Genghis Khan And The Mongol’s Theology; A Big God

I tried to read as widely as I can. I’m generally fascinated by biographies. Biographies of people who made a notable impact, waves, disruptions of sort. One of history’s figures I’ve had interest in was Genghis Khan. He shaped the history and direction of a people and continent. After conquering a city, he inquired about a large building. He thought it was the sultan’s but it turned out to be a place of worship. This was problematic for the Mongols.

“What kind of god needs a place to stay? How small he must be.” This is because the vision of a big god is what Genghis Khan and the Mongols carried. He was too vast and powerful to be contained in a structure built by mere men. He was uncontainable; not inanimate. The words of this big god couldn’t be carried by ink. Paper or skin couldn’t bear the weight of His words.

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Though I’m not convinced he and I share the same god / God he was definitely onto something. Listening to this startled me. I started thinking about how I was thinking about God. What are now my default settings when I think about God?

God; Himself

I’m reminded of what A. W. Tozer said in his book, Knowledge of the Holy:

…no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

Whoa. We all have an ‘idea’ of God. That ‘idea’ shapes all our actions and attitude towards Him. Do we revere Him? Do we think He cares about us? Is He interested in us or He’s occupied with spinning the earth?

The big question that sparked by Genghis Khan’s remarks is:

What is my current idea of God? Is He truly the big God He is, in my mind and life?

The same we can project things on someone based on flawed perceptions, our picture or idea of God can be off-centre. I must be honest; part of me, in some ways hadn’t paid as much attention to the idea of God I’ve allowed to settle in me.

When it comes to our relationship with God complacency and apathy are the craddle of indifference.

A terrible, dark place where our God and relationship with Him is confined to a time and space. A place where He doesn’t occupy all of our lives; where we only pay attention to a figment of Him at our whim. At those times he really isn’t God, is he? When God is but a figment in our lives, everything else about our lives is a mess.

Tozer, proceeds:

I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about God.

This means that when I am not as I should be, the problem is my view and thoughts of God. There are moments my thoughts about God are imperfect and ignoble. I wonder though, on the ‘imperfect’ because I don’t think my thoughts of Him will ever be perfect. It might just be that part of the journey is getting less imperfect. My thoughts of God should become more perfect in one sense.

I have to remember to keep asking myself: Have I confined God to only a place or space? Maybe in my attitudes.

God; His Word

The other question to answer is: Have I confined God’s Word to the covers or a book? We can also say to the app on our iPhones and iPads? This is not to say we’re not reading His Word, although it can be a part of it. It is more than that. The question is, like God, to what extent have I or are we giving the right ‘weight’ to His Word.

A time of introspection. Have I treasured His Word(s)? Loved it unreservedly and allowed His Word(s) to as prominent as He is.

A Clear Vision Of A Big God

The essence of idolatory is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him — Tozer

Though there is a place and space I go to… Though His Word(s) are stored for me to read and study them… God and His Word(s) are infinitely greater. May I never lose sight of this.

Oh, that I may see Him as clearly as He is and follow exactly as He leads…

 

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