of them, gods of war, gods of fertility, gods of harvest, and this and that. Realize this, all the gods they created were fashioned specifically taylored to the people of those times wants and pleasures. God will not be a servant to us but will be served by us. He is loving and kind but he is no pansy either.