Ideas of God Molds the Character

Posted Dec 06, 2011 by Allen Powell in Worship of True God Hits: 5,981

 

I came across a portion of the Desire of Ages this morning and I am providing a copy of the section below. The Spirit of Christ provided quite a meal (breakfast) from these two paragraphs. Take a few minutes to read it and I’ll have some questions for you at the end.

The Sadducees rejected the teaching of Jesus; He was animated by a spirit which they would not acknowledge as manifesting itself thus; and His teaching in regard to God and the future life contradicted their theories…Their ideas of God molded their own character. As in their view He had no interest in man, so they had little regard for one another; there was little union among them. Refusing to acknowledge the influence of the Holy Spirit upon human action, they lacked His power in their lives. Like the rest of the Jews, they boasted much of their birthright as children of Abraham, and of their strict adherence to the requirements of the law; but of the true spirit of the law and the faith and benevolence of Abraham, they were destitute. Their natural sympathies were brought within a narrow compass. They believed it possible for all men to secure the comforts and blessings of life; and their hearts were not touched by the wants and sufferings of others. They lived for themselves.  {DA 604.3}

By His words and His works, Christ testified to a divine power that produces supernatural results, to a future life beyond the present, to God as a Father of the children of men, ever watchful of their true interests. He revealed the working of divine power in benevolence and compassion that rebuked the selfish exclusiveness of the Sadducees. He taught that both for man's temporal and for his eternal good, God moves upon the heart by the Holy Spirit. He showed the error of trusting to human power for that transformation of character which can be wrought only by the Spirit of God. {DA 605.1}

  1. In the view of the Sadducees, how much interest did they perceive that God had in man?
  2. In a loving home, would a father show interest in his children?
  3. Thus, did the Sadducees regard the Eternal God, the Ancient of Days as their Father?
  4. If the Sadducees did not regard God as a Father, would it be possible for them to regard Christ as His Son? If the Sadducees did not regard God as their Father, did not regard Christ as His Son, how would they perceive all other men created by the Father and Son? As brethren or competitors?
  5. Who did the Sadducees live for?
  6. In the present state of our beloved SDA church, could the general state of disunity, selfishness, self-pleasing worship and materialism (I include myself in this assessment) be related to how we see the Father and the Son?
  7. Whose ideas of God did the Sadducees have? If they had their own or man-made ideas, did it affect or mold their character?
  8. If it is possible for man-made (Rome) ideas of God to mold or form the character, is it possible for correct ideas of God (the Father and His Son), as found in the word of God, to remold or transform men and women today?
  9. What agency does the Father and Son use for “that transformation of character…”?

I’m sure many of you can list many more questions from these two paragraphs, but the ultimate question is this, are we hungering to dig into the word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy unceasingly? This chapter in Desire of Ages is based upon the controversy that Jesus had with the Sadducees in Matthew 22:23-46, Mark 12:13-40 and Luke 20:20-47. Powerful! I’m finding the truth about the Father and the Son all over the place. You?