In Job 8:3 the question is posed, “Does the Almighty pervert (misdirect, turn from truth) justice (right; application of equity)? In Genesis 18:25 we read Abraham asking God. “…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” Who is Judge of all the earth? What exactly does just mean? Dictionary definitions include: what is right, due; suitable, exactly proportioned, proper, founded in truth and fact, etc.
We can find the answer to our original question posed in Job 8:3 is given to us later in Job 43:12: “Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice.” and again in Deuteronomy 32:4 we read: “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” Who is Judge of all the earth? Our Lord, our Rock, Our God is the just judge of all the earth! See also Genesis 6:5, Genesis 19:24-26, Ezekiel 18:20, and Deuteronomy 20:16.
Going back now to Genesis 18:25 where Abraham asked God, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” Farrell Till (The Skeptical Review Online
) writes, “If we assume that this God exists and that He is the “judge of all the earth” and that the Bible is an accurate account of His affairs with humanity, we are forced to say that the answer to Abraham’s second question is, “No, the judge of all the earth won’t necessarily do what is right, because He sometimes kills children for the offenses of their parents.” If inerrantists think that this is “right,” then they need more help than I can give them.” I have to ask, “Who ultimately determines what is right and what is wrong - is it man or is it God?” What are your thoughts?
In another online article, "The Morality of the Christian Right
", Mr. Till states, “As dangerous as these groups (homegrown religious terrorists) are, a more imminent danger to the freedom and liberty that our country (United States) presumably stands for comes not from overt extremists like Muslim terrorists and the homegrown groups mentioned above but from Evangelical Christians.” He also states that, “many Christians flagrantly ignore everything that Jesus said…” He concludes, “For some reason, these people cannot see that they damage their religion far more than they help it.”
As nonreligious follower of Jesus Christ, of course I believe Mr. Till is deceived regarding the existence or nonexistence of God and as such whether or not there is an ultimate source of truth and determining what is “right” and what is “wrong.” However, is Mr. Till correct or incorrect at least in some of his perceptions about Christianity in America? Is it not time to start being the church instead of simply going to our gentile synagogues and being spectators to “the greatest show on earth?”