WHY DO YOU HATE MY GOD?
By Eddie Hedges
I think about society in America today and how the attitude toward God has changed. God, Christians, and even moral values are under attack by many in the media, politicians, the judicial system, and the entertainment industry. It seems daily we see a challenge to our Faith and Biblical teachings. As I see these events unfold, I began to question, “What is there about God that is so offensive to some people and groups?” “What in the Bible is so bad that certain segments of society cannot tolerate the writings stated therein?” “What about God and the Bible are bad for society today?”
Is it because the Bible is restrictive? Consider the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:1-17. Do the Commandments listed here enhance or restrict life? I personally believe God is trying to enrich our lives through His commandments and instructions. If we follow these teaching will they not give us inner peace and build up our relationship with God and our fellow man? Do not kill, steal, lie, covet, commit adultery, we are to honor our parents. Are all of these not good for society? Do they not build up lives and relationships and not tear them down? We must have laws by which we are to live. We must to have an orderly, civil society.
God further instructs us to honor the Sabbath and to keep it holy. Why is this important enough for God to place it in the Bible? God knows we need rest, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Even when God created the heavens and the earth, He rested on the seventh day. God is giving us guidance in how to take care of our bodies. Is rest and being refreshed not good for us?
The other Commandments are about our relationship with God. From Matthew 6:24 we are told, “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon”. What does mammon mean? Wealth or greed. But I think you can take it one step further and say it is about our attitude individually. It is about me and my desire for myself and not others. What do I want, what is best for me individually, being self-centered, and I am the most important. And at the root of this would be pride, which I personally believe is the core of all sin. Maybe this is one reason why some people hate my God. Please keep this in mind, you are a servant to anything that is your master.
Consider again the Ten Commandments and the consequences we suffer when we violation any of them. Yes, there are consequences and so often they affect not only us, individually, but also our spouse and children, extended family, friends and relationships, our work, and numerous other areas of our life. God is warning us that if we violate these principles there will be negative consequences. He is trying to protect us.
Perhaps it is a submission to authority and in this case submission to God that cause some to hate Him. Is all of life not submission to some authority or another? Businesses, schools, family, government, and virtually every area of society, we must submit to authority. That’s just the way life is, so why should submitting to God be any different?
Here’s a thought question for you, “What would the world be like today if the Bible had never been written?” Would it be more peaceful? Would there be more or less murder, rape, stealing, lying, violence, and child abuse? If you watch the evening news or read the headlines in the daily national newspapers, maybe God is giving us a glimpse of what the world would be like without Him. Maybe it is happening to turn us back to Him.
Some people question why God would allow evil to happen in the world. We have removed God from virtually every aspect of society possible. Because of lawsuits or the threat of lawsuits we can no longer pray at school activities. God and the Bible are not to be mentioned. Manger scenes and the Ten Commandments can no longer be displayed on publically owned property. Religious restrictions are being placed on our Military Personnel. And people question why God would allow evil to happen? We have removed Him and made His Holy and Righteous Name unwelcome. In my opinion, the Government and our Judicial System forced God out and now we are exposed to the evil of the world. His protection is no longer welcome. Love, respect, honor, and reverence of God is a two-way street. How can we expect God’s protection when we do not show Him honor, respect, reverence, and love? What we need is to have a hunger and thirst for God, His Ways, and His Word. But those who hate my God will disagree.
As we continue to discuss Biblical teachings, think about the good things God’s people do for the betterment of society. The Bible instructs us to take care of the widows, orphans, and the “poor among you”. I personally believe that God’s people are obedient to carry out these various missions through a variety of programs and religious organizations that assist the poor and needy. We try to take care of those that truly cannot take care of themselves. Personally, I do not believe we are to take care of those that are capable of providing for themselves and their family, but choose to not do so and to “game the system”.
Christians are called to be givers and not takers. We are also told to be workers and to not be slothful or sluggards. It is my personal belief that everything of which we are a part should be better because of our involvement. Be it family, work, religious activities, social activities, are they better because of your contributions? Did you make a positive difference? Is this not part of what the Bible teaches?
Of the programs churches, religious organizations, and God’s people do, what is done that is not to improve the lives of others? Are these humanitarian needs, met by Christian’s, not helping to build up and not tear down lives? What about these acts and programs would cause people to hate my God?
How can we explain why bad things happen to good people? If you are a child of God, should you expect your life to be without problems in family, finances, health, work, unresolved issues in relationships, and even problems in our religion and faith? Why, as God’s children, do we still face adversity?
To help understand adversity and attempt to explain its purpose in our lives, I submit to you that it is my belief that God created us to love and fellowship with Him. If God gave us a life without trials and tribulations when we became a Christian, how many people would profess to be a Christian because they would receive a trouble-free life, instead of loving our Heavenly Father? God, in His wisdom, knew that His children had to face the same problems in life as nonbelievers so they would truly love Him. I cover this more in my book, THE HEART OF FINANCIAL MATTER, SEEKING A SERVANT’S HEART, (chapter—The Heart of Adversity). So often people turn against and even hate my God because of adversity in their lives.
The final area I would like to consider is actually two segments, however I believe they are inter-related and need to be addressed together. I have heard it said many times that God is a God of love and that He would not send anyone to hell. The final part of 1 John 4:8 very simply says, “…for God is love”. Yes, He is a God of love, but love is only one characteristic of God. He is also Holy, Righteous, and Pure. But I will repeat what I stated earlier, love is a two-way street. God does love us, but we are to also love Him in return (John 14:21-34). The thought that because God loves us and would not send anyone to Hell implies God is to love us but what about our love of God? Can any relationship be built on one person showing love and compassion and the other never returning love?
Look at the other characteristics of God. To be Holy is to be morally perfect, divine, and sacred. Righteous is to be just, upright, and doing what is right. And pure is untainted, spotless, blameless, chaste, and innocent. If we look at the total character of God, He is love, morally perfect, sacred, just, upright, untainted, spotless, blameless, chaste, and innocent. How can God maintain and accept anything less than these characteristics in Heaven and still maintain His character in total? Heaven would no longer be morally perfect, divine, sacred, just, upright, pure, untainted, spotless, blameless, chaste, and innocent. Love would still be there, but all else would be diluted and impure.
That brings us to the second part of this segment—Why Jesus? Why is Jesus the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father, except by Jesus, as stated in John 14:6 and further supported by Romans 10:9. Why is Jesus the only way? Why not another path to Heaven?
I believe this goes back to what I just stated about God’s total character and maintaining His total character in Heaven. God loves us and He deeply desires that we all spend eternity with Him in Heaven (2 Peter 3:9). Eternity is defined as endless or infinite time. There is no end to eternity. I believe everyone will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell. Hell is described as a place of eternal misery, torture, and torment.
Some have said that Christians are intolerant for believing that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. I personally believe that it is love that motivates us. If God, Jesus, and the Bible are all a myth and Christians strive to live their lives according to Jesus’ teaching, what have they lost? Is not any good that they have done throughout their lives, in the name of God, for the betterment of others and society? But, what if the Bible and Jesus are true? That Heaven and Hell are real and we will in fact spend eternity at one place or the other? Are Christian’s not showing love and concern for their fellowman by not wanted anyone to spend eternity in Hell, rather than being intolerant? Is this bad and a reason to hate my God?
Since God loves us and wants each of us to be with Him in Heaven for eternity, sinful man needed to be redeemed and made spotless and righteous. To accomplish this we need a Redeemer or Sacrifice to redeem us from the penalty of our tainted and impure life. With God being the only thing Holy, Righteous, and Pure, He was the ONLY acceptable Redeemer or Sacrifice. He came to earth in the form of His only begotten Son, Jesus. And Jesus, on the Cross, became our Redeemer and Savior. When we place our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, God clothes us with the Righteousness of Jesus. He covers us with His (Jesus) Righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30). This is what makes us acceptable to enter Heaven. Jesus provides the Righteousness or Purity we need to be able to enter Heaven.
God then takes His grace a step further. He knew that His children would continue to need Him. So He placed within each of His children His Holy Spirit to assist in their daily walk with Him. God the Father, Jesus the Son (Redeemer), and the Holy Spirit. All God, but each performing a different role in the life of Believers.
With all the above stated, what is there about my God and His Holy Bible that is not good for all mankind? Why do some people still hate my God? Name one other religion or god that gives all the great and mighty things that my God provides to the benefit of man. God gives mankind His love, grace, and compassion, so why do some still hate my God?