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The Creator Creature Distinction

August 13, 2015

Grace to you! Modern thinking and living boils down to only two options: Oneism or Twoism. People either believe that all of reality is ultimately the same thing or they believe that there is a Creator-creature distinction. What does this have to do with our lives and society we live in?

Oneism is the belief that all of reality consists of only one thing. Evolutionist thinking would see all of reality as made of only matter. The spiritualist would see all of reality as being spiritual. For them, the matter we do see is merely a projection of the ultimate reality of spirit. Regardless whether one believes all reality is matter or spirit, both deny the Creator-creature distinction. Reality for them is absolute Oneness.

The biblical worldview stands in stark contrast. This is made resolutely clear by Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” There was a time when there was no-thing except God alone. God is not dependent on creation nor is He a part of creation. He stands apart from creation as its Maker. There was a time when creation was not, but God is the eternal existing “I am.” (Exodus 3:14) This results in a Twoism worldview. There is God and then there is creation.

The height of sinful rebellion is to trade our devotion to the Creator for His creation. (Romans 1:25) Modern man has done this by claiming absolute oneness in and on everything. Hear some common ways people’s belief in Oneism comes out in today’s culture. “There is no difference between men and women.” “Gay marriage is equal to heterosexual marriage.” “All religions worship the same God.” “We are one with planet Earth.” “You are intolerant for not accepting all ways of living, beliefs, etc.” What are the ramifications of adopting such a mindset?

With a Oneist mindset, we see people lose the ability to make valid distinctions in life. They no longer can tell right from wrong, understand the difference between righteous judgment and judgmentalism, or that men and women are different in good ways! They become intolerant of any perceived intolerance of others! Why? Everything must be absolutely the same (they often use the word ‘equal’) no matter how many distinctions have to blurred, denied, or destroyed. This creates confusion in a society due to the loss of ability to see distinctions.

But the Oneist mindset also denies the worship which the One True God alone deserves. The Lord tells us, “You shall have no other gods before Me” and, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:3,4). These two verses warn against the modern mindset.

People by believing in absolute Oneness will commit their lives, hearts, love, etc to loving something in creation rather than the Creator. This is the heart of idolatry. And the fruits of idolatry are seen all in modern’s man way of living and speaking as per above. The options are clear. Either we worship the One true God Jesus Christ (John 1:3) Who is separate from His creation or we wind up deifying something God has made and commit the folly of idolatry.

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