Pop Culture god versus the God of the Bible

Attributes of God are His character qualities. This is how Christians discuss Gods personality, if you will.

Many attributes in Christian theology what God is not, or what He does not do, as a means to knowing and understanding Him. For example, God does not lie, God does not change, …

I write this with much trepidation. However, I would like to compare and contrast the idea we find of God in pop culture, with Who He has revealed Himself to be in His word.

Physically, pop culture usually points us to an old white guy with along beard in a white toga. If you are picturing an angry , vengeful Santa then you are picturing the many cartoon versions we have all witnessed .

We compare this with God revealing Himself as Spirit.

Jesus had a body, and He is God, the second member of the trinity. But God the Father is invisible.

Colossians tells us that Jesus is in fact the image of the invisible God.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation:”
Colossians 1:15 NASB

The second attribute of God that we are going to look at is that hmHe is eternal. God has no beginning, He has always been. Psalm 90:2 reminds us that …

Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
Psalm 90:2 – NASB

Whether or not you subscribe to the theory of evolution, our basic experience tells us that everything has a beginning.

But this is the material view of the matter, and not the metaphysical.

God is good and Holy.

God is in fact the very standard of good.

God is unable to do wrong. Holiness means that He is set apart. God cannot “look on” evil, which means essentially that he cannot condone sun, or call good what is not good.

We can compare this to the angry God portrayed in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

We often hear about the angry Old Testament God, but are not often provided with the proper context . Nahum 1:2 for example does say that God is vengeful, but against whom? Against ruthless people who are preying on the innocent.

We are unfamiliar with the culture of those days, worth the precedence of child sacrifice as a way to please the barbaric false gods. This very practice was something the God of the Bible detested.

The God of the Bible is also Immanent. His Immanence means that He is present in the world that He created. That he is actively working things for good. He grants us free will, which unfortunately have led to sin and sickness and death. But He is Immanuel, God with us.

This is in direct contrast to the disinterested God of pop culture. The picture we get from pop culture is of a god who may have created the world but set it spinning and then generally doesn’t care. Or worse- one who takes perverse pleasure in the pain of humans.

The God of the Bible is Omnipotent. this means that He is all powerful. A God who certainly is capable of wiping all of humanity off the face fo the planet, but who stays His hand because of His great love and patience.

Thai is contrasted by the impotent god of pop culture who is limited in his power and influence. His scope is limited. Otherwise, we demand, if he ain’t impotent then why doesn’t he show himself? Why is evil so prevalent in the world? He must be pretty powerless, the reasoning goes. We get a glimpse of this good in the show Supernatural.

The God of the Bible is Omnipresent. He is present everywhere. He is outside of time. He transcends time and space, he isn’t bound by the same limitations we humans are .

We contrast this to the god of pop culture, Joan of Arcadia style , who is limited. He’s present but not super helpful or loving. Or even kind.

I hope these contrasts and comparisons have been helpful to you. Thank you for reading.

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