Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Theodicy & Makeover Magic pt. 2


This week we examine the comments of an Open Theist who it seems purposefully distorts my position concerning God and evil. Notice his remarks are entirely unbiblical and are therefore utterly illogical. Notice too, the undisguised hostility and disdain for the sovereign God who answers to no one.

May God add His blessing to your reading.

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The way I understand Mr. Griffin is that God has no moral obligation to live according to his own prescribed laws, but he acts arbitrarily being accountable to no one and, resistant to scrutiny for his actions...indeed to analyse [sic] the action of God is to invite divine retribution. Did I get it right, Steve?

Let me begin with your question: “Did I get it right, Steve?

No. In fact your statements may contain more errors than words.

First, you allege, “God has no moral obligation to live according to His own prescribed laws but He acts arbitrarily being accountable to no one . . . .”

It is true that God is not “obligated” to some higher “law” than Himself. (Think of it: What Law—and by implication what Law-giver—is above God?) God answers to no “law” or “law-giver” higher than Himself.

Tell us: God is obligated to whom? Who do you imagine calls God into account?

But the notion that God "acts arbitrarily" (because there is no entity greater than Him to which or to whom He is obligated or “accountable”) is wrong-headed. God is perfect in His character and being. Therefore, God cannot act in a manner or from a motive which is inconsistent with His holy character or nature. God cannot violate His own perfections. 

If God—because He is God—cannot act in a manner which is inconsistent with His own holiness; how can He be in any sense “arbitrary”?

You then allege that God must be “resistant to scrutiny” and to “analyze . . . God is to invite divine retribution.”

I don’t remember speaking a word concerning “retribution” divine or otherwise. (I did offer a reference to Romans 9, but did not quote anything from the passage. Perhaps you read this scripture and are thinking of it?)

Nor do I recall speaking of God’s being “resistant to scrutiny.” (I’m not even sure what such a phrase means in reference to God.) But do finite evil men have the moral capacity to accurately or truly scrutinize the infinite, holy God’s person, character, and behavior?

Where exactly—in scripture—do sinful men rightly judge the Judge of the all the earth? Where in the Bible can we find the creature rightly judging and holding to account the Creator of all things?

Isaiah 40:25-26 ““To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. 

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.”

Romans 11:33-36, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?’  ‘Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?’ For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

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The entire discussion can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/257166614399367/

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