Some attempt to bring God down to our level. Perhaps, it is because they are attempting to identify with Him. Perhaps, by doing so, they feel as if they are more able to ‘control’ Him. Perhaps, they feel by doing so, they are more able to relate to Him. Perhaps, it’s idolatry.
Whatever their motivation may be…it doesn’t work that way. We cannot, nor should we, bring God down to our level.
John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus made it clear when He spoke with Nicodemus in John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nor are we to worship His creation: Romans 1:25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Yet, in spite of what God clearly tells us in His Word, the Church has been infiltrated with ‘humanism’ and ‘new-agism’ and a form of ‘mysticism’. A very popular Author whose book is a top-seller and often promoted by well-known preachers writes:
“A stranger on the road, my cold heart burns (Luke 24:32) and He is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh and I am His and He is mine and I want to touch the paint [in the painting mentioned below]. I want to run my fingertips across oils, let the colors saturate my skin, let them run into my blood. I want to be in the painting, Supper at Emmaus, the painting to be in me. I want to be in God and God to be in me, to exchange love and blessings and caresses and, like the apostle-pilgrims, my eyes open and I know it because of this burning of the heart: this moment is a divine interchange. I raise my hand slightly, FINGER imperceptibly the air before the canvas and this is INTERCOURSE DISROBED of its connotations, pure and unADULTERATED: a passing between. A connection, a communicating, an EXCHANGE, between TENDER BRIDEGROOM AND HIS BRIDE…The INTERCOURSE of soul with God is the very CLIMAX of joy.”
Such sensuality being promoted in our relationship with a Holy and Righteous God is disturbing, to say the least. God is not ‘bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh’. To place God on such a level is anti-Scripture. The author uses the Scripture: Lk. 24:32. In context, this is taking place after Christ has risen from the dead. Let’s read this in context:
24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Truly, God is Spirit…not flesh and bone. Jesus temporarily ’emptied Himself’ for a specific purpose: Redemption of mankind. Phil. 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
He did not do so to become: “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” so that we could have “intercourse of soul with God”. God is Spirit…not soul.
Per Wikipedia: ‘In pantheism, the universe and everything included in it is equal to the Divine. In panentheism, the universe and the divine are not ontologically equivalent. God is instead viewed as the soul of the universe, the universal spirit present everywhere, in everything and everyone, at all times.’ Ontology is: ‘a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics’. Metaphysics ‘seeks to understand the origin and meaning of the universe by thought alone’.
24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17).
‘Baal worship was rooted in sensuality and involved ritualistic prostitution in the temples. The Baalim of the Old Testament were nothing more than demons masquerading as gods, and all idolatry is ultimately devil-worship (1 Corinthians 10:20).’-Geisler & Holden
‘Jude 11 records “the error of Balaam,” 2 Peter 2:15 records “the way of Balaam,” and Revelation 2:14 records “the doctrine of Balaam.” All three of these are used in passages referring to Christians entering into a state of affairs within Christendom that not only defiles their high calling but which also dishonors the Lord who purchased their salvation with His own blood.’-Bibleone.net
1 Tim. 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
I reiterate: John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
To read more on this deception, I refer you to this site: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17572
(((HUGS))) Jude Gibbs, Author of ‘Gifts from the Ashes’ currently available at 3 locations:
Also, a Contributor on ‘The Mighty’: https://themighty.com/2017/03/the-pain-of-holidays-after-the-loss-of-loved-ones/
Also read 1 Kings 18.