Archive for February, 2015

A Response to Sum Guy in India

Posted: February 7, 2015 in Inspirational

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One of the greatest experiences I have had with this blog is the opportunity to receive comments, both good and bad, from the readers. I find for the most part, people are struggling with many of the same questions that I have and share their thoughts on this blog. Most recently, I wrote a blog about the Tower of Babel where I shared that God ultimately saved Mankind during the building of the Tower instead of destroying the builders by confusing their languages. When God looked at their intent, which was solely to “make a name for themselves” rather that wipe them out…he confused their languages and because they no longer could properly communicate, they gave up on the tower project and moved on.

As a result of this blog, I received a comment that I wanted to share with all of you from a very articulate man in India whose reasoning I find excellent as he poses a great question for me, “Why didn’t God just allow them to fail?”

To truly help this conversation resonate with you, you may need to go back and read the previous blog in order to understand his comments back to me. Below, is Sum Guy in India, (as he calls himself) response to this post.

 

I wanted to chime in and say: why would a God confuse man with the languages? Surely after allowing man to sink to such lows as are observed pre-Noah, it becomes clear that God is willing to allow significant tribulations to befall mankind as a whole. Without intervention.

Would allowing man to fail not make more sense? If a group of men attempt a great deed, their leader befalls a tragedy, and they fail, the question becomes “Did they fail from the tragedy or from their own hubris; was the deed possible or did they just suffer from bad luck?” A tower to heaven is impossible, we know this now. But it strikes me as odd that an omnipotent God would deny such a learning experience to his people in one year (XXXX BC), then allow his people to travel far beyond a tower, to the moon and planets beyond in another (1969). To read the transcripts of the astronauts and cosmonauts it is clear, they believed they were prodding god. Is this not the same hubris?

Despite my own beliefs, reading this article caused me to look at this tale in a purely analytical light. Unfortunately, it sounds more like one of the Roman’s or Aesop’s fables than a grand truth.

Yours in Pondering,
Sum Guy
In India

 

Dear Sum Guy-

First of all, thank you for reaching out to me with your response. One of the best parts of this blog are the articulate questions raised that truly cause me to think. Honestly, I appreciate your perspective greatly and frankly, I don’t disagree with you. There are many stories within the Old Testament that are not without great questions as to why God did what He did.

As examples, Genesis 6:5-8, Exodus 32:9-14 and Numbers 14 illustrate…Not only do I not understand why God did or reacted in a certain way, in these circumstances, He seemed to allow mankind to influence Him to change His mind? However, as an old preacher once told me, “Gods sovereign decision to allow this to happen doesn’t mean he is inconsistent or changeable, but that a different aspect of His character gets expressed by whatever decision He makes”.

We as humans can only approach anything in this life through our own eyes and with our own perspective because that is all we have. We can study books that man has written or we can observe nature but we can only learn and perceive as much as we know through our human minds. What I have found to be true us that the God of Creation…is NOT me. Even though I am created in His image, I clearly do not think or react like He does. In fact, He points this very fact out in scripture:

 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:8-9

These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.    Psalms 50:21

Should God have allowed men to fail in that specific instance while building the Tower of Babel? Only God knows what was in their hearts at the time and we only know what the Bible tells us; these people wanted to make a name for themselves (Gen. 11:4) and God wanted them to seek and trust Him. I think based upon what we know about God through what He has revealed to us about Himself, that He saved them from themselves by confusing their languages…

I am like everyone else on this earth when it comes to understanding the “why God does what He does” and sometimes how confusing that is for everyone. But if you believe what God says about himself in scripture; that He sent His only Son to die and save us in order for us to be with Him always then to me it comes down to one thing;

Can I live this life with faith and can I trust Him enough to believe that He will save me even though I have questions?

As a Christian, even though I ponder, I still come back to faith…

Thank you for sharing Sum Guy

 

And for the rest of you…until next time Guys…