I heard a presentation earlier this week in which the creation account of Genesis was put to poem. While I appreciated the creativity, I was a bit irked by the bad theology. Twice in the work God was described as being lonely.
Have you ever heard of the doctrine of God’s aseity? That interesting word simply means that God is completely self-sufficient. The Apostle Paul clearly makes that point in the book of Romans:
“Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (11:35, 36).
Earlier, while visiting Athens, he stated this concept with absolute clarity:
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things” (Acts 17:24,25).
God does not need anything. He doesn’t need anyone. He doesn’t need you. He sure doesn’t need me. He’s fine. He really is.
In order to comfort grieving children, I have heard believers say that God needed so-and-so (explaining why they were taken from earth to heaven). For some strange reason, these well-meaning adults believe comfort is more important than truth. Don’t misunderstand me. I do believe we should console grieving children. However, I do not think that compromising truth is a necessary ingredient in that process. Great comfort comes from knowing truth–especially truth about the Lord.
The fact that God is God–that He is completely sufficient in and of Himself–that He is happy being God–is a wonderful doctrine.
How is it possible to be a believer and not love theology?
How is it possible to love theology and not worship?