January 31, 2013
Yesterday a friend of mine sent me a blog called, “Why I raise My Children Without God.” It was very sad for me to read, because it is such a prevalent thought among our country that God, and the concept of God is bad…and humans are good…and we should just do the right thing because it is the right thing to do…blah, blah, blah.
The author goes on to point out that “if” God were real…then evil wouldn’t happen, people wouldn’t get shot, etc. etc.
Let’s just start and stop with the concept of evil. Anybody who says there is evil must also admit that there is good. If there is a difference between what is good and what is evil…who decides which is which? And if there is a “absolute” standard that establishes that standard…where did that come from?
And by the way, anybody who says that there are no “absolutes” in life…just made an “absolute” statement. Tell them to be quiet and sit down.
I am stealing this analogy from Ravi Zacharias…but it is a great one. He was on a radio talk show one day, and they were talking about the existence of God and moral absolutes. One caller irately claimed that all Christians ever do is turn to discussion to their view of abortion and their opposition for women to “choose.” Ravi said this (my paraphrase)…
Please answer this conundrum. There is an airplane flying with 100 people, and for no reason it crashes…70 people die and 30 people live. People automatically call God “cruel and immoral” that He would allow that to happen, yet we want to have the same decision over whether a child is born or not…and we call it our “Moral Right.”
Silence on the phone…and the caller hung up. Because we want to make things a simplistic argument and there is no such thing.
BUT…if you actually read the bible, you will realize that it is all about the depravity of man, and the goodness of God in response to that depravity. There is no time when God doesn’t tell you that you may not understand everything that happens…but He has a wonderful plan for your life. AND…there is no time where God doesn’t say that He is always asking for you to turn to Him.
In fact, show me any higher form of love than to pay our debt for us…when Jesus laid down His life for us at the cross to pay a debt that we could not pay….the debt for our sin. And that is GRACE.
John 15:12-14 – 12“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14“You are My friends if you do what I command you. (NASB)
Does God give us rules? Yep…but they are for our own good….and they are to test us to see if we will obey Him or not. Because He always gives us a choice…follow Him and live in the light…or walk away from Him and live in darkness…depending on man to be “good” without the guidance of God.
And if you really want to see the goodness of men? Go to this article about the goodness of men who lead without God in their life.
Oh yeah…are there Christians that do bad things? Absolutely. But NEVER just a Theology by its “abuses.” That is like saying because a Republican or Democrat does something bad…then they are all bad…
But be encouraged…God always keeps His call plain and simple…and He promises that He will answer. Listen to how Jesus puts it in the book of Revelation…
Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (NIV)
Grace and Peace, Dan