Is God Good to All or Just a Few?

  

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Is God good to all, or just a few?
Psalms 145:9

The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.


Jeremiah 13:14

And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.


 

Answer:

We, are born with a sinful nature, thanks to Adam and Eve. God, however, is good, He is not evil, does not sin, is righteous, and cannot do any wrong. Now, that being the case, some things appear different in our eyes, but think about it. We cannot know all of God's ways, or thoughts, or He would not be God at all. Remember what He said,

Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.

That being the case, with our limited minds, sometimes we actually go looking for something when it is not really there. So, the question remains, is God good or bad to people? Think of all the things God provides for you and what your life would be like with him in it providing it. Look at this verse….

Matthew 5:45

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

So not only does He provide for those who love and obey Him, but even those who deny and hate Him. That's love! That is good. That is good to all. In fact, He provided a way to come back into a relationship with Him after Adam and Eve broke the tie that was there.

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.


Do you see that? He provided a way for EVERYONE, not just a few. The problem lies in the fact that the world rejects Him. Now when He sent the flood on the Earth many people say that is bad. Why? Because they say that there were innoccent people. Well, look what God's Word says about that….

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

I'd say that's pretty exact with no room left for interpretation, it says, "ALL". How about the plagues He sent upon Pharaoh and Egypt? We would think, "Wow, that's harsh, it isn't fair." And many people relate to things like that today saying it is a bad thing for Him to allow it, but then, He actually brought it about as well! God is always righteous though, always correct, always right. They (Egypt) were holding the nation of Israel captive. Did it show love to the Egyptians? No, but it WAS the right thing to do.

God has carried out more judgments than we could ever hope to keep up with. It is something a just and righteous God HAS to do, it doesn't make Him bad or evil. When police officers arrest a murderer, put him in jail, he stands trial, and gets a sentence (whatever it might be), do the judge and policeman suddenly become bad guys and evil? Of course not, so why would we think of God any different?
 

God has laws too, that we have to follow and they are of a higher standard than the laws our governments could ever think of. He acts upon that law. When we lie, cheat, steal, covet, etc, we have gone against Him, sinned. Just as the policeman carries out justice in bringing the criminals in, so to must God, being righteous and holy, act upon it, and many suffer His wrath. But think of all the times He doesn't do that, think of all the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 1000th chances He has given. That is truly loving, and truly good to all. So why is it any different when He does pass judgment? Because we are blind to what is right and wrong in the end, we are blind to what is stated in Romans above. We are blind to all that He has done that WE want, and forget His laws. Think about the next time your child acts up and you punish them. Are you going to question what gives you that right just as you question God when He is in the right?

Is God good to all, or just a few? All. Does He bring about good and bad on people? Yes. To us it seems mean because we are one sided, to God it is righteous. No contradiction.

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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