If I Were God

 

How often have you or perhaps someone you know questioned God? Not as an inquiry but as an accusation. We see some senseless violence and we slip into, “If I were God” mode. We see people starving and we slip into, “If I were God” mode. Our faith is challenged by an unbeliever that points out how he thinks God should be and slips into his, “If I were God” mode. Why doesn’t God do this? Why does God do that? It’s as if God is doing a really bad job of whatever it is He is trying to do! But are we really that much smarter than God!?

*   (Isa 55:6-11 NIV)  Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. {7} Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. {8} "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. {9} "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. {10} As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, {11} so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Is God really to blame for what we do? Or does He simply want us to choose right and do what is good. Would a good father force his child to comply to his own will or would he help his child to exercise his own will freely, to learn right from wrong and then choose and do right. And thus please his father and make him proud.

*   (Isa 55:12-13 NIV)  You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. {13} Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed." (Isa 56:1-2 NIV)  This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. {2} Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil."

Yet there is no lack of people with what they think are good ideas. But the fact is that the road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions. We see on a daily basis where leaders throughout the world are constantly imposing what they think are good ideas. But where do we see the good results. We stop drilling for oil because of the dangers of environmental disaster. But then get our oil from people that couldn’t care less about environmental disaster. We ban DDT because it may possible do some ecological harm and then watch millions die from malaria. It’s called the law of unintended consequences. Are we really sure we can advise guide?

 

Here are some of the, “If I were God” ideas gleaned from the Internet. Some of them may sound pretty good and some may sound silly. You decide.

1.) Abolish organized religion.
2.) End genocide.
3.) Cure world hunger.
4.) Cure AIDS (starting in Africa).
5.) Make everyone a single race just to end the ongoing stupidity about it.
6.) End discrimination on any grounds.
7.) Zap several hundred with lightning (Bin Laden, Taliban, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, anyone claiming to speak for me).
8.) Fix the environment.
9.) Straighten out the Middle East.
10.) Institute universal education and suffrage.
Then, I'd take a break and ponder my next move.

 

I get a kick out of the last part of this one.

I would reveal myself to EVERY person on the planet so that no one could say that I didn't exist. I would want everyone to know me. (I'm an atheist so if God came to me I'd totally freak!)

 

 Declare World Peace forever It’s coming.

 

Sit back and watch and probably do a lot of crying.

 

Wipe out the human race. It didn’t seem to work very well the last time.

 

I would snap my fingers and send everyone to their own personal heaven for all eternity. ??

 

Allow. Everything that NEEDS to be done IS being done. The rest is up to you. This is one of the better answers.

 

The same as he is doing now. I think this is the right answer.

 

If I were God, I'd have no needs. If I had no needs I'd have no desires. If I had no desires I wouldn't even care about running things. What would be the point? I'm God, I know everything, I'm perfectly content with my perfection and needlessness. What would I have to do?

 

If I were God I would appear to everyone as proof of my existence then I would cure the world of all illnesses and everyone would not be starving of hunger.

 

If me, or anyone else were God, we would be God (X=X), and therefore be infinitely wise and intelligent. So we would be exactly the same as God is now. So nothing would change. Another person that gets it.

 

Me too but that's what free will is. God COULD have made us love and praise him and everything go perfectly smooth on earth but then we would not profess true love. A robot is not what he wanted. Some people are smart enough to figure it out.

 

If I were God...I'd say "OK, I've started the universe. Now I'm going to do something *important*. What happens next is on you..." This is what many call a deist.

 

OK, back to scripture.

 

*   (Rom 9:17-26 NIV)  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." {18} Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. {19} One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?" {20} But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'" {21} Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? {22} What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction? {23} What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory-- {24} even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? {25} As he says in Hosea: "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people; and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one," {26} and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'"

God does whatever He wants with whatever He wants. It’s all His. So what’s the problem? Just step outside and look around. See the glory of God and thank God that He is mindful of you at all. Here what God told Job and then realize it applies just as much to you.

*   (Job 38:1-18 NIV)  Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: {2} "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? {3} Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. {4} "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. {5} Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? {6} On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-- {7} while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? {8} "Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, {9} when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, {10} when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, {11} when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'? {12} "Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, {13} that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? {14} The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment. {15} The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken. {16} "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? {17} Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death ? {18} Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.

 

Job was a righteous man. He was a good decent man. Job knew better than to think God needed advice from him. Job was an intelligent man that some say was instrumental in building the great pyramid. He certainly knew more about the physical world than many other men throughout the ages.

*   (Job 26:7 NIV)  He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.

 

Let us not think we are smart enough to question God. Rather let us be like Job. Let us not be like the fool that says foolish things and is then amazed by his own wisdom. Let us be truly smart and acknowledge God to be what He is, Perfect in all His ways.

*   (Psa 145:17 NIV)  The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

 

In conclusion listen to Job and learn.

*   (Job 1:20-22 NIV)  At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship {21} and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." {22} In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

*   (Job 40:1-4 NIV)  The LORD said to Job: {2} "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!" {3} Then Job answered the LORD: {4} "I am unworthy--how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.