- Religion and Philosophy
God and the Blame Game
No matter how writers broach the subject of Christianity, evolution or other Christian doctrines, they’re going to step on somebody’s toes. With that in mind, let’s continue. Whether God exists or not, seems not to matter. Either way He gets a bad rap. If He’s real, some professing Christians blame him for much of the world’s ills. And if He doesn’t exist, it’s still His fault since He’s not around to fix them. As silly as that sounds there’s may be a glimmer of truth in the statement.
Many Christians have shaken their fists in the air, or were tempted to, in anger at some perceived injustice God has meted out to them. That’s right! He singled them out personally to be punished for no reason whatsoever, or so it might seem. At least Christians have someone to blame. But, who do atheists blame? Inadvertently perhaps, it’s still God in the form of hurled epitaphs taking His name in vain.
But, this brings up the age old question “Why is there so much suffering in the world?” This question covers a lot of ground including a long list of follow up questions like:
· “Why is life so unfair?”
· “What have I done to deserve this?”
· “How can God allow babies to be born deformed?”
· “If God is a loving God, how can he allow such bad things to happen?”
Sometimes it seems the only folks who don’t hold God accountable are atheists. The hypothesis is apparently bad things happen to bad people and God punishes bad people. Many like assumptions exist such as God is testing their faith. Millions accept these ideas. God gets blamed, because it’s “His will” or “It was an act of God,” such as in the case of natural disasters.
Could it be we blame God too much and take too little responsibility for our own actions, or perhaps just don’t know him? Of course, atheists don’t, other than as an object to be studied. But, for Christians wanting answers to their questions, they must go back to the source of their faith, the Bible.
From the beginning we see the first humans wanting to be masters of their own destiny and blaming God for their own discretions. They only had one tiny rule to follow…not to eat from one specific tree out of who knows how many others. We all know how that turned out. That’s when the “blame game” began. Adam blamed God because He gave him Eve. Eve pointed the finger at Satan who tempted her. Well, there went the neighborhood.
Does God punish indiscriminately? The idea God gives people what they deserve, is a neat, easy answer to that question. But does it have merit? Obviously not according to this scripture “In all this, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”Job 1:22.
Considering all these questions concerning God and human suffering, they all have one thing in common. They all assume God is the source, or stuff just happens for no reason. But, if God is the almighty who created everything then He logically must be responsible for everything bad that happens. It's easier to blame God rather than consider Satan might be the instigator or entertain the idea they might ultimately be responsible.
Take for example an old person who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day since they were a teen. When they end up with lung cancer, was that God’s fault? Expanding the scope, consider mankind in the plural. Adam and Eve were all there were in the beginning, but they represented all of mankind. Technically speaking, what befell one befell the other.
God in many cases seems to deal with us the same way, as a group letting us have the freedom to govern ourselves we so naively rebelled for. When a drunk driver collides with another car and kills the occupants, is God to blame? The intoxicated driver was exercising his choice to be the master of his own destiny when he got behind the wheel. Could it be he was responsible? Actions carry consequences.
When a child is born deformed, is it God’s fault? When a child dies, is it God’s fault? When the first humans disobeyed, their physical bodies were no longer perfect and since then have been degenerating. So, how can something perfect come from something that’s not? Again, we see mankind was at fault, albeit indirectly. God promised no one a full or perfect life. In fact, He said it was appointed once for man to die. And atheists will also, God or no God. The only difference is some will have hope and others won’t.