All believe in one God, but the environment refers to so many Gods and Goddesses where people believe that each of them has some specific task to perform. Likewise, idols are made by men as an object to concentrate on, as they are unable to concentrate on the ‘unseen’ or ‘unknown God’. Hence, people believed on all these as various means or ways to reach the `One God’. Bible introduces GOD in a unique way.
A Triune God – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit! Three in one. The holy ‘Trinity’ can be better explained through the illustration of, forms of water – water, ice and vapour. As these three are one, their extant is also of the same period, i.e. even before the creation of the world. In Genesis we can find them speaking among themselves (Gen 1:24). As they are one, their objectives are also one.
In Exodus, Moses asked God His name and God answered saying ‘I am who I am’ (Exodus 3:14). It is obvious that God is known by His name ‘God’, as ‘Water’ is known by its name ‘water’ wherever it flows. In due course of time, people did not want to interact with the ‘Living, One and only God’ as it was hard for them to obey and abide by His word. Hence, they made a Golden Calf – an idol for them to concentrate and celebrate without vindication. This practice was seeped into the environment and subsequently many names for Gods and Goddesses cropped up. God knew that this will happen and In His regime nothing is accident, everything is foreseen and planned. In spite of God’s strict instruction to man that man should not give glory to any other thing, but God, man continues to worship so many carved images.
Knowing that man will fall like this, God predestined the birth of Jesus Christ in this world as a ransom for our sins. The name ‘Jesus’ means saving people from their sin. The redemption plan is not accidental. God wanted to distinguish Himself from other names and called his son ‘Jesus’. Notwithstanding that Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the father but by me’ John 14:6. For the first time in the history a name is given and the way is paved. Because of Jesus Christ’s obedience, His name is exalted above all other name. John emphasizes Jesus as ` the one who is in you is greater than the one in this world’.
We all know how Aaron made the ‘Golden Calf’ and how Moses broke it. Psalms:135:15-18, Psalms:115:4-8 & Isaiah 46:5-7 gives us a real picture of what an idol is. In spite of the awareness brought out in the scripture, people fear them out of habitual ritual practices. Habitual ritual practices come under idolatry. Attending a Sunday Service as family tradition or practice is idolatry, Our God is a living God who breathed life in the nostrils of man and made him a living being. Not realizing or recognising him is idolatry.
Whatever we do without realising the presence of a mighty God is idolatry. Everything has turned into performance. How many of us really know that God is real? If we know, then why are we unable to face difficult situations of our life with this realistic view? Many a time in our lives, His gracious presence is ignored because He is invisible. Visible things affect us, we get uncomfortable seeing the structure of an idol, avoid going across the other faith temple and are afraid of many blind beliefs. Idol sometime becomes an icon of good fortune and people carry them along as a symbol of their luck. Analysing the idols and territories are ridiculous when we affirm our faith through the existence of only one God through various creeds.
II Corinthians 4:4 says ‘In whom the God of this world had blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is in the image of God, should shine unto them.’ Here, ‘the God of this world’ refers to Satan and not any man made idols or ideas. God gave everything He had created to Adam and allowed Adam to exercise his ‘Free Will’. Through this free will Satan made Adam disobey God wilfully and in turn took authority over all that was given to Adam yet God did not confiscated free will from man.
Satan was able to tell Jesus that everything of this world belongs to him while he tempted Jesus. Jesus had crushed the head of Satan on the cross and redeemed the authority that Adam had lost and gave it back to mankind. But even today, man is unable to exercise his authority and knowingly or unknowingly depends on Satan to exercise his authority. Almost every minister and ministry starts looking at the destructive part of Satan, leaving aside the Glorious victory earned by our master Jesus on the cross.
Stop analysing the power of Satan! It does not have power, rather uses yours. Be alert! Start cherishing the Freedom given to us through Jesus Christ. Do not fear! Do not worry about what you were but realise where you are and what you are. You are in the bosom of the Living God as His legal heir. Whether people know Him or only know some idol, the creator, provider, protector and Redeemer is our God to them.
Do NOT think that it is their God! There is only One God. Give Glory to Him! “Scripture says ‘Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame’………For the same Lord is Lord of all. Bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10: 11-13). The blood that Jesus shed on the cross is for the whole mankind in the universe and He is Lord.