Higher-Power Dieties

by Howard Glass

Though the world is uncomfortable with Christians holding the name of Jesus above other names, we must continue to do so. The dominant error of our day is the notion that truth is a matter of choice. "Spirituality" is fashionable these days, as long as it is open and tolerant. But subjectively committing to anything at the exclusion of other things is considered insensitive, unloving, and to some, a threat. 

A good example of this is the much-vaunted twelve-step program, started by Alcoholics Anonymous and now employed to help people overcome varied addictions. These programs insist that sufferers find a "higher power." This power can be anything the person desires, so long as they see it as a source of help. No one participating in such a group may offer his or her particular power as better than another's. Any god will do-just make one up if you want.

These programs have been fruitful enough to lend credence to the notion that god is a self-created concept. Isn't that the essence of postmodernism, that truth is determined by oneself?   

Since Jesus clearly told us that He alone was God, we cannot avoid bucking the momentum of a successful and widely-known philosophy. Jesus' claim of being the only way to God excludes all imaginary gods and is offensive to those who take comfort in making their own god. An abstract spirituality with doctrines of tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness suggest a malleable, undemanding god, one who yields to man's imagination and panders to his weakness.

But, if any thing is god, is anything God?

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