David Lee Brown
Which God Do You Serve?
In this crazy world we live in, the question – Which God Do You Serve? – is a legitimate question. This question would even apply to many professing Christians. It’s a much more complicated question than you might imagine. Specifically, because we are dealing with gods with names and with gods, people create for themselves. For instance, we could address the god of money, the god of accumulating stuff, or the god of self-centeredness. A god can be anything that you religiously pursue. In other words, something that you do with consistent and conscientious regularity. Today, I’ll explore various examples of gods and explain why I chose the God clearly characterized within the Bible.
Secular Reasoning and Which God Do You Serve?
Secular people or people without beliefs in a god or gods still practice a loose form of religion. For instance, they religiously check the stock market multiple times per day. Their religion might be classified as the religion of wealth accumulation, and their god would be money or their retirement portfolio. Others might cook religiously. In other words, cooking becomes an obsession that they practice religiously, and their god becomes fabulous food creations. Still, others may take such pride in themselves that they become their own god. As a Christian, putting anything above the one true God is inconsistent and sinful.
Other Deities and Pantheons
Many of you could raddle-off these other gods as well as me, but here goes. The Greek gods, the Roman gods, the Norse gods, the native American gods, the Australian aboriginal gods, and the list goes on. This list would include the gods that the people made-up before the flood and those made-up after the flood. The theme of this abandonment of the one true God is that all civilizations have abandoned God at some point. Our modern society is no exception. People are flocking in droves to the occult and witchcraft. Many, especially in Europe, have abandoned God for pagan pantheons of gods. Even Christians embrace witchcraft, necromancy, and Hindu religious philosophy, which includes the practice of Yoga. You’ll find 8 of the primary gods and goddesses of Yoga explained here. Worship of any of these false gods is an abomination to God and an abomination to any true Christian.
Which God Do Christians Serve?
The question of which God Christians serve is another tricky question. The short answer is only those Christians that accept the Bible as the one and only Word of God worship God. They must also believe it completely. Then they can say they worship the one true God. If they believe part of the Bible but reject other parts, they do not worship the God, characterized by the Bible. If they twist scripture and take it out of context, they are not worshiping the God of the Bible. Those who insist on adding additional documents or books to the Bible also are not worshiping the God of the Bible. Those that think God needs additional revelations from modern-day prophets are not worshiping the God of the Bible. Those with a universalist mindset and think all good people go to heaven are also not worshiping the God described in the Bible. Christians must be consistent in their belief and obedient to the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God – the Holy Bible.
Joshua Asked the People of Israel, Which God Do You Serve?
The conquest of the Promised Land was complete. As Joshua and the people were preparing to depart and take possession of the land that God promised Abraham, the leaders gathered. God, through Joshua, reminded them of all the mighty and miraculous things God did for the Israelites. Then God reminded them to obey the law written by God through Moses and Joshua. Joshua said, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 Then the people responded, “And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;” Joshua 24:16
Then Joshua provided a warning, “If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.” Joshua 24:20 Then the people responded, “…Nay; but we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:21
So, a covenant was made between God, Joshua, and all the people of Israel, which Joshua wrote in the book of the law. The covenant was that the people of Israel would only serve the one true God. The creator God. The people all agreed and then departed for their new homes in the promised land.
Which God Do You Serve?
Therefore, Joshua was only going to serve God (YHWH or Yahweh). I’m in total agreement with Joshua, and for many good reasons. The reasons I believe are many and from several different fields. First, I believe by faith, which must always be first. Second, I believe because of the overwhelming evidence of one hundred percent accurate prophecy within the Bible. Third, the overwhelming archeological evidence for the accuracy of the Bible. Fourth, the wisdom of God found within the Bible. Fifth, the scientific evidence found within the Bible. In other words, when the Bible addresses something scientific, it is always right. Sixth, the linguistic evidence that the Biblical history concerning the Tower of Babel is consistent with today’s known language groups. Seventh, the astrological evidence is consistent with the Almighty God creating it because no other explanation is defensible.
So, I believe first and foremost because of my faith in Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but also because of the overwhelming evidence that the Bible is true. So, if the Bible is true, the God described and attested to within the Bible must be the one true God. It’s a heartfelt and logical choice.