Psalms 135: Acting like Humans
In Psalms 135, we hear about the exceptionalism of God. We hear about what sets Him apart from all other gods, and then you get near the end of the chapter and you come across this passage which really blew me away.
Psa 135:15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
Psa 135:16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
Psa 135:17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
Psa 135:18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
I love this passage. Basically, there is a comparison in this chapter being made between all the great stuff that God has done, and this is how the other gods are described.
I had to think about this, and I was trying to think of an exception to the rule. However, when you think about the Greek pantheon for example, the gods certainly have superpowers, but in terms of personality and actions, they are very human. I don’t know a lot about Hinduism, but the little bit I do now seems to fit in with this theme as well. The millions of deities certainly do have powers that humans don’t have, but many of them do it like humans. I think that is what he is talking about in verse 18.
Contrast that to the God of the Bible. A major point of God is that He is substantially different humans. He is a perfect type of being that we can never be. His ways are not our ways. We might not understand everything that He does even though we accept that He does indeed do those things. Our God is not confined to our imagination but is by definition infinite. We cannot comprehend infinity.
I like this comparison quite a bit. It illustrates a major dichotomy in worldviews. If you look at gods that I would argue are man-made, you see a striking similarity to human nature. If you look at the God of the Bible, you find people who are separated from God and need the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ to bridge the gap.