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WHAT IF GOD...? Thought-Provoking Reflections About God  (Michael Caputo)

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IS  GOD CRUEL? IS GOD LOVE?


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WHAT IF GOD HAD NOT SHOWN SPECIAL CONCERN FOR WIDOWS, ORPHANS AND STRANGERS?

 

            One of the greatest signs of God’s love of justice and kindness is revealed in His consistent concern for widows, orphans and strangers.  In the book of Exodus, He commands the following: “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child”  (Exodus 22: 21-22). Transgressing God’s will in this area would bring about God’s wrath: “ If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will be widows and your children fatherless”(Exodus 22: 22-24).

           But what if God had ignored the weak of society? What if they had not received His special focus and attention?

           God could have simply demanded man’s worship and nothing else. He could have simply given a Law that stressed fear of God and ongoing sacrifices designed to please and appease Him. He would have been like Pagan gods who were not concerned with the weak and the needy but only demanded fear and ongoing sacrifices to keep them appeased.

Obviously, if God had not commanded that His followers care for the widows, the orphans and the strangers, the needs of these groups would not have been addressed, and their suffering would not have been alleviated.

           Furthermore, we would have been deprived of one of the most important signs of the fact that God is a God of love, for a God of love would definitely do what the true God did: see to it that the needs of the ones who are suffering be addressed.

It is worth noting that God did not simply suggest that the needy be looked after – He commanded it. Looking after the needy in Israel, and within the Church, is a commandment not a suggestion.

           It is also worth noting that not only He demanded that the needy be treated with dignity, He also made it undeniably clear that not doing so would bring about great wrath upon his people. God is, therefore, deeply concerned with the plight and the suffering of the weak that the strong could easily take advantage of and will punish such people severely, if His wishes are not obeyed.

           In the New Testament, His deep concern for the needy is evident as well.  James tells us that “Pure and Undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit the orphans and the widows in their trouble…” (James 1 :27).  Love and respect for the needy was and remains a major focus in God’s true religion unto our day and will continue for as long as the needy exist.

           Thus, the mind of God remains constant on the fact that the needy are not to be ignored. Though He is lofty and mighty, He has time and concern for the weakest and He insists—actually He commands-- that they are not to be ignored or abandoned. He expects true believers to show their true colors by serving and treating with dignity the weak of society and will intervene dramatically if they are not. What a mighty, glorious and loving God He is.

    

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AUTHOR'S OTHER SITES

       GOD SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE GREATEST MINDS

WHAT IF GOD...? THOUGHT-PROVOKING REFLECTIONS ABOUT GOD

GOD AND JESUS CHRIST: THEIR EXISTENCE, NATURE, WILL AND WORD

       TEN GREAT PROOFS OF GOD'S EXISTENCE 

GOD AND THE GREATEST SCIENTISTS

GOD AND THE GREATEST WRITERS AND POETS

GOD AND THE GREATEST ARTISTS

      GOD AND GREAT PHILOSOPHERS  

       WHO REALLY KILLED JESUS CHRIST?

IS THE GOD OF THE BIBLE A CRUEL GOD OR IS HE LOVE AND JUSTICE?

 

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IS GOD REALLY LOVE OR IS HE CRUEL?

 

These and many more critical questions are answered in the author's book ,

WHAT IF GOD...?

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