The woman sat before us, sitting cross-legged on a floor cushion. Her serene demeanor was complemented by her all-white robes. She surveyed the room of eager listeners and slowly nodded and smiled. “God created us in His image, so God is like me!” I was participating in a meditation session with a woman who humbly referred to herself as Divine Mother. She claimed to be an incarnation of a great prophet who died nearly a hundred years earlier.
This was my life before I became a Christian. I was searching for the meaning of my life; I was searching for enlightenment; I was searching for salvation. For a brief period, I thought I had found it with this woman. At first, my questions were answered by this petite woman with a seemingly unshakeable peaceful demeanor. But after a year of intently following her teachings, serious contradictions arose within her own teachings. It now seems absurd that I could believe myself equal to God. Yet, when I first heard this, it was the ultimate confirmation of the biological evolution of man. I was now so spiritually advanced, so enlightened, that not even God could stand in my way to accomplish my goals!
These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
Psalms 50:21 (ESV)
There are many religions and religious leaders, who teach the concept that “God is like me!” or its variant, “We can be like God!” Not surprisingly, there are false teachers in Christianity who also preach a similar message. Some may not blatantly state it as this woman who led the meditation sessions but present it in shaded tones. “God is in us. We are all little gods and we need to believe and act upon this!”
For all true Christian believers, God, the Holy Spirit, does dwell within us the moment we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. However, this does not make us the same as God. We are created in God’s image and are imbued with an inner morality, an innate knowledge of right and wrong, but that does not make us equal to God. We are created by God but we chose to break the perfect relationship we had with Him by sinning against Him and choosing our own path to destruction. Since the dawn of mankind, humans have sought to find reconciliation with God, our Creator. Many teachers and religions have claimed to be the Truth but these pathways always relied upon man’s efforts to reach God.
How can the finite reach the infinite? It is impossible by our own efforts. God knows this and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life and die as a substitution for our sinful disobedience. He was resurrected by God and by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can finally bridge the spiritual chasm that separates us from our God, our Creator.
God is not like me. We need to be like God!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.