Article of the Month

September 2013

 

  THE BLAME GAME   

 

From the beginning, mankind has somehow (incorrectly) felt a relief from his guilt by pointing his finger at someone else as the culprit. The tendency is one which only magnifies the weaknesses within us.

 

In Eden, the serpent blamed God; Eve blamed the serpent; Adam blamed Eve. But, most correctly, God blamed all of them. This will, in the end, be the point. God has PERMITTED (not caused) evil. His plan has been designed to encapsulate evil into a period of seven thousand years — six thousand years of the free reign of evil, and one thousand years of its eradication. God has permitted this for our good.

 

Meanwhile, men blame women, and women blame men. White people blame black people and vice versa. Republicans blame Democrats, and Liberals blame Conservatives. Islamics seem to blame everyone else (except for themselves), and everyone blames circumstances. Blaming self, however, seems generally out of style! If something goes wrong at work, most often the question is, “Whose fault is it?” It hasn’t yet seemed to occur to us that IT’S OUR FAULT! Yes, the problem is with humanity, and, until humanity is fixed, we all will be at fault and we all will be too happy to point fingers as if to say, “Yes, it’s all our fault, except it’s not MINE!”

 

In some sense, and to some degree, it is this tendency which has made agnostics and atheists. They have blamed God. Atheists, of course, have reasoned, in essence, that that is why there can’t be a God, because if there were, He would be to blame because He either can’t or He doesn’t do anything about the mess we’re in. But even “believers” in all religions tend to blame God. How backwards we have become in our reasoning!

 

—  THE PERMISSION OF EVIL  —

 

In Eden, God turned over dominion of the earth and its welfare to man. Man was perfect. Man would have all of the help and encouragement he would need for the task from God. There were rules, of course. That is important. Nothing works without boundaries. The threat to mankind for defying those boundaries was severe. It was death. Why?

 

Ultimately God intends for mankind to take up where he left off in Eden. God intends for mankind, in perfection, to reign over a world in perfection. This is not to say that man will rule over man, but man will rule over a perfected earth. (Hebrews 2:8; Revelation 21:3; 22:5; Matthew 6:10; Isaiah 14:7; 11:9; Jeremiah 31:33, 34; Isaiah 2:2-4; etc.) But man cannot rule anything until he can rule his own obedience. God knew this. God knew that man must not be coerced into obedience, but man must know that obedience to the perfect laws of the universe is unquestionable. God wants us to CHOOSE right. And, because God knew that any other course would create havoc in the universe, He knew that the only alternative to obedience must be death — extinction, so that we don’t ruin it for everyone else!

 

So, we’ve been dying! But we’ve also been learning! There isn’t anyone who really likes the way things are. That’s why we try to blame it on someone. God permitted evil because it is the only way we will ever learn to hate it. Soon, we are going to WANT to do things differently.

 

We have noted that God did give man dominion for the short time that man was perfect. Man corrupted and forfeited the privilege. So it is clear that God is not to blame. We are. But is there a way out? Of course! What kind of God would He be if He didn’t have a SOLUTION for our problems even before we got into them?

 

There are LEGAL factors to be considered. God’s justice is firm. When He required A HUMAN LIFE (Adam’s) for the original disobedience, He had no possibility of relenting. He knows that if we don’t respect His UNWAVERING PERFECT JUSTICE, we always will look for “loopholes” in His law. But there are no loopholes!  Instead, in an incomprehensible act of love, God arranged that His son, Jesus, would become a human so that he could sacrifice that humanity to pay for the humanity which Adam lost.  (Hebrews 2:9) Justice would be satisfied, but man could be released. Jesus gave his “flesh (humanity) for the life of the world.” (John 6:51) He never will take it back. Adam was condemned when we were yet “in him.” Hence he had no life to pass on to us except in the most temporary sense. Oh, the economy of God! Jesus also died while he had a potential race of humanity in him. Thus, as we all died in Adam, we all shall find life through Christ, the NEW FATHER of the race in the near future. (Isaiah 9:6, 7; I Corinthians 15:22) We call this whole legal transaction the “Ransom for all,” a fact which will “be testified to all in due time.” (I Timothy 2:6)

 

That “due time” is now very close at hand. The establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth already is in progress. The old way of doing things is not only being widely questioned, it is crumbling before our eyes. God soon will step in with the wonderful words, “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10) At that time He will “be exalted in the earth.” We will listen! We will be delighted to realize our faults, and to confess them, and to want to do away with them. We will have been trained, instructed, experienced, and been made willing to start living for a change!  The blame game will be over, and we will never want to be at fault again.

 

But until that time, we must start to realize, (with a slight grammatical alteration to the famous old quotation), “We have met the enemy, and he is we!” We must stop blaming others. The fault lies within ourselves.

 

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