Monday, January 02, 2006

Creator God?

Thank you to those of you who have introduced yourself by commenting on my Happy New Year post. If you've not yet joined the masses and left your mark, then what are you waiting for? Get down there and comment now...

This post is really a short snippet just to respond to a question put forwards by Dave in his comment.

Dave asked about the idea of a God who created us, and said
"Does he decide if we are going to have minor disabilities like being flat-footed? Does he decide which political party/football team we're going to support?"

I'm afraid the answer to the first one is yes. I believe in a God who designed and created each of us, and therefore also our disabilities, minor or otherwise. It's perhaps a little difficult to accept, and maybe this is a good topic for future debate, but if God created everything about us that must include the "bad bits."

The answer to the second point is a broad no. God created us with free will, and therefore we are able to choose which football team we support etc. However, because God is omnipotent and outside time he knew before we were born what our choices would be. Many of the Biblical writers acknowledge that God knew everything about us before we were born; Psalm 139 (I think; I don't have a Bible to hand) is a good example of this.

4 comments:

Ian said...

You say "I believe in a God who designed and created each of us, and therefore also our disabilities, minor or otherwise". does "god" have a reason? i.e. do you believe are certain disabled people born that way because of some fault of their own? Or does "he" just want his quota of disabled people and it's the luck of the draw? hmm interesting...

dave said...

Thanks for your comments, I'm trying to get as many views into my head as possible. I'm walking down my spiritual path I feel.

Omnipotence brings up too many questions for humans to ask though, if we talk about God being omnipotent it removes the actual point in talking about the subject because we're too feeble to understand any meaning God may have for anything.

JP said...

I don't believe that anyone born with a disability should ever feel that they are to blame - they're not. I also don't believe in having a 'quota' of disabled people.

The heart of the matter, which is not easy to get you head around, is the notion that we live in a 'fallen' world in which as human beings we have all failed to live up to God's standards. Whether you take the story of Adam and Eve literally or as an allegory (which I would tend to go with) the account in Genesis does give an idea of the effects of the human race turning against God. However you like to view it the bottom line is that the world we live in is not perfect - and disabilities, disease and natural disasters sadly form a part of it.

Ian said...

Well then how does it happen that some people are disabled and some aren't? Does god have a reason for choosing? If, so what is it? Or, is it just random? (in which case god's role in it is pointless...)