Is God A Mass Murderer?

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Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” recently spouted “this is a stupid country” because 60% of Americans believe in the Biblical narrative of Noah.

Regarding the upcoming movie “Noah”, Maher ranted that the Bible  story was false and “immoral.”  “It’s about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it and his name is God,” declared the avowed atheist.  

“What kind of tyrant kills everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at? Maher questioned.

I don’t watch his show, but did view about  five minutes on-line of his rant against God, the Bible and Christians.  He calls the Bible account “childish,” “made up” and “silly.”  God’s name is profaned.  And all the while the guests and audience roar with laugher during  Maher’s mocking monologue.

Besides showing a contempt for God’s holiness and righteous judgment, the comedic critic displayed a predictable ignorance of the Bible.

Consider these Biblical facts.

(1) Wickedness was rampant all over the world.

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”  (Gen 6:5)   People had turned against God.  Morality. And Goodness.  Evil prevailed.  And was pervasive.

(2) People’s rebellion grieved God.

“The Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.  (Gen 6:6)

God takes no delight in unrighteousness.  He is holy.  Just.  And righteous.  When we sin, God is hurt.   “As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.”  (Ezek 33:11)

(3) Only Noah and his family found favor with God.

Bill Maher may ridicule it, but I believe it.  The Bible says, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord….Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.”  (Gen 6:8-9)

(4) God gave people time to repent

What’s often forgotten in this account, is that Noah not only built the ark, but was a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Pet 2:5).  For 120 years God was longsuffering.  He patiently gave people time to repent (1 Pet 3:20).  But they refused.  So, God’s judgment rained down upon the earth. Literally!

Unbelievers complain that God is unjust because “innocent” lives are taken in such judgments.  Like Bill Maher they mock God.  And ridicule Christians. Yet, another important point is missed.

When humankind sinned, death came as a result.  We all sin.  And we all die. (Rom. 5:12).  Sometimes little children suffer the effect of their parents sins.  Not the guilt.  But the consequence.

Consider the depraved man who sexually abuses his children.  Or a mother high on drugs who beats her baby to death.  Or a drunken man who drives his car into an unsuspecting family and kills the father and children, leaving a heart-broken mother to mourn her loss.  Whose fault is that?  Not God’s!

Sin produces hurt.  Heart-ache.  Separation.  And suffering.  The world’s problems are not because of Christians who believe and practice the Bible’s teaching.  We live in a broken, fallen world due to sin.

Satan’s hold on the hearts of ungodly men and women have given rise to all kinds of domestic, social and personal problems.   Broken homes. Abused spouses.  Neglected children. Dishonest politicians.  Greedy business people. Hypocritical religious leaders.  Men and women driven by carnal lusts and perverted desires.  And of course, smug, profane and crude comedians who then blame God for the mess mankind has made!

If Bill Maher and those of his ilk want to get riled up about mass murders, how about directing their ire toward the shameful murders of over 55 million aborted babies?

The answer to our ills is only found in God’s grace. His gift of Jesus.  And our acceptance of salvation.  When we come to personally know God’s love, then we can exclaim, “God is good!   All the time!”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

18 Comments

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18 responses to “Is God A Mass Murderer?

  1. Debbie Lanphear

    I can’t imagine Bill Maher having to face God someday knowing he’s said such awful things, shaking his fist in God’s face. He is truly a despicable and sad person. On a better note, David and I enjoy reading your articles. Thank you so much for sharing them on FB!

  2. Stephen Segrest

    My lunch break — I have a “Student” question to our “Teachers” (you). The question deals with original sin, the Flood, and Christ. In “context of all three of these events”, what (if anything) does Scripture tell us of why God sent the Flood? After the Flood, the consequences of man’s original sin (nature of man) had not been eliminated. What does Scripture tell us about the purpose “starting over” after the Flood (as Noah and family still carried original sin)? God’s action of the Flood (destroying mankind) are in stark contrast to his actions of sending us Christ (to save us from sin). Just a question I’ve had since a little boy in Sunday School, scratching my head. Thanks.

    • Stephen

      I’m not so sure that Bible gives us a definite answer.  Prior to the flood, man was so wicked, that God was grieved.  Here’s what the  text says about the sinful state of the world Gen 6:5-6, 11,12 5Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

      Following the flood, God promises to never destroy the world again in that manner.    Gen 8:20-22 hen Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. 22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” NKJV

      The “why” is not something that is specifically stated.  I do know there are some lessons that God teaches me out of this.  In fact, I posted it on my blog a couple years ago.  Here’s the link.

      https://thepreachersword.com/2012/07/10/five-lessons-i-learned-from-noah-and-the-ark/

      Sorry, I’m not more help on this.  But it may fall into the category of Deut 29:29 “the secret things belong to God.”  If any of my readers have some additional insights, I would be glad to hear them.

      Ken

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  3. Larry Ray Hafley

    There being no God in Maher’s world, what, pray tell, is wrong with “mass murder”? Or, what is wrong with believing (falsely, according to Maher) that such murder actually occurred? If there is harm in believing in a God who does not exist, what (or who) says that said belief, within itself, is “harmful”?
    Again, if there is not God, how does Maher determine that something is either “moral” or “immoral”?

    • Great points, Larry!  Thanks for sharing!

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site:  http://hickmanchurch.com/

                  

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    • Stephen Segrest

      Dear Larry Ray Hafley — My missionary work which has included working with “Doctors without Borders” changed my perspective on the post you wrote. Many of these doctors who say they are atheists (or I’d say were more agnostic) are very moral people. These doctors could be making a ton of money with very nice lifestyles here in the States. But these doctors “choose” to live in underdeveloped countries (with harsh conditions) to help mankind. Not everything is black or white.

      • Glenn

        Stephen, I think your first question is a great one. I, too, would like to hear an answer from Mr. Weliever.
        In response to your last statement, I would ask, “where do peoples’ sense of “morality” come from?

      • Stephen Segrest

        Maybe Ken can spend a blog or two teaching us about God’s “natural law” — something (to tell the truth) that I’ve never really understood.

    • Alan Sargent

      That you can’t figure out morality without having your hand held is the sad thing. (Which clearly isn’t the truth unless you are psychotic.) Socrates figured morality far superior to that of the bible. Maybe if you think about it a while you’ll figure out why murder is wrong. Do you think the Israelites thought murder was just fine and then Moses got the commandments and they all had a face palm moment, “Wow, how come we never thought of that?”.

  4. Glenn

    Hmm…somehow the response to Stephen’s first question did not show up on my screen before I wrote that last response. Sorry for any confusion.

    • Glenn

      Now to reply to what I just read, along with Stephen’s first question…

      Maybe the flood was a lesson taught…and learned. God could have been demonstrating his power and wrath, and never again since that time has the whole world (save 8) been as evil continually as it was then. I mean, do we ever read of another time in history where THE WHOLE WORLD was evil (save 8)? Not that I know of.

      I know that’s speculation, but a theory nonetheless.

  5. julie davidson

    What a sad, sad story this Bill Maher claims to believe about our AWESOME GOD!! I will pray for the Lord to touch his heart in such a way, somehow, to have his “heart pricked”, in order to become a CHRISTian! Excellent blog, Bro. Ken…as always! 🙂 In His love, Julie

  6. what a sad post to read, i honestly think this man needs god to help him in his wrong way of thinking about god in such a way

  7. Ed

    “The Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. (Gen 6:6)

    He should have been sorry BEFORE he made man since he (god) can see into the future,he would have already known what was going to happen.
    Since he had to WAIT to be sorry,that would indicate that he really CANNOT see into the future,therefore he IS NOT God

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