Skeptics including western philosophers ask, why obey a Christian God that allows evil and suffering? One philosopher writes: “Many philosophers have had serious reservations about Christianity . . . Immorality is equated with disobedience . . . Why obey the prescriptions of a divine being who may be evil?”
1. Creator God exists objectively independent of man’s opinions, whims, and subjective value system. God is sovereign whether I approve or not. Our pride resists authority figures.
2. God commands obedience. (Col 3.1-9). This is His property. The landlord gets to make the rules. A three-year old is wise to obey his parents and eat his vegetables even though he ‘knows’ that candy tastes better. (Rom 1.18-20; Gal 6.7). There have always been doubters, mockers, sketpcis and false teachers that disagree with the Bible. Today is no different. It is better to get our doctrine frm trusted pastors and Bible-believing churches not unfamiliar peddlers.
3. Human history stretches for centuries. One man’s life span is short, the blink of an eye. We do not know what God will do before human history ends. Our finite knowledge is small. What percentage of all available knowledge does one man possess? 1-2 percent? Be patient. Wait on God. “We do not serve a quick fix God.” – a Christian lady going through a trial.
4. Definitions vary. Some define “good” differently from omnipotent God. For example, Many reject a God who punishes individuals and whole nations with suffering and judgments.
5. For the skeptic and rebel no amount of information would be sufficient to change his hardened heart. According to the Bible the fallen angels in heaven rebelled against God. They had far more knowledge about God than we do here. The issue is not the mind but man’s stubborn will.
6. We are under Almighty God’s microscope. He is not under ours. Humility and decretion will defer to a God who wisdom and power are far above our own. Pride and blindness prematurely judges a God who is our superior.
7. The Bible offers at least ten causes or reasons for trials and suffering. Everything that God allows has purpose. (Rom 8.28!).
8. “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Cor 2.14 NAS).
9. God surely grieves over horrendous evil caused by man. Other issues must wait for the end to see what God had planned. Every wise Christian has a faith drawer to store unanswered questions in. One is not only saved on a given day by faith, but we walk daily by faith–trusting God to provide. God is training and testing our faith through boot camp circumstances.
“O Israel, how can you say that the Lord does not see your troubles? How can you say that God refuses to hear your case? Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.” (Isaiah 40.27-28 NLT).
10. Disobedience steals God’s blessings and protections. (Matt 6.33!).