Perspective and context are vital to our understanding. Man claims self-determinacy. He limits himself to physical existence, to what he thinks he can control because of fear (death, the unknown therein). Broader perspectives based in a historical context of truth provide a much more rich understanding of life as a whole.
An eternal focus recognizes that God fears nothing because He has the broadest perspective and context through omnipotent understanding. He is the only person in the universe that lives today as He did yesterday, as He will tomorrow. God is truly self-determinant. Man did not make God. God made man.
Unlike man who only reproduces life, God manufactured life from nothing. Further, man owns no life on earth. God owns all life outright and paid doubly for human life. Man has no right to dispose of life. However, God has the right to dispose of His creation in the form and fashion He chooses, even using His creation to complete His will.
So, what right does God have to judge humankind? Three reasons:
First, God is the creator of all life and the world upon which that life exists, ex nihilo (“from nothing” (Genesis 1:1)). God not only created what we see as the world, but the very material from which it was formed. He is not just a potter, but also the one who spoke the clay itself into being. God can destroy His material at any point that He desires and be completely justified in doing so. An artist can destroy or discard unsuitable materials he purchased, God actually made materials that did not previously exist. Therefore, God has all the more right to manipulate or discard these materials as He deems fit.
Second, a sculptor is the architect of a specific piece of art. God’s creation displays His creative and artistic abilities in variety, form, shape, type and style from the smallest insect to the largest galaxy (Genesis 1:3-31). As the sculptor works on a piece, he or she can determine at any point whether it is pleasing or not. One wrong swipe with the sculptor’s tool may determine the fate of what another considers a masterpiece – at any stage of development. As creator of both material and product, God has all the more right to remove what displeases Him and begin anew – at any stage of development. Man has exercised his free will from the first day in the Garden. Man used that will to greatly displease God in the days of Noah and only eight people were deemed worth saving (Genesis 7:23). God decided to clean off His palette and start anew. Whether we like it or not, it is His choice. He has the authority (which is not given Him but inherently belongs to Him) and He has the power to execute His desire.
Third, and for mankind alone, God did something wonderful. Through His unmatched love, He gave Himself as a living sacrifice for the whole world (John 3:16). He paid for man’s sins with His own blood on the cross at Calvary. God paid the debt for all the sin in all the lives of all the people in the entire world past, present and future.
So, God created the material and has the right to destroy that material whenever He desires. God created man from that material and as a sculptor, has every right to dispose of man as He deems fit. Finally, God paid for man’s sins with His own blood on the cross at Calvary therefore paying man’s heavenly entrance fee. He owns man all the more and has all the more right to demand from or dispose of man as He sees fit.
As humans, it is difficult to place ourselves below anything (this pride is the cause of our original sin). Man is not the primary being of the universe. Even unbelievers have speculated that there may be some far more advanced being that seeded this planet to develop mankind (Richard Dawkins, renowned atheist, in “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”).
One has to ask the humanist claiming self-determination two questions to show man’s true impotence in life and death. First, when did they consciously determine their own conception/birth? Second, when and how will they determine to die?
You might consider it absurd that someone would actually claim to control their own birth. No one in their right mind would. Yet, the humanist does this very thing when they claim self-determinacy. Humanists chalk the beginning of life up to chance, then claim they control that life in-between and at the end. Wanting cake they didn’t make, and eating it with icing is their desire.
Fact: for no unforeseen reason, many children are born without defect, without malformation, without disease or any other complication when they should suffer because of parental disease. Equally, there are children born to perfectly healthy parents that suffer from great abnormalities such as anophthalmia (eyeless), agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC), pituitary dwarfism and chromosomal deficiency XX Maleing (46XX) such as my dear little nephew. No – we do not choose our beginning any more than we choose our ending. What is between (the life we live) we can affect, but only in our adult lives; and even then we do so through our very limited temporal perspective.
As far as the end of life is concerned, will the humanist choose to die by undetectable aneurism, death by drunk driver or pancreatic cancer? Some may claim suicide but many have failed at this and left themselves disfigured. Irony?
If man has no control over the beginning or ending events, and man makes mistakes in his life in-between, what makes anyone think man is correct in his assumptions about the afterlife? Frankly, if a man makes a single mistake in life, he could quite possibly be mistaken about the afterlife as well, couldn’t he? As for believers, they submit in faith to God whose existence is more provable than deniable.
Irony is thick when faith in God is forsaken for the existence of an alien species. The Genome project identified a single female origin for man. Though atheists/humanists deny intelligent design (Dawkins again in Expelled), they hypothesize aliens seeded earth with DNA, and further deny God when a document that reveals God has existed for thousands of years. We must ask which takes more faith – believing in extra-terrestrial beings with no physical evidence, or believing in God when we literally walk, sit, eat and sleep upon evidence of His existence.
Man knows he is not the superior being in the universe. Believers in UFO’s submit to the existence of a higher being. If an alien species determined our progress, is it possible they may decide our demise? Is that bloodthirsty? Aliens could only claim design, not creation of material or people. Aliens apparently invested nothing in the world’s development. They seeded the planet, sat back and watched. This is a humanist’s faith akin to theistic evolution or deism on parade. The atheist/humanist’s god is an alien.
Consider some comparatives.
What if we are indebted to aliens for our origination? Do they have the right to terminate us for whatever capricious or analytical reason they desire. Do they have the right to create, promulgate and even impose lifestyle parameters for their seeded creation? Could they decide which individuals hold value or are a burden to society, a’ la Logan’s Run, Aryanism, proponents of euthanasia or eugenics? Surely, an advanced civilization such as theirs must be based in and evinced by utopian concepts and purely egalitarian in function. Many claim these “superior” beings would surely be peaceable. Would that negate the possibility of their having a list of criteria relative to their own values beyond our understanding of justice? Or, would this super advanced alien race exercise some form of telepathy that controls mental processes, removing all individualistic or aggressive/rebellion aptitudes, therefore forcing everyone into societal conformance?
The truth is, speculation such as this is only that – speculation. This is good fiction for dystopian novels and movies. If there were some great alien race that engineered the DNA seeding of our planet, they have not communicated their expectations. We do not know their developmental requirements. We may think we would fight for our existence just as we fight for our individuality from God. However, against a vastly superior being with vastly superior technology, it may be vain. War of the Worlds was fiction. There may be no opportunity.
Deciding we are good enough for another society presumes we know their definition of normal or abnormal. In essence, we superimpose our standards (humanity/morality) upon them and expect them to abide by our determinations. What arrogance to consider our intellectual, ethical and moral prowess equivalent to our supposed alien engineers. We cannot seed planets with DNA, achieve interplanetary travel or even defeat the common cold.
Ending the parody, I confess I do not believe in aliens. The question posed by man (does God have the right) is focused on one thing, man having his own right to self-determination, existence and morality. That is where man fails. In either case, (aliens or God) man has no say; he is simply the clay pot formed by the Master Potter.
God, unlike the humanist’s imaginary alien, guided His creation, communicated with it, told us His requirements for entrance into His Heaven (Genesis 15:6; Romans 1:16). God allotted for our willful rebellion and made provision for us to be with Him from the beginning.
If the Master determines one group unsavory, impure or unsatisfactory He has every right to work with and through His creation to rectify shortcomings (context of Deuteronomy 20). If one group is chosen and the Master Potter determines to purify or create an unadulterated environment for them, who is to determine His rightness or wrongness? (Context of Leviticus 7:2 and Joshua 6:21)
God is who God is and He has the right to determine what life is maintained and what life is not. Babies die inexplicably in a healthy mother’s womb. However, God knows that child (Ecclesiastes 11:5). On January 26, 1972, Vesna Vulović, an airline stewardess survived falling 33,000 feet when the aircraft she was in blew up in mid air. She was half in and half out of the aircraft when it hit the ground. Neither man nor alien makes these life or death decisions.
God has every right to judge man. However, in His love and patience, He uses His creation to motivate man to glorify Him, which is our chief purpose (1 Corinthians 6:19). God’s tools are more extensive than those in our meager control. He uses atoms, cells, people, continents, oceans even the heavens to accomplish His will. God is love and love involves chastisement as well as and as part of affection (Hebrews 12:6). What is His loving will? That none should perish (2 Peter 3:9). That is why He sent His Son (John 3:15-16). God will not force man into His kingdom, but reserves the right to judge those who reject Him and His Son (2 Peter 2:11-15).