Thursday, April 30, 2009

Want to be God? ...

"Pocket God"?

No, it's not a god that you put in your pocket, only to retrieve when you need some supernatural help (although isn't that sometimes how we treat the one true God?!).

It's one of the best selling applications for iPhone. A product of Bolt Creative, the app is described as follows:

"What kind of god would you be? Benevolent or vengeful? Play Pocket God and discover the answer within yourself. On a remote island, you are the all-powerful god that rules over the primitive islanders. You can bring new life, and then take it away just as quickly. Exercise your powers on the islanders. Lift them in the air, alter gravity, hit them with're the island god! All god powers are demonstrated in Pocket God's help menu."

Wouldn't that be awesome? To be your own god? To throw
lightning bolts at people you don't like and bless those you do?

No, it wouldn't. The problem with the world we live in is that from the very beginning of time and the first human beings, we have desired to be "like" God ... not in a reflective way, but to be His equal! In Genesis 3, we read that one of the lures of the serpent was to plant the idea of being like God in an equal sense. But the creation is not equal to the Creator! Instead of being like Him as His children, we have failed, or as Romans 3:23 says, "
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard."

Isaiah 45:18 says,
"18 For the Lord is God,
and he created the heavens and earth
and put everything in place.
He made the world to be lived in,
not to be a place of empty chaos.
'I am the Lord,' he says,
'and there is no other'."

And 1 Corinthians 8:6 says,"But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life."

Instead of desiring to rule our own lives, we need to humble ourselves before the one, true, living God and embrace His gracious gift of allowing us to become "like" Him, as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:18. "
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image."

How arrogant to ever think we could rule our own lives! But how wonderful to know that we have been adopted by our Creator to be His own children and that He is changing us to be like Him.

That's better than "playing god" any day!


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