If you’re a discerning Christian, you can look around at what goes on in this world full of lost people and see confusion is everywhere. From atheism to Zoroastrianism, belief systems not rooted and grounded in the one true God are sure to leave their followers in a state of confusion, according to Psalm 97:7–
Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
Often to uphold their false system of beliefs, knowledge and understanding are tossed out. In Isaiah 44:9-20, the Lord gives us an example of what this looks like when he speaks of idolaters who make their graven images. The same tree that they used to warm themselves with firewood and to cook food with was used for carving out an image of man or other creature that they prayed to. “And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?” (Isaiah 44:19).
If we apply that to today, we can easily point out how idolaters use porcelain, ceramic, or stone to create their gods that they pray to at their shrines, but they never consider that the same porcelain, ceramic, or stone is also used as plates, cups, pots, or other objects for eating, drinking, gardening, etc. If they worship other humans, they don’t consider that their idol will one day die like them and is susceptible to the same human shortcomings. If they bow down to material wealth or a certain level of status, they forget those things can not deliver them from death and can easily be taken away.
Not only do such belief systems defy real knowledge and understanding, they also tend to be full of contradictions. The Hindu claims to worship in a monotheistic system, yet Hindu scripture clearly speaks of many gods and goddesses. The atheist may claim there are no moral absolutes while that statement itself purports to be a moral absolute. The Taoist claims one must discard striving and competition to be in harmony with the universe while that teaching itself is in competition and strives against all other doctrines that don’t teach that. And on and on the contradictions go.
Thank God he is the God who casts out confusion over who to worship for his followers. “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded,” (1 Peter 2:6).