by Tim Greenwood
Well, we don't teach that God is a vending machine. In fact God isn't anything like a vending machine.
Jesus introduced mankind to the God the Father. Not just HIS Father, but if you have been 'born-again,' Jesus introduced you to YOUR father. In Mat 7:11, Jesus says, If YOU then, being evil [hurtful, evil, diseased, culpable, derelict, vicious, full of malice and guilt; like the devil, a sinner, bad, evil, grievous, harmful, lewd, malicious and wicked.] know how to give good gifts unto YOUR children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them [His children!] that ask him?
In Luke 11:9-12, Jesus says, And I say unto you, Ask (your
heaven), and it, (whatever you asked for), shall be given you; seek,
ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every
one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks
it shall be opened.
Now, if you did something like that, they'd take your kids away from you and put you in jail!
But what would you think of someone that, because they found out their child was sleeping around, would deliberately infect that child with the AIDS virus? Or if their child refused to eat properly, injected live cancer cells into their body? Or just to teach their kid a lesson, pour gasoline on him and set him on fire? What would you think of such a person?
These are the very kinds of things that religious tradition teaches that God our Father does to His children! And from the above scriptures, anyone that is not blind, deaf and dumb, can see that God is a GOOD God! He doesn't use sickness, disease, poverty, addiction, deprivation and lack to teach his children a lesson! Just the opposite! He wants ALL of HIS children to be whole, complete, with nothing lacking and nothing missing: spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, socially, … in every way whole!
Jesus is telling us that once we're adopted into the family, WE can ask ANYTHING of the Father and that that the Father will give it to us - just like He gave it to Jesus! But then he went on to explain that there were spiritual laws in effect to govern our receiving. And, that some of what the Father has for us is unconditional and that some is conditional and what those conditions are.
Is God a vending machine? You have to purchase or pay a price for items in a vending machine. There is NOTHING that you possess, that is valuable enough to purchase even ONE of the gifts of God. There is NO service you can provide or act that you can perform that is valuable enough to pay for even the least of these gifts.
For my healing from an imminently terminal disease, I would have given all that I had to repay the Father -- but I didn't have anywhere near enough. I would have done anything to repay Him, but nothing I could ever do, came near to paying the price. But there WAS a price that had to be paid! It was my ransom! I could never pay it, but Jesus did -- with his own body and his own blood!
The Father has set up certain spiritual laws for mankind as well as all the physical laws.
One of these laws is the 'law of faith.' The law of faith is as active in the spiritual realm as the law of gravity is in the physical realm! Rom. 14:23 states that whatsoever is not of faith is sin. But rather than learn how faith works and how to operate within the law of faith, there are those that would belittle it's importance by placing slanderous tags and title on it like "Name it and Claim it" and "Health and Wealth." The law of faith works for them the same as it does for me! If they are saved, then they had to put the same law of faith into operation!
Rom. 10:8-10 says, But what says it? The word is nigh, [near
and now], thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the word
faith, which we preach;
Somewhere, they had to come to hear about the promise of salvation from the written or spoken Word of God. Then they had to believe (or have faith) that if the Word said that the gift of salvation could be theirs if they asked for it, because of what Jesus did -- then they had to claim possession of it by saying it, (naming it), to receive it! I received my healing the same way -- it just took longer to manifest.
Is God a salvation vending machine?
Is God a redemption vending machine?
First of all, God is not a machine! He is a generous,
We teach faith, based upon those promises. Promises that are upheld in the spiritual realm and then manifest in the physical realm.
The reason people, and especially religious people have difficulty grasping this, is that they are so used to operating in the flesh, and in the sensual realm. Now even these terms have had a religious twist put on them, but what I mean is that they only know how to operate according to what their 5 senses, what their experience and what other people - tell them. And your 5 senses cannot detect anything spiritual!
What this causes them to do is to picture God not as a vending machine, but as A SLOT MACHINE. Not understanding the law of faith, in ignorance they say their faithless prayer, pull the handle and then see what happens -- or more often what doesn't happen. Occasionally, depending on what they pray, say and believe, they may have a “faith accident.”
Isn’t God good?!