The God that we say isn’t

Isaiah 45:7 

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Upon reading this passage, the first thing we normally do is begin to explain away use of the word evil in this context.  This is probably rightfully so, but once again this is us cherry picking and explaining away things of which we really don’t know. Yet, in this context, most would say that the harsh judgments on people constitute the ‘evil’ here spoken about which is separate from a moral quality.

And those who attribute the power of death to Satan, we read in:

Matthew 10:28

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

First, it is clear that God created all things.  The bible is explicit about this.  Even the devil was created by God and exists solely by permission from our Father in Heaven.

Going back to the Garden of Eden we see it was not satan who pronounced death upon man, it was God who stripped man from the Tree of Life and instead, decreed that death would be his consequent for disobedience in eating the forbidden fruit.

Nonetheless, we will generally adopt a childish, ‘Sunday School’ type of mentality whenever we illustrate the image of our Father.  The truth is:  the closest we have ever come to witnessing God, The Father is through the life and actions of Jesus.  In light of this, we see that judgment was passed from God to His Son, and Jesus states that if we confess our sins, then we are NOT GUILTY.


2 thoughts on “The God that we say isn’t

  1. Psalm 137 (a favorite at my house with the kids) “Blessed is he who dashes your babies on the rocks”

    This one don’t get much air play at church or on Christian radio. Those picking cherries tend to bypass this.

    I wonder though… why your interest in these unpicked cherries? What is the point? exactly…

    Pointing out that we do this kind of thing is critical. Criticism is good – has a place alright. But what would you replace it with? I mean, if I go to the doc and he says, “You have cancer in your testicle” I will not be content to walk out without a treatment plan or without looking at treatment options. I could remove the diseased organ and live a life in part of a body God gave me. I could get radiation or chemo. I might try some guru treatments. Probably try any or all of these with prayers as part (possibly all) of the solution. But I would be interested in the solution alright.

    You have done a good job of pointing out the cancer here. What is the solution?

    Oh, and by the way, I recall when the terrorists struck NY back in 9/11/01 that Jerry Falwell (and friends) jumped out with a word of Judgment at first. They said God was punishing our nation. Later, when it had proved politically disasterous, they changed that word. But I have always considered that evil as a judgment. We were a proud nation meddling in other people’s business causing disaster in their back yards long before the lashed out at us. Saddam was our creation! We armed him long before the Iran hostages, but when that happened, he was our man! We armed him to the teeth. But then when this scorpion did what scorpions do (but did it to us) then we got all upset. This did not fit with our agendas. We set out to punish the punisher we had been employing for our agendas.

    We cherry pick the Bible making it appear God endorses our programs, but I strongly doubt that very much. I have every reason to believe our nation, our society, and even our churches cause a LOT of stink in his nose. He loves us. He has blessed us. But we have snubbed him. His is patient with us. But how long do you think he will let that go on? And what do you think his response to that kind of disrespect will look like?

    Falling towers seems like a viable option for judgement to me. I figure it is at least arguable. I figure it should give us cause for pause ON THIS LEVEL. And I normally find myself very much NOT WITH Jerry Falwell (RIP) and friends on most things. In fact, I think his remarks about judgment at the first were really meant to puff himself up and not God. But I think his retraction then let God down too. God is a punisher of nations…. even those nations he loves. The Bible is clear on this. But we have a way of cherry picking around it.

    I wonder….

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    1. The solution or solutions is really very simple. Where we have the old testament to learn and grow, we have the words of Jesus to guide us into the new covenant. In other words, there should be no cherry picking as God through his Son, Jesus has made it clear what we are to believe and follow. We are to follow Jesus, the Son of the Living God and are to take up our Cross and follow Him and His teachings. Now, of course, people being people, we don’t want to do that. Instead we want God to go around like in the old testament times and zap people whenever it looks like it’s in favor of our views. Would this apply to America? Of course, it would. WE are not above correction.
      Yet, with Jesus we go beyond judgement and correction for we have His Words, His commandments to follow. They are simple ones at that, the same as spoken in Micah He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? This is the same more or less as to Love your God with all your heart, mind and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself. No, this is NOT rocket science, but yes: If we want to quote Old testament, then we should quote it all. I say, to quote Jesus and do as His words and as the Holy Spirit directs. In doing this, we are no longer in an intellectual debate, but instead become participants of God’s living Church. Amen


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