“Well, what did people believe in before God?”
It was a line I heard from a television show. At first, it seemed an odd question but it is one that secular anthropologists and sociologists have wrestled and debated for centuries. One line of reasoning proposes that our ancestors first worshipped nature-the earth, sun, moon, and stars. Another hypothesis focuses upon animals, imparting supernatural qualities to various species. Still another suggests that as man evolved, their gods were made in their own image, replete with the same failings and weaknesses. One can certainly see evidence of all these religions in many cultures throughout the history of this world, some still existing to this present day. All are compelling candidates to answer the question. However, once again, God gives us the Truth.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Romans 1:22-23 (ESV)
God created the Heavens and the earth. He created all living creatures. He created Man. From the beginning, man knew that God was the Creator and Sustainer of his life. There were no other options. It was a perfect world and a perfect relationship, and it was not enough for man. He chose another path by believing in a god named Satan and worshipping an idol of himself. Religion is not an evolution from nature to the divine. It is a devolution from the Divine God to the mortal and sinful man.
What did people believe in before God?
God has always existed. It was man that exchanged the glory of the eternal and omnipotent God for an idol of himself and to worship his own accomplishments. Thanks be to God that even when man turned away from God, God still chose to love His creation. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to reconcile the relationship that man had broken. He sent His Son, so that all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will be saved and have eternal life.
All praise to the Living and Eternal God who has always existed!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.