By Izzy Afriyie
HERE IS MY REVIEW Of Peter Rollin’s book, The Idolatry Of God:
I am absolutely in love with this great philosopher and theologian’s take on God.
Most Christians see their religion as a promise of fulfillment. A promise of a perfect world unlike the current world, where there are no sufferings. A world of unending peace and happiness.
They see God as the ultimate answer to this type of world. They understand God to hold the ultimate key to unlock the gate of fulfillment so they bring their empty cups before God, and expect the cups to be filled. By so doing, they turn God into an idol because anything that is believed to have the ability to fill an emptiness, that is unattainable, and has set rules that governs its operations becomes an idol.
However, what if when that empty cup is brought before God, God does not fill it but crushes it into pieces. What if instead, God grants the freedom to be able to handle the emptiness and suffering? What if God does not intend to take away the sufferings but rather intends to take away the need to escape the suffering? What if God does not create a better world, but a better you?
If you are a follower of Christ you will realize that when he brought his empty cup before God before his crucifixion ( He prayed for the burden of crucifixion to be taken away), God did not fill his cup. Instead, God crushed his cup into pieces and granted him freedom in a form of courage to be able to handle his impending suffering. He was then able to escape from the need to escape his sufferings.
I am a firm believer in the notion that heaven exists right here on earth. And maybe, just maybe what Christians ought to realize is that their current life or world is not a means to an end. It is an end in itself. And maybe humans are to learn to love this current world as it is and find heaven right here within themselves.
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