When Ideology became Idolology
Posted by Rod Neufeld on October 17, 2017
Yes, I just made up a word. Looking at the current state of the world “idolology” should not surprise anyone. After all, most of our realities are fabricated and common sense has been thrown out because it is “intolerant and restrictive.”
I was watching a Ray Comfort video (love the guy fyi). I don’t always agree with the way he draws conclusions although they do resemble the way those he opposes draw them, so I understand why he does it. He is simply presenting and concluding in a manner to which those folks respond and recognize.
He asked some self identifying atheists if they were open to data and proof that may change the way they see the universe. They all said yes providing the information was overwhelmingly undeniable.
Of course, why would anyone change their world view without solid concrete evidence right? Watching people stand by their evolutionary convictions I noticed something. They were reciting things that were presented and you could plainly tell there was very little actual understanding of the information. This behavior was more of a “blind faith” than a deep understanding of scientific data. It had become an unshakable ideology rather than an absolute definable truth.
As I have these same kind of conversations I find most people don’t truly understand what they believe. They just believe because of convincing words. Don’t get me wrong: many do. I myself was on that side of the fence for many years. Not necessarily an atheist but certainly agnostic. I, like many, tried to understand the complex beginnings of our universe. Eventually, when science let me down, I turned to combining it with theology. This is another ideology that is popular in our culture and world. The Catholic Church is quite prolific in its endeavors to combine science and theology. In my case all I found was that I was making excuses for God, limiting His creative authority and power with my inability to comprehend it. It was arrogant and foolish.
Surprisingly, I came to faith in God through Jesus Christ. I say, “surprisingly,” because I am stubborn and strong-willed. I was the ruler of my destiny, so to submit fully to the authority of anyone was incomprehensible.
My reality was my idol. My personal ideology became my theology. If you keep a truly open mind and look at what you believe from a neutral position you may find the same thing. In the end what we believe is a system of theology regardless if we are willing to accept that. The truth is not dependent on our willingness to embrace, it is simply the truth. Our desire to find the truth often leads us into creating our own instead of accepting that which is in front of us.
Today my world changes. I no longer want to see others as adversaries. My savior requires me to love those in opposition to me. He required nothing of me to be saved but it should now be my will to offer everything because He has. Not that it’s required but because it is right to offer Him all the glory. I see many people of other faiths or no faith doing acts of goodness and kindness. Does that male them good? According to scripture the answer is, no.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10 KJV
You see, our good works apart from Christ can even be idols. Just think about it: Have you ever said I want to do some good, I want to make a difference,etc.? Notice the first word, “I”.Our focus, no matter the intent, is selfish unless it is for God. This may strike people wrong or harshly but in the end my desire is not to honor man but my God. To serve Him is to serve mankind better than any humanitarian organization ever could.
Do good not because you want to make a difference. Do good because it is right and proper to do so, expecting nothing in return and sometimes being hated for doing good.
““Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Matthew 6:1-4 NKJV
I have ended in this manner many times, so I will do it again. Take a good look at what you believe and forget what you think you know about Christianity. Look at it with a fresh heart and eyes.
I will conclude with this: there are only 2 religions in the world. One that requires you to earn a place in paradise through your deeds and Christianity which says you can’t earn it so God came down to pay the price for you. It’s free….. if the Christianity you see anywhere has a cost to you for salvation it’s not the truth that Christ came to present. It is an aberration. If you are told to hate or seek Worldly riches it is false. I can go on forever but my words will not convince you, God’s Holy Spirit will.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”” John 3:17-21 NKJV
I’m not saying jump in, I’m saying have a clean objective look.