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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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Cursing of  Ground

Cain and Abel

Noah's Flood

Sodom and Gomorrah

Lot's Wife

Joseph in Slavery

Pharaoh

The Destruction of the Canaanites

Jephtha's Daughter

Death of David's Child

David's Punishment for the Census   

 Israel's Captivity

Judah's Captivity

Samson

Sennacherib and his Armies

Removal of Foreign Wives

Christ's Sacrifice

Ananiah and Sapphira

Paul's Suffering  

Catastrophes of Last Days


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WHAT IF GOD HAD NOT DECREED THE DEATH OF DAVIDíS ILLEGITIMATE CHILD?

 

            The story of David and Bathsheba is one of temptation, sin and anguish. Because of a horrible act of adultery, Bathsheba became pregnant and had a child.  As a result, Godís sentence was that the child should not live. Though David fasted and begged God to spare the childís life, God remained resolute and allowed the child to die (II Samuel 12:14).

            But what if God had spared the childís life? What if He had shown mercy to David, Bathsheba and the child and had foregone the punishment?

            No doubt, Godís decree was sore, but there was a lesson that He had to teach David and future generations. David had to learn the great lesson that sin is detestable in Godís eyes, and that He will punish sinners, no matter what their rank may be. Moreover, God wanted David to learn that, though much had been given to him, much was expected from him and that, as Godís anointed, he had the duty to set a righteous example for the whole nation. If God had allowed David to escape his punishment, that lesson would have never been learned, and David might have continued to rebel against Godís will.

                 Furthermore, Davidís servants who were aware of his sin, and the whole nation that would have finally found out, might have concluded that God has double standards, and that rulers receive special treatment, even when they commit heinous sins.

In fact, when Nathan the prophet confronted David, he stressed the fact that, as a result of Davidís sin, Godís enemies had received an occasion to blaspheme (V. 14).

God was willing to forgive David, but He decreed that he had to be consequenced to silence the opposition. God had to make clear to all that sin is reprehensible to Him, no matter who the perpetrator may be, and that He judges all humans equally.

            Had David been allowed to escape the just consequences to his evil deed, all believers throughout the ages may have been emboldened to conclude that God had a slack approach toward sinners and, consequently, might have adopted a relaxed approach toward similar sins.  Worse of all, many might have concluded that God had double standards, and was, therefore, unfair and unjust.

            Clearly, the punishment for Davidís sin was very strong. But if God had simply allowed David to get away with it, the long-term ramifications would have been disastrous for many.  God knew this and intervened, lest there would be any doubt in anyoneís mind that sin is detestable in His eyes, and that transgressions to His Holy Laws carries strong penalties, even if they are perpetrated by great Biblical characters such as David.

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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

 

 

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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