One-upping God

Ilíon has analyzed the pope’s recent kissing of a Muslim’s feet. He says that this action constituted an attempt to one-up the morality of God. That is, Jesus washed the feet of his own people, and commanded them to serve each other. The pope, in contrast, went out of his way to serve and honor an open enemy of Jesus. Ilíon is correct.

The fact is, most political wickedness and most false religion result from a similar attempt to do better than God. God outlined in the Bible, for example, the type of government and law that God actually supports. Completely apart from biblical advice, people today (including Christians) disregard the Bible. They feel that they can set up their own legal system that is superior.

You explain that God did not advocate a government that could enforce charity. Well, the leftists say, we are more evolved than that now, and therefore we should create a socialist government.

You explain that God would criminalize adultery and other serious errors. Well, the social liberals say, we are more evolved than that now, and therefore we should tolerate wickedness the same way Jesus would. (In point of fact, Jesus apparently did rather staunchly advocate the death penalty for wickedness, in Mark 7:10).

You explain that God set up a criminal justice system based, primarily, upon pure retribution. Well, the statists say, we are more evolved than that now, and therefore we should create chapters upon chapters of new crimes to punish people who have not committed actual harm, but who simply create a danger of some sort. (The entire traffic code, with all its associated fines and its innumerable excuses for police involvement in your life, constitutes just one example.) The statists thus contend that they can do better than God, by “deterring” dangerous activity with their superior laws.

You explain that God did not advocate the garrisoning of troops to supervise the actions of the citizens. Well, the cowardly citizen says, we are more evolved than that now, and therefore since the cowardly citizen is afraid of the world, he proposes putting a police officer on every block. In my city, indeed the police are everywhere.

One could go on. But the point is, when you try to do better than God, you are basically just insulting God’s plan. And the insult simply results in a diabolical artificial system. Back in the good old days, philosophers like John Locke would actually cite biblical passages to derive their political theories. Even if a person like that got something wrong once in a blue moon, you could at least recognize that his heart was in the right place. Nowadays, the majority of churches seem to teach that God does not care about politics at all. (Today, the preacher at the church I attended explicitly said that.) Well, I guess we may as well get our politics from Satan then. That is certainly what we have been doing lately.


4 Responses to “One-upping God”

  1. 1 Mike@UsneakydevilU January 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Drew, you sort of disagreed with me but you know some of what you are saying here I had said in my blog ” Repeating Bad History: Legalization/Decriminalization of Marijuana Ignores Past Disasters”. Humans are trying to one up God with passage of laws that go against morality and Gods will. Marijuana seduces the mind, God does not want that amongst His children.

  2. 2 Drew January 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    What God wants, and what God wants criminalized by human governments, are two different things.

    Here is one example. In the verses below, stinginess is considered a sin to be enforced by God — but not a crime:

    Deuteronomy 15:7-10
    If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin unto thee. Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

    The same people who would say marijuana should be criminal, on the premise that it is a sin, may as well criminalize stinginess (or perhaps just prohibit what they perceive as “stinginess,” aka capitalism itself).

  3. 3 John December 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Great job on this! We seem to be “few and far between” right now, but I wanted to encourage you that others are out there who try to see things Biblically. Also, good response on the pericope adulterae on WKs blog. There is a really good JETS article by Stephen James (“The Adulteress and the Death Penalty”) in which he nails the interpretation, taking into account the full Biblical legal context.

  4. 4 Ilíon August 12, 2016 at 7:49 am

    OK, Drew, you’ve had your vacation! Time to start blogging again.

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