What was God thinking?

Psalm 90:10 ESV

The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty;

Why does God punish humans for eternity when He only lets us live for an average of 70-80 years? Why not punish us for 70-80 years? This is the question that was discussed in a staff meeting that I had yesterday. A friend of mine was trying to find an answer to this question for a friend of his.

I think that the question is being looked at from the wrong end. To understand the eternal suffering and blessing of humanity we have to question God’s original intent for man’s existence – so far as “time” is concerned. Originally, God intended for humanity to live for eternity. It was never God’s intention to have humans die at 70-80 years of age; this is a result of sin. It wasn’t until humans defied God that they began to experience death and limitations on life (Genesis 2:15-17). God is an eternal being and He designed humans with eternal intentions. Sin – NOT GOD – is responsible for the limitations that we experience in life. Therefore, it makes sense that the consequences humans suffer, positive and/or negative, would have eternal effects.

But, there is hope. God made provision for us to experience eternal reward and blessing through Jesus the Christ! God loved the world that rejected Him and He gave Jesus to suffer in the place of rebellious and defiant humanity (John 3:16-21). According to God’s Word, it was while we were incapable of saving ourselves that God used His ability to save us. It was while we were ungodly, sinners and enemies of God that Jesus the Christ died in order to reconcile us to God (Romans 5:6-17). Don’t let your limitations in life limit you from experience the best of our eternal God!

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10 thoughts on “What was God thinking?

  1. “then he will be subject to suffer hard consequences of his own choosing.”

    Your metaphor falls apart here.

    Unless, of course, you have a dungeon in your basement. And one of the ‘consequences’ is that your son is sent down there to be tortured.

    You created the rules, you created the dungeon, and you made your son go there. That isn’t a direct consequence of something he has done. That is a specific punishment thought up by the you in this hypothetical.

    1. You are partially correct. I think that you are missing some really important information. Here is where having a grasp of the heart of God can help you. The dungeon was never created for my son to begin with; the garden was (Genesis 2:7-8). The dungeon was created for rebels (Matthew 25:41). Also, you fail to realize that since it was never the Father’s intention to have the son suffer in the dungeon, provision was made to restore the son to his original relationship with his Father (Romans 5:6-21).

      1. As the father is supposed to be all powerful, a simple removal of the dungeon would make much more sense. Or never making it in the first place. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m loathe to give my love, worship or respect to anyone who demands it with a threat of torture if I don’t.

      2. Again, you are questioning the wrong thing. Just because He doesn’t destroy the dungeon doesn’t mean that He isn’t all powerful. The dungeon isn’t created for the son in the first place (previously stated). You’ll have to read the verses which I have included in earlier post to get a better understanding. By the way, I’m on your side. I too am “loathe to give my love, worship or respect to anyone who demands it with a threat of torture if I don’t.” That’s why I love, worship, and respect Jehovah – the God of the Bible. I’m enjoying our conversation by the way. Thanks for making my day interesting! Peace and I will be praying for you. I think that you are a good dude.

    1. Thanks for reading this and for sharing your thoughts. I think that is a great question! Is my God all powerful? That depends on your interpretation of “all powerful”. Here’s a story. My wife and I just became new parents. Our son is one week old and he can hardly lift his head to look around at this huge world that he entered. Not bragging, but I think that I am stronger and more powerful than he is and yet, like a lot of parents, there are things that we allow our children to do. Because I allow my son to do those things, does that imply that I am weak in some way? Or that I am not stronger than my week old son?

      1. “Because I allow my son to do those things, does that imply that I am weak in some way? Or that I am not stronger than my week old son?”

        It depends on your desires for your son, and whether or not you created both your son and everything else in the universe as well.

      2. Your original question had nothing to do with creativity and desires. I thought that you were questioning power. Anyway, what if my desire for my son was for him to learn that I love him and that he can trust me; that if he doesn’t trust me, but decides to disregard my advice – which would ultimately save him from suffering – then he will be subject to suffer hard consequences of his own choosing. My desires for my son – just as God desires for you and me – is good. That we enjoy life and not suffer because of it. I think that too often we confuse control with power. It’s unfortunate really.

    2. God is all powerful. He just loves us so much that he gave us a choice to choose him or not. Forceful admiration does not equal love. How would you know light without darkness. How would you know true love without choice.

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