Why me? That’s about the only question I would ever ask God.
Recently, a pair of well-known radio broadcasters have urged all Christians to question God. Question everything, question your church, question the Bible, they’ve urged. Even God.
Man should be able to reason out God for himself, according to this new theology. Man doesn’t need an ancient book, written by equally fallible Men. The Bible is a tough book, with equal parts Love and Wrath.
Questioning God and demanding the right to choose between good and evil is what got Adam and Eve into trouble. They were cast out of earthly paradise for this original sin, ruining it for all of us. Man put his own ill-considered judgment before God’s and was cursed to a spiritual death.
Why would anyone “choose” evil in the first place? The choice doesn’t really make good sense in a moral world. The devil tells Adam and Eve that God is just afraid that Man will be equal to God if they eat from the tree and that’s pretty much what God says when he casts the pair out – “And Jehovah God then said, “Here the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now in order that he may not put his hand out and take fruit also from the tree of life and eat and live forever…” Genesis 3:22
God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden which he had created for them to tend. Adam was cursed to live off the ground from which he was created and return to the dust from which he was created. Eve was cursed to be dominated by her husband and to suffer pain in childbirth and then die the way her husband would.
God chose righteous men – Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon – and prophets to hear His word and relay His message to the people, who were largely illiterate. Eventually, they wrote the words down into a book – The Torah. He chose for his people the Israelites.
But over time, they got the idea to write down their own ideas and theologies and kept the word of God to themselves. They began spreading incorrect ideas about God. Their priests began selecting who would be chosen to hear the words of God and who wouldn’t.
Their priests became powerful. They drove the peasants off their lands and into crowded cities where they starved. Certainly, some Jews were charitable to the poor. But the poor weren’t allowed into the Temples.
God had enough of this cruelty and sent His son, Jesus, to Earth, giving him a human form so that people could see and understand him, for the prophets had been silenced. His mission was to put an end to animal sacrifices, man’s vicious and lazy substitute for penitence for the original sin of Adam and Eve. Jesus, the Son of God, would make the ultimate sacrifice to God, restoring Man to God’s good graces and eternal life in the paradise for which Man was intended.
Go and sin no more. That was the gift of God, the Eternal Father, to Man.
Yet even after 2,000 years, we still don’t get it. Still we question, still we sin, still we choose evil. Is it that hard to follow the basic Ten Commandments? Is it that hard to follow at least some of the easier commandments: Thou shalt not steal? Thou shalt not kill (murder)? Thou shalt not take the Lord thy God’s name in vain (swear)? Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother?
We start to run into trouble with the more difficult commandments. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” We now are being subjected to a secular god – our government. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” In modern English, that means we should not worship any material objects. Not even, or more particularly, especially not in God’s name.
God is about the spiritual not the material. Material things decay and fall apart or die. God is the eternal, that which does not die. That’s why some fundamental Christians have a problem with worshipping the Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is not Donar’s (or Thor’s) Oak of the pagan Germans, under which they performed human sacrifices.
However, thanks to the Emperor Constantine, who urged diplomacy in converting the pagans to Christianity by allowing them to transform their pagan symbols into Christian symbols, we got the Christmas tree and other material objects to worship. The original Apostles urged against such worship.
The Christmas tree was originally part of missionary work to tell the tale of Adam and Eve and the apple and the story of Christ. Today, the Christmas tree is thrown into the street as garbage after we’ve finished unwrapping the presents and have taken down the ornaments.
Certain groups complain that since the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., countless Biblical scholars and academicians have reinterpreted the original Bible and pastors and priests have strayed away from God’s law, which was the original purpose of the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word, or Law.
Critics complain that the Bible was written (and edited) by men. The Bible states, “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching.” 2 Timothy 3:16 and “Prophecy was at no time brought by Man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were moved by the holy spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21. And finally, “When you received God’s word, which you heard from us [the Apostles], you accepted it not as the word of men but, just as it truthfully is, as the word of God.”
Well, so why can’t God talk to us? Why can’t we hear Him the way the prophets? Because we’re fatheads, that’s why not. All that white matter (myelin) that has cropped up in our brains thanks to our modern, fatty diet of proteins has made us smart – too smart for our own good. How’s that for a “scientific” explanation? A dog has a better chance of hearing God than we do. “We should be able to question God,” we boast in our vanity. “We don’t need no stinkin’ Bible! Let God talk to us in person. Then we’ll believe in Him.”
Yeah, well, we already tried that. He came as close as He could to talking to us face to face, sending us His only begotten Son and that how did that work out for us? Jesus Christ is quoted directly and still we don’t believe it. We want “proof” that God exists.
Jesus taught the Apostles to spread the Good News that we have been saved: “However, God’s angel spoke to Philip, saying ‘Get up and go to the south to the road that runs down from Jerusalem to Gaza (This is a desert road.).’ With that, he got up and went and saw an Ethiopian eunuch, a man who had authority Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, and who was in charge of all her treasure. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship and he was returning and was sitting in his chariot, reading aloud the prophet Isaiah. So the spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and approach this chariot.’ Philip ran alongside and heard him reading aloud…and he said ‘Do you actually know what you are reading?’ [The eunuch] said, ‘Really, how could I ever do so unless someone guided me?’ So he got out and urged Philip to sit down with him.”
Nothing yet had been written down about the story of Jesus, so the news spread at first through his missionaries and through their followers to new converts. Thanks to the invention of the Gutenberg press, expressly invented in order to print the Bible, the Word of God is available to everyone in hundreds of languages.
Thanks to modern translations, the Bible is easier than ever to understand. There are Bibles that not only provide the Scriptures, but Biblical history, timelines, explanations of ancient concepts, names and places that have either no longer exist or have been renamed.
The Bible makes sense to those humble enough to accept its message. Man’s pride is what makes God’s word hard to digest. Man, in his instinctual fear of death, recoils from any words that suggest an afterlife ruled by someone considerably mightier than Himself, wiser, and more merciful.
What possible question could we ask the Almighty for which only we ourselves, alone, can provide the answer? Why do we ask God why He permits all the suffering in the world? Why don’t we ask ourselves why we cause it in the first place? Why does He allow incurable diseases like cancer to plague Mankind? Why did we resort to using fertilizers and pesticides, the chief culprits which have existed since Man was sent back farm the dust from which he was created?
Why do we speed? Why do we drink alcohol and use drugs? Why do we swear? Why are we so angry in the first place? Why do we covet one another’s belongings? Why do we worship gold instead of God? Why do we lie, cheat and steal for it? We will do just about anything for our earthly paymasters? What are we willing to do for God?
Why, we won’t even enjoy the Sabbath Day, which God gave us as a day of rest. Instead, we’re out spending the money we earned the other five or six days of the week. A hundred years from now, all that stuff will have rusted on a scrap pile or decayed into the Earth. The Romans were a might empire. Yet, today precious little of their empire remains but ruins and rubble.
World War II German General Erwin Rommel was out in the desert of Libya. His men came upon some Roman ruins. They rushed over to examine the broken pieces of pottery. Urging him to come over, they exclaimed that it was a fantastic archaeological find.
“What do you want with all that garbage?” he asked them in response and walked on.
Considering the gravity of the times, this hardly seems the moment to be questioning God’s authority. Although there are truly good people walking the Earth, we really are seeing Man at his very worst. Our secular, Liberal government is tearing down the very religion we should be protecting and advancing. We will be held accountable for every failure to advocate goodness and the absolute authority of God.
Our government is banning His worship, the teaching of His laws, and the reading of His Word. In its place, they are installing a bureaucratic facsimile of authority. In time, they will beat us over the head with their regulations and truss us up with their politically-inspired rules.
People complain that they don’t want to be hit over the head with the Bible. They’re afraid of Bible thumpers.
Ask yourselves: would you rather be hit over the head by God or a Liberal fascist? Would you rather be placed into a residential warren, never again to be allowed to so much as set a foot on green grass, constrained by climatologists whose only real goal is property seizure and be planted in it an eternal state of nothingness? Or would you like to wake up free, in an eternal, Earthly paradise? Just read the Word and don’t ask stupid questions.
William Shakespeare got it right: “The fault lies not in our stars but in ourselves.”
Put your trust in God, not Man.