Too Big?

I happened upon a church sign that said, “God is too big to fit one religion.” While I agree that God is far bigger than we can even think or imagine (Psalm 139:6), there’s something horribly wrong with such a statement.

First of all, it makes God contradictory. The gods of the religions of the world are different gods. The god of the Hindus is this creation. The god of the Muslims is Allah. The true God of the Bible is Trinitarian–Father, Son and Holy Spirit (who other religions deny). To have “God” fit all of these religions makes Him to be a contradiction. You end up having no God at all.

Second, such a statement doesn’t match the God of the Bible. God constantly speaks of His chosen people (in contrast with those who are outside of His covenant). In the Old Testament, His chosen people was Israel, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12). In the New Testament, His chosen people is the church, “But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

Third, this statement diminishes the love of God. This may shock many, but, it’s true. Consider the following parallel statement, “Bill Smith is too big a man for only one wife.” This man’s love would be a diluted love. Love is exalted when it is selective. A husband’s love for his wife is glorious when it is focused upon one woman. Every woman knows this. God has set His love upon those in the church: “Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

Finally, the message of this sign misses the reality that God’s ways are often neglected. When Elijah was in peril, God assured him, “I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal” (1 Kings 19:18). Jesus said, “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). The reality is that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

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