Richard Keyes: Idols Point to the Reality of God

10 Mar

Since we were made to relate to God – but do not want to face him – we forever inflate things in this world to religious proportions to fill the vacuum left by God’s exclusion.” – Richard Keyes, “The Idol Factory” in No God But God, p. 32.

In other words, the reason we blow common things to biblical proportions and the reason why we make such mundane things so much more glorious in our lives than they really are is because we know the truth that a God who really is that glorious is there. But because we don’t want to face that God, we make up our own counterfeit gods (which will eventually fail us) to fill that gap.

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