Posts Tagged ‘the deification of man’

1 Samuel 19:1-10 (Part 3 of 6)
Saul Tries to Kill David

In this series of blogs, we are talking about the false teachings of the Christian faith that are prevalent today. Today, we will look at the deification of man. What do I mean by the deification of man? There those who teach that we are all divine and fully connected to God without need of any mythical redemptive works of Christ. These teachings have reverberated up and down the corridors of time for centuries, always with the same bottom line …You are God. In fact, everyone is a part of God and each one only has to discover their own divinity. When humanity collectively accepts and experiences itself as being a part of Christ and a part of God, we not only save ourselves, we save our world. The teaching, that we are “God,” is at the essence of the emerging global spirituality. Prominent figures like Oprah Winfrey have embarked upon aggressive campaigns to educate the world about their belief that man’s inherent divinity, bestows upon him a vast reservoir of unlimited potential which, however, goes untapped, because he lacks knowledge of the powers he possesses.

That is the message of the New Age “religion”. We are gods ourselves. We are divine. We are inherently good and can achieve a nirvana like state of goodness if we only try hard enough. It is a combination of Hinduism, Buddhism and modern Western thought. When we elevate man to a point where we believe that all we must do is discover and harness our own innate goodness, we no longer need Jesus Christ at all. If we have divinity within us, then, Jesus is unnecessary. This philosophy is often accepted by Christians as part of our faith today. It deemphasizes the depravity of man. It makes us believe that if we concentrate hard enough that we can become good. If we do enough of the right things that we will go to heaven. If we are good enough, God’s scales of justice will tip in our favor. We are in control. We are gods. We control how well we achieve a Christ-like state. Jesus becomes our guru rather than our Savior and Lord. Jesus becomes our example rather than our necessity. Salvation becomes a pardon for past mistakes rather the redemption of career sin criminals by a perfect and holy Jesus Christ and the beginning of our sanctification that is never complete until with join Jesus Christ in heaven.

There are those who call themselves Christians who may not say that they believe they are gods but the actions of their belief system prove that they believe such things. There are those who believe, as professing Christian, that if we try hard enough we will become good. If we do more good deeds than bad we will go to heaven. It is a lifelong obliviousness to our inherent sin nature. Have you ever tried to go through a day without thinking even a sinful thought much less not do a bad deed. It is impossible for us to be good enough. We cancel out our good deeds each and every day by sins that we commit that we don’t even realize or don’t even think are sins or at the very least rationalize away as not being sins. New Age thought mistakes that we have goodness in us. Communes and communism have always failed and devolved into despotism or oligarchies because man is simply inherently evil. You are I are depraved and can help ourselves but sin. We learn to lie at such an early age. Just think of your child when they were little, they learned to lie to save their rear end from spankings early on. It’s just our nature and to claim anything else is just pie in the sky ignorance.

 

That idea of the false doctrine of the deification of man that came to mind this morning when I read this passage about the choice that Jonathan had to make – to be obedient to his father or to honor his friendship with David, to follow his father’s command which was not biblical or to follow that which was right and true according to God. With that idea in mind let us read about the choice that Jonathan had to make:

Chapter 19
1 Saul now urged his servants and his son Jonathan to assassinate David. But Jonathan, because of his strong affection for David, 2 told him what his father was planning. “Tomorrow morning,” he warned him, “you must find a hiding place out in the fields. 3 I’ll ask my father to go out there with me, and I’ll talk to him about you. Then I’ll tell you everything I can find out.”

4 The next morning Jonathan spoke with his father about David, saying many good things about him. “The king must not sin against his servant David,” Jonathan said. “He’s never done anything to harm you. He has always helped you in any way he could. 5 Have you forgotten about the time he risked his life to kill the Philistine giant and how the Lord brought a great victory to all Israel as a result? You were certainly happy about it then. Why should you murder an innocent man like David? There is no reason for it at all!”

6 So Saul listened to Jonathan and vowed, “As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be killed.”

7 Afterward Jonathan called David and told him what had happened. Then he brought David to Saul, and David served in the court as before.

8 War broke out again after that, and David led his troops against the Philistines. He attacked them with such fury that they all ran away.

9 But one day when Saul was sitting at home, with spear in hand, the tormenting spirit[a] from the Lord suddenly came upon him again. As David played his harp, 10 Saul hurled his spear at David. But David dodged out of the way, and leaving the spear stuck in the wall, he fled and escaped into the night.

In this passage, we are challenged by the fact that Saul commands his son, Jonathan, to commit an act that is clearly unbiblical and is clearly against the nature of God. Jonathan had a choice to make. He had to decide whether what his father commanded him to do was consistent with Scripture and with the nature of God. Jonathan was wise enough to understand the difference between obeying a parent’s command and violating God’s law. Our parents should be teaching us and commanding us to do only that which is consistent with Scripture. We must be discerning about what we hear from others as biblical truth compared to the actual Word of God. If something seems like it doesn’t smell right in view of Scripture, that is the Holy Spirit convicting us that what we are hearing as gospel truth is in actuality in error. Listen to the Holy Spirit.

The false doctrine of the divinity of man and our ability to achieve some great goodness where we are gods ourselves equal to the God is just plain false teaching. It is like Saul rationalizing away the command to his son to violate God’s law as OK. We, as pastors, should never teach our people things that are inconsistent with Scripture. Teaching the false doctrine of self awareness and self improvement is heresy. We are sinners. God tells us that in His Word. We are in need of a Savior. We are in need of a Lord. We cannot achieve God-likeness on our own. We are sinners who continue to sin even after salvation. We are not made into perfect beings by our salvation. We are covered in Christ’s perfection. The Holy Spirit does begin the sanctification process in our lives and we sin less and less as we mature in Christ but we still sin because we are flesh. Our sins revolt us now that we are saved but it does not eliminate sin from our lives. We are covered by the grace of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the punishment of our sins. His perfection covers us until we escape our flesh on the day that we die and go to heaven. It is only then that we are made completely perfect. We are not gods on this side of heaven and anyone who teaches that you can become a god before heaven is a false teacher. To say that we can make ourselves more perfect takes away the miracle of salvation and the wondrous gift that God gave us through Jesus Christ, who redeems us even though we are career sin criminals who have no hope of rehabilitation. That’s the miracle. That’s the necessity of Jesus Christ.

Amen and Amen.

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