Filling the God-Shaped Hole in our Life
"All sins are attempts to fill voids" (Simone Weil)
"Because we cannot stand the God-shaped hole inside of us, we try stuffing it full of all sorts of thing, but only God may fill." (Barbara Brown Taylor)
The human potential for good is a resonating thought that bridges across centuries and cultures. The belief that man has the capacity to progress and become a higher form of being is part of philosophical lore that started even before the time of Christ. In the book, "The Reason for God," Timothy Keller uses a variety of sources to describe the nature of sin. "Sin is the despairing refusal to find your deepest identity in your relationship and service to God. Sin is seeking to become oneself, to get an identity, apart from him." (p. 168)
Sin is the self-pursuit of trying to fill the "God-shaped hole" with stuff the world offers, but to no avail. It is the attempt to seek or pursue an identity apart from God. Not only are there personal consequences associated with the lack of peace and hope from self-pursuits, but the forbearing circumstances of an eternity separated from God.
In many ways, the core teachings of Mormonism are not anything new. It is a modern version of thoughts and philosophies that attempt to deify human effort as a means to be on a level plain with God, our Creator.
This prevailing wisdom can be found at the recent General Conference held a month ago in Salt Lake City. In one address given by Deiter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor to the First Presidency, he attempts to uplift and encourage LDS members in a speech entitled, "Lord, Is it I?"
Uchtdorf referred to the time of the Last Supper when Jesus identifies the one who will betray him. Around the table, many of the disciples asked, "Is it I?" He posed the same question to the large audience before him and the millions watching on television. Uchtdorf stated that if God were here today, he would say to each of us, "Yes, my son, there are things you must improve, things I can help you to overcome."
He also said;
"Many people have a difficult time seeing ourselves as we truly are."
"Our blindness toward our human weaknesses will also make us blind to the divine potential that our Father yearns to nurture within us."
The teachings of Mormonism believe that sin is a human weakness that can be improved upon in order to reach a person's potential. The only consequences associated with sin are missed opportunities to learn and grow. By one's obedience, a person may utilize the power of the Atonement to achieve their potential. This same power Jesus used to accomplish His purpose in life.
The Bible teaches a far different concept. Sin means missing the mark that automatically disqualifies every person from receiving eternal life. The consequence is death. Sin's reality is an eternal separation from God.
God takes sin seriously and so should we.
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The "God-shaped hole" in our life is in the shape of a cross. It is like trying to fit a square into a hole shaped like a circle. Nothing we can do to fill that hole. Only faith in Christ's work on the cross can fill that hole. We are complete with Christ's substitution on our behalf. Faith receives the present benefits of peace and joy that every person desperately seeks. Out of thanksgiving, we celebrate our status of completion, perfection, or worthiness by loving others as Christ commands us. Share this message with Mormons. Speak the truth in love by conveying the love of Christ in our actions and our words. They desperately need to hear this message. They desperately need to hear this message.
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