Here’s another question asked by critics of Christianity. To them, God sounds like a petulant little boy who punishes his pets for not doing what he wants them to do. I’ve even felt in the past that he was stingy and sadistic because my faith wasn’t enough to heal my eyes. No matter how I tried, the prayers and laying on of hands by Christians resulted in only disappointment.
How sad it is that critics of God don’t know him personally. These people only know about him from what they hear TV preachers say or from Bible stories they heard when they were children. Isn’t that unfair of such folks to condemn the Lord because of what others have said?
Knowing about somebody isn’t like knowing them. I know about famous people but I actually know none personally. For example, I couldn’t call David Bowie on the phone like I could an acquaintance or personal friend, even if I had his home number. He doesn’t know me and doubtless would be upset if I called him. In the same way, people who don’t have a personal relationship with Christ can’t accurately judge him and the other two members of the trinity.
Because critics don’t understand the Lord’s character, since they don’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them, they mislead others with their misconceptions. Perhaps the worst of their misapprehensions is that God sends people to hell. Like John Cleese noted on one TV show, hell is a voluntary organization. People choose to go there rather than obey God. The Lord has given us a choice, limited though it seems, so we could either surrender to his plan for us or go our own way.
God doesn’t delight in the death of the wicked. In fact, he would rather have people surrender their lives into his loving care. Since forced love is not love at all, he gave us the option to obey or disobey. At death, he graciously lets people face the consequences of their decision.
In my How I Was Razed memoir, I showed how I finally learned that God is the heavenly Father who providentially led me to know him better. Check out this glorious journey from cultism to Christianity at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s Books. What a huge difference knowing his true character has made in my life. I hope others discover the real character of God like I have.