Playing God

April 26, 2007 at 6:06 pm (God thoughts, Politics thoughts, Pop thoughts)

The desire to be God is nothing new. It is as old, if not older then the earth itself. Ezekiel’s prophecy against the “King of Tyre” in Ezekiel 28 has long been hypothesized as referring to Satan. The model of perfection, full of wisdom and beauty. He had it all, position, power, wealth, splendor, everything anyone could want. But he became corrupted. Wickedness was found in him, violence, deception, sin. Sin ultimately is the downfall of all, and no other sin is as cataclysmic as pride. Pride sneaks it’s way in with the good. Things like wisdom and beauty, if not drenched in humility and understanding lead people to this type of thinking “I am a god. I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” (Ezekiel 28:2).

Satan used this destructive logic in the temptation of Adam and Eve (or more appropriately Eve and Adam).

Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

This tendency which we commonly refer to as the “sin nature” has become so ingrained within the world that it actually is now organically spoken of as belonging to the world. I John 2:16

For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.

No wonder Satan is called the “prince of this world” (John 12:31) and the “ruler of the kingdom of the air”(Ephesians 2:2). His influence is farther reaching then we can possibly imagine and it perpetually deceives humanity into thinking “I am a god”.

Every so often I am reminded of this when a perfect storm of noteworthy events hits the presses. Today is exceptional in this right. Two events highlight this “god-complex” culture that we live in.

1. “Designer Babies

If you ever saw the incredible sci-fi movie “Gattaca” (MUR candidate indeed). Then you’ve contemplated the idea of genetically engineering your children to be brilliant, attractive and athletic. Though that isn’t quite legal, it is now legal to genetically engineer your kids to be less disposed to breast cancer.

This is egregious! It sends shivers down my spine to even consider the possibility of such a thing. This certainly isn’t a new concept, infanticide, specifically female-infanticide has been common practice for thousands of years and is pretty much legislated in China. What is happening in London isn’t any better then what is happening in China. The increase in technology doesn’t make it more right, it just makes it more acceptable to the masses.

But evey individual in the masses has the same struggles. They all want to be god. They all wish they could change something about themselves. I am certain someone will use this ridiculous argument, “Don’t you wish that if your parents could have done something like this to make you more or less (fill in the blank) they would have?”

Which brings us to our next case of “god-complex”

2. Transgendered Sportswriter

The labels “Transgenderism” “Transexuality” and “gender identitiy” have all been used to try and make this perversion sound “scientific” and “normal”. This pseudo-science aided by a pop-culture of androgynous musicians, fashions and activities is deafening the ears of our children.

Now this deceived “sportswriter”, Mike Penner, declares that when he comes back from vacation he will have assumed his new identity of “Christine Daniels”. It’s interesting to me that he would choose the name “Daniels”. Do you think he knows the name “Daniel” means “God is my judge”? He hasn’t just redefined his gender, he’s redefined himself as god.

Make no mistake, God really is his judge, no matter how much he, or the scientist in London, or the legislators in America, or the fashion designers in france, or the TV producers in Hollywood, or the PC police try to tell us we are ‘gods’, we are still “just men”. Men who will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

But there’s good news…

I John 4:7-17

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.

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7 Comments

  1. Gregg said,

    Daniel,
    Good posting. I giggled a little when you pointed out the fact that Daniel means “God is my judge”

    There is talk in some circles that sin is, ultimately, a relational issue. (as opposed to a behavioral one) These people hold that the root of all sin is autonomy from God. Whether its a transgendered person or a liar we are all in te same boat, we desire autonomy. I think there might be some validity to their point. While pride is a behavior it is based on a relationship.

    By the way, why didn’t you point out the greatest news event of the week? The arrest warrant issued for Richard Gere because of open and gross lewdness! Speaking of pride and autonomy!
    Thanks again,
    Gregg

  2. Echo_ohcE said,

    Daniel,

    Great post. I wonder why you haven’t gotten many comments on it.

    Fundamentally, Satan told Eve that she could usher in the eschaton on her own, apart from submission to God’s law. Submission to God would have ushered in the eschaton, Satan told her that she didn’t need to listen to God, but that she could act autonomously and bring about the eschaton of her own free will, apart from the promise of God as a reward for obedience. It’s the offer of a reward for disobedience, rather than obedience.

    Because of course, if Adam had obeyed, Adam would have achieved for us what Christ achieved for us, the only difference being that sin wouldn’t have to be atoned for. You can see a recapitulation of this in Jesus’ temptation: “Bow down and worship me, and all this I will give you…”

    This is the fundamental nature of Satan’s temptation, which as you said appeals to pride. He tells us that we don’t need God, that we can obtain what is promised our own way, rather than God’s way. Now on this side of the fall, Satan repeats the temptation by telling us that we can earn salvation by works, on our own, rather than through Christ alone.

    E

  3. danielbalc said,

    Echo, I think I haven’t gotten many comments on it for a few reasons.

    First of all I put up two posts in two days and both were pretty lengthy and quite serious in subject matter So far this post hasn’t even had many views let alone comments.

    Secondly this post requires the reader to do a lot of link clicking to really understand all of the points. I have noticed that den visitors rarely click on the links especially if there are multiple links in a post. Sadly they are missing out because the highlight of this post are the three links demonstrating the tendency of our culture to emphasize androgyny.

    Thirdly, (and I think most likely) this post comes across like a sermon, I put it out there, support it with facts and the reader consumes it. Very rarely will someone approach the pastor after his sermon with the desire to debate. Unlike my opinions on the Padres (a highly debatable subject), people aren’t interested in debating humanity’s desire to be God, because there is NO debate about it. Even you didn’t disagree with the post, but rather complimented it (a rare treat)!

    I continue in my efforts to make varied posts that are interesting to the masses. Hopefully someone stopping by to read about Sheryl Crow or the Padres or The VA Tech tragedy will also take an interest in other topics as well.

    Such is life in the Den.

  4. RubeRad said,

    Sometimes when a post is good, you just don’t have anything to add.

  5. Albino Hayford said,

    Yup, I second Rube’s motion…I had nothing to add (it would be like standing up after a great sermon and prattling on for no reason…

    I guess I could have said, “Amen.”

    Amen.

  6. Echo_ohcE said,

    But even when we agree, there is always a deeper understanding to be pursued, and thus adding is not contradiction but construction, building on the foundation, if you will.

    E

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