Knowing God Reflection

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Joseph Tolentino
Theology I
Dr. Price

Knowing God:
Conflicted, Convicted, Assured, and Uplifted

Psalm 135:15-18

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them. Idols: man-made, objects and images, unable to move, see, or speak. And they are not just pictures or artwork, with Jesus on a Crucifix, or a painting of the Last Supper. They can be Sunday NFL football, a spouse, a profession, a celebrity, even an event. With that said, I understand what Packer notes to their being a danger in idols. I am not necessarily sure, however, whether I agree or disagree with the point he is conveying. Packer notes in Chapter 4, The Only True God, on page 44, “that statues and pictures of the One whom we worship are not to be used as an aid to worshipping Him.” That is understood. I am at fault myself for this sin, driving around, looking at this world and the heavens, and searching for displays of God’s glory, at one point even looking at telephone poles to see the formation of a cross. Just recently, I would be moved and reminded of Jesus, in a sense, trying to refocus myself on Him instead of the world and the issues ongoing in my life. Reading this brought serious conviction to that thought-process, showing me that I was worshipping the created rather than the Creator. I was trying to put skin to my Lord, envisioning Him in what was around me. Wrong. Sin. Yet, is Packer drawing too rigid a line when he references that it be all images? Our churches today are adorned with crosses, either high on a steeple, or right in the center of the altar. Churches have even made architecture and design patterns…...

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