Saturday, November 17, 2018
The unfairness of God
The word unfair is an adjective. It means: not based on or behaving according to the principles of equality and justice. Also means to be unkind, inconsiderate, or unreasonable. I would add that being disrespectful is also unfair - we can not expect to receive respect if we are unwilling to give it.
The writer would be fair in saying many in this world believe God is unfair in His dealings with man.
Why is that so? Because in man's perception, when things go wrong in our lives or in the lives of others that we know and love, and even sometimes those we do not know, we make a judgment. In our minds, that person or that group of people did not deserve to have their house burn down. Or for the young child to die of cancer who never harmed anyone, or that family to end up homeless on the street - that honest hardworking man to lose his job, etc.
So based on the definitions I mentioned above, is God, any one of those things: unkind, inconsiderate, unreasonable? For anyone to even hint of God being any of these is actually unfair, inconsiderate and most disrespectful.
It is utter foolishness and irreverent to charge God with any wrongdoing. What one is saying is that God is no better than any sinner walking this earth. Why else would sinful man have the audacity to put God in a sinful tribunal and levy charges of injustice against Him.
Man's view of God is too low at best, and non-existent at worst. What man has to remember is God is NEVER accountable to us! Rather, we are accountable to Him. Romans 9:20 says, "But who are you O man to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to the molder why have you made me like this?"
This is the problem with all of mankind: We do not understand the holiness of God, nor do we fully understand the depth of the wickedness of man. They are eternally mutually exclusive. What all men need to do is for the rest of our natural lives is to study both subjects in depth to at least get an inkling of both to an understandable degree. Once a person does that, then they are on the path to understanding the dynamics of the utter holiness of our Creator versus the utter depravity and the hopelessness of man.
The writer also understands that a sinful man will never do that without divine intervention. Man is too proud to humble himself and admit he is a wretched sinner headed for hell.
You see, we all know that we are not perfect - we all do wrong. The problem is man sees himself as good as well which is a universal misdiagnosis. Because we do not see our wrong as sinful and an affront to God, we minimize it. For the natural man, our wrong does not fit the punishment God is giving us - God is too harsh. Jesus told the rich young ruler, no one is good but God alone (Matt 19:17; Luke18:19). David said in Psalm 51:5, "Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me."
This is what that means. At the moment of conception, God sees the embryo as a living person. As a living person although not fully developed is a sinner. Why and how? The why is due to the fact we have a sin nature. The how is because of original sin. Scholars say original sin is not the first act of sin, but rather the result of the first act of sin by Adam and Eve. When they sinned they inherited a sin nature which has been passed down to each of their descendants right up to today.
Man is a sinner not because he sins, but because of his nature - that is why we sin. In other words, man did not sin (with the exception of Adam and Eve), to become a sinner, rather man sins because he is a sinner. I hope the explanations are clear.
Due to the universal curse of sin, all of us will die for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). That is an appointment none of us can escape (Hebrews 9:27). What bothers us I believe the most is we have no control over when and how we will die. That is a sovereign decision determined by God. What is our responsibility then? Repent of your sins and believe the gospel so that you can be saved. That way you will be adopted into the family of God and escape His wrath and enter into His eternal rest.
So, is God unfair? No. Man's evil has blinded his perception so that instead of acknowledging his sin, he wants to shift the blame for this world's evil on the one he hates, God Almighty. Not realizing that by accusing God of unfairness he is being unfair himself toward God. The universal curse of sin in the world is an unforgiving global judge on us all. Guess what? It's our fault. What would be unjust of God is if He never punished evil doers - God would be unfair unto Himself.
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