My God Wouldn't Do That!
It could be an exclamation in which the speaker mindlessly takes the Almighty's name in vain. It could also be the sincere statement of a child of God who looks to his Heavenly Father as his God, as in when David cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Psalm 22:1) Yes, Jesus was quoting David from the cross.
I hear these words on the lips of those who unwittingly create their own god. It's a typical response to a statement about the true God that one does not like. Perhaps the most common is, "My God wouldn't send anyone to hell."
I'll be brief and blunt! If that's the way you use the phrase then you claim to be God yourself. Can you be both the creator and the created?
God is like gravity
There's a mythical story that dates back to 1400 B.C. about a father and son who attempted to defy gravity. Daedalus and Icarus tried to fly on wings made of bird feathers and wood lashed together with cord and sealed with wax. Daedalus survived the flight but Icarus crashed to the ground when the sun melted the wax on his wings. This may be the first recorded instance of humans attempting to fly. The rest is history.
Regardless of how sophisticated our technology, sooner or later gravity wins. What goes up must come down. In fact our ability to fly requires a healthy respect for the law of gravity.
My gravity wouldn't do that!
I've never heard anyone say such a thing. We wouldn't dream of creating our own gravity laws and acting upon them. As a kid I attempted to fly my riding toy airplane off the chicken coop roof. Not a pretty sight. I broke my brand new plane and hurt a leg. I don't remember anyone blaming the law of gravity. It was I who played the fool.
The Scriptures observe "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" Psalm 14:1 So God is who He is, whether we believe in Him or not. Frankly, the atheist and agnostic, along with many secularist who don't give God a thought, seem more honest to me than one who worships a god of his own creation.
Shudder if you will
He also ordains, or at least chooses not to prevent, a lot of suffering for us in this life. He seems at times not to show up or to respond to our prayers.
So be it. He's God and I'm not.
© 2012 Frank P. Crane
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