Anthropomorphisms in the Bible. Does God know everything? Does God cause people to sin?
What about the child molester who rapes a little girl? Is God the one who caused this to happen?
These are hotly debated topics and as more and more people depart from a belief in the inerrancy of the Bible - ANY Bible in any language - and God sends a famine of hearing His words into the land.
More and more professing Christians are promoting some very unbiblical ideas about Who the God of the Bible is and what He is like.
The Bible itself tells us: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
One growing movement is called Open Theism (also known as “free will theism”) that maintains that God has made His knowledge of, and plans for, the future conditional upon our actions, and that God does not know what we will freely do in the future.”
But is this Biblical?
I do not believe it is for many reasons. Here are a few of them.
The revelation of Who God is and what He is like are found in the Holy Bible - the King James Bible.
“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
“There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”
“The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.”
“O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”
“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”
”And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”
If all these things are true, the Scriptures reveal a God who is absolute Sovereign, Who rules over all - “The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.” Psalm 103:19 and “He is the governor among the nations” Psalm 22:28.
The question then to ask ourselves is: “Then what do we do with some verses found in the Bible that seem to indicate that He does not know certain things?”
Anthropomorphism = The attributing of human characteristics and purposes to inanimate objects, animals, plants, or other natural phenomena, or to God.
We see examples of Anthropomorphism from the very beginning. In Genesis 3:9 after Adam and Eve had sinned "the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, WHERE ART THOU?"
In Genesis 3:11 God asks Adam "WHO TOLD THEE THAT THOUS WAST NAKED? HAST THOU EATEN OF THE TREE, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?"
In Genesis 4:9 "And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?"
And in Genesis 18:21 when God was about the rain fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, He says: "I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me: AND IF NOT, I WILL KNOW."
Later on in Numbers 22:9 "God came to Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?"
God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah, saying: “They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, NEITHER CAME IT INTO MY MIND.” Jeremiah 19:5; 32:35.
Hosea 8:4 - ”They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I KNEW IT NOT.”
These are all examples of what is called Anthropomorphism. This is "to attribute human characteristics to God". Examples of this are found throughout the Bible.
In Exodus 33:5 when the children of Israel had sinned greatly in making them a molten calf to worship, the Lord says to Moses: "Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiff-necked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from that, THAT I MAY KNOW WHAT TO DO UNTO THEE."
God obviously knows all things from beginning to end. But He often puts things in human terms as a way of verbally communicating to us on our level. Neither does God literally have eyes, or a nose or ears or wings.
Typical Straw Man Argument -
What about the child molester who rapes a little girl? Did God cause him to do this horrible sin?
People who object to the doctrine of the purpose of God according to election often bring up examples like this and tell us that Calvinists believe and defend devilish doctrines like it is God who decrees everything, including making men to sin in such horrific ways.
I don’t know what other “Calvinists” may have said or not. I am not defending John Calvin or James White or any other so called Calvinist. But what I DO defend is God’s holy and inerrant words as found in the King James Holy Bible.
God is NOT the author of sin, nor does he cause men to sin. Do you know what IS the ultimate cause of sin? Believe it or not, it’s “Free Will”. This is the REAL cause of sin in the world.
See my article on this here -
What about the child molester and the little girl?
God did not decree nor cause a wicked man to commit such a horrible sin.
In a general sense, God has left man to follow his own desires, lusts and purposes up to a certain point. Just like when Satan wanted to test Job, God allowed Satan to act according to his own desires… up to a certain point.
And Satan used a lot of men to come against the servants of Job to kill them and steal Job’s earthly goods.
Were these men “forced” to commit these atrocities? No. But God withdrew His restraining hand and allowed them to pursue their own desires.
Example: In Genesis 20 God tells king Abimelech, who had taken Sarah to be his wife, “Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; FOR I ALSO WITHHELD THEE FROM SINNING AGAINST ME; THEREFORE SUFFERED I THEE NOT TO TOUCH HER.”
God CAN and sometimes DOES restrain men from specific sins, but He does not usually do so, and most of the time we cannot fathom the reasons why He allows so much evil to exist in this sad and fallen world.
The Bible affirms that if man is left to himself he “loves darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.” John 3:19
And that “There is NONE righteous, not not one”, “there is NONE that seeketh after God” and “there is NONE that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10-12
We have all turned to our own ways. Man IS responsible for his own sin and willful rebellion. Not God.
The Rapist and the Little Girl
Let’s turn this example of the child molester and the little girl around for a minute and ask our “free will Arminian” brothers a couple of questions about this. They usually will NOT answer them.
COULD God have stopped the child molester if He wanted to? And if He could have, then why didn’t He do it?
After all, the Bible tells us that God has the power over life and death.
In Deuteronomy 32:39 God says "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand."
In 1 Samuel 12:15 we read that “the LORD struck the child" of David and Bathsheeba and it died.
And in 1 Samuel 2:6 we are told "The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up"
And in Daniel 5:23 Daniel rebukes the wicked Belshazzar telling him: “the GOD IN WHOSE HAND THY BREATH IS… hast thou not glorified.”
IF God COULD have stopped this rapist dead in his tracks before he committed this horrible sin against a little girl, then WHY didn’t He do it?
The “free will” Arminian can only admit that he has not solved this problem nor given any answer other than the one I would give. We simply do NOT know why God allows things like this to happen.
The only thing we can do is trust that He has His reasons for allowing this wicked man to do the things he did and He did not choose to step in and save the little girl from her suffering. And accept that we cannot at this time understand or explain the WHY of it.
“For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now i know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
But God is NOT the one who caused this evil man to do the things that he did. In times like this we should take the position of faith that Abraham did when he said to God “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25.
All of Grace, believing the Book - the King James Bible.
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