Which god are we following?

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by Tim Roach


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I have been to several religious groups where session after session most of the message discussed was about money. How god can make you rich; How the church needs lots of money for decorations; So on and so forth. It seems we live in a society of image, where looks and money are all that matter.

But I wonder if these same people ever stop to think if that image is important to our Creator?

I wonder how many remember the section in the bible that talks about it being easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Gates of Heaven. (Mathew 19:24, Mark 10:25 and Luke 18:25 for those that are curious.) Not so much because of the money, for money itself is just an object neither good nor bad. But rather because of how so many people (and groups) tend to act when money is involved. For sometimes it seems that with some people having money makes them forget the truly important things in life. And their focus shifts to having and acquiring more money, acquiring more things and often trying to acquire more power over other people. Which of course means that often the person's focus shifts to material things, human goals, human desires and not to the things that most every religious book (of most every faith) teach that we should see as important. Is it any wonder that it is more difficult for a rich person to get into the Gates of Heaven than a camel to pass through the eye of a needle?

Then there are some that say I give my money and do things to help others. Often making a big production out of it. Many times Saying, 'Look at all the good things I do with my money. Look at how much better I am than others. How can God not look at me as being a good person, for I give so much and I do the things that I am suppose to.'

I wonder if they remember the section in the bible that talks about the Pharisee and the tax-collector:

He [Jesus] spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.

"Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.

The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'

But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

(Luke 18:9 ' 18:14)

I often wonder if the reason so many people do not follow any particular faith, and in some cases have trouble even believing that there is a Creator, if perhaps, the problem is that so many people and groups seem to put so much emphasis on physical things that, in essence, the people/groups have created another god. In fact placing so much emphasis on physical things that often the message is completely lost that what is in one's heart/soul is more important to our Creator than the cloths and jewelry we wear; what type of car we drive; where we live; how much money we make; even more important than how fancy the place we worship our Creator is.

I wonder if people really looked, looked really honestly, into their heart, which god that they would follow the god of material possessions and human emphasis or if they would follow the ways of our Creator regardless of what other people say or think?



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