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Would it be wrong to blame God for problems caused by us and by other human beings?

Asked by Hibernate (9025 points ) September 24th, 2011

If yes, why?
If no, why not?

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digitalimpression's avatar

Yes. It would be wrong. God left us to our own devices. We (collectively as humans) decided to use those devices to hurt each other and our environment.

Blackberry's avatar

Yes, because god didn’t cause the problem; a human caused the problem. If I go out and punch a mother of four in the face, there’s no reason why it’s not my fault. Conversely, if a pilot lands a plane in the Hudson and saves people, it is still the human that saved them, not god.

GladysMensch's avatar

I say that if you’re going to thank God for your blessings, then you get to blame him for your perils.

FutureMemory's avatar

@Blackberry If you punched a mother of four in the face, you wouldn’t think that you had possibly become (temporarily) possessed by the Devil? Or at least, a minor demon of some sort?

Aethelflaed's avatar

Only if it’s also wrong to thank Him for your/our blessings and successes. I’ve never gotten the idea that if a sports team wins, it’s God’s doing, but if they lose, it’s the teammates fault. Either God exists and has a direct hand in human affairs, or He doesn’t. But He’s not responsible for good things and then not responsible for bad things.

King_Pariah's avatar

A satanist friend of mine believes that God is a tyrannical egotistical selfish dictator of sorts, so yeah, blame away.

Blackberry's avatar

@FutureMemory Lol! Yeah there’d be some reason that I would do that, that would probably require a straight jacket.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

God is, if we are talking old testament tradition here, in my opinion, ultimately responsible:

God spoke to Moses about Pharaoh and said, “I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go” (Exodus 4:21).

This promise of God was repeated on several other occasions (7:3; 9:12; 10:20, 27).

dappled_leaves's avatar

But that makes us nothing more than puppets or slaves to god’s will. That doesn’t sound like much of a life.

blueiiznh's avatar

IMHO: How about we take responsibility and stop looking to lay blame somewhere else.

So the answer is no

gondwanalon's avatar

Each of us is responsible for what we do. Not God.

God gave us a power brain and He intended for us to use it. When we mess up we can’t point a finger at God as the cause. We must own up to your mistakes and learn the lessons from them.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

@dappled_leaves The Bible is very clear on this point.

Free will can be revoked at any point by God in service to a greater good. He will make people do evil acts. The default is free will; it is a privilege not an inherent property of man.

Joshua 11:20 For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses.

From the New Testament:
Romans 9:18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

John 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.”

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought You said earlier that god is ultimately responsible… but if the default is free will, then the blame must sometimes be laid with man, and sometimes with god. So, I am curious to know how you would answer the OP’s question. Should humans blame god for bad things done by humans? Or should they take responsibility for their actions, given that they are unlikely to know whether their strings have been pulled?

poisonedantidote's avatar

It would all depend on free will. Does the god’s omniscience by default impede the possibility of free will? If it does, it’s omnipotence should by the same reasoning imply that everything is said god’s fault.

If there is free will, then god could be blamed for some things, but not everything, as his omnipotence would have allowed him to do things differently. Sure, your free will may have caused you to make a mistake that lead you to being burned, but god was the one who came up with the concept of temperatures to begin with.

If there is free will, and this is the only way the universe and life could have ever possibly existed, then any shit that hits the fan was thrown by us, and we then take all the blame.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

@dappled_leaves you can never know according to the Bible and Scriptures, which I think the op was hoping we would discuss. Assigning blame in itself is a sin:

Matt. 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

I personally prefer Shakespeare:

“for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so ”

OpryLeigh's avatar

Regardless of whether someone beliefs in God or not I think everyone should take responsibility for their own actions. Using “God’s will” as a scapegoat is a cop out if you ask me.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

Oh you mean like religion? Yeah, pretty much wrong… Doesn’t ever stop anyone though.

Hibernate's avatar

Thanks for replies ^^

GabrielsLamb's avatar

It has always amazed me how people blame God, and skip other people as the cause and effect of anything, on all counts. It’s almost at times as though it is some un spoken sin to object to the human race, but God is fair game. ”*Remove the cause but not the symptom.”

If there were such a thing, I would be an atheist/Christian removing not the God, but His followers. I have no issue with belief in a God, Especially since you can’t prove the validity of anything most people think or believe or say either. I’ll take imaginary over disinguine any old day of the week.

ebasboy's avatar

No one has a full knowledge of how God operate. His operations are very complex for a mere man to make sense out of. We only know in parts according to His revelation as we wonder through his words.
One thing we know is that all creation fullfils His plan. Hope we agree on this one. Nothing that exists is by co-incidence but exactly how God planned it. Let take one typical example; on this in our minds, God knows every man before he is concieved and He knows his purpose for that matter. Remember the the book of Daniel, the statue that Nebuchadnezar dreamt of. It says that the statue symbolized the kingdoms that will come to pass, and it exactly did happen that way.

Again one plan that God revealed to men is the happenings of the end times. With that, I believe you can have a partial knowldge of God. If He says, ‘many will go to and fro in search of knowldge’ it has to come to pass, and it only comes to pass when He avail a conducive environment for it to happen. First he has to facilitate a knowledge based environment and the means to move from and to which now is the transportation systems and many other contributing factors.

To sum up; It came to be our nature by God’s provisions not to blame Him, and that came by the conscience which convicts us whenever we mess up and the other program in place to clear the conscience confession of sins to Christ. One we should know is that no one will ever blame God when that time comes, you will be that one blaming yourself. remember John where Jesus says; the words I brought will judge you. It is what you know that will be the basis of your destiny. BUT you fullfill God’s plan.

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