Is it possible for God to be a has-been god?

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Question: Why should anyone believe that the Christian God is not a has-been god? What made me ask is the following the song lyrics:

A Has-been God

If God was a has-been god,

Thou would be his name.

I'll not profess a has-been god.

That would be a shame.


Some say, "God is dead".

A has-been is indeed.

Very much alive,

God is the One we need.

A war with a has-been god,

It is bound to lose.

Is your god a has-been god?

That is yours to choose.

"Let's revere a has-been god,"

Is what we are told.

My God is not a has-been god.

And I will be bold.

09/27/2020 GruvEdude

Answer: Greetings friend. Thank you for touching down with us at Mainsail Ministries. I’ve looked at the lyrics you’ve included. You’ve asked an “interesting” question — to say the least!

Now, the Bible states clearly that God is not a has-been god. He is an always-have-and-always-will-be God — this, by definition. Furthermore, he can never change into a has-been god. As such, no one should believe that he ever was, is or will be a has-been god... so I’m not sure what you are asking. Just look at these verses:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, NIV)

“God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” (Exodus 3:14, NIV)

“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2, NIV)

 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” (Malachi 3:6, NIV)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17, NIV)

There are a few other factors that I’d like to cover, though, and this might address what you are looking for. What I’ve said about God so far has to do with his nature — what philosophers call the ontological aspects of God. These ideas are different from how people perceive, and therefore interface, with the idea of God. This will vary with the persons’ worldviews... and I think this might be what you are asking about.

Some people insist that the world has “moved on” from God, that after the Enlightenment, the great thinkers of the world have found the notion of God to be a hindrance more than a help. According to them, God is a has-been... he is passé, washed up, finished and over with. But to steal an idea from Mark Twain, the rumors of God’s death are greatly exaggerated.

You see, the “great thinkers” have indeed thought greatly… but they have concluded wrongly. God is alive and well and he dwells among us. Scripture affirms this (Zechariah 2:11; John 1:14), nature affirms this (Romans 1:18-20) and human nature affirms this (Romans 2:14-15). God covered all the bases with these three areas of revelation. (“Revelation” is a term we use to describe God’s information output. It also happens to be the name of the last book in the Bible.)

As to the song lyrics, if I am reading them correctly, the author supports the standard view of God. He seems to bemoan the fact that some people see God as a has-been… and that people who see him like that shouldn’t be surprised that their god is impotent. So, if you’re wondering about the lyrics, I think the author is on God’s side. He is not saying that God is a has-been; he is making fun of that notion.

If you feel this response did not answer your question adequately, please re-query… but try being more specific in your next question. Either way, it was good chatting with you. God bless you.

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