So saith many people, one of which I reference that brings this post to the light of day. Do visit that site and offer some needed balance. Let’s then dig beneath the surface to see if these gripes hold water, and proceed slowly.
1st on God’s list: make man. Uh, a big fat nnno. God created the heavens and the earth lllllong before a man with a shovel appeared on the scene. For HIS pleasure they ARE, and WERE created. Got that? They ARE. And oh by the way, the existence of LIGHT should give pause for serious contemplation.
Mighty Everest, the sands of Sahara, Alaska, the great circumference of the ice walls, the regulation of earth’s temperature, oceans, rivers, streams, the wildlife of whales, deer, bear, elephants, the elements of gold, coal, the beauty of pearls, the sun and heat, the moon and cold, fruit, were all a delight and absolutely perfect in form, BEFORE God made man.
People are entirely too selfish and have small minds to think man reigns supreme apart from He who gave him a brain. One only need to stand in silent awe before the Himalayas and the stars of heaven. Who are you little man?
2nd, 3rd.. Of course God then gave man a free will. Of EVERY fruit they may indulge, yet with a caveat. There is ONE that will ruin the day. A father gives his son free reign over his house, telling him to enjoy every room, every emolument, every drink, yet ‘do not touch the Rolls Royce in the garage.’ The Maserati yes. The Stradivarius yes. The Rolex yes. Everything in the house is yours. What sane mind could argue with a simple request. But nope, Junior not only steals the car, but wrecks it killing a family of four.
So the myopic says, ‘God’s fault, He knew the kid would would behave badly.’ See how this works? Commands are for our good, yet when we stray, somehow the Creator is charged with malfeasance. Yeah ok, sure.
4th. God favours one group? Were you paying attention to no. 1? God is sovereign and could have made the sky brown instead of blue. He could have given camels six legs. He could have made one legged turkeys. The very existence of Israel proves God can be trusted, and by comparison, we can easily see how many nations of the world despise not only that country, but Jews themselves worldwide.
The Israeli contributions to society by way of medicine, music, diplomacy, archeology, finance, technology, military, (not to mention one of the greatest air forces) universities, on and on, cannot be over emphasized. Truly, through this nation, decent people must agree, that ‘all the world shall be blessed.’ Scripture records accurately Israel’s failures and blessing.
5th. God never speaks? ‘It is not good for man to be alone.’ Ever read the book of Job? ‘Where were you…………when I hung the stars in place?’ Of course God spoke, and His words are recorded, just as relevant today as yesterday. God’s words have a way of silencing the arrogant, the stout, the stiff, and the proud, so it’s no wonder men bi*ch while they cite God with negligence.
6th. Slavery and shrimp? Once again we reveal the short-sightedness of midget minds. I recall Pharaoh having ‘slaves,’ and we know what that meant: death to you. Meanwhile, the blue collar slaves actually enjoyed a life where poverty was off the table, (remember after seven years a slave could stay on, being the life was good) and were better off than minimum wage workers today. Once more, and to be specific, this way of life was demonstrated through Israel, and was copied, although poorly, by many other nations.
Shrimp? So what, a dietary law demonstrating the bottom feeder, the vacuum sweepers of the seas, were not as good for the human body as other ‘clean’ critters. But a command not given to you or me, but to the Israelites under law. Remember, free will? Go ahead, eat all the shrimp or pork you want. It’s a free country.
7th. The death of the Lord Jesus Christ. I shudder at the ease of scorn in which the unbelieving mind traffics in the holy of holies. The loss of blood beginning from Abel speaks of life lost, and a violent death, because of transgression. In any reasonable household when things go astray,, there must be an accounting, a time to admit wrong, and to set things straight. The earth as it were, is not very good now as it was in the beginning. You may want to re-think the death, scope, and purpose of the only fit man who lived.
There has been a concussion of events through history where people have killed others in wholesale fashion, with zero regard for present or future ramifications. The provision by God when that good man Abraham would take a ram was met with these words: ‘God will provide Himself as a lamb….’ prophetic words which would quench every past and future infraction, and satisfy He who said: ‘the life of the flesh is in the blood.’
8th. As to God’s presence today? He is not far, and is easily visible to all who seek. He is as true today, He does not sleep, and He remains consistent to Himself.
But the best is reserved for last and scripture ever proves true, as to WHY two people having a brain, can come to opposite conclusions regarding these 8 short observations, and it is not a matter of intellect, but one that is much deeper, and more obvious. I say this not with guile in the least, but it is true regarding men’s thoughts of God:
‘With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward,’ And this of course is from the 18 of Psalms. No other explanation is necessary. Go to the mighty heights of k-2 and God is there. Go to the depths of Mariana trench and God is there. Go to any ICU hospital wing where death awaits and God is there. Go to any L&D where birth awaits and God is there.
These short answers to the poster’s complaints answer clearly WHY men make themselves larger than God. It is never a matter of not having enough information. It is however apparent that men simply do not like the information already given. It is not that God has not spoken, but that which He already and clearly said is despised. And oh, God does not make spelling error. He created the Alphabet. He is the Alpha and Omega. End of story.