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If God wants us all to follow and worship him, why didn’t he create us as such? *Your expected answer will be addressed in the next question.

This is the 12th and 13th (see below) of 50 Questions Christian’s can’t answer   If you click on the link you will see my responses from on the first ten.

Imagine you are able to create something that has mobility, processing ability, and can react, but does not have a free will. We call those kinds of things machines, computers, or robots. Free

In the not too distant future we will have robots that will interact with families on a regular basis. They may clean house, cook meals, water plants, help children with their homework, drive them to school, and even feed the cat. These robots will become as much a part of our lives as indoor lighting is now. Flip a switch to turn on the light without a second thought, or give the command, “take out the trash”, without a second thought.

We already have robots that will vacuum, scrub, or mop your floor, clean your gutters or pool. Google and others are testing driverless cars. In fact, this March, Delphi Automotive started a 3,500 mile trip in San Francisco to drive across the U.S. with a driver-less car that has already been testing on the streets of California, and even in Las Vegas. 1

The things we create have ‘extrinsic’ value. William Lane Craig gives the example of money. We use money for commerce and it has value for that purpose, but in and of itself, money is just paper, which is not worth much at all.

Humans, on the other hand, have ‘intrinsic’ value. We are made in God’s image, not that we physically look like him, but part of his character is his free will, which we have also. If God created something that would love him because it had no choice, it would lack intrinsic value. It would be a thing, not a person. Augustine said we should love people and use things, not use people and love things. That is why we see the fundamental evil in people who use people as objects. They strip their intrinsic value and replace it with an extrinsic value, making them nothing more than objects. 2

 

What good is it for us to have free will if the intention is for us not to use it? Sure, we can use our free will, but we will burn in hell for eternity if we do. Russian roulette, anybody? It sounds like a set-up to me.

To the second part of the question I would respond, God ‘did’ create us with a free will with the intention of our using it. Why should breaking a law or laws and there being a consequence be so difficult to understand? The gentleman who wrote these questions is very liberal with his use of logical fallacies. For example, strawman, appeal to the stone, are littered throughout his questions and statements. Where in the Bible does it say if we use our free will we will burn in Hell for eternity? Russian roulette? What on earth does that have to do with free will? It is not a gamble, but a choice.

As fallen created beings, we have a choice of accepting the gift of salvation, or not. You know who talked about Hell more than anyone else in the Bible? It was Jesus, and He had good reason for talking about it.

Have you ever been hurt by someone else? Have you ever been hurt by someone else and they got away with it? For the minor hurt, we are able to forgive, but the hurts that involve years of abuse, rape, torture, especially against young children, the ability to forgive does not come so easily. What about those who have caused great pain and suffering in the lives of others, and get away with it? Not a single day of jail or a single word of regret or taking shameful responsibility for their deeds.

Hitler took over six million lives and died in a way of his own choosing, probably in the arms of his mistress. Stalin, hating God to the end, died in his own bed after killing twice as many as Hitler. Do they just get away with their inflicted untold suffering? For centuries, around the world we have millions of people who have gotten away with murder, rape, and child abuse. Are they ever punished?

Theologian J.I. Packer put it this way, “Would a God who did not care about the difference between right and wrong be a good and admirable being? Would a God who put no distinction between the beasts of history, the Hitlers and Stalins (if we dare use names), and his saints, be morally praiseworthy and perfect? Moral indifference would be imperfection in God, not perfection. But not to judge the world would be to show moral indifference. The final proof that God is a perfect moral being, not indifferent to questions of right and wrong, is the fact that he has committed himself to judge the world.” 3

The Gospel message is clear. Hell is not God’s desire for anyone. The cross gives everyone another option, but few take it. McDowell and Morrow wrote, “So, whether you are new to Christianity or have read the Bible for years, we want to be crystal clear that the point of Christianity is not to avoid hell, but to enjoy the presence of God now and forevermore.” 4

Atheists and skeptics will read what they want into scripture. Much of it will not make any sense to them. For that matter, much of what the Bible has to say does not make any sense to me either, but we can share Scripture and the truths within without reading Bible passages to someone who does not believe in the Bible. We can share Scripture by acting it out in our lives. I had heard this years ago, but was recently reminded that for some, the only Bible they will ever read will be us.

For those that might actually read the Bible and are open to the wisdom, truth, and reality held within its pages, Peter Kreeft has some advice, “Don’t interpret a book – any book, including the Bible – according to your own ideas. Interpret it according to the author’s ideas. Then you will get more out of it more than you put into it: you’ll get the author’s mind out of it, not just your own.” 5

 

Sources:

1. Cathcart, Corinne. “Driverless Car to Begin Cross-Country Trip Sunday.” ABC News. Abcnews.go.com, 21 March 2015. Web. 1 April 2015
2. Craig, William L. Hard Questions Real Answers. Wheaton: Crossway, 2003. Print
3. McDowell, Sean. Morrow, Jonathan. Is God Just a Human Invention? Grand Rapids: Kregel Publishing, 2010. Print.
4. Ibid.
5. Kreeft, Peter. Because God is Real – Sixteen Questions, One Answer. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008. Print.

 

 

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