Have you ever talked with someone who blames God for all the evil and misery in the world? Someone who says that we’re just what God made us, so we can’t be blamed for the things we do? What do you say to such a person? I’m in agreement with Duckie’s article, “How To Answer A Skeptic” – if someone wants only to argue, or to vent their venom against God, don’t bother. Walk away. But for those skeptics who are willing to listen, here’s one possible response. It’s not necessarily the best and certainly not the only possible response. If it seems good to you, use it. If not, disregard. It’s just a “tool”.
Consider the Biblical account of Adam and Eve’s fall into sin in the Garden of Eden. Who “opened the box” and let disaster out? Contrary to popular belief, the Bible names Adam as the guilty party, because he knew what he was doing and Eve did not. (1st Timothy 2:14)
Adam was warned by the only real God. He had excellent reason to believe that God was giving him true warning (“the day you eat that fruit, you will die”) because God had done Adam only good all his life. God had put him in a fantastic, beautiful garden, which, BTW, he didn’t have to weed or cultivate (by inference from Genesis 3:17-19). God had given Adam a female companion designed to be Adam’s perfect assistant and “other half”.
But Adam disobeyed God and ate the fruit. So who was to blame for the results?
Adam, not God.
Not only had God warned Adam not to eat the fruit, He had told him why: “The day you eat that fruit, you will die.”
God is not responsible for introducing sin and death and despair and misery and taxes into the world. Adam is.
But wait, there’s more. Who introduced hope into the world?
Not Adam, or any other human in the thousands of years since. No human being can claim credit for introducing hope, or even any lasting good, into the world. We are only able to perpetuate what Adam did, foul things up so badly that in some times and places, Earth resembles hell. Fairly frequently, of late.
Every human effort to produce a good and happy society has failed. That’s the ones whose human rulers intended to create such a society. Most human societies were created for the benefit of the powerful, at the expense of everyone else.
Every human dream has turned into ashes. Even the American Dream.
But there is hope, and it was given to us by God. Not only is God NOT responsible for the misery and death we see around us every day, He did what we fatally flawed humans could not – He provided a reason to hope. For no reason but that He loves us:
“For God so loved the world that he gave His only uniquely-born Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, ‘Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial for the hope of the resurrection of the dead!’ ” (Acts 23:6)
And it’s not a paltry, watery, pastel hope we’re talking about:
“On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain He will destroy the burial shroud that enfolds all peoples, the ‘winding sheet’ that covers all nations; He will abolish death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken!
In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in Him; let us shout for joy and rejoice in His salvation!‘ ” (Isaiah 25:6-9)
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)
King Jesus is speaking here: ” ‘Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.Outside are the dogs [the godless, the impure, those of low moral character] and the sorcerers [with their intoxicating drugs, and magic arts], and the immoral persons [the perverted, the molesters, and the adulterers] the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices lying (deception, cheating). I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life!” (Revelation 22:12-17)
Those who blame God for the things that are wrong in the world will miss that invitation to an eternity of joy. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are essentially calling Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” (1st John 1:8-10)
Such a person should make very sure they think they’re right, because the alternative is “the Lake That Burns With Fire”. It doesn’t have to be that way. We have an invitation to Heaven. But that offer is only for those who admit their own sinfulness, their own responsibility for the ills of the world, and accept the hope that God provided, on His terms.