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The gospel reveals eternal realities about God that we would sometimes rather not face. We prefer to sit back, enjoy our clichés, and picture God as a Father who might help us, all the while ignoring God as a Judge who might damn us. Maybe this is why we fill our lives with the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture—and in the church. We are afraid that if we stop and really look at God in His Word, we might discover that He evokes greater awe and demands deeper worship than we are ready to give Him.

- David Platt

9 comments on “Quotes (912)

  1. So, creating our own mental image of God is wrong – yet we still have brothers in Christ who maintain that it’s OK to create physical image of Christ, whose glorified body is not described for us in Scripture and the imaging of it is – therefore – the product of our imagination. I can’t accept the inherent contradiction.

  2. God is greater than we could imagine, which is another reason why making images of Him whether in physical form or in our imagination is wrong. God is spirit and He is jealous for His own glory. And we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. And we cannot do this without understanding what He says about Himself in His word.

  3. Though I am equally against mental or physical images of God, I think Mr. Platt’s point here isn’t on images, but on how we think of God. Or rather on what attributes of God we prefer to focus on, or fully accept. Among the church-going, professing Christians I know, I would say by far the majority seem to think of Him as the all-loving, all-merciful God, but don’t seem to want to think of Him as the same God as we see in the Old Testament Who is the no-nonsense, all-righteous, all-just Judge Who has the power, authority, and right to cast us bodily into eternal hellfire. In other words, Christians tend to keep their “understanding” of God on a level that is comfortable for them, rather than as He really is.

  4. Can’t argue with the quote.

  5. Manfred, Brother, I understand your frustration, but can’t agree with you as you know. Pastor Platt here is talking about idolatry and that we shouldn’t create God in our mind with attributes of our own choosing, because we know God’s attributes through His word. I don’t see any correlation between this statement and your implication from previous discussions regarding a children’s book with a cartoon drawing of someone depicting Jesus. The 2 are very far apart. However, both issues do revolve around what God are we worshiping, which is a faith and salvation issue. If someone is worshiping a God in their mind with attributes of their choosing, they are not worshiping the real God of the Bible and therefore are in idolatry and probably not saved. If someone is bowing down and worshiping a cartoon image, then they are not worshiping the true God of the Bible and they are in idolatry and they are not saved. Where does this leave the person who drew the cartoon of Jesus for the kids book? Where does this leave the kid and parent enjoying the children’s Bible with the cartoon of Jesus? I don’t see the Biblical connection or the outrage.

    faithfully and sincerely,
    -abidingthroughgrace

  6. I recommend this message from Phil Johnson, that was posted here months ago as part of a series on the 10 Commandments. http://www.thegracelifepulpit.com/Sermons.aspx?code=083-003-PJ

  7. Manfred,

    Brother, I took the time to listen to this great message from Mr. Johnson. I have to say, that I am shocked that you referred me to this message because it is in opposition to your opinion and actually supports my argument completely. I humbly suggest that you listen to it again and hear it with fresh ears in relation to the idolatry angle that I have been suggesting. He does a great job of setting the truth on display and I pray that you will be open to hearing it again.

    desperately dependent on Christ,
    -atg

  8. abg,

    I have listened to it twice this week, in preparation for teaching on it this Sunday. I guess our minds are presupposed to interpret things the way we expect or want to hear them. My initial post on this thread was prompted by Johnson’s message :-)

  9. Manfred, wow, well…I guess you are right – we are hearing what we want to hear.

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