Are we God-centered because We Love God or Ourselves?

Erik Raymond —  November 10, 2010

Sometimes you are reading along a quote trips you up a bit like an unsuspecting rock on a trail. The trail, like the subjects here, are well familiar; but it is the way it is laid out and reasoned that causes me to pause, think, and examine myself.

Author Stephen Nichols quotes John Piper here. At issue is a potential mis-step in the radical ‘God-centeredness’ that seems to be so popular. In short: are we God-centered because we love God or ourselves.

“I believe that if we are God-centered simply because we consciously or unconsciously believe God is man-centered, then our God-centeredness is in reality man-centeredness. Teaching God’s God-centeredness forces the issue of whether we treasure God because of his excellence or mainly because he endorses us.”

And Stephen Nichols adds: “It could be easy to be driven by God-centered means to accomplish human-centered ends. Piper, drawing heavily as he does on Edwards, reminds us that God-centered means lead to God-centered ends.”

–Stephen Nichols, chapter 1 in The Glory of God, p. 41

I could go on here, but think the quote is better shared than obscured. No doubt  it will reappear at a later time as it is fruitful blog-fodder.

Erik Raymond

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Erik has been writing at Ordinary Pastor since 2006. He lives in Omaha with his wife and kids while pastoring at Emmaus Bible Church. Follow regular updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/erikraymond

3 responses to Are we God-centered because We Love God or Ourselves?

  1. I like that you are quoting Nichols, who is quoting Piper, who is drawing heavily on Edwards. Can I quote you on this? I would say great minds think alike or that truly God centered men think with the mind of Christ.

  2. Steve, Good observation and conclusion!

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