Tuesday, July 12, 2005

When God stops giving the gift of life...


How do we, as Catholics, justify a just God when non-believers want to know about the teachings of Jesus regarding (Matthew 5:43) 'love your enemies...', when compared with the teachings of the Book of Law, where in Deuteronomy we are taught that the Lord commanded that, (Deut. 20:16) '...of the cities of these peoples, that Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth,' and in Joshua (6:21), 'they devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it-men and women, young and old...'?

When you live, every breath you take, is a gift from God. You are not entitled to it. Neither are you entitled, after receiving the gift of life, to continue to receive it according to YOUR will. It is God's will whether you live or die, and if God ceases to stop giving the gift of life to you, for his own reasons, he is not unjust in doing so.

He is the Lord of life, not anyone else. Killing is wrong precisely because it is a violation of rights of God, the Lord of life. When you understand the reason killing is wrong, then when God decides to wipe out all the living things on the earth excepting Noah and his family, then you can understand that his choice to cease giving his gift, is not and can never be unjust.

Gifts are called gifts because they are gratuitous, and never owed. Think of a teenager demanding $20 from the parent on the basis that the parent gave him a gift of $20 last week. Is it unjust that I give a gift one week, but decide, for my own financial reasons which I don't necessarily share with my teenager, not to give him a monetary gift the next week?

I think many have come to take God's gifts for granted, and now think of them as entitlements, something owed to us. Somehow God OWES me life, and it is unjust of the gift-giver to stop giving his gift!!! Imagine the gall of the Giver of Life to not get my approval or explain to me why he ceased to give HIS gifts!!!

You must stop thinking of life as some kind of entitlement, as if God owed you or anybody else such a gift.

See more here:
God sometimes ordered Hebrews to wipe out a city. Was it immoral? - View

God bless,



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