April 12 – God Doesn’t Fit In Your Box

When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” (Joshua 5:13-14)

Read: Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1

Relate: The Calvanist says, “God is sovereign. He is on my side.” The Arminianist replies, “No, He has given us free will. He is on my side.” The republican says, “God demands holiness, He is on my side.” The democrat says, “No, He loves the poor, He is on my side.” The Methodist and the Presbyterian argue their point. The Catholic and the protestant duke it out. The baptist and the pentecostal go at it. The Muslim fundamentalist says God is on his side. The Jewish fundamentalist says the same, as does the Christian fundamentalist. The Hindu fundamentalist says all the gods are on his side. The atheist looks at the whole crowd arguing and says, “Thank you all for proving my point.”

React: The question has never been, “Is God for me or for my enemy?” All that question proves is that we have created a box and fashioned a god in our image that we want to make sure fits inside it. The question is too egocentric. The answer is yes. God is for me. He is also for my enemy. He is also for my friends, and my acquaintances, and for the people I have never even met. When I ask that question what I am saying is, “I have fashioned this box for You, God… now fit in it.” That sounds kinda dangerous… you think?

It is time for me to get away from egocentric questions. Instead of, “Is God for me?” It should be, “Am I for God?” Instead of trying to fashion an adequate box to hold what I believe of God, I should be trying to shape my life to be an adequate vessel that already has the living God in me. God is the center, not me, and I have to do everything I can to wrap everything else I know around that fact. God leads, not me, and I have to do everything I can to make sure I am on His side. He is far too great for any box I can make or even imagine.

Respond: 

Dear God, 

You are far greater than I could ever fathom. Help me to take my eyes off of myself and keep them on You. Help me to focus more and more on who You are rather than trying to fit You into what I would like You to be. Bust down my boxes. You are Holy, Wonderful, Marvelous, Glorious, Omnipotent, Righteous and Mighty. Let me find myself lining up on Your side.
Amen

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21 thoughts on “April 12 – God Doesn’t Fit In Your Box

  1. First and most important thing is authenticity. 2nd, translations are NEVER to original! 3rd languages cgange with time. Not all human beings can together stop these changes, languages die and new are born. 4) of course only God alone can stop dusting and rusting of a language and keep it fresh! In the entire world only and only Quran passes this test and it’s word by word God’s direct conversation to the man. Quran being final has preserved the lives and messages of all previous messengers like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, Moses and Jesus (Peace be upon them). Quran is the only book in which there is no doubt and its a guide for those who want to avoid evil and wrong doings!. Please do the greatest favor to yourself! pick up Quran and study. It will take you on most confident straight path to success!

    • There is a common game children play all around the world. In America they call it telephone. In Turkey they have a similar game called ear to ear. In this game one child whispers a short story into the ear of another child. That child then whispers it to the next and so on down the line. When the last child has heard the story they share out loud what they have heard. It can be quite humorous how different the end result is from the original. Almost always, the story has been shortened, usually parts are now missing, and often it is completely changed.
      When I read the stories of people like Noah, Moses, David and Abraham in the Quran, it is like reading the end result of a game of telephone. Their stories have been shortened, parts are missing, and almost always they are now completely distorted from the original. The only person’s story in the Quran that has a beginning middle and end is Joseph and even his is abbreviated and warped almost beyond recognition. The authenticity and veracity of the Quran is far, far below the Torah and the Incil in this regard. It isn’t even close.
      The Incil, the New Testament of the Bible was written within the same generation as the events in which it talks about. It was also written with the intent of mass reproduction and dissemination over a vast geographical area. Because of this, we can be confident that what we have today has not changed from the original. There were far too many copies distributed over a vast amount of land and nobody would have been able to make changes because they could never get their hands on nearly enough of the originals to make a serious impact. This is in stark contrast to the Quran. Nothing was written down until hundreds of years after Muhammad supposedly first uttered his words. There were only four different men who collected and wrote down the sayings passed on, ear to ear like a game of telephone, from one generation to the next. Those men could not even agree on the number of chapters for their book. Beyond that the ruler at that time, Umar, had ultimate editing control and could edit out anything that did not line up with his (warlike, militaristic, authoritarian) version of what Islam should be. When it comes to historical veracity the Quran is once again far, far inferior to the Bible.
      Even this concept that everything should remain static in one language is a means of deception and control. For a time the Catholic church tried to force everyone to only read and worship in Latin. They did this as a means to try and control information and maintain power. this is the same reason why the Quran was first mandated to only to be read and recited in Arabic. As their empire rapidly grew they needed a way to unify and control their conquered peoples. As a result, even today most Muslims do not know what the Quran says and even when they are reciting their prayers, they do not know the words behind the sounds they make. This to me shows that the idea of God you worship is too small. The God I serve, the One True God, is big enough and smart enough to understand more than one language. He is also loving enough to care about all His children that they might also be able to worship Him in truth and understanding. I remember sharing with a Muslim friend. I watched him pray and then he shared the meaning behind it. He was able to tell me why he faces where he does, why he kneels as he does, and the purpose behind the motions of his prayer. But he did not know the meaning behind anything he was saying. He was then blown away when we prayed the Lords prayer together. Not only was I able to recite the prayer in English but line by line I could explain what the prayer meant and why it was important. This level of understanding was completely foreign to him and I could only grieve that he is held in a religion that binds him up in ignorance. In this way, once again, the Quran is far far inferior to the Bible.
      The Quran is comppletely full of doubts. I doubt that it was ever intended to be used the way it is. I doubt it is even the same book as was originally collected. I doubt it has any understanding of a loving God when 84 of the 114 surah’s talk about how much he hates. I doubt most Muslims have any idea what it really says or they would no longer remain Muslims. I doubt it can have any true regard for the truth when the Quran itself says, “Allah is the greatest of deceivers.”

  2. Amen. Exactly. How can we finite folks even think that the God of the universe would squeeze Himself into our tiny single-minded boxes! Guilty, I confess, for a very long time of my tiny box god. No more. He is too vast, too holy, too all-encompassing. So grateful. Well said. Thank you.

  3. You have expressed the feeling of so many. If it were not for the ability to love unconditionally there would be a great feeling of frustration in those many.

  4. I love the truth you capture here; so good! I do think that there is power in our perspectives though. The Calvinist and the Arminianist and the Catholic all bring insight into God’s personality and nature. We can never fully escape our boxes, but when we learn that God is in every box to some degree, we can discover more of him than we ever imagined in places we never thought possible. 🙂

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