Monday, August 12, 2013

He loves me...He loves me not...

This week, I have to wonder if Billy Graham actually reads or thinks about what he writes. The question in my Sunday paper is from someone that asks why everyone doesn't get into Heaven if God loves everyone. He offers the an expected answer and then even misses a huge problem with own argument that is actually right there to be seen in his own reply.
Because he loves us, God does not overlook evil

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: If God loves everyone, then why won’t everyone go to heaven when they die? It seems to me that if he really loved us, he’d overlook the bad things we’ve done and welcome us into heaven anyway. Or maybe he doesn’t really love us. — Z.N.
DEAR Z.N.: I want to assure you as strongly as I can that God really does love us. He loves us far more than we can ever imagine — and far more than we’ll ever deserve.

After all, if he didn’t really love us, he never would have sent his son into the world to give his life for us. But he did send his son into the world, and by Christ’s death and resurrection he made it possible for us to spend eternity with him in heaven. Would God want us to be with him forever if he didn’t love us? No, of course not. As the Bible says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

But God isn’t only kind and loving; he also is holy and just. And because he is just, you can be confident that evil will not go unpunished. Do you honestly believe that God should ignore the evils of a Hitler or Stalin? Should he overlook the evils of a child abuser or terrorist or swindler?

Don’t take lightly either God’s love or God’s justice — for both are true. But also don’t take lightly his offer of forgiveness and new life in Christ. Someday you will die and enter eternity, and then it will be too late. Instead, make your commit to Jesus Christ today. The Bible says, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). 
 ZN,  is correct. The 'actions' and 'commands' of the Christian god are not ones that actually gives a toss about love, or loving. More on that later...

Graham says that God loves us more than we can even imagine. Actually, he's just as one could imagine since he is entirely imaginary. But Graham and other believers often go straight toward Jesus as an example. Graham claims that God loves us so much that he sent his own son down as a human sacrifice. So... God loves us so much that he sent down a meaningless and gruesome human sacrifice, and forces us to accept it as an arbitrary means of deciding salvation. I'm sorry, but I'm not seeing the love there.

If he really did love all, and was concerned with justice, why not judge people on who they are, rather than what they believe? It would certainly be a more just system than the one you suggest that your god employs.

Billy Graham is swift the throw the names Hitler and Stalin and ask if ZN thinks that God should ignore their acts and grant them salvation. He claims that while God does love all, he must also cast judgement on those that commit evils in this world. But then he reiterates the offer of 'eternal life through Christ', and the gift of forgiveness.

But that's the problem. He says that God will punish the Hitler's of the world, but also grant forgiveness to those that seek it and believe. But if that is the case, Hitler can't be punished. After all, Hitler professed to be a Catholic, and was certainly a believer in Christ. So by the rules of Christian salvation, Adolph should be sitting pretty enjoying the rewards of Heaven, rather than eternal punishment in Hell.

The fact that Hitlers belief would save him shows that justice is not anywhere close to God's list of concerns. And the requirement of an arbitrary acceptance of a sacrifice shows that there is no real concern for the kind of person someone is. If this god existed, his only concern is amassing obedient followers to worship him. That isn't love for all, but selfish vanity for himself.

-Brain Hulk

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