Thursday, June 8, 2017

Human Morals and an Omnipotent Deity

There are many who claim to be morally superior to God. Many of these people speak in a way that acknowledges God's existence, but they don't revere / respect Him.

God is omnipotent, right? If God, an all-powerful deity, had flaws that He didn't want you to notice, don't you think He would hide them from you instead of letting you argue them? If the Old Testament laws, that confuse many in our society, were truly immoral / wicked / what have you, don't you think God would hide that information from us so that we wouldn't see how "evil" He really was? Why then, would He allow it to be left in the Bible, a book that's central to understanding Him, that He encourages us to read, that's passed down through millennia? If He didn't want us to know how "evil" He was, why would He allow you to perceive a moral code that's superior to His? If He were some tyrannical, self-righteous (etc) maniac like many try to paint Him as, why would He, being all-powerful, allow you to reach an understanding that was supposedly greater than His own? Wouldn't He continually lead you away and distract you?

The fact is, God allows us to perceive both sides, but our perception is not perfect. We are like children with a parent - God is our creator, our understanding is not superior to His. I've used the example of a child wielding a knife. A child doesn't understand how dangerous knives are, and will be upset if a parent (who does understand) takes the knife away. Likewise, we think God is wrong for the things He does and says that we don't like; but the fact is, God knows what is best for us. Parents let their kids fall off of bikes so they learn how to ride bikes. God's teachings work in a similar way. He is omnipotent. Your conclusions may seem superior to you, but those conclusions are reached through a flawed perception. Again, like a child who wants a dangerous knife. But God has told you how dangerous the knife is. Over and over. If not directly from Him, then through the Bible, and if you haven't read that, then if nothing else, you have certainly heard it from apologists / evangelists spreading the Word. If you choose a path that goes against His word, that's not His fault at that point, that's your fault for choosing that path. And if you think that makes God a tyrant: again, if God were really a tyrant, He would not let you perceive what a tyrant He was. God is omnipotent. If God wanted us to be proper "slaves", as it were, He would not let you remain in your sin. That is, He would literally warp your mind to be exactly what He wanted it to be and not give you the ability to think outside that box, ever. He would not discourage sin, or institute rules forbidding it, but rather, He would literally take away your ability to perceive sin. But that's not how it works. You (as well as I) have the mental capacity to question and challenge God, and that is further proof that He is not a tyrant.

Your morals are not superior to God's.
Our morals are not superior to God's.

May God bless you all and guide you according to His perfect will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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