by John Henson
What kind of God would be inaccessible, so that when we need him, he is so far away and disinterested as to be unconcerned?
Yet, when one thinks about the gods of the Greeks, isn’t this the picture? The Greeks often refused to pray to the gods of Olympus because they believed they didn’t care. Because the characteristics of gods were considered almost identical to humans, people had little respect.
Homer wrote in the Iliad:
“The immortals know no care, yet the lot they spin for man is full of sorrow; on the floor of Zeus’ palace there stand two urns, the one filled with evil gifts, and the other with good ones. He for whom Zeus the lord of thunder mixes the gifts he sends, will meet now with good and now with evil fortune; but he to whom Zeus sends none but evil gifts will be pointed at by the finger of scorn, the hand of famine will pursue him to the ends of the world, and he will go up and down the face of the earth, respected neither by gods nor men.”
It is easy for atheists to paint this picture of God because they believe he cares as little as did Homer’s gods. Including the one, true God of the Bible with fictional gods, however, is an unjust characterization.
God is often accused of being the deity of the Jews and not of anyone else. Such is not true at all. Isaiah wrote, “In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples–of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10 ESV).
The word nations in this translation, is also rendered, “Gentiles,” in others. God cares for all.
Man may obey the commands of God in the New Testament and have complete access to him 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
In Matthew 28:18-20, the Bible tells us:
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age,'” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV).
Our God is the true God of accessibility.