"‘Your heart is proud, going around saying, "I’m a god." Ezekiel 28:2 (TM)
Pride was more in-your-face back in Ezekiel’s day. The ruling monarchs regularly proclaimed themselves god, announced they were a deity and made people worship them. Thus, we read Ezekiel’s message to the King of Tyre. We read it today and smugly think how ignorant those ancient people must have been. We shake our heads at the notion of any person claiming to be god.
And yet, the same pride exists in us – it’s just become much more subtle. The same sin takes a more heinous form in our enlightened age. Today, we claim that there is no god and act accordingly. In doing so, we erase any sense of spiritual accountability or moral responsibility. If there is no God to be accountable to, we are free to be the center of our own universe. Everything revolves around me. I am free to do what I want, when I want, with whomever I want to do it. Life is about getting all that I can.
I am God.
There is no God.
It’s opposite sides of the same coin.