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Man, in the Place of God

Walt Lampi | The Voice of Zion August 2017 - Editorial --

Godless modern man now sits in the place of God (2 Thess. 2:4) wanting to determine and control all aspects of human life. This folly is the result of a general falling away from God and the denial of Him as Creator of all. Instead of looking to God for help and guidance man trusts in his own abilities and denies the Giver of life. Since man no longer finds reason to thank or acknowledge God, God has given him over to carnality and vile sexual passions (Rom. 1:18–32).

God saw all His creation work as good (Gen. 1). It cannot be improved on by human efforts. Creation is now worshipped more than the Creator who determines the days of one’s life and sustains the earth as a habitation for humans. Man, the crown of God’s creation work (Gen. 1:2), because of vanity exults himself above all that is called God (2 Thess. 2:4).

Acceptance of Darwin’s theory regarding the origin and common descent of species denies both the role of the Creator and the purpose for which He created man. Thus, man is no longer seen as a living soul created for heaven and in the image of God, but just another species to compete for the earth’s resources. Viewing himself now as the master of his own destiny modern man is delving into many matters which belong solely to God.

Godless man wants to: limit the earth’s population, determine who can be born and when to die, and manipulate the genetic makeup of the unborn to “create” a special child of renown. In addition, he demands gender reassignment or the right to identify as the other gender. Likewise, marriage is now defined as something other than the union of one man and one woman. Similarly, homosexuality and same sex marriage are now legal rights instead of being viewed as vile and disgusting to God (Lev. 18:22). Yet man has no right in these issues as God has reserved them for himself in His works of Creation.

Contrary to erring modern thought, Holy Scripture verifies that God has created man and the earth as a dwelling place for him. He has given all things needed to sustain life and has already determined the time and boundaries of human habitation (Gen. 1 & 8:22, Acts 17:24–26, 2 Pet. 3:10) and has set the days and months of a person’s life such that no one can live longer (Job 14:5).

Further, God created man in His own image as male and female (Gen. 1:27). He also instituted marriage as a union between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:18,24). The present worldwide movement to erase the distinction between genders in the name of human rights and equality is an open affront to God and the holiness of His Word. It is an example of the exaltation of man’s will over the wisdom of his Creator. Legalizing and promoting gender reassignment and allowing one to identify as and intrude upon the privacy of the opposite birth gender is contrary to creation and human decency. It will hasten the disintegration of and defile nations once built on God’s order found in Creation (Lev. 18:24).

We live a time when the man of sin, the son of perdition, is quickly being unveiled in all his depravity and opposition of God (2 Thess. 2:3). We need to hold on to and live according to the truths of the Holy Word in matters of life and death. It is God who has created the earth, given life to all creatures, and who sustains life. Let us pray that the citizens of our nation would turn again to the Creator and concern themselves with the weightier matter of eternity.

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