Eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil has made man so wise! Now we know good and evil, we can judge God. In fact, we are so enlightened now that, we are wiser than God, and beyond judgement ourselves.
“How can a God be worthy of worship when He commands His holy people to kill innocent children and animals, and annihilate whole civilizations?” they ask. “How could He condone slavery, when we were loving enough to condemn it?!”
“If there is such a God, He is wicked and we should all refuse to worship Him. If judgement day comes, we’ll just hide it out. He will be so embarrassed when nobody bothers to show up!” they mock. Are you on board?
The whole premise of the atheist’s unbelief is built on the idea that they are wiser than God. Not only wiser, but kinder and more just too. If they were given the job, they’d solve all the world’s problems before you can say “Boo!” The philosophy is built on arrogance, pride and foolishness, which is itself, its own punishment, ironically.
Let him that thinks he stands take heed, lest he falls. (1 Cor 10:12)
The Bible says in the book of Revelations that when the day of reckoning comes, men will beg the rocks, hills and mountains to fall on them, as they seek to hide from the glory and judgment of God (Rev 6:16). So, if you want to join that camp, believe the lie!
The fool says in heart, “there is no God!” (Psa 14:1)
We’ve run ahead with the little knowledge we were given and believed we know it all! But what you have in your hand is sand from a massive ocean of Wisdom! God is the possessor of all wisdom. The Book of Proverbs refers to the Spirit of God as Wisdom (Prov 1:20).
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. (Psa 111:10)
Without the fear of God, you cannot be wise! You see one side of a diamond, and you conclude that it’s a triangle, because your one-dimensional mind cannot comprehend a three-dimensional concept, or even four-dimensional. As a result, you cannot make a righteousness judgment. You can’t even present a reasonable argument or ask the correct question to get the answer you seek.
God opposes the proud and gives grace the humble. (Jam 4:6)
I cannot tell you why God does things that seem unjust to you, because you cannot understand until you first humble yourself and confess that there is a God, who deserves your reverence. When you have done that, then your foolishness will subside long enough for you to start on the journey of wisdom – which begins with the fear of God.
You say He is wicked, He says He is gracious! The fact that you have the breathe to speak and accuse your Creator, and He hasn’t struck you down suddenly with lightening, is evidence of His grace. The fact that you have a mouth and a voice, and a mind that is uniquely your own, which is able to comprehend and assess many things, yet you use your reasoning to try to disprove or discredit your Creator, and He hasn’t struck you and made you dumb and deaf and blind, is evidence that He is gracious.
If He were to sift your breath from you suddenly for your arrogance and insubordination, He would be well within His rights. He doesn’t owe you one second of time. Everyday you arise from your bed is a gift you can never repay. And believe me, He doesn’t need your worship! He deserves it. If He wanted, He could raise up stones in your place to worship Him.
Give honour to whom honour is due. (Rom 13:7)
The analogy of God as a parent who seeks endless expressions of gratitude from his children is flawed. What God demands is respect and trust, no less than we ought to give our earthly parents. When we’re humble, He needn’t force us to be grateful… Gratitude flows naturally from humility.
He has been so loving and gracious to you and I. But He is also a just God, who is bound to reward us for our crimes. Don’t let your allotted time run out before you humble yourself before Him. Then you shall enter His rest, and will learn true wisdom. Wisdom that the world can never teach you.
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