You ever wonder if God always does the right thing?
It sounds nuts, doesn’t it?
But it’s actually something most people have wondered. You probably have.
It comes up a lot in Christian movies, but surprisingly, super hero stories of all things are also dealing with that problem.
That infamously awful Dawn of Justice movie is one example. Lex says “If God is all powerful, he cannot be all good.”
Well, my thought with that is that Lex Luthor is insane. He always was, the movie version is just more cartoony than the…cartoon version…hmm. Weird.
(Can anyone tell me what Lex is short for?)
Anyway, I actually have a good reason for thinking Lex is off his wagon (other than the obvious ones.)
My case is that it is because God is all powerful that he can be all good.
I know that in the movie, Superman is meant to be the god in question. But though superman has a lot of powers, he has no powers that would make him a god. Other than his ability to see everywhere.
Superman has no better understanding of humanity than anyone else; he has no ability to see into people’s souls; and nowadays he’s not even angelically good.
I know that Marvel is kind of redefining what godly qualities look like. But they used to mean goodness, wisdom, and yes, power.
If God is good, he must be all powerful.
But why does it seem like God does things that are bad?
I’ve heard it brought up that God in the Old Testament is bloodthirsty; cruel; judgmental.
I understand this to an extent. God tells us not to murder, yet He strikes people down.
And people actually make fun of this now, mocking the idea that someone could be struck by lightning from heaven. Though that’s hardly funny when you think about it.
I really don’t think God works that way most of the time, but as often as I’ve heard pastors downplay it, I have to admit, if you believe God is all powerful, you have to acknowledge he could do things like that. And that He does. Sometimes.
I don’t believe that God never judges people. that;s His job and his alone.
But what about those stories in the Bible where whole nations are supposed to be wiped out?
Well, human pity tends to say that’s terrible. And the Israelites themselves didn’t follow those instructions. I feel like in our modern world they would be applauded for thinking for themselves.
But what happened because of that was that the Israelites were corrupted. here’s some fun facts about the nations they were told to destroy. They did human sacrifice. Including Children. They also has sex as a means of some weird worship ritual. They were terrible cultures. They led the Israelites to do those things to.
The Israelites. like all people struggling to be different, often were swayed by the folks around hem. Just as we are by peer pressure. They wanted a king because it was the cool thing. They wanted to build altars to the popular gods.
And if you think that’s changed over the centuries, then you need to take a closer look. It’s the same now.
But in that time, pretty much the only way to deal with that sin was to eradicate the sinners. It wasn’t pretty, but it was the only thing to do.
God wanted a holy people. he wanted them to understand that the wages of sin is indeed death. If they would be his, they could not belong to the world around them.
It may sound insane to justify mass murder on those grounds…and in some ways, it is.
After all, I would say terrorists are insane.
There are a few differences though.
First of all, I think we can all agree what the other nations were doing was terrible and inhuman.
It’s different to give the death sentence to murderers then it is to a nation of lesser sins.
There’s a lot of theological reasons about why everyone in these nations needed to be killed. At the very least, it was war.
Beyond that, all I can really say is that you have to believe.
But I don’t think that’s enough.
It’s not hard to think that if the God of the Bible is the one true God, then it is his right to decide who lives and dies.
It’s more problematic when you think how many other religions claim that.
And even more so if you think that no matter if it’s true or not, it seems terrible.
But God is ever merciful.
We deserve nothing form him. That he chooses to spare one nation and destroy another is all in His own plan, and who are we to question it.
But even so, he does not despise our questions.
He does remind us that He is god, and we are man. We can’t understand.
And if there’s one thing I’ve observed about humanity it’s that our pity for each other is not consistent.
We get all bent out of shape over God’s judgement. But we make death threats on the internet to people who’ve never done us any personal wrong just because we don’t like them. We murder each other over stupid things like money. We use each other. We lie We cheat. We steal.
We who abuse children; and have holocausts; and start arguments just to pick a fight.
Should we really talk?
I just have a feeling those who would condemn God need to take a good look at themselves.
God at least has reasons for what He does.
But if that’s not enough (and it never is) I also want to point out that God, by position, has the right to do things we don’t do.
I realize I haven’t made perhaps the strongest argument with this post, but it’s a good starting point to dive deeper into this. So until next time–Natasha.