Is God Your “The Higher Power?”
Acceptance of whether or not God exists is a matter of faith regardless of the individual’s choice. Everyone that has the mental capacity must deal with the concept of a supernatural “Higher Power”. God may or may not be acknowledged as that Higher Power or Deity that must be obeyed, placated, and worshiped, but...
Humans are driven to fill the hole that God created in them that is perfectly shaped for Him. We will make a connection to something to fill that hole.
We will find a substitute and fill that hole with some other type of “god” if the true God is not allowed to fill it. Acknowledged or not, God created man to have fellowship and a relationship with Him. There is a place in man that only God can fill and humans are desperate to fill that void that is inside them.
Our choices and conclusions can develop fairly early in life based on family, structures, values, “religious” upbringing, peer influence, cultural influences, and the like. Some people rebel against their early exposure to the concept of God. Others embrace their experiences throughout their lives. They may maintain a belief in what they were originally taught without challenge or exploration. However, some only begin to understand the concept of God as they mature, because there was a God void or Godlessness early in their lives. Still others simply deny the existence of the God of the Bible altogether.
Those who decide to reject God as the higher power may adopt a god concept which might involve a thing, an activity, a single being or variety of beings. Other god concepts might include nature, the inherent goodness of man, humanism, everything is “god”, a “universal” truth or possibly even a specific human that has risen to “godlike” status such as in ancient mythology. Still other concepts might include a variety of activities or pursuits that attain a “god” status in an individual’s life such as sports or even one’s career.
As a higher power, God is frequently seen as fatherly or motherly being or a combination of the two. The “Parent God” image that is subsequently created might be largely based on the father, mother or other authority figure relationships of the individual. One’s view of the existence of God, the meaning of scripture and how God deals with humans is developed based on these and many other factors. Those that were raised in a close, traditional, nurturing family environment with a strong, affirmative male influence might develop a positive concept of a “Father God” as referenced in Isaiah 9:6 and Ephesians 4:6.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
An individual’s view of God as a Father will directly affect his or her interpretation of Biblical writings. It may also influence his or her beliefs regarding God’s interaction with humans in general and His interaction with individuals in particular. Family, peer, work or a host of other relationships in the life of an individual might influence the “Father God” concept in other ways. This realization is quite important, especially from a Judeo-Christian perspective, which is based upon the Old Testament of the Bible. An individual’s view and interactions with persons of authority or concepts of authority are directly influenced by his or her family unit, or a lack thereof. There can be transference of these attitudes to their God concept.
Scientific observations create perspectives that are combined with existing understanding. These relative perspectives then result in scientific “truth.” Therefore, scientific “truth” is not absolute but is always subject to change.
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
I invite you to read Chapter 4, How Do You See God? from Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem - The Character and Nature of God to learn more about God's plan for your life.
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