4. GOD IS THE ONLY TRUE GOD
God’s knowledge and words are true and are the final standards of truth. That means God, and God alone, is the true God.
A lot of people make statements like, “I don’t believe in a God of judgment,” or, “My God would never do thus and so,” or, “The God I follow is not like that.” All I would say is, take a good look in the mirror because that is your god. It is you. You have become your own god when you think and speak that way. There are iPods and iPhones. Why not iGod? God on demand. God as I want Him to be. God as I have fashioned Him—in my own image.
Romans 1:21 says, “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools” (NLT). Jeremiah 10:10 says, “The LORD is the only true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King” (NLT). And as Jesus said in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (NIV). God is the only true God.
Now, I know that we live in a time where it is politically incorrect to say that God is the only true God. You might say, “Well, you know there are other gods that are true as well. And you know, all roads lead to God and everybody has their own ways that are valid.” No! God says that is not true at all.
Let me make a bold statement: God is the only true God, the Bible is the only true Scripture, and our faith is the only true faith. And every other belief system is wrong.
“Oh, you can’t say that!” Well, I just said it. And I don’t say it in a mean way. I say it with compassion. I want to reach out to people who don’t know the truth and tell them the truth. I didn’t always know the truth. There was a day when I came to realize what was right and I came to believe, just as you perhaps did. But I didn’t just know these things. I learned them from studying the Word of God. My point is simply this: if God’s Word is true, then He is the one true God, and there is no other god.
How do we know He is the true God? What is the final court of arbitration? Is it our feelings or emotions? If I decide He is the true God, does that make Him the true God? Or maybe if we vote on it and a majority of us agree that He is the true God, does that make Him the true God? On the other hand, if a majority of people don’t agree with it, does that not make Him the true God? How is it determined? We say things like, “I believe God is loving but not wrathful. I cannot look at those two attributes together. Either God is wrathful or God is loving. He can’t be both.” Or we will say, “I think God is right about this in Scripture, but I think He is wrong about that.”
I just want you to know, right from the outset, that we are flawed in our understanding and in our ability to know: what right and wrong are, when something is true or false, what is evil, what is impure, and what is good or virtuous. In fact, Romans 9:20 says, “Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’” (NLT).
It’s sort of an absurd picture that is painted here. It’s the idea of a potter, maybe working at a wheel, forming a piece of clay into what he wants it to be. And suddenly the clay says, “I don’t want to be what you are
making me into.” It’s ridiculous. The thing that is formed cannot say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?”
You see, God’s knowledge is perfect. It is without flaw. And He is the final standard of truth. There is no other. Remember when you were a kid and you would ask your parents, “Can I do this?” They would say no. You’d argue, “But the other kids are doing it,” and they’d say, “Well, you aren’t the other kids.”
Still you would push, “But why can’t I do this?” And your parents would give that great parental answer, “Because I said so!” And then you just had to live with that, right? Your parents gave the edict because they said so.
Now magnify that many times and it is essentially what God says. Why is God true? Because He said He is. And if I don’t think He is true, then I am wrong because I am flawed in my ability to grasp the infinite with a finite mind. There are no second opinions. God is the only true God. Now, we may not always understand what God means when He says certain things. We may not always understand why He does or does not do certain things. But the bottom line is, God is true.