Objects of worship have become less obvious and more insidious.
The path to destruction in the generational curse occurred with the rejection of God and the worship of other things of this world.
Idol worship was common during biblical times as man was easily overawed by unexplained phenomenon. There were many gods that seemed to demand attention as we read earlier regarding Abraham. It might seem that 21st-century man is far too sophisticated to fall for worshipping the hand-crafted idols or gods of Abraham’s father, Terah.
However, there is still a strong draw to these types of objects in the tenets of New Age theology. Nevertheless, for the more mainstream individual, the objects of worship, especially in America, have become less obvious and more insidious.
The distractive and destructive force behind present-day worship still remains the same. The new gods could be money, fame, work, attention, sex, drugs, alcohol, physical pleasures, the internet, hobbies, or even reality television, to name a few. An insatiable thirst for knowledge and the demand for scientific proof of everything before believing are just a few of the plethora of distractions that could be classified as idols as seen in the previous discussion on religion.
So, the question still remains, “Does God make these bad, destructive, punishing things occur as a penalty for disobedience and sin?” The discussion about Job sheds light on some possible answers, as does Genesis 6:12-13.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
The statement, “The end of all flesh is come before me,” was powerful and terrifying, especially for those who were not among Noah’s family members! Corruption on the earth had hit an all-time high. Violence and perversion ruled the entire globe, but even so, God did not say, “I have had it with you people. I am going to kill you all!” God said the end of all flesh is come before me, meaning that this is a legal issue, not one of preference.
God established the order of things back in the garden with Adam and Eve when He told them that the consequence of sin was death. He sought to forgive and overlook their sins and the sins of their generations. He desired to have His free-will-instilled creation make a quality decision to worship and imitate Him. The insight from the book of Job pointed out that there is an accuser, one who takes every opportunity to accuse man of his sins and demands that the penalty be enforced. This is what occurred when, the end of all flesh, came before God. A justifiable, legal demand on God’s word and a declaration that the penalty for sin is death was made. There was no way to overlook it or delay the consequences because of the severity and pervasiveness of the sin.
Wait a minute! God is Sovereign. He can do whatever He wants! He did not have to give in to the legal demand. He could have simply changed the rules to fit the circumstances. Many humans do that every day in their lives, but that is what the whole concept of situational ethics and relativism is all about. We do not like to live by absolutes. We want to make up the rules as we go along. However, in God’s world (of which you are a part, whether or not you like it or believe it), there are absolutes. The greatest absolute is the integrity of God’s own words. If He were to renege on His Word, He would become a liar, and His entire universe would collapse upon His sin!
God being sovereign decided to play by His own rules and chose to be bound by them. As a result, He did not have a choice about the destruction of all flesh since the rules were in place from the time of Adam and Eve. Corruption on the earth had grown to epic proportions before the time of the flood. All flesh had called for its own destruction according to its own actions. God spent generations holding back the destruction that the sins of all flesh demanded until the sin had become so great that destruction could no longer be restrained.
The only redemptive part of the entire scenario was that Noah and his family did listen to God and did act in obedience to Him. Their flesh (and that of mankind) was saved from the destruction of all flesh as a result of their rejection of the sins of their time and their choice to follow and worship God.
Learn more about this subject in Chapter 15 of Ideolatry, Truth or Consequences.
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