God Saw That It Was Good
Recently, I was reading a blog that stated that at the time of the Creation God saw that it (his creation) was good. So, I posted a comment saying that, “Eventually, however, he would repent and come to see that man was evil, that man wasn’t good after all (and brought a great flood to destroy his creation). Not very omniscient I would say.”
The rest of the thread went like this:
Blogger: Prior to the fall, man was good. The flood is multiple thousands of years after the first few chapters of Genesis.
My comment: The point was, though, that a supposedly omniscient God didn’t know that man would become evil. In fact, he should have known even before he created him.
Blogger: Where on earth are you getting this insane idea that He didn’t know what was going to happen?
My comment: God saw that it was good, just as Genesis says. What, he didn’t know that it (man) would become evil? Of course, he knew since he is omniscient. So, there are a number of possibilities (your choice): (1) God lied when he said that it was good; (2) God had a plan from before the time of creation to produce a being that would become evil; (3) God is not omniscient or (4) the God of the Bible is not truly God. Which one do you choose?
Blogger: God created a being with the freedom to choose. That freedom held within it the possibility to choose evil. That does NOT mean God created evil….
The problem of evil
So, if God didn’t create evil, who did? Let’s break it down.
According to the Bible, God created everything. Yes, everything, even the serpent. By definition, then, he must have created evil. Therefore, if you believe in Satan, the Devil or Lucifer, God also intentionally created them as well (by definition). Reflect a moment and consider why he would have done that.
If God was indeed omniscient, he would have known how his creation would turn out. As the Bible says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7). Biblically speaking, then, an omniscient God knowingly created evil.
The god of Genesis
There’s one catch, though. God didn’t really know how man would turn out (see Genesis 6:5-7). When he saw man’s wickedness, he regretted having created man in the first place and, therefore, decided to destroy his creation. It’s what I call a Frankenstein moment. God, only then, realized what a monster he had created. These verses clearly demonstrate that God was not really omniscient, or that Yahweh was not really God. Your choice.
Then there are what I call the “say what?” moments in the Bible:
- God created the serpent (Genesis 3:1) and saw that it was good. Remind me again how something that was supposedly evil was good. I guess that God thought it was good, though.
- God gave man the Tree of Knowledge (Genesis 1:29) and later changed his mind (Genesis 2:17). Changed his mind? How is it even remotely possible that an omniscient God could, or would, change his mind. However, he didn’t just do it once. He did it at least three times that we know of. He also changed his mind with regards to the Tree of Life, placing it off-limits after the fact (Genesis 3:22-24). Then, there’s God change of heart in deciding to destroy his creation.
Finally, God lied about dying if one ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Of course, he then punished the serpent for telling the truth. So, tell me, exactly who is the good guy and who is the bad guy?
What have we learned, then, about what the Bible says about the god of the Old Testament? Let’s recap:
- God is somewhat bi-polar. One moment he loves us and the next he’s bringing a flood to get rid of us.
- God likes to change his mind. We’re good, we’re evil; you can have the Tree, no you can’t.
- God isn’t fair, which explains God punishment of the serpent (for telling the truth) and God’s punishment of Adam and Eve for a so-called act of disobedience when they didn’t have the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong.
- God lies (e.g. about dying if you ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge).
- God subscribes to the philosophy of do as I say, not as I do. That is, he violated his own commandment about killing.
So, that’s what the Bible, itself, says about the God of the Old Testament. Given all of that, exactly what kind of god are we really talking about here? Certainly, not one that I would want to emulate or pray to. How about you?
Truth be told… he wasn’t even God (the Prime Creator).
There is more than one god in the Bible. Actually, there are many gods, including Yahweh, the Elohim, the Most High god and the invisible spirit (God) of the New Testament, among others. It can all be pretty confusing to a reader of the Bible so, in my next post, I’ll try to sort it all out.
“Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?”