I started writing another book that speaks about his subject. It is called, Man Versus God. Essentially the book talks about how there appears to be a spirit of defiance in mankind that compels him to dishonor, disrespect or to just disbelieve in God. Where there is no belief there can be no honor or respect in something that you refuse to believe exists. Likewise there would be no fear of something that you think does not exist.
Perhaps many people that disbelieve in the existence of God merely do so out of ignorance. This would imply a lack of knowledge. Where there is no knowledge there would be nothing to anchor one’s belief. That logic could apply to highly sophisticated theories of unknown factors but in reference to God, it requires that you deny the source of your own existence. To deny God is to deny the source of all life, existence and being. Taking such a stance is derived from something deeper than mere ignorance. That would be like me denying that I am alive while I am alive here writing this message to you. Willful defiance takes on a deeper tone to God and has profound eternal consequences.
A person that disbelieves in God does not see his eternal soul therefore he has been blinded of the truth that is in God. If anyone desires to know God he need only “seek you shall find.” God gives generously to all without finding fault in them. However, if a man is too full of himself in order to humble themselves before God… then God has no desire to bend before man, albeit in defiance or ignorance. Who would win such a puffing contest? God has no need or desire to flex His power, especially not to fools. Even for a human being to argue with a fool would be an exercise of folly. God simply turns His back and leave a fool to his choices. The last place an eternal soul would want to find themself is in existence where God has turned His back. Since God only loves, there are other powers of creation that were built for such penal chores. With God’s back turned they would be freed to have at it with souls that disrespect Almighty God.
No eye has seen nor ear heard or mind conceive of the totality of the Power of God. That would be akin to a single grain of sand puffing itself up in the universe that God created standing in defiance of the Creator of all things in heaven and on earth. Preposterous! Even the thought of this reveals the presence of the power of darkness. Darkness does not love the light for fear of its nature being exposed. Darkness obscures and blinds those entangled into its grasp like prey trapped in mud. Only light can exorcise the grasp of darkness and free the prey from the predator. But, where there is no belief there is no power to turn to for such protection. Darkness tightens its grip and chokes its victim pulling them deeper into the abyss… dungeons prepared for those who oppose God.
Mankind was given free will to make his own choices. He was given the steering wheel to guide the fate of his immortal soul. Not even death can save “man” from choosing against God because death is only the beginning of eternity in the abode of God. To be without God eternally is a place that is reserved for the children of darkness. Some fall by the wayside because of ignorance but there will come a time when the light will shine through the darkness and they will have to respond one way or the other, for or against God. Even the prince of darkness knows that He cannot overshadow God.
As a fellow voyager, living in a body of flesh, I can only wonder how could a mortal being whose entire life is as brief as the morning dew on a blade of grass and is gone shortly after sunrise be allowed to make a decision that could possibly cast the fate of an immortal soul for eternity? Surely God must have provision for babies and fools who do such things in ignorance? Shouldn’t there be some sort of warning to any soul of the impending doom before they would make such a demonstrative decision? I ask this as one who also has sinned against our Father’s wishes. Thanks for God’s intervention I was able to turn my life around. By stepping into the light of truth I am no longer as ignorant or blind as before. It was not by my will that something turned my life around. It was instead something that God did. I was lost but He found me. It appears that most of us require some sort of intervention because all have sinned and fall short of the grace of God. I shudder to think that anyone of sound mind would purposefully defy God once they realize just Who God IS?
The Story of Sampson
While I was preparing to write this essay I was prompted to read the story about Sampson who was dedicated to the Lord even prior to his birth. The story can be found in the book of Judges, chapters 13–16. I was amazed to learn that Sampson, who was sat aside by the Lord to lead His people through troubling times. How could he break his vows and defy the Lord? As written in the scripture, Sampson’s mom was unable to have a child until she was visited by an angel of the Lord who appeared to her and said to her: “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head because the boy is to be a Nazirite; set apart to God from birth.” NIV
I encourage you to read the entire story but the point was this son knew he was set aside by God and still he disobeyed God. It was primarily because of his weakness for women. He defied God and it was willful defiance. Sampson later suffered at the hands of the Philistines who blinded and humiliated him until he died while executing revenge against his capturers. What was the toll God assessed upon the soul of an individual that He purposefully set aside giving him great power to lead the children of Israel? What does that say about the rest of us mere mortals with little or no great powers? Surely God does not play favoritism so there have to be consequences etched upon the soul for willful defiance.
The entire book of Judges seems to reflect a similar trend of the people God used to lead His people that did not turn out well. The Israelites constantly defied God and they paid a great price in doing so. Even the ones that Moses led out of bondage in Egypt defied God. An entire generation died in the desert without seeing the Promised Land God had promised to His chosen people. This was because of their willful defiance. What is it about the nature of mankind that compels us to turn against our Creator? What will be the ultimate consequences for defiance against Almighty God? I shudder to even imagine!
It appears to be a constant revolving occurrence. God makes a covenant promise with mankind and showers mercy upon them. Mankind accepts God’s unearned grace and generosity for a short while. Mankind breaks the covenant he makes with God. Mankind suffers as God pulls back His covering and protection. Mankind shows remorse. God forgives mankind and start the process over and over again. How long and how deep is God’s mercy? How will the debt be paid? Even King David, a man of God’s heart sinned against God. It appears that David’s weakness was the same as Sampson’s? Here is what he prayed.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
When God turns His back on us for our defiance and disobedience I can’t imagine that would turn His face back to us and see just how filthy we are? Habakkuk said this:
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
As you read the many chapters of the Old Testament of our Holy Bible it seems to be a constant tug of war between God and His chosen people. God set His laws and rules and mankind does not abide or obey. God sends His prophets, leaders, and kings and still, mankind constantly defies God. Finally, God offers His only begotten Son to pay the sin debt and that does not appear to be working well either. What is a great God to do with His most cherished possessions? So far His grace and mercy still abound, but for how long, oh Lord, will you put up with us. How Long! Do we really want to put our Father to such a test? How long… Selah!