Cruelty In The Bible?
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
of an Adam & Eve exhibit in the
AIG Creation Museum. Notice the serpent,
Satan, in the tree.
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
not going to quote Genesis 3:16-23.
Romans provides a good summary and is key to understanding what happened. The
verses in Genesis describe the specific curses on Adam, Eve, and thus all mankind,
as well as the ground being cursed. In fact, Romans 8:22 tells us that all of
creation is cursed and is groaning because of Adam's sin. The entire universe
is now broken and no longer in the perfect state in which it was created.
Damned the Whole Human Race
Not true. God does not "damn"
anyone to hell. That only happens as a result of our own thoughts and
actions. If you live a perfect life, without violating any of God's laws (sin),
you will go to heaven.
The questions to ask yourself are:
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? 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.
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
Adam was given just one law:
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
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.
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
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.
is the ground because of you...
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.
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
The humanists say God is cruel to subject all creation to decay (entropy).
But, He could let the universe just fall apart right now... today. But instead
He is slowing the corruption, giving humanists more time to turn to Him in repentance,
and trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. What incredible love!
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.
example: He drowned pregnant women and innocent children
and animals at the time of the Flood (Genesis 7:20-23)
here to learn what is going on.