Lately, there has been much discussion and contention around Christianity. Much of it seems to have arisen from the Dawkins and Harris books promoting atheism. I suppose one get into the various specific attacks leveled by those two authors, but many have already done so.
One of the themes common in these attacks is the so-called “cruelty” of God. It puts God squarely in the dock as defendant. By eagerly defending against these attacks, well-meaning Christians give some credibility to the accusers, by assuming that there is some common human standard by which God can be judged.
It is, however, up to the accuser to prove that such a standard exists, and why such a standard is necessarily the correct one. If they are to level accusations, they must also prove that they are objective, or no judgment is possible. These are the preconditions that must be set before the accusation can logically be made.
One day, atheists will stand before the judgment throne, representing themselves and trying to save themselves from God’s justice.
We read that Job tried to find the same types of answers, and God had an answer for him:
(Job 40:1) And the LORD said to Job:
(Job 40:2) “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
(Job 40:3) Then Job answered the LORD and said:
(Job 40:4) “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.
(Job 40:5) I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”
(Job 40:6) Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
(Job 40:7) “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.
(Job 40:8) Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
(Job 40:9) Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?
(Job 40:10) “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
(Job 40:11) Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.
(Job 40:12) Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand.
(Job 40:13) Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below.
(Job 40:14) Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.
Those who seek fault with God will answer to Him. They seek to condemn God so that they may be seen to be right.
If you can do what God can, then He will acknowledge that you can indeed save yourself. The challenge is there, issued by God Himself. Dawkins et al have accepted, and are leading many more to accept the challenge.
I have Jesus to represent me. I, like Job, keep my mouth shut because I know what God can do. Apparently, the atheists who accuse God pretend not to.