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My God Wouldn't Do That!

Updated on January 24, 2014

My God

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.

Lazarus in Heaven and the Rich Man in Hell
Lazarus in Heaven and the Rich Man in Hell

Shudder if you will

Yes, the true God has a hell waiting for those who ignore or reject his grace. There are those who deny the reality of hell, but I'll take Jesus at his word.

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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    • liftandsoar profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank P. Crane 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Stages of ME. Your comment is truly encouraging. Glad you found it helpful.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      6 years ago from Pa

      Wonderful Hub ~ way to stay the path of sharing your faith ~ Blessing to you

    • liftandsoar profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank P. Crane 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks CJ. I appreciate your stopping by. Your comment is very encouraging.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 

      6 years ago

      Well done, liftandsoar, well done!

      Many people want a God that fits in with their personal perspective, politics and theology. God is, therefore, a welcomed guest as long as He doesn't make any waves and can fit into their handbag.

    • liftandsoar profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank P. Crane 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks Aguasilver. Anytime someone says I'm being like Christ is a good day. And it's only 3:20 a.m. To Him be the glory!

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      John Harper 

      6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Very good analogy, like Christ you have illustrated a point with parables, like it!


    • liftandsoar profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank P. Crane 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Glad to have you aboard, Caleb. Thanks!

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      Caleb DRC 

      6 years ago

      Outstanding, Liftandsoar. This hub has make me a follower. This is the kind of warning people need to stay out of the eternal fire of hell.

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      Frank P. Crane 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for stopping by Jackie. Hey, I've been known to either add or subtract a "not" and wind up saying exactly the opposite of what I wanted to say.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I would certainly never argue with you on this. People astound me arguing with the word of God and no doubt you too. Always a vote for God's.

      BTW I did not say abdominal...I was still signed in and my son changed it to even a score...long story but it was really embarrassing. Dread going back.

    • liftandsoar profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank P. Crane 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Well Javafutter, you mention a bunch of items I haven't addressed. But to the point of the hub, I didn't invent the God I spoke of. Anyone who has read the Scriptures will find such a God revealing himself. I haven't proved anything. I was merely using gravity to illustrate the point. Your last paragraph has nothing to do with what I wrote. So I wonder what you're dealing with.

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      6 years ago

      What a hypocritical article. You state the concept "My god wouldn't do this," is like defying gravity. But you have made up or accepted your own concept of god without allowing for other concepts to be possible. So you turn god into your god, one who believes people who haven't even heard of him should be tortured and burned in hell forever.

      And it's especially ironic, or hypocritical that you use a scientific fact like gravity to prove your point when so many evangelical Christians deny the reality of evolution over this phony creationism business.

      Why do so many religious Christians always steer the conversation away from justice and lifting the poor and vulnerable? It's always about abortion, sex and heaven and hell. Jesus spent a lot more time focusing on greed and destitution than those modern agendas.

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      Frank P. Crane 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks folks for your responses. Hyphenbird, I appreciate your commitment to preserving human choice and responsibility. I too believe in that. I also believe that God is absolutely sovereign in all he does. That's a mystery that theologians have struggled with for centuries. I'm satisfied to hold both and live with the mystery. As I wrote, He's God and I'm not.

      Michele, glad you found the hub useful.

      Tim, my friend glad for your response both here and on FB. Thanks for reposting. As for how to respond when the comment is made, that depends on the relationship you have with the person in question. If you're close and feel comfortable doing so I'd say something like this, "Tell me more about your god, let's see how he squares with the One who speak in Scripture."

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      God does not push us off the cliff to teat gravity. He does allow us the choice to do so at our own peril. Eternal life with Christ or Hell is the same-our choice.

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a very good hub. It shows us that God is the one who has all power, God created us and the universe which includes gravity. Thank you for this hub, is is wonderful and explains a lot about God's power and ability.

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      6 years ago

      I hear these types of things from people every now and them...." the god i worship would never allow that"....... as if they have created a god in their own image instead of the other way around. You have written a very nice article here Frank...I will think about it next time I hear someone say such a thing. Now that we are thinking about this what should be the response when someone makes such a comment....i recall usually when this phrase is used people generally seem angry and ready for a fight.


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