Vain Imaginations

I recently was involved in a discussion with someone about God and the Bible with my main point being that I looked to the Bible for my final authority on all matters of faith and practice. In reading and listening to God’s Word I am given the knowledge God wishes me to have about Him and how He has displayed his love toward me along with instruction on how I am to love others. The Bible tells us in John 1:1 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So, if the Word is God, we can listen to God talk directly to us by listening to His Word today. We can hear answers for our questions directly from God Almighty.

The person I spoke to said he had a different view on certain topics because he thought God acted unfairly to some people and so his ideas seemed more logical to him. I asked him if he had read or listened to the Bible much but it appeared he had not and he preferred to lean on his own understanding about things.

Romans 1:21 says “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”. In other words, when men know God and yet do not look to him as their authority but instead decide to embrace their own thoughts and ideas, their hearts instead of being enlightened with truth, are instead darkened, making them fools who profess themselves to be wise. “became vain in their imaginations” means they become enamored with their own thinking and refuse to consider what the Creator has stated. Becoming vain indicates that they have come to believe that they know better and consider themselves the authority instead of God.

Because the Bible itself states that looking elsewhere instead of to the Bible for answers makes it clear that God wants us to look to Him as the final authority and to do otherwise makes us to be fools. No matter what the issue, God has given us His thinking on it. If we find that His view is not what we think it should be, that is only an indication that we do not yet fully understand God’s thinking and therefore need to spend even more time exploring the thoughts of God within His Word.

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