God-Shaped Vacuum??? : Here is what King David, the Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul had to say about the total depravity of man and presented in Romans 3:9-18:
“What then? Are we [the Jews] better than they [the Gentiles]? No, in no wise: For we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Ps. 14:1-3; 53:1-3): Their throat is an open sepulcher (Ps. 5:9); with their tongues they have used deceit (Ps. 10:7); The poison of asps is under their lips (Ps. 140:3): whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness (Ps. 10:7): their feet are swift to shed blood (Isa. 59:7): Destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known (Isa. 59:8): There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Ps. 36:1).”
In complete denial of the teaching of the Prophets and Apostles, today’s evangelistic preaching is based on the false assumption that there is a definite “tugging” on the mind and heart of all people which causes them to seek for “God”. This error can be traced to a specific source and the authors will quote it verbatim: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known though Jesus”. Now, this heresy originated from the pen of the French mathematician, physicist, philosopher and theologian Blaise Pascal [June 19, 1623 – August 19, 1662]. As many may well know, this brilliant man, among other things, was the person who in 1646 discovered and formulated a principle which applied to fluid dynamics called “Pascal’s Law”. For those so inclined to study this instead of what is more important, the authors copied it from the Wikipedia: “Pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions throughout the fluid that the pressure variations remain the same…or, a change in pressure at any point in an enclosed fluid at rest is transmitted undiminished to all points in the fluid”.
Now, Blaise Pascal was certainly brilliant in mathematics, physics and philosophy and contributed much in these areas. But the authors question his theology. This man was a Roman Catholic in his beliefs. It is obvious that he, contrary to sound Biblical teaching, in accordance with Catholic doctrine, did not believe in the total depravity of man – as do many of today’s so-called evangelical preachers. Apparently, in his studies of Scripture, he must have skipped over Paul’s Epistle – particularly that copied above – in fact, all of Romans up to Chapter 6. It is evident there is no passage in Scripture that says or even hints at this “God-shaped vacuum”. Rather, as recorded by Moses in Genesis 3, paying heed to the lie of the serpent, and ignoring the Cross, we are all striving to be “as gods”.
These “pop” evangelists believe that the Apostolic presentation of the gospel is outdated and too authoritarian and thus, will not appeal to today’s audience of typically younger and “more sophisticated people”. As were the Israelites in the days of Samuel, so it is with us today. We really do not want a King to rule over us – especially we of Western democratic culture who were raised to believe that it was “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that God wants for us rather than “deny yourself, pick up your Cross and follow Me”. The false preachers have “reinvented” Jesus to make Him more palatable. He is now a psychologist, or perhaps still in the manger, walking the hills of Galilee and healing all in sight, a great religious leader and teacher, or a political reformer. With this kind of preaching, no wonder people have very little, if any, concept of what it means to be lost or saved. They think that life is generally all right except for this so-called “void” or “vacuum” they have in their heart. So, quoting the words of an uninspired man, and desiring to aid the Lord in the implementation of the “Great Commission”, evangelical preaching says to us by a denial of the plain teaching of Holy Writ, that all the world is looking to fill that “vacuum” and it can only be filled by Jesus Christ. We ask Jesus into our hearts for this reason. In reality, our Lord Jesus Christ, out of His infinite love and mercy, comes to us to save us because we cannot and will not save ourselves, who, in our natural state, are dead and will remain so forever because we are dead to the ways of God. The most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16, which is really a somber warning, also refutes this modern preaching. The Apostle John says, in effect, if you do not believe, you will perish. In other words, after you exit your body, you will go to hell. What can be plainer than that! It is understandable that we may come to know Jesus through this “acceptance” or “decision for Christ” way of preaching, but sooner or later, if the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, actually resides in that individual, he or she will be driven to study the Scriptures in context for themselves. By this, the Spirit of God will reveal man’s total depravity and thus His elective grace extended to us as individuals. The Jesus of the Bible is absolutely faithful to us, even if we are at times, lacking in faith (II Tim. 2:11-13). We do not need a partial makeover to “clean up our act”. We need a complete makeover so that if we be in Christ, we are a completely new creation (II Cor. 5:17). Once our hearts understand this, we thank Him again and again for salvation and the eternal life which goes with it.
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