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God’s Ways are Above Our Ways

Mankind is in no position to judge God's actions based on our limited range of vision.

In Isaiah 55, the Lord offers a hard lesson that was difficult to accept at its original writing and remains equally challenging for mankind today. 

Isaiah 55:9 – For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

A Human Perspective on Goodness

Justice is in the eye of the beholder and so humanity tends to see fairness through our own myopic lens. Logically, leading a “good” life should get us into Heaven (if there even is one). We see ourselves in a competition with each other. The top 50+ percent or so get to Heaven and the rest… well God loves us all so, who knows? Who can really say, so be “good” and relax; it will all work out in the end.  

God’s Perspective

God sees justice through a very different lens. He sees every thought, every action, and every hidden corner of our minds. What is infinitely worse is that He has set a standard of behavior no man (other than Jesus) can meet. That standard is a life of perfection (Rom. 3:23). 

James 2:10 – For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

The Catch-22 Of God

It is hard to deny that God’s form of earthly justice is impossible to defend from a human perspective. Take the example of God’s direction to the Israelites in Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 20:16-17 – But in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes, but you shall devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the LORD your God has commanded.

Or, consider God’s eternal view that for just one sin we are sent to Hell for eternity (James 2:10, Rom. 3:23) if we don’t accept His Son as our Savior AND Lord. Eternal bliss for the thief who repents in the last seconds of his life (Luke 23:43) vs. Hell for those who are “good people” but die without Christ (Rom. 3:23). And, many of those good people live a full life and die, never even hearing the word “Jesus”.

If God is all-powerful He can remove all pain, bad behavior, disease, and even death and Hell itself, if He chooses. If He is not all-powerful, then the Bible should be thrown out and He is not God.

This, of course, is not the Sunday School answer but is reality. 

All the logical facts mentioned by nonbelievers cannot be defended by Christians with any more evidence than presenting our view of the miraculous and complexity of the world around us. In the end, we are left with only one place to stand, for better or worse, we stand on faith. 

What’s the Point?

Our unwillingness to accept God’s definition of what is fair and just has no bearing on reality since He is the one in control, and we are not. 

Some of us are given a choice in life to become a servant of God and receive His grace (through Christ), or not. What seems fair and just from our perspective is irrelevant. 

The problem with our moral outrage over the situation we find ourselves in is very unfortunate but is also irrelevant to the outcome. 

It’s All About Faith

Christians sing and worship Jesus Christ because we have passed through this barrier of doubt, frustration, and rejection based on our perspective of fairness. We believe God is good and righteous and full of grace by providing a way out of our eternal state (Hell). Christians also believe, as hard as it is to accept by the lost, when one looks back from Heaven we will realize He is not the ogre most of mankind thought He was. Consider the Rich Man in Luke 16:19-31 who showed compassion for his earthly brothers but no anger for the position he was in, suffering in Hades. Again, not the Sunday School answer, but the truth.

Summary on the Issue of Who Makes the Rules

Many believe being better than the next guy will be our ticket to Heaven. Others reject the existence of God and Jesus entirely. Even more believe, incorrectly, that there are other paths besides Jesus to find joy beyond the grave (John 14:6). If one rejects the Bible, all these positions are understandable and logical. Of course, the mature Christian will counter with a litany of evidence that there is a Creator, and then add the miraculous to strengthen the argument that He remains active today. However, rarely does that move the needle once one passes the age of a child who is being indoctrinated by parents, peers, and the church. And, even with children, saying a prayer at 8 years old still calls for a demonstrated change in behavior for a lifetime (James 2:14-16). Sometimes God puts trials in life that draw even adults to the cross (as He did with me). God does use preachers, Sunday School teachers, and evangelists, to plant and water the Lord’s plan of salvation (1 Cor. 3:7). But, in the end, it all comes down to faith, not facts. And, a relationship with Christ is not a passing thing, it is a lifestyle change.  

Hebrews 11:1,6 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen… And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

The Real Shocker

What I find most shocking are those who acknowledge a belief in a Creator, and, that Jesus calls us to accept Him as our personal Savior and Lord, yet reject Him because they don’t want to be subordinate to an all-powerful God. The unfairness of loving and serving a God who allows sin, pain, and suffering is so onerous that they naively state they would prefer Hell over compliance. 

The formula for joy on earth and eternity with God in Heaven is simple. The trick is that it is a heart change and God can see the heart (Matt. 9:4, Eph. 3:17). Once your heart is directed toward the Lord, it will never be turned back (John 10:29).

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AuthorJeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org 

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