God’s laws on morals help determine what’s good or what’s evil

Ever wonder why people are so critical of the Bible? Why they claim it causes divisions, hatred, and violence? Why they say it’s rules on capital punishment are ridiculous? Well, it’s not because they have a true sense of justice or fairness. Many of those same people who rattle on about such things have no problem arguing in favor of giving even the most hardened murderers life in prison instead of the death penalty they deserve. There are even some of them who believe there is no need to have prisons. They may also argue in favor of allowing women to murder their unborn babies in spite of the fact science proves the babies are 100% human and in spite of the brutality that has come to light about the true nature of the abortion industry in recent weeks.

So why do they rail against God’s righteous judgments, but cling to unrighteous principles? The short answer is because of the sin nature of humanity. However, God’s word gives us more detail about the motives of those who oppose him in Proverbs.

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. Proverbs 28:4-5

The word “forsake” here refers to all who reject or turn away from obedience to God’s moral principles. Their intent for doing so is to praise the wicked. Even if the person seems as if their arguments and reasons against God’s standards are fair and make sense, upon closer spiritual examination their true intent is to promote evil. Those who esteem God’s standards will end up contending with them in some form or fashion. “Contending” simply means “opposing” and that opposition can come in many forms from what we would call passive aggression or conscientious objection or civil disobedience, such as the midwives in Egypt showed when they quietly refused Pharoah’s order to kill Hebrew babies, to opposing someone in court as Paul did when the Jews rioted against him in Jerusalem to physical confrontation when one may have to defend family or friends from robbers, rapists, or other violent criminals.

In v. 5 above, the results of forsaking God’s law are revealed. It by default shows they are really evil and brings about their lack of understanding of what constitutes godly, just judgment. They end up drawing incorrect conclusions about how to handle life’s matters, whether civil, criminal, interpersonal, etc. However, those who continually chase after the Lord in their relationship with him–desiring to please him–will be blessed with revelations and discernment to help them understand and navigate all types of circumstances. The nature of one’s life, household, community, or nation depends on which of those motives has the most influence.

Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord. Isaiah 26:10

Harry A. Gaylord

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  1. I have a question that I hope you can answer, regarding Gods nature in terms of the problem of evil. Is it not a contradiction for God to do evil himself? Being that He is all good? I understand that God may have morally sufficient reasons for “allowing” evil to occur. But can he also have morally sufficient reasons for “doing” evil? Or does His objective nature allow Him to simply permit it, rather than do it? For example, would God Himself lie to an individual for morally sufficient reasons, or could he only allow a lie to occur for morally sufficient reasons? Thanks,


    1. God allows angelic beings and human beings the free will to choose to do good or to do evil. He does not commit any evil himself. Even if those angelic or human beings commit evil, God still ends up winning in the end, as we see in the book of Job when Job’s relationship with God and testimony for God became stronger after the devil was allowed to attack Job.

      The Bible says, “God is not a man, that he should lie…” (Numbers 23:19). Concerning God the Son, Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Titus 1:2 tells us God cannot lie. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says Jesus became sin for us even though he “knew no sin.” Hebrews 6:18 tells us it is impossible for God to lie. 1 John 1:5 says, “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 3:5 says of Christ, “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”

      God is 100% righteous and truthful at all times from eternity to eternity.


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