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  • Misconceptions - Wrong or mistaken ideas

  • Deist - One who believes that God created the universe and placed it under certain laws, but takes no part in its operations

  • Complex - Made from numerous interconnecting parts

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    Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

    But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

    - Matthew 10:29-30

     

  • Pantheist - One who believes that creation is God and God is creation; no personal God lives above and reigns over creation. The universe is God.


  • How would the deist and pantheist view life differently from the true Christian? Why would the Christian's world view be a personal one and the deist's and pantheist's not?

    Why is belief in, and talk about, "luck" or "good fortune" insulting to God?

    What rich comfort is missed in the lives of those who deny the truth of God's providence?

    question, "What does God's providence mean?" in Answer 27: "The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand. "

    Regarding God's relationship with His creation, there are two major misconceptions to be avoided.

    1. The Deist Misconception - The deist believes that God created the universe, set it in motion under various natural laws, and then withdrew from it. The deist believes that God views His creation from a distance, and never or only rarely interferes or involves Himself in its regular operation. To the deist, the world is like a complex watch which God created and started, and now runs by itself. The deist sees the world as a great ship that was made and set in motion by God, and then left to sail by itself.

    2. The Pantheist Misconception - To the pantheist, God and the world are the same. All activities of nature and of people are direct actions of God. According to the pantheist, man is not a morally responsible being, for every action is a direct action of God.

    Against the teachings of the deist, the scriptural truth that God cares for, upholds, and governs all things, needs to be maintained. Against the pantheist, the biblical truth that there is a personal God, One who is separate from, and reigns over, all things needs to be emphasized.

    Belief in "good fortune," "luck ... .. good-luck charms," or "fate" is a confession of unbelief in God and in His providence. Nothing happens outside of God's care and government.

    The scriptural doctrine of God's providence teaches us the comforting truth that all matters and events are in the hand of an almighty and all-knowing God - a personal God who cares for, upholds, and rules over all.


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