People think that they have the wisdom of God, first of all, when they don't. Compare God with people. God knows everything. We know very little. God knows every atom and molecule in the universe. No human being can do that. God created everything. People can't do that. People can deny that God exists, especially if they don't accept the fact that God made everything and knows everything. That is the reason the theory of Evolution exists and is plausible in the minds of many.
If a hurricane is on the radar and is coming toward my area, I can deny it all I want. I can tell everyone around that there is no hurricane coming. I could make signs saying, 'There is no hurricane coming here". But, the hurricane will come and go, and do whatever destruction it's going to do, and I could still deny that a hurricane came.
People who do not like God, or the concept of a God that they will give account to, can corroborate any kind of story that sounds plausible, but, if something is true, no story will hold a candle to it.
We can become angry with God and use the reasoning of thousands of children starving to death every day. Or, innocent people being taken over by tyrants. Whatever the story is, we seem to be stuck on it and we are using it to try to make true something that isn't true.
The problem with us, and I said this above, is that we don't have the wisdom of God. We don't have the knowledge of God. We don't understand the 'bigness' of God. We don't understand the majesty of God. We don't understand the potency of God. But we stand in judgment of God. We put Him on the judgment seat and have judged Him to be a tyrant or something other than what He really is. We put ourselves in danger of His judgment against us. He is God. He is the judge. We aren't. We simply do not have all the facts. We do not have the bigger picture. We don't have enough information or power to place a right judgment on God.
Many people struggle with what they don't understand about God. Some shape their ideas of who God is by their life experiences. For instance, if a woman has a baby and the baby dies, the woman questions God. She may take it personally and think God is punishing her. She may become angry at God and decide that she doesn't want to know Him if He is a God who allows babies to die. She will never learn to trust God if her information about God is formed from her experience.
Where can we get information about what God is like, and who He is? God describes Himself in His word. But we still have to be careful here. We take things out of context and make complete doctrines out of one aspect of God. We add a lot of extra into what is written and we can end up with some way off conclusions. One example of this is the concept of God's love. The Bible says, 'God is love'. We take that to mean that God is ok with us in our sins. We actually come up with a phrase that says, 'God is all loving and all forgiving' but we have to test this against Scripture. Does 'God is love' mean the same thing as 'God is all loving and all forgiving'? Not at all. God is love. His love made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and also provided the power for us to live a Godly life. God actually is all loving and all forgiving to those who repent and place their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin. But if we take that statement of God being all loving and all forgiving to mean that we can do whatever we want and still avoid God's judgment over us, we are badly mistaken. We don't understand the price that God paid for us to be saved. We must take this way, for this is the only way to have our sins forgiven and to be reconciled to a holy God.
If I had a terrible disease and there was only one cure for it, if I wanted to get well, I would have to take that one cure. Nothing else will work. If that medicine were hard to find and very expensive, I would have to search for it and work hard for the money to pay for the medicine. The medicine would be precious to me. Just the knowledge of this wonderful medicine that can cure my illness is not enough to make me well. I must take this medicine to get well.
We are sick with a spiritual disease called 'sin'. Every person is affected by it. God will judge all sin one day and those who die with this spiritual disease will go to hell forever. The only cure for this disease is the blood of God's only Son who died a horrible death to make the payment for our sins.
To some, this medicine for the soul is sweet and precious. But to others, this medicine is bitter and indigestible. Those people who find God's cure for our souls as bitter, are the ones who claim God doesn't exist. They are the ones who shake their fists at God because God is interfering with their idols. They are the ones who challenge God to kill them if He really exists. They are the ones who laugh and mock because God didn't strike them down when they challenged Him to do so. One day, they will be surprised though, for they will be struck down with death and they will face a God they say doesn't exist. God is patient and merciful to them so they would have a chance to repent.
We can laugh at God, make fun of God, call God names, etc., but guess what? God is God and we are not. Nothing will ever change that fact, no matter how hard we wish.
One day, we will all be before God. Everything we have ever done or thought will be revealed. Everything secret we held will be made known.
You might be thinking, I don't like a God like that. My God wouldn't do anything like that. You are right, because you have created a god of your own desires. You have created a god who will give you what you want, much like a genie in the bottle. The true and living God is not like a Genie in the bottle. He calls the shots and makes the rules. He puts the boundaries around us. Your god doesn't exist.
If we turn to God, He promises to keep us, forgive us of our sins, live in us, give us power to live for Him, and He will take care of us. He will help us to be delivered from sin and sinful ways. He promises to bring us to heaven and is making a house for us there.
If we don't turn to God, we will remain an enemy of God, and will be under His judgment. He promises those who reject Him as Lord and Savior, that they will depart from Him and be thrown in hell, where they will be tormented for all eternity.
God's promises are not for the spiritual elite. They are for sinners who repent and turn to God and are willing to let go of their 'rights' to themselves. Those who are steeped in sin can repent and be welcomed into the kingdom of God. God can save the worst sinner who is alive today, if that person would turn to Him in repentance and faith.
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|God is God. We are not. He makes the rules. He calls the shots.|