🌿Whenever I tell people that God-is-all-the-time-good, I am invariably rebuked by those who say he isn’t. And they’ve got the scriptures to prove it.
* Job 1:21 says God robbed Job
* 1 Samuel 2:6-7 says God makes people poor and kills them
* Exodus 4:11 says God gives people disabilities
* Isaiah 45:7 says God is the creator of evil and darkness
I enjoy unpacking these scriptures and proving, from scripture, that God is not the villainous Dr. Evil that some people think he is.
In fairness, those who say God does evil are usually quick to add that it’s a good kind of evil. “His ways are higher than our ways.” So when we do evil, it’s bad, but when God does evil, it’s good.
Makes total sense.
Let’s not mince words. To be evil is to be “profoundly immoral and wicked” and God is neither.
For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with you. (Psa 5:4)
God and evil go together like light and dark. With that settled, let’s look at three scriptures that seem to suggest that God speaks or does evil.
Is it not out of the mouth of the Most High that evil and good both proceed? (Lam. 3:38, AMP)
No, good and evil do not both proceed out of God’s mouth. Only good words flow from a good God.
Like Job, the author of Lamentations had an occasionally messed up view of God. He said God ignored his cries for help and tore him to pieces like a bear (Lam. 3:8-11). That’s right, like a bear.
We should be thankful that Lamentations is in the Bible, but this is not an accurate portrayal of the character of God. “No one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18). Jeremiah had a glimpse of God and what he saw he filtered through the lens of the old covenant. Consequently, Jeremiah sometimes portrays God as angry, unforgiving and punishing (see Lam. 3:39-43).
But if you want a better picture of God, you need to see Jesus. “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Does Jesus ever speak evil? (Remember evil means “profoundly immoral and wicked.”) Is this passage from Lamentations an apt description of Jesus? Then neither is it an accurate description of the Father.
Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? (Amos 3:6, KJV) continued 👇🏻
Yesterday, I was supposed to be going to see #TroubleFunk , a #WashingtonDC band I've wanted to see for over 30 years. I'd booked #FirstClass rail tickets and a hotel before I happened to see a Facebook update saying that the gig was cancelled. Had I not seen that, I'd have turned up at the #O2 and would have been very disappointed
I still don't know why the gig was cancelled?
When I found out that I couldn't refund the train tickets, I realised that I'd have to find something else to do in London on the 15th...
As luck would have it, the #SleafordMods , a duo I'd seen play to 50-odd middle-aged, shouty men in @broadcastglasgow just over five years ago, were playing at the @eventimApollo with #StewartLee and #TheViagraBoys as support so that was rather handy!
Stewart Lee spent 20 minutes taking the piss out of Sleaford Mods fans and was very funny about it. Then the Viagra Boys whipped up the audience nicely with a raucous set full of awesome post-punk #saxomophone and keyboards. I'm not sure they're to my taste but I'll certainly check them out
The Sleaford Mods were as excellent as ever. It's not easy filling the stage if you're a duo made up of a silent bloke, nodding away behind a solitary keyboard-type-thing, and a quasi-tourettes-spouting vocalist who uses 1970's British TV catchphrases and swears a lot but #AndrewFearns and #JasonWilliamson put on a great show helped, in no small part, by an enthusiastic audience
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All you can drink Glenmorangie Signet in Cathay’s first class cabin makes the experience all the more special. Since everyone was busy drinking wine I had this bad boy all to myself 😁 One of the best bottles I’ve seen featured on an airline menu, when typically most airlines would go for the safer Blue Label. A real treat, 36k ft in the air ✈️