Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 31:2-33:20 / 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11 / Proverbs 21:5-16
One issue that causes friction between atheists and theists is the proper way to spell the word “God”; should it be capitalized or not? Many theists spell it with a capital “G” while atheists spell it with a lowercase “g”. The reasoning for one’s spelling preference often depends upon their concept or acceptance of God.
Proper grammatical spelling uses capitalization when referring to a proper name. The Israelites worshipped the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But when reference is made of an individual or group that is alleged or labeled as a ‘god” it is grammatically appropriate to use a lowercase “g” but inappropriate to use an uppercase “G”.
You may be thinking that all of this “grammatical” explanation is foolish but in actuality it’s not about spelling but about faith. Those who believe in God, refer to Him as the one and only true God. Those who believe in other gods, worship gods who are alleged deities.
When King Sennacherib surrounded Jerusalem with his mighty army, he was confident of certain victory. He shouted in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem in order to intimidate and terrify them. He spoke about the God of Jerusalem like “the gods of the other people of the world – the work of men’s hands.” (2 Chronicles 32:19). Sennacherib placed God along side other gods and believed God was an insignificant hope and foolish creation of man, not a powerful deity.
He considered God as “god” but God showed Sennacherib that He wasn’t just another “god” but The God. God sent an angel who “annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons cut him down with the sword. (32:21)
God proved Himself to all of Assyria and Judah… all knew there was only One True God! The alleged gods of other nations were empty and hallow idols without strength and power. God Himself recognizes the presence of other “gods” when He told Israel, “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3) God knew that men would rebel against Him and follow man’s creation of false gods.
So is it God or god? It depends upon what you believe in…if you trust in man’s created deity, then it is “god” but if you trust in the deity that created all things, then it is “God”. But no matter how man spells God…they don’t determine His significance or power. The God who created man is the author and finisher of man’s faith…may you find Him as the “Spellcheck” of your life!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!