God does not answer to us; we answer to God

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How often people get angry when God does not grant their wish like some genie in a bottle. When that happens, the perspective is completely reversed.

According to a recent FoxNews.com story, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers decided to sue God over the natural disasters. His actions would be funny if they did not entail such dangerous theology. In essence, Sen. Chambers declared that God must answer to man for all the harm God caused. Senator Chambers is promoting man to god (little ‘g’ used intentionally) and demoting God to servant.

Many theological issues are raised in this one story: sovereignty, foreknowledge, sin, death, nature of man, the role of God, the nature of God, and much more. Each one of these would result in a very long article. However, I wish to keep this brief. Therefore, I will simply refer Sen. Chambers to God’s response to Job, in which God declared his power and sovereignty; he also declared our finite nature and wisdom. I will also refer the Senator to Romans 9:20-24. Paul, here, is responding to the rhetorical question about how God can hold us accountable for our sins if he is in control of all things. Paul’s answer is that as the creation, we have no right to question God’s decisions because he is the creator. He illustrates it by saying that the clay does not order the potter, but that the potter is in control of the clay.

These two passages are merely a sample, yet they reveal that God is the one who is in control. Furthermore, it teaches that God does not answer to us, we answer to God. Those who believe God owes man, I ask you only to consider this:

  • We sin against God constantly, even running away from God to go our own ways (Isa 53:6; Rom 3:10-23)
  • Because of our sin, we deserve death (Rom 6:23; Heb 9:27)
  • God gives us life and offers us salvation even though we are sinners (Luke 19:10; John 3:16-18; Rom 5:8; Phil 2:9-11)
  • Salvation and eternal life is a free gift given out of grace, received through faith and not by works (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9)
  • Only through faith in Christ can we be saved (John 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12)

Considering all this, knowing who we are–a deprived, sinful, rebellious people–and whom God is–a loving father who offers eternal life to those who rebel–I ask who owes who what? Does God owe us or do we owe God?

The answer: We owe God!

What should you do? Repent of your sin and call on Christ for your salvation.

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  1. John Rothra

    Lone Wolf…

    Are you advocating that God is guilty for sin? If so, what is your Scriptural basis? Your illustration is based on a human concept of justice and that God must conform to what we believe makes right and wrong. However, God is the source of good, originator of right, and means by which all is to be measured.

    You’ll find that when it comes to arguments, I reject arguments not from Scripture because they open the door to faulty human reason. Reason and logic are fine, but only based on Scripture, not apart from it.

    Therefore, I ask, what is your Scriptural basis for holding God guilty of doing wrong? I challenge anyone to rightly teach the word and still find the Holy God guilty of doing wrong.

  2. Cornelis Droog

    Senator filed a lawsuit against God. Does he know what is written in God’s Holy Lawbook, the Bible?

    Come, behold the works of JAHWEH, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. (Psalms 46:8-9)

    I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I JAHWEH do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)

    The great day of JAHWEH is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of JAHWEH: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against JAHWEH: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. (Zephaniah 1:14-18)

    The Bible teaches that at the end of the world all the wicked will come under eternal punishment in a place called Hell, and this time may be very near. There is much Biblical evidence that points to the fall of 2011 as the end of the world.
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    And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be TIME NO LONGER:

    But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. Revelation 10:5-7

  3. Lone Wolf

    Sorry if I don’t reveal my true name, it is OK to do so?

    Some would say, “God’s fault was to unleash Satan in Eden so the devil could tempt our biological parents Adam and Eve, which led them into sin and our fall”.

    Let me put an example. If a human guardsman was to keep another human criminal jailed, and this guardsman out of his free will either released this dangerous prisoner free – threatening to the rest of people – or, knowing the prisoner would escape, did not anything to avoid the criminal’s escape, this guardsman wouldn’t be found innocent under human laws. Why would be God be innocent then?

    It will be impossible to put God under judgement, BUT we know He does have some things to respond about.

    It’s true that we are created with free will, but it isn’t within our free will to have Satan, the devil roaming across Earth, deceiving humans and sending them to eternal doom.

  4. Terry Adkins

    Yes we are saved by grace. Just like the Israelites were saved in the land of Egypt. They didn’t earn it.But by the grace of God were they saved. But after they were saved ,they were given commandments to keep ,and those that didn’t keep God’s commandments were destroyed and didn’t get to enter the promised land. And it is written that those things happened for an example ,unto those that are to be heirs of salvation,to follow after. It is written ,”they that endure until the end ,the same shall be be saved “.Endure what? temptation, tribulation and persecution.

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