What Shall I Do with a God Who Does Not Behave in the Way I Think He Should?

Often God does not act in the way we would like Him to act or that we think He should act.  I hear atheists say things like, “If God existed and want to speak with us, He would make Himself clear and all of us would have a common understanding,” and “If God existed He would have given us a holy book without errors and confusion.”  Of course, none of this proves that God doesn’t exist.  It merely proves that God is not acting as some of us expect Him to act.  What shall we do about this?

Here’s a strategy:  Accept that God acts the way He acts…and try to learn more about that way.

In other words, maybe it’s not that His behavior is lacking, but rather that our expectations are inappropriate.

In any case, to continue expecting God to act in a way that He does not act is just plain foolish.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.”  – James 4:10

2 Replies to “What Shall I Do with a God Who Does Not Behave in the Way I Think He Should?”

  1. Perhaps a better question would be – “What do we do when God’s reported actions don’t align with his attributes as expressed in the bible?”

    Big difference. Either god acts interfaces with humanity according to his attributes, or he does not. Otherwise why make all these claims about his omnibenevolence, about his omnipotence?

  2. ToonForever, your question is serving you no better than it did the Pharisees and Sadducees. When they kept telling Jesus that He was acting inconsistently with the Scriptures and portraying God in a way inconsistent with the Scriptures, Jesus had to point out that it was they who did not understand the Scriptures (Matthew 22:29).

    As the Pharisees and Sadducees found, you will come to understand the Scriptures better when you stop thinking you already have all the answers – at least some of them came to understand this, and I hope you will, too.

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