Cruelty In The Bible?
God condemns the entire human race.
THE CLAIMED CRUELTY: He damned the whole human race and cursed the entire creation because of the acts of two people (Genesis 3:16-23; Romans 5:18)
Here is what scripture says:
So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. - Romans 5:18
I'm not going to quote the verses in Genesis the humanists reference. If you wish, you can read Genesis 3:16-23 by clicking here. The Romans verse (above) provides a good summary and is key to understanding what happened. The verses in Genesis the athiests quote simply describe the details, meaning the specific curses on Adam, Eve, and thus all mankind. But, as Romans says, as a result of their disobeying God even once, they brought a curse upon themselves. In fact, another verse in Romans (8:22) tells us that all of creation is cursed and is groaning because of Adam's sin. Because of sin, the entire universe is now broken and no longer in the perfect state in which it was created.
God Damned the Whole Human Race
Not true. God does not "damn" anyone to hell. That people go to hell is the result of our own thoughts and actions. The basic oprinciple is, if you do the crime, you pay the time. The truth is, if you live a perfect life, without violating any of God's laws (sin), you will go to heaven.
So the question to ask is, have you ever broken any of God's laws? For example, have you ever told a lie... or maybe a better question is, how many lies have you told? Have you ever desired to have something that belongs to someone else (coveting)? Have you ever taken something that did not belong to you? (Thief!) Have you ever looked at another person with lust? Jesus said that if you look with lust you have committed adultery in your heart.
If you answered yes to any of the above, you are guilty of breaking God's laws (sin). And these are just four points of God's moral law, the Ten Commandments. If you have broken any of God's
laws, you deserve the just punishment, the eternal lake of fire. That is what sends you to hell... your breaking God's laws. You are the one who is responsible.
God Cursed The Entire Creation Because of One Man's Sin
It is implied in this statement that God was wrong to curse all of creation. What the humanists do not understand is how destructive sin is... they have no concept of the seriousness of sin.
Adam was given just one law:
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die. - Genesis 2:16-17
Adam disobeyed God, and just as God said, that brought death to Adam. Before that Adam was immortal. But now his physical body had started to decay, and he was spiritually dead (separated from God). We don't know exactly what God did, but it is not unrealistic to assume that God created entropy... and that not only affected Adam, a universe that was perfect and eternal also began to run down and decay. Once death (entropy) is brought into the world, it effects everything.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. - Romans 8:20-22
Scripture does not give us the "why." One possibility is that God made the creation subject to man, so when Adam fell the whole creation was impacted. Genesis 3:17 says that the ground is cursed because of Adam, not that God cursed the ground.
Cursed is the ground because of you... - Genesis 3:17
Looking at all of scripture, once corruption (sin) entered the creation, like yeast spreading through a batch of dough, it spread through all of creation. We identify this as entropy (death),
everything is running down.
Scripture (Colossians 1:17) also says that the Son is holding all things together. Right now, as you read this, the Son is slowing the decay rate... holding things together. In His love this is giving humanity, including you, more time to repent and turn to Jesus as your Savior. But, eventually time will run out, the Son will allow the corruption to run it's course and the universe will be destroyed in fire.
But the heaven we see now and the earth we live on now have been kept by His word. They will be kept until they are to be destroyed by fire. They will be kept until the day men stand before God and sinners will be destroyed. - 2 Peter 3:7
Humanist or God, Who Stands In Judgment Over Who?
The humanists say God is cruel to subject all creation to decay (entropy). But, God could let the universe just fall apart right now... today. But instead He is slowing the corruption (slowing entropy), giving humanists more time to turn to Him in repentance, and trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. What incredible love!
Is God cruel as humanists state? No. He is showering His incredible love on them. He is offering mercy, grace, and total forgiveness to them... holding back the decay of the universe, giving humanists, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Mormons, and false Christians alike just a little more time. The universe is no longer perfect and must be replaced... and will be replaced... making a new, perfect home for redeemed mankind.
Conclusion: God is love.
Next example: He drowned pregnant women and innocent children and animals at the time of the Flood (Genesis 7:20-23)
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