I have family members and friends who are staunchly atheistic or agnostic. This only bothers me in that they might not make it to where I am going after this life. Other than that, they are, of course, entitled to what they believe. One thing I’ve noticed though, is the strange assumption that God owes them some kind of explanation should He turn out to be real. Of course, they will never get this opportunity to criticize Him. He doesn’t explain Himself to His creation. Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, Jesus is Lord. And it won’t be on our terms. It will be on His.
Nothing really paints a better picture of the difference between a Creator and a creation than Job. Here are some questions a creation should always ask before challenging God.
It is a no-win argument He will never have with any of us.
- Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
- Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
- Who set its measurements?
- Who stretched the line on it?
- On what were its bases sunk?
- Who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy?
- Who enclosed the sea with doors when, bursting fort, it went out from the womb?
- Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, ad caused the dawn to know its place?
- Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep darkness?
- Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
- Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
- And darkness, where is its place?
- Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle?
- Where is the way that the light is divided, or the east wind scattered on the earth?
- Who has cleft a channel for the flood, or a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land without people, on a desert without a man in it?
- Has the rain a father?
- Who has begotten the drops of dew?
- From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
- Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion?
- Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites?
- Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth?
- Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that an abundance of water will cover you?
- Can you send forth lightning’s that they may go and say to you, “here we are?”
- Who has put wisdom in the innermost being or given understanding to the mind?
- Who can count the clouds by wisdom, or tip the water jars of the heavens, when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods stick together?
- Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait in their lair?
- Who prepares for the raven its nourishment, when its young cry to God and wander about without food?
- Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth?
- Do you observe the calving of the deer?
- Can you count the months the fulfill, or do you know the time they give birth?
- Who sent out the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey?
- Will the ox consent to serve you?
- Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, or will he harrow the valleys after you?
- Will you trust him because his strength is great and leave your labor to him?
- Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain and gather it from your threshing floor?
- Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Do you make him leap like the locust?
- Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, stretching his wings to the south?
- Is it by your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest high?
- Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.
- Will you really annul My judgement?
- Will you condemn e that you may be justified?
- Do you have an arm like God, can you thunder with a voice like His?
- Can anyone capture the Behemoth, which I made as well as you?
- Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?
- Can you press down his tongue with cord?
- Can you put a rope in his nose, or pierce his jaw with a hook?
- Will he make many supplications to you, or will he speak to you soft words?
- Will he make a covenant with you?
- Will you take him as a servant for you forever?
- Will you play with him as a bird?
- Will you bind him for your maidens?
- Will traders bargain for him?
- Will they divide him among the merchants?
- Can you fill his skin with harpoons, or his head with fishing spears?
- Who is he who can stand before Me?
- Who has given to Me that I should repay him?
Some of us were created for destruction, and I understand this. But it grieves me that any of them should be people I love.
4 responses to “Sons of Pride”
“Some of us were created for destruction, and I understand this. But it grieves me that any of them should be people I love.”
please don’t take this the wrong way. i mean this not as a rebuke but more as a sympathy. my intention is to comfort your grieving heart as mine has been comforted.
this is perhaps the saddest statement i have read on WordPress so far this year. I honestly don’t think that the scripture teaches, not even Rom 9, that God creates anyone in order to destroy them. your grief is also mine and most people’s though. I also believe that God grieves the destruction of anyone, for He is Love and loves all equally. i firmly believe that no one has been created for destruction. we have all been created for Life. -mike
I know your pain. My younger daughter went atheist several years ago and is now shacked up with a staunch atheist. Nice enough guy, but going to hell and taking my daughter with him. I’d prefer neither one choose that. My wife and I have tried to talk to her, but I’ve never seen her so angry as when we bring it up.
I think atheists, being as adamant and angry as so many are, do believe in God. They’re pissed at Him about something and think denying Him will “show him.” Well, they are hurting Him. He loves them and the rejection hurts. I just wish they’d understand how they are hurting themselves also.
Bird, you and I and the rest just have to keep praying and trying. Hang in there and thank God you are where you are.
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Heathen in the room lol, as you know I am pagan so probably even more likely to burn in those fire of hell if you have it right but this is a discussion I have had with other Christian friends and someone brought up the point that as a Christian you have to believe that God moves in mysterious ways and that he always has a plan, this friend then suggested maybe part of the plan is to create us non believer in order to test how the treat others and whether they are capable of not putting themselves in God’s place and judging, I have lots of people always praying for me, a few who think I am a lost cause and I like think no matter which deity awaits any of us in the end we will be judged on what is in our hearts and the deeds we have performed rather than which badge we wore, if not then at least hell is likely to have a better band xxxxx
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Lol! I do love your wit, Paula!