Man’s concept of God largely determines whether he will approach him or not, and if so, how.
The deist will grope through the circumstances of life unaware of the outstretched hand of the Creator because he conceives of God as having created the universe and then having left it to its own devices.
On the other hand, the theist believes that God not only created the universe but that he is transcendent to it and yet immanent in it.
The Christian is free to appropriate privileges accorded to no one else in the world. In fact, one of the problems in the Church stems from those who demand for the world as a whole those things reserved alone for believers.
Unquestionably there have been those who would attempt to “manipulate” God for personal advantage. The individual in the sports world, or in some other phase of secular life, who suddenly finds himself (or herself) thrust into the limelight, may attribute personal success to the “help of God.”
There may be those who look upon God as a benevolent genei to be courted to the end that they may succeed in some cherished project.
At the other extreme are those who, consciously or otherwise, take the deist philosophy and assert that God has created us with wills and intellects of our own and that we therefore have no right to “bother” him with our daily affairs.
The biblical concept of God as our loving Heavenly Father is neither theory nor an accident, for he is just that. Exactly as a human father is concerned over details in the affairs of his children, so too God in heaven is deeply concerned over anything and everything affecting us. To take any other attitude makes a travesty of the Christian faith and of the clear teachings of the Bible.
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