A lot of non-Christians or irreligious Christians like to put God in their own private morality box. When I say this, I mean that nearly every time a Christian declares that there is an objective moral code that comes from God, they enjoy pointing out that this is false by foisting their own moral code on God Himself.
A good example of this was found in perusing the comments in Matt Walsh’s recent post about pro-choice people not being true Christians. He did spare us the pictures of mutilated babies this time around, but his point is solid. Christians are commanded to love God with all we have and to love each other as they love themselves. Abortion violates both commandments in that we are destroying beings made in His image, something He regarded as sacred, and we are not loving these unborn souls as we love ourselves.
But many comments involve people talking about how abortion is a complex issue; that there are many factors involved. Even worse, many of them point out that God had commanded people in the past to kill off whole peoples, including children and even their pets.
But what these people don’t seem to understand is that this world operates on God’s rules, not our own. It is the ultimate expression of Pride to state that we know better than God. To state that our morality is better than God’s.
It is done is so many ways in secular society, which constantly tries to push it’s own morality unto devout Christians. They do it with homosexuality, which God has declared is an abomination in His sight. I see more and more churches bending over to accommodate gay couples rather than admonish them for their unhealthy lifestyles (which go beyond just sodomy). We see governments in the West imprisoning pastors for speaking out against it and defending their “rights” in courts to force churches and businesses to accept them.
Yes, God ordered whole peoples slaughtered. Yes, He even engaged in wholesale slaughter of children Himself. I don’t deny it. And I don’t entirely understand it myself. But then again, there are a lot of things I do not understand about God. Yet I know I must obey Him and His Word. To do otherwise is detrimental to my spiritual well-being in the long run.
Many people try to impose their own moral views on God because they think that in doing so, they will win His favor. Or they are trying to live life on their terms and gain salvation at the same.
Unfortunately, salvation does not work that way. God provided salvation through the sacrifice of His Son. In doing so, He has provided us with a way in which we are saved and able to become His children again. But we cannot continue to live our lives in sin, which is disobedience to His Will.
And while this world is currently ruled by Satan and his wicked cohorts and followers, God will set things right again some day. He is the true ruler of all as He created all.
And putting Him in a box is a foolish thing to do. You are better off openly defying Him than perverting His Word.