On FaceBook my brother-in-law, who is a youth pastor, had this to say:
Why is that people hold God responsible for the bad actions, choices and decisions of some so called "Christians"? It puzzles me. We would never intentionally imprison someone for a crime they did not commit. So why do we imprison God with people's actions. I would never hold you accountable for something you didn't do. So why do so many hold God responsible for so many things He did not do? If your view on God is solely dependent on your views, opinions and perspectives on people (even "Christians") then prepare to A. Be to be highly disappointed (because no one is perfect) And to B. Never recognize or know the TRUE character/nature of God.
I responded w:
Why do people hold god responsible for good actions?
He responded w:
Because James 1:17 talks about how every good and perfect thing is from God. When people do wonderful things it's rare, but I believe those are acts of God. But God is good. When people are self-centered, judgmental, hypocritical, hateful etc. They are definitely not acting on behalf of God.
We've gone back and forth before, recently on Christmas Eve.
What I don't get is why people can hold God responsible for the GOOD, but never the BAD. Clearly in the bible God does do the "BAD" things, such as the killing/slaying of the Egyptians and their babies.
And the underlined bolded, that is what exactly the bible god is.
So why can god not be held responsible for the bad that happens in peoples lives if he is truly the creator of everything and the chess player of it all?
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