"Everyone" believes that, don't they? Just go along and get along. Besides, this way I don't have to think about the implications of God existing.
In a totally selfish way, it could be a comforting thought that "God is just an idea". What are the implications?
No Guilt: If there is no sin, there is no guilt of sin.
No Consequences: If there is no sin, there is no Hell.
I can be in control. In essence, I become my own moral judge and I always act in a way that seems right to me.
Is the concept that "God is just an idea" a logical conclusion that could be drawn from other experiences? "Religious Authorities" or parents may teach me about God. How is their track record?
Easter - Some religions celebrate Easter and the Easter bunny.
Christman - Some religions celebrate Christmas and St. Nick or Santa.
Since the Easter Bunny and Santa were a myth, if the same sources teach about God, is there a logical conclusion?
"Everyone is doing it" did not work with my parents when I was a kid.
"Everyone knows that God is just an idea" will not work when Every One appears before the judgment seat (II Cor 5:10).
What Everyone knows won't matter then. What God knows will, and he knows everything we do and say. We will even be called to give an account of our idle words (Matt 12:36)
If there is no God, there are also no blessings from Him. There is not hope of heaven and this life is all we have. Death is our end. With a correct relationship with God, Death becomes our beginning. (Romans 6:7-11)
The correct conclusion to be drawn from the precedent we spoke of is that we must verify what we are taught using God's Word as it is what will judge us (John 12:48). We need to try what we are taught. If it contrasts with God's Word, we need to reject the teaching. (Acts 17:11, 1 Tim 1:3, Romans 16:17, Galatians 1:6-9)
Also, when teaching, we must be careful to always, always, always teach the Truth. Teaching error does set a precedent that other teaching is also a fiction that will be revealed at a later time. It misleads and causes others to stumble in ways we may not consider. And it brings destruction upon our souls (2 Peter 2:1-2).
We can know if we have a right relationship with God. (1 John 5:13)
We can also know if we are walking in the light (1 John 1:7), or if we are living as though God was just an idea.
The thought that "God is just an idea" is a concept that Satan would love for us to believe and teach. And remember, Satan is more that just an idea too. (1 Peter 5:8)
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-- Zachary Van Tassel, 2001 --