Is the Christian God good?

Some will say that He is not good at all. They will bring up the biblical truth that He committed genocide against the Canaanites. It’s right there in the Old Testament. In more recent history, He allowed the slaughter of millions of Jews during World War Two. He allows all kinds of atrocities. If Christians or Jews, such critics say, declare He is all-powerful, then He must be uncaring, because if He is caring, He would have prevented such cruelties; but He didn’t. Therefore, He is either impotent or uncaring. He is one or the other. We can’t have it both ways, they say.

I have no doubt that the Lord is able to cope with such criticisms, but let’s think about this for a bit. The very first verse of the Bible—“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”—has massive implications in this conversation, because if God made everything that is, that means He also created time, space, matter, gravity, energy, physics, mathematics, and all the rest. Nothing exists which He did not create. That includes ideas. Concepts of the way things are, of realities. All of it came from His mind. Critics must consider this argument, because the Big Bang Theory should have proven scientifically that everything we see—or some manufactured derivative of it—was created by Him. We only have what we have. Humans cannot produce something out of nothing as the Lord did. That is not possible for us. That fact alone—that God only has the power to craft something out of nothing—should cause atheists to sit up and consider the reality of the existence of God and its implications, but, of course, it does not.

The creation of humankind also looms large, because that creation includes our morals and ethics, which are “downloaded” by God into our souls. The Lord’s inventive capacity is likewise immense here, because, like our inability to fashion something out of nothing, humankind also does not possess the faculty to originate life out of nothing. That’s a good thing. I can’t imagine what morals we would download into such beings, if we were able. Because the Lord made us, everyone—we will not deal with the question of the truly insane, since only God is able to sort out—knows the rightness and wrongness of things. If observing human nature, as well as our own lives, isn’t enough to convince us of this truth—which it should, wouldn’t you agree?—the first two chapters of Romans, which tell us His divine nature has clearly been perceived by everyone—is available for all to consider.

So, what have we come to in all of this? Since the Lord has imaginatively initiated everything, including us, our idea of the concept of “good” was created by Him, as well. Therefore, when His critics declare Him “not good,” they are using the very moral and ethical guidelines He Himself gave them, against Him. However, because He designed them and the ideas and concepts which they possess, human beings have no platform at all to judge God about what is right and what is wrong. Paul would have put this more bluntly. You’re a clay pot. You don’t have any right or competence to ask the potter why He has made you the way He made you.

I can almost hear the scoffing now, but this is not surprising, because people through the millennia have rejected the moral and all-powerful sovereignty of God. We have scorned the truth that He made us. We have rebelled against the truth that God has the right to tell us how to do things, has the audacity to tell us what is good and true, right and wrong—which, again, He put within our beings.

God’s answer? I Myself will come to what has become a dark and disobedient planet and absorb the consequences of their foolishness, their stupidity, their rebellion—all sinful rejections of Me—and forgive them.

It’s there. It’s available. It’s Jesus.

Emmanuel, God with us.

It’s Christmas.