Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 5, 2021

False Gods

“A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will come out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping, we are becoming.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’re all tempted to worship false gods from time to time. Power, fame, money; just to name a few. False gods come with their own virtues and sins. Recycling has become a god to some – if you throw away something that can be recycled, you should feel guilty for sinning. Never mind that 90% of all recycled material ends up in a landfill because it’s too expensive to recycle. During 2020, a new god appeared, Covid-19. Its virtues are mask-wearing, ‘social distancing’, and vaccine taking. Unfortunately, those virtues aren’t enough. Now we must go to two or three masks, more vaccines due to variants, etc. False gods are never satisfied.

What about the real God? Is he ever satisfied? Yes. There will be a finish line. “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13,14 There is an End, and it will be glorious:

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.  They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:1-5

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