"I am -YAHUWAH thy God..Thou shalt have no other gods before your face!" Ex 20:2-3. This is an original text from a Psalm (Tehillum) shown from an ancient AbrAHUW (Hebrew) scroll (QS 11) found at Qumran, Israel, miraculously 2000 years old, used at the time of YAHUWshua (ChristUW). http://www.yahuwah.org/TheOnlyNameforSalvation.html
The other day I was passing through the channels and saw a guest on Oprah Winfrey's show talking about how her life has dramatically changed as a result reading a book titled, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
This book is a New-Age type of religious philosophy teaches a self-centered system of beliefs that contradict the Bible completely and should not be regarded even for entertainment reading.
It is deceptively packaged to divert a person’s attention and devotion to God and the world He created, toward harnessing a false supernatural power of attraction, to create a perfect little world of their own by following principles outlined in The Secret.
I particularly like S. Winters’ comment from Salt Lake City, Utah about the book (from Amazon.com), “I believe we should use our positive thoughts to find meaning in the existence we already have and to enrich our spiritual lives. Doubtless, positive thoughts and believing you are worthy of love and abundance will open you up to receive more of the same, but it is not some kind of magic spell and it is not a secret.”
Absolutamente, mi amigo!
The only resource which can enrich a persons life spiritually lies exclusively within the Scriptures that have been given by inspiration of God that are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Quite simply, through the Scriptures, we can learn how to become like Christ in our lives, in a world that lives without Him. By living like Christ He can be seen in people through their actions, where He can be heard through their spoken words in ministry and where He can be felt through compassion, empathy and sincerity in serving others by becoming an extension of Christ in their lives.
Oprah Winfrey could not possibly believe in the Bible though she says she does since her many acceptable beliefs would constitute her to have a polytheistic worldview, one who believes in many gods. She may say she has Christian beliefs, but anyone who is a true Christian would publicly acknowledge that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, God is God and there is no other above Him. He is the only One we should worship and serve (Exodus 20:1-4).
In the wilderness, Satan tempted Jesus where in his final temptation, he offered to Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, if Jesus would only fall down and worship him (Matthew 4:9). Jesus replied to Satan saying, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” (Matthew 4:10, Deuteronomy 6:13).
Satan, at one time was named Lucifer, which means, “light bringer” (Isaiah 14:12, Fausset’s Bible Dictionary). His brightness in heaven became darkened when Lucifer became filled in his heart with pride and wanted to be positioned higher than God, to be worshipped like God, but that heart-filled pride merited a lightning fast expulsion from heaven which Jesus saw as he told his disciples (Luke 10:18).
What is it that the world has created to worship and serve as a god that we see all around us today? Music entertainers, sports stars, Hollywood actors and actresses, cosmetic surgery, the love and greed of money to have millions and millions more of it (stocks, bonds, real estate), cars, homes, illegal drugs, business superstars, even sex can become a god to those who have an uncontrollable lust for it.
A Journey to Worship the Wrong One
Here is something very troubling. Once a year, approximately 500,000 people make a trip to Fatima, Portugal, to worship a holy shrine of the Virgin Mary. A half a million people on a passionate quest to worship and pray to a woman who should not be prayed to. Not only is it idolatry, but it is certainly elevating Mary as a god and worshipping her instead of God which no one should be doing.
Please do not misunderstand my perspective of Mary. She was chosen by God to bear His Son, Jesus Christ who would be and is the Savior of the world. She was pure and devoutly loved God, which was probably the reason why He had chosen her to be used in such a manner to fulfill the prophecy of a virgin woman who would conceive and bear a Son whose name shall be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). She is an important woman in biblical history, but no one should worship her above worshipping God.
The article states that people from 26 different European countries journeyed several hundred kilometers on foot just to make the pilgrimage. One man died along the way and several hundred were treated for exhaustion.
I wish there was such a similar dedication and commitment to travel 15 minutes to church here in America each week!
This is so embarrassing when here in America there are more churches probably within a 15-minute drive and people complain about it! Even worse is their feeling of obligation to go to church when there should be a grateful and loving desire to be in a house of worship and God’s commandment, to keep the Sabbath Day holy. If God set it apart for himself, we should do the same in setting it apart from everything else, for Him.
The only obligation a person should feel to be in church on a Sunday, is for the adoration of Jesus Christ who died for their sins and they are in church to give honor, praise, glory and worship to God for sacrificing His one and only Son for them. Could there be any other more valid reason? (Sounding like Chandler Bing from Friends for a moment.)
Instead, cutting the lawn, maintaining the garden, painting the house, taking kids to sports activities, going to Home Depot, staying home to watch sports on television, even putting in some extra hours for the job on a Sunday all become far more important and we minimize God while maximizing everything else as a god in our lives on a Sunday. Moreover, if Sunday has been ordained by God as a holy day that we should keep, we are guilty of sinning against Him by making other things more important to us than what God should be, especially on a day that He considers to be holy.
If we say that we honor God in our lives, we are not fooling Him when our actions show otherwise when He has seen throughout our entire lives the numerous other things have become a god in our lives. He clearly sees what has been placed with a greater importance in our lives over Him, seeing when we are too busy for Him or too lazy to be with Him, minimizing His Supremacy and maximizing our own personal gods in our authority, which is more satisfying.
How can we justify our actions before Him that would be acceptable to God, not to merit His justice and punishment toward us because we have willfully disobeyed His commandment? Such behavior, which He sees will only result in a verdict of guilty of sin and His justice, is justified through an eternal punishment that sends a person to hell for such dishonor towards Him.
However, here in verse 6 it says, “but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep My commandments.” God will be merciful towards countless numbers of people who love Him and keep His commandments.
Jesus said that if we love Him we would keep His commandments and the apostle John tells us in his first epistle that His commandments are not burdensome (John 14:15, 1 John 5:3).
His commandments are not burdensome when you love the Lord who died for your sins.
John MacArthur says in The Assurance of Victory – The Victorious Life, “Jesus' commandment's are not grievous (or burdensome) for three reasons: one, if you mess up, He forgives you; two, He never asks you to do something without giving you the power to do it; and three, we keep His commandments not out of fear, but out of love. That does not mean they are not ever difficult, just that they are not impossible.”
What is the first and great commandment? To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 23:37).
As a person keep the commandments, they show their love for Christ, because He died to set them free from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). Such love for Christ begets God’s love and Christ’s love in return where Jesus reveals himself to them (John 14:21).
And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, And I will meditate on Your statutes. Psalm 119:47-48.
One would expect that when another person has done something such as assisting in their release from captivity, the liberated person should feel such gratitude, thanksgiving and devotion to the one who help to liberate them. That is what Jesus did when He died for your sin, He liberated you from God’s judgment of sin in your life and His wrath to punish sin.
Would you rather learn how to grow in love with and for Christ, escaping God’s wrath, or would you rather remain in the personal satisfaction of your own god and love for selfish desires? You would become helpless defending yourself before God in a vain attempt at justifying how great He was in your life, which will not satisfy Him when He will know clearly how much He was minimized to the fullest extent possible?
Has Satan penetrated a person’s life so much with believing that God will not punish someone for their attention to things that have seemingly become harmless gods to us?
When a person goes to church only out of a feeling of obligation to be seen by the pastor, priest, deacon or nun, will God consider that to be an insult to Him?
Our lives are lived in the exact way in which we view God. If He is unimportant or a nuisance to our lives, everything else will be more important than Him. There should be no surprise when eternity is in hell and not heaven, hearing the dreadful words from Jesus himself as He stands at the threshold of heaven saying, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
If we view God as the One who was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their transgressions against them, but through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19), we will love Him and live for Him out of reverence and a deep gratitude for what He has done, saving us from suffering His wrath. We will be more than surprised to see and enter God’s Kingdom hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:23).
Is God the Lord your God where there is none other before Him in your life? If not, He needs to be.
You have seen how fast lightning travels across the sky in a thunderstorm. In that flash of an instant, would you really have the opportunity and length of time to plead with God not to send you to hell when you are guilty of making another god more important to you than God?
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11, emphasis mine.)
MacArthur, J. (n.d.) The assurance of victory – The victorious life. Retrieved February 9, 2008 from http://www.biblebb.com/files/mac/sg2115.htm
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.