Judging God

Judging God

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares 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.” - Isiah 55:8-9

We like to create God in our image. We want Him to think and feel and act like we do. We try to hold Him to our corrupted and debased senses of justice, mercy, and love. Once we have recreated Him into our likeness, we then begin to judge Him for His perceived wrongs according to our standards.

There are several things wrong with this line of reasoning. 1) God is in heaven, and we are on earth (Ecc. 5:2). This gives Him a perspective of the universe and its working to which we are not privy. This is partially the ‘answer’ that God gave Job in Job 38-39. 2) Our perspective of justice, mercy, love, and other matters are twisted and warped by our sins. We cannot have the same correct perspective that God does, with His pure unadulterated mind. It is true that His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts, and this is a good thing since ours are corrupted. We should not want God to have the same debased minds that we have. 3) We are called to be conformed and transformed into His image and not for us to restrain Him our our image.

There is only one true God. We have to serve Him and Him alone. There is no salvation in anyone other than Him. We must accept Him as He is, recognizing that we are not in the position to be a judge of God. We must be transformed into His image, and we cannot reduce God to our image.