TWFW: Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for God

April 8, 2009

WFW

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth… for I am sorry that I have made them.'” Genesis 6:5, 6.

I’ve read a lot of books called “apologetics”: writings defending the Christian faith with logic and explanations. One topic that always crops up is the question, “Why does God allow suffering?” The short answer is that God doesn’t allow suffering- men do. Mankind was given dominion over the earth, and he has pretty much blown it. It isn’t that God allows suffering: He allows mankind to have dominion over the earth, just as He promised initially. The effect of suffering has a first cause, and it is not God; it is mankind. Yet we have also seen how mankind can soothe suffering, haven’t we? Haven’t we all witnessed the outpouring of concern and basic supplies when we hear of people in need? Aren’t we all repulsed by violence against the innocents? God put it in us to know Him and be like Him. It is when we refuse to do so that suffering springs up.

On a similar vein, I don’t understand why some hate God for His judgments. Some people get angry at God for wiping out Noah’s peers with the Great Flood, for “allowing” people to go to hell, etc. This kind of thinking, this anger at God for these things, seems very irrational.

Think about it– you have a home, you have children in your home. You have established certain rules in your home that promote peace and production– everyone shares the chores, no killing each other, no stealing from each other, etc. And everyone abides by these rules not only because they realize the usefulness and benefits from them (if they realize them at all), but because YOU said to obey the rules.

But now let’s say a stranger off the street waltzes in to your home. He cares nothing for your rules, nothing for your children. He beats them, steals from them, even kills one of them. He trashes the house and is perverse and abusive. Are you a violent, mean, intolerant control-freak for throwing that stranger out of your home? For having him arrested and punished for murdering your innocent child? No, you’re not. You are well within the bounds of justice.* Because you realize that to defend the innocent and the righteous person, the evil person must be stopped.

That’s what God will do. And if people are going to criticize Him for enforcing His beneficent standards, well, I’d like to see them NOT enforce them in their own dominion. This is why God is good and kind and loving even when “bad” things happen, even when people die or are cast out. Like God once said to Cain, “Why are you angry? If you do well, will you not be accepted?” (Genesis 4:6, 7). And if anything, I think His longsuffering towards people speaks of His goodness all the more.

It’s dumb for man to be angry at God, thinking that He is a control-freak, and then get angry at God because He is not a control-freak.

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*for you skeptics: justice defined as being the justice of God as ordained from the laws of nature that He established and are evident in all the creation. That is: the only existent kind of justice, because justice does not stem from the mind of mankind, as humanism claims, but from the mind of God. And justice is one example of  His invisible attributes which are clearly seen in the world around us. Romans 1:18-23.

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3 Responses to “TWFW: Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for God”

  1. akaGaGa Says:

    Thought-provoking and well-stated, Rebecca. Unbelievably, there are those who don’t enforce God’s basic rules of decency in their own families, letting one bad apple upset the entire structure. Too many people have fallen for the line that being Christian means always being “kind” or “loyal.” Well, it’s not very kind or loyal to let your loved ones continue down the path to hell – with your blessing.

    I always think of Eli in these circumstances, and God’s judgment on him for not rebuking his evil sons. (1 Samuel 3)

    The Hope Blog had a good post about this subject a while ago:

    http://ingridschlueter.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/dealing-with-toxic-people/

  2. Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" Says:

    People really need to give God the praise and worship He deserves. I just don’t think people realize how real and mighty and loving God really is sometimes. There are some things I admit that I do not understand why God allows, but I also am aware that his ways are higher than our ways and He is sovereign and knows the future and is in control over all, so I will focus on what I do understand and continue to worship and praise Him for who He is and continue to pray until He comes or takes me home.

  3. Jim Wetzel Says:

    It’s unclear to me whether most of God’s accusers are actually muddled on this business, or whether most are simply using whatever excuse is the handiest for continuing with “I Did It My Way: the Self-Guided Expedition to Hell.” Still, the complaint is, in the end, translatable to: “If God was any good, why didn’t He makes us simultaneously free and not-free?” I know there’s supposed to be no such thing as a stupid question, but that strikes me as a … well … stupid question.