Arguing With God
Arguing with God has been the natural state of all men (and women) since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Our arguing with Him can be appropriately called rebellion. We are rebels against God. It is not just a little difference of opinion. It is a way of life. The verb rebel means to refuse allegiance to and oppose by force an established authority. Rebellion is defined as an uprising designed to change or overthrow an existing government or authority or open defiance toward an authority or convention. That*s us, rebels in rebellion. One-ups-man-ship is the game we all play with God until we trust Him and submit to Him. I know some people who seem not to be assertive in any area in life. Remarkably they are strongly assertive against God. We*ve probably all heard of assertiveness training. There are many books on the subject. Assertiveness can be helpful in worldly endeavors. While we all have different degrees of assertiveness in this world, assertiveness against God comes naturally. There are people who are a part of some sort of a team and co-operate wonderfully with their fellow team members. It is difficult to see how those same people are totally uncooperative with God.
We will always lose any argument with God. Jesus never lost an argument. God may permit you to beat one of His messengers in an argument. You may even be able to kill one. But in the process you are beating yourself. We cannot win an argument with God for one simple reason -- He is always right.
Proverbs 21:30: There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
I have been in debates with people who don*t even know they have lost the debate. That*s the way it works when people argue with God. When people deceive themselves or delude themselves God sends them a stronger delusion. They don*t even know they have lost an argument. They don*t recognize how important the argument is. The only way they can win the argument with God in a way that is beneficial to themselves is to get on God*s side of the argument, to acknowledge that He is right.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Read the account in Matthew 22 of how some people tried to outsmart Jesus.
Matthew 22:15-22: Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar*s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar*s; and unto God the things that are God*s. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
Jesus pointed out why people were wrong when they tried to outsmart Him or win an argument with Him. They did not understand the scriptures and they did not know how powerful God is.
Matthew 22:29: Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
When people lose an argument with God there are a number of ways they might react. They might be amazed at his intelligence. They might even give up trying to get the upper hand with Him.
Verse 22: When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
There were actually three groups of people who tried to outsmart Him. The Pharisees and Herodians in verse 15. The Sadducees in verse 23. And the Pharisees again in verse 34. They all failed.
The first arguments they lost with Christ were over some comparatively unimportant issues. But the most important thing they were wrong about was Jesus Christ Himself. The thing that every cult will have in common with every other cult will be that they are wrong about Jesus Christ. Every true church will have the truth about Jesus Christ. He is the focal point. He is the necessity. He is the measure. He is the standard. He is the one upon whom every church and every individual will stand or fall.
Matthew 22:41-46: While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
In spite of the fact that none of us and no one else at any time ever has won an argument with God, we very foolishly continue to try. There are many scriptures that teach of the folly of disagreeing with Him.
Acts 5:39: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
It is also folly to argue against God*s people, particularly the ones that have knowledge of the Bible and the power of God. When we do that we actually argue against God and His Word. God*s Word, The Bible is always right and it has never lost an argument. When you think you have proved the Bible wrong about something God may let you think you are correct right up until your death. When people die they instantly learn the truth. They no longer doubt God. But it is too late.
Luke 21:15: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
When we argue with God*s representatives we argue with God. He gives His representatives His own authority.
Matthew 10:40: He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
When unbelievers die they instantly see the Paradise they missed. They find out that they lost the argument they thought they had won. They find out that they have not fooled God, they have only deceived themselves. It happened to the rich man in Luke chapter 16. While he was in a place of torment he could see Lazarus in paradise.
Luke 16:23: And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
When believers die they see the judgment they were spared.
Psalms 91:8: Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
There is a time in every lost person*s life when they have argued with God too long. He throws up his arms and gives them up. He knows they have resisted Him so long that they have hardened themselves beyond the possibility of ever giving in to Him.
Genesis 6:3: And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
God has given each and every man a will of his own. God will not violate that will. God will not force Himself upon anyone.
1 Peter 5:6: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
We humans have our own standards by which we judge evil. We might believe that murder or some other sin is the worst sin. Rejecting God doesn*t seem to be a horrible thing according to our standard. God has a different standard. The Bible teaches that the worst sin is rejecting Him. That is the sin that condemns men to Hell. Arguing with Him, rebelling against Him, playing one-ups-man-ship with Him, defying Him or refusing to cooperate with Him are all simply evidence that we are rejecting Him. Those things are all worse than murder or whatever other sin we judge to be the worst.
We are created in God*s image. (Genesis 1:26) Murder is a blow against the image of God. It may not be the final blow against God. It may not be the final rejection of God. Something simple like resisting Him or ignoring Him or arguing with Him may be the final blow.
There are many evils committed by men that we consider depravity. God teaches that the worst depravity is to reject His Son, Jesus Christ. Murder is destroying life. Rejecting Christ is tantamount to murdering Him. It keeps His life from happening in us, to us and for us. Rejecting Christ is like spiritual suicide that happens before people are ever made alive in Him. You might even call it aborting Christ.