PUTTING THE BLAME ON GOD, OR
GETTING BACK AT GOD
the following scenarios have in common? Some of them are present-day
happenings and situations, and others are from the Scriptures and happened
1. A wayward and delinquent teenager and his father clash as he
reminds him of how he ought to be living. He had been taught what was right.
The agitated young man fires back at his dad, "I didn’t ask to be born!"
2. People who believe the Bible point out that homosexual practices
are wicked and morally repugnant. However, we are told that homosexuality
is not a matter of conscience, but of science. In other words, that is
the way that God made them.
3. Adam, when God questioned him about what he had done and how
he knew he was naked, replied, "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me,
she gave me of the tree, and I did eat" (Genesis 3:12).
4. We read about Cain and Abel. "And in the process of time it came
to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto
the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and
of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very
wroth, and his countenance fell…And…Cain rose up against Abel his brother,
and slew him" (Genesis 4:3-8).
5. We read what happened involving Elisha after Elijah was taken
up into heaven in a fiery chariot. "And he [Elisha] went up from thence
unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little
children [youths] out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go
up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head…And there came forth two she
bears out of the wood, and tare [mauled] forty and two children [youths]
of them" (II Kings 2:23,24).
6. "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold
a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy
to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But
Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie…thou has
not lied unto men, but unto God" (Acts 5:1-4).
7. "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:10). "Yea, and all that
will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (II Timothy 3:12).
What do all of these scenarios have in common? Were you able to come to
any conclusions as you read this?
In each case, in some way, all of them are trying to get back at God, to
put the blame and responsibility at His feet. The delinquent teenager,
who said that he didn’t ask to be born, is trying to put the responsibility
of his actions upon his father and thus upon God. But that is the lot of
everyone. No one has ever been asked such a question. What a cop-out! We
are responsible, free-moral agents. In the Day of Judgment that will sound
pretty dumb. Likewise, homosexuals are trying to put the blame on God for
their twisted sexual orientation by saying that it is not a matter of conscience,
but of science. Flawed studies, if indeed they are studies, prove nothing
but people trying to justify depraved behavior. Nothing scientific here.
When Adam said that the woman God had given him gave to him of the forbidden
tree, and he did eat, he was really trying to put the blame on God. When
Cain had an attitude problem involving his brother Abel, which finally
resulted in Abel’s death, it was really God that his feelings were leveled
against. God had accepted his brother’s offering and rejected his. He resented
it. When the young fellows made fun of the prophet of God, Elisha, God
took it as a personal insult. To make fun of God’s prophet was to make
fun of God. Although Ananias and Sapphira lied to the apostles, Peter said
they had not lied to men but unto God. They had lied to God’s representatives.
Those who are godly suffer persecution for that very reason. To the degree
that they are godly and righteous, they are like God. Such a likeness by
contrast is a silent rebuke to the sinful world. The people of the world
don’t like it, and by persecution they try to get back at God.
This makes an interesting study. Let us be careful that misdirected feelings,
attitudes and thoughts are not leveled against God. Let us accept the responsibility
for our own actions.