Do You Have a Gaudy God?

Do You Have a Gaudy God? June 7, 2014

Raining brimstone, epic deluges, trumpets from heaven…is your God showing off?

We have all heard of insecure people who act out by throwing fits.  The kid who bullies others on recess, the child who screams when he doesn’t get his way, the buff guy in the military who wants to fight at the bar.  We call these people “show-offs” and “assholes.”  But what happens when you find your divinity throwing a hissy-fit?

One of the first things you can do is exempt your God from these tantrums.  After all, when your God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” how can you compare the ugly-showboating of some narcissist with Him?  He is not even on your level–soo transcendent that his killing of children cannot be questioned–and to assume the Mighty One, who at times “regrets that he made man,” cannot simply be compared to a human child.

Another thing you can do is opposite of the aforementioned.  You can realize your God is just like you: insecure, trying to fit in and be accepted, and prone to quick bursts of regrettable anger.  After all, your God doesn’t have it easy.  Europe doesn’t like him; his favorite venue, public schools, are slowly kicking him out; and Mother Teresa doubted he even existed.  God is having some growing-pains, and we can totally understand when He gets frustrated and burns down an orphanage.

There are times when we wonder whether we create God on our image, soo much so that God behaves the way we do.  We are jealous, fickle, prone to anger, unreasonable, and malicious.  And so is our God.

To sum it up, you can 1) try to exempt your God,  2) acknowledge your God is not omniscient and is learning like you, or 3) consider God a human projection.  Either way, we are dealing with responses to a Gaudy God.

“The divine being is nothing else than the human being, or rather, the human nature purified, freed from the limits of the individual man, made objective – i.e., contemplated and revered as another, a distinct being. All the attributes of the divine nature are, therefore, attributes of the human nature.”–Ludwig Feuerbach



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    Sure. Subtract sin from humanity and we get a better picture of God.

  • Proverbs Prov. 26:4-5.“Answer not a fool according to
    his folly, lest you also be like him.”And then he said:“Answer a fool according
    to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit

    Do you not find it remarkable that
    these two statements, which appear to be at odds, are found side-by-side? At a
    quick read they may seem to contradict one another? They do not. That they
    occur in such close proximity reflects design,not disorder.

    These two admonitions urge caution in responding to the “fool.” First, it should be observed that in Bible parlance, the “fool” is not merely a simple-minded person; rather, the term denotes one who is spiritually senseless. The fool is an individual who is insensitive to the divine demands for religious and ethical conduct. That both cases an “answer” is being made to the fool—which means that he had made a statement, asked a question, or offered a challenge that was intended to elicit some response.
    From these two verse we come to learn this general truth. Not all circumstances are of equal merit. There are times to answer the opponent of God, and there are times when he ought to be ignored. And the prudent person must decide when to do what.
    So there really would be nothing at all to be gained by disputing with the fool concerning the above article.
    As a teacher of God’s word we will be called upon time and again to make decisions about with whom, and how much time, is to be expended in responding to those who appear to be antagonistic to the gospel. It is no small chore to
    identify the “dogs” and “hogs” that clutter the religious terrain (Mt. 7:6).
    One certainly needs wisdom in framing the appropriate response, or
    It is however sad that in the vast majority of cases, the venomous tongues of infidelity spew nothing but willful ignorance and a disgusting arrogance. These foolish people throw out some trite argument (that has been answered countless times by competent apologists), and demand that it be answered.

    As celebrated scholar Thomas H.Horne, who for many years was associated with the British Museum. wrote:
    “Pertness and ignorance may ask a question in three lines which it will cost learning and ingenuity thirty pages to answer; and when this is done, the same question shall be triumphantly asked again next year, as if nothing had ever been written on the subject.”
    It is therefore prudent, as it relates to Prov. 26:4-5, to ignore these pathetic souls and let them rant on. Rarely have they anything substantive to say, and it is valueless to spend precious time quibbling with them.