Arbiter

It often amazes me: when in the face of divine mercy modern man decries God for cryptic cruelty, reimagining unbounded goodness as an alien directive, and light as darkness. Man truly inverts everything: once I even argued with an atheist who held that the widow’s two mites—wherein Christ said that two mites were more acceptable to Him than boundless riches—exemplified the church’s all-consuming greed.

I’ll not assert my suspicion, not contend that this is a dishonest expression, an unnatural twisting of one’s mind pursuing antagonism instead of an honest assessment of Christ, for such argument—dissecting an opponent’s hidden motives—is a useless tact. However, these carnival shows of reason, this contortionism of thought, stands so far opposed to the plain facts present within the Bible as to be dismissible were they not so prevalent.

There seems to me two responses to God: You can take Him as he is, too awesome to behold, or you can reject the ideals—the judgements—founded in Him. In the latter, the mantle of judgeship is usurped by man, and his rule, limited by nothing greater, is ruled by the lower, becoming the arbitrary pendulum of nature, the wheel of fortune forever bearing up and dashing down man’s hopes. The former is no less terrifying, for it involves the submission of man, the bowing of one’s head before the mighty King.

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4 Comments

  1. You have spoken truth about the nature of man. A few verses come to mind. Isaiah 5:20-21, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Paul got it right in Romans 3:10- 18, “10 as it is written: “’None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.’” And such were all Christians before God intervened. Thankfully, He showed us mercy by His prevenient grace, whereby he opened our blind eyes by His Spirit to help us see the truth, so we could then believe.

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