The false benevolent god is an all loving, all forgiving god, who will never punish sin, judge anyone or send them to hell for an eternity. He is largely ignored throughout the year except when he is brought out for funerals, wedding, christenings and of course Christmas and Easter. He is an idolatrous god because he has been made by the mind of man and bears little or no resemblance to the holy and righteous true God of the Bible and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Following this false god brings little comfort or joy because it lacks relationship and accountability. Accountability because the followers of this false god believe they are unanswerable and free to do whatever they choose. Relationship because intimacy is not desired or sought after but rather an arm’s length approach is adopted. He is widely spoken about throughout the land and promoted in the highest of religious establishments. When the true biblical God is proclaimed followers of this false god balk at the very idea of His existence. The apostle Paul entreated Christ’s followers to “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. If indeed Christ dwells in you” (2Corinthians 13:5). Are you a true Christian, or are you a counterfeit? Have you been born again, or only putting up a front? A true Christian according to the apostle Paul is someone in whom Christ dwells. How can we know for sure? In Romans Paul says,
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children(Romans 8:16). There will be an inner witness, an assurance that cannot be moved. Look for the evidence of fruit in your life. If Christ indeed is in you there will be evidence of a changed life. Your attitudes will have changed away from self-centeredness and the dark things of the world. Sin will no longer be embraced; pleasing the Father will be uttermost in your thoughts. Jesus said “follow me.” Is it Him your are truly following or the false benevolent god? Better to check one-self today than enter into an eternity of confusion, loneliness and regret!