Is it possible for God to act immorally?

Monday Musings for August 23, 2021

Good morning, Musers,

When considering apologetics and counter-apologetics, we should expect atheists to go after the low-hanging fruit. I do it to them when the shoe’s on the other foot. Taking down easy targets (read cliches) might seem like a waste of an apologist’s time. But there are two reasons why that is not true. First, not everyone is at the same place in their theological and philosophical growth, so some people simply need the information. Second, truth needs reinforcement.

As to the first, people will not hear of Christ unless we tell them (Romans 10:14). As to the second, believers should meditate on God’s word to reinforce God’s truth (Psalm 1:2).

I know… I know… the word meditation evokes Eastern Mysticism — and there’s a reason for that.  The Bible was written by and to people of “the Ancient Near East.” We should expect some of its vocabulary and methodologies to overlap with what was going on in the secular world. That adds to the Bible’s veracity. It doesn’t take away.

Today, the word “meditation” evokes the passive breathing-focused exercises used in Yoga. In Yoga, the object is to clear the mind, not to put the mind to work. (Click here to see some issues with Christians practicing Yoga.)

Godly meditation is the opposite. It exercises your mind and your spirit to find the truth — and you’ve heard me say this before — truth is expensive… so you won’t find it by focusing on your breathing. Look at what a psalmist said about the practice. One gets insight from meditating.

“I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.” (Psalm 119:99, NIV)

But note the object of the meditation: God’s statutes… not your navel. Although meditation is not exactly plowing a field, it is still work — and like most work, it yields a product. In this case, insight… and insight into the mind of God is like gold and silver in Scripture (Proverbs 25:11).

The same process was at work after the Scripture was completed. People could then see the whole sweep of Scripture. When they ruminated on both testaments’ revelation of Jesus Christ, they too had “insights.” Today we call them doctrines. The deity of Christ, his dual nature, the Trinity — all these are the results of rumination… the word I prefer to meditation.

Here’s my challenge: most Christians have memory verses that are just gathering dust. Take one down and chew on it — like a cow does its cud — because that’s what ruminate means — and that’s what the Bible means by meditation. God wants us to chew on his word!

Being faithful in the pursuit of truth will help you develop an incorruptible picture of God. This is critical to building an unassailable worldview. Then, when you hear very smart people saying very stupid things about God, you will see right through the shallowness of their assertions.

So, can God perform immoral acts? Who would ask such a thing! Surely not a ruminant. But we know better because we have chewed upon the depths of God — and to that, I say, “Moo.”

 

(Click here to read the article referenced above. For comments, or to join the Monday Musings mailing list, contact us at mainsailep@gmail.com. To submit a question about God, the Bible or the Christian culture, click here.)