Someone handed this to my wife the other day. So, of course, I have to show it to you guys.
Some of the gems inside include this passage:
“After God removes wickedness and suffering, the earth will be transformed into a paradise. Then people will be able to live forever in perfect health and happiness. […] In that new world, even dead ones will be brought back to life to share in those blessings: “There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15).
Interesting thought, considering that means that it’s within God’s power to remove wickedness, suffering, and death right now but chooses not to. It goes on to explain that God created Adam and Eve and made them “perfect in body and mind”, yet with a free will and an ability to think for ourselves that drove us to disobey God. We aren’t mindless robots, but clearly there’s only one way to “use” our free will, and that’s to completely submit to His will.
Because somehow that makes sense. “You are free to do whatever you want, but I will send you to Hell if you don’t do exactly what I want you to do.”
Here’s another passage:
Why did God not destroy Adam and Eve and start over with another human pair? Because God’s universal sovereignty, that is, his right to rule, had been challenged. The question was, who has the right to rule, and whose rule is right? By extension, could humans do better if not ruled by God? In allowing them enough time to experiment with total freedom, God would establish once and for all whether they are better off under his rule or their own. The time allowed had to be long enough for humans to try all sorts of political, social, economic, and religious systems apart from God’s guidance.
So the entire purpose of living like this – with suffering, death, and destruction and God watching indifferently on the sidelines – is so He can come back after a preordained amount of time, pop out from behind a burning bush, and shout, “I told you so!”?? His ego is that fragile that he needs his own creations to realize and admit to Him that He’s right?
That’s pretty weak. Especially when you consider that God’s Rule not only consisted of a worldwide flood that killed every man, woman, and child on the earth followed by his “chosen” people committing unspeakable acts of genocide, murder, and sexual slavery done in His name with His blessing.
In other words, I’m pretty sure that I’d rather take our rule instead of his. We may still be human, and some parts of the world still see some pretty terrible things, but we’ve come a long way … and the best thing we can say about the old laws put down by God is that they’re so barbaric that we feel it best not to follow them anymore.