Is God still in control?
We live in a post-Christian world in which many people love to mock Christ and His followers.
And even those who like to call themselves Christians are often lukewarm , at best, in their faith.
Meanwhile, many strange Protestant sects have arisen because of the breakdown of religious knowledge that plagues the modern world. These people claim to teach Christ’s ways, but they violate every commandment given to them.
They do this to reach more people, and they certainly gain followers this way, but they lose any truth which they might have possessed.
So in a world where people love to reject and pervert the Lord’s teachings, one feels compelled to ask:
Is God still in control?
God is still in control. God created the universe and everything within it. Therefore, He must exist outside of Creation. So nothing which happens within Creation may challenge His rule. God is still in control, and the extent of His control remains constant. Yet many know this not.
The question of God’s control, or lack thereof, is borne out of a certain ignorance of How God is. Below, we’ll explore why God must still be in control and why people believe this is not the case.
Scripture Reminds Us That God Is In Control
Scripture gives to us the story of the Tower of Babel. We may use it to understand man’s current irreverent behavior. Hee a shortened form:
The humans of the earth were proud of their doings, and they raised up a great structure to approach Heaven. As they did this, God looked down at it from upon High, and laughed. He then knocked down the tower and scattered the builders across the globe as punishment for their arrogance.
So, the story tells us that men were proud, they tried to rival God and take for themselves what was His, and they failed miserably before they even came close.
Now this story informs us that no matter how great man may think himself, God still looks down upon him from Heaven and may ruin man’s works as He wills.
Why Things in the Universe Can’t Affect God
So, God created everything. He created the universe and everything in it.
He also created time.
Therefore, God must have existed without time, i.e., He is timeless. This would need to be the case in order for Him to create time.
He also exists outside of the universe.
So, wherever God is, he must not be subject to time, and he must not be within the universe.
Therefore, nothing which humans say, think, or do, can affect God or His attributes. This is because humans exist within the universe, and God, being outside of His creation, is not affected by the things which happen inside of it.
And the fact that God exists outside of time means that He must not change. If a thing changes, then it is in one state in one moment, and then it will be in another state in a later moment. This movement requires time, and God does not feel time’s effects.
Why People Believe God Is Not In Control
Two types of people believe that God is not in control: those who do not believe in Him at all and those who are disturbed by the problems they see unfolding in the world around them.
Those Who Reject God
Modern people are hugely materialistic. This is not surprising.
Their materialism is fed by the lack of character education within society at large. The fact that people are not being taught what morals, virtues, or values are means that they are left to learn these on their own.
Yet people do not do that. This would require a voluntary expenditure of effort on their part, and people who do not yet possess or understand morals, virtues, or values are unlikely to pursue any of the three.
So most people lack both morals and virtues. People are not taught to possess them, nor do those same people create them of their own accord.
This allows for an empty space to exist inside of people where morals could have gone.
Now, that empty space tends to be filled with feelings. Nobody needs to teach you how to feel things, so feelings often fill the place where morals ought to go.
People then construct a pseudo-moral system out of their feelings which is not more complex than the following two statements:
Statement #1: Things that feel good are good.
Statement #2: Things that feel bad are bad.
And this moral system revolves wholly around things which cause affect the feelings of the person who bears it. In this way, the common person’s morality is divorced from principles, virtues, and reason in favor of those things which cause good feelings.
And most of those things which make one feel good are material.
So people value material things over the immaterial; and God is of the latter sort. Therefore, a lack of character education leads to a rejection of the belief in God.
People like to tell themselves that they’re smart. This is normal human behavior.
Yet most people are not smart. Not only are they not smart, but they don’t even know what thinking is. They typically just say whatever they feel like and repeat what they’ve heard others say, and they call this thinking.
And, because they do not have thoughts, these common people never bother to think that maybe they aren’t as smart as they tell themselves.
So many people who don’t have thoughts like to believe that they’re smart, and certain problems arise from this tendency where God is concerned.
Now, God is not immediately perceptible in the environment. If a person is to gain knowledge of God, then they must begin to think about certain philosophical topics which are in some way related to God.
Yet most people never have thoughts. Therefore, they do not think about God or those things which might cause them to believe that God exists.
So they do not entertain the idea that God exists of their own accord.
Yet these same thoughtless people still believe that they’re smart, and they believe this while they are unable to conceive of God on their own.
So they believe that the existence of God, a subject of which they could not conceive on their own, is a topic reserved for stupid people. These arrogant morons tell themselves that the reason why they did not consider God’s existence is because they were too smart to stoop to that level.
It is for this reason then that some people reject belief in God in arrogance.
Now, the third and most malevolent type of atheist which I think is worth mentioning here is the Marxist. Most atheists are Marxists, although many of them will deny this, and they reject God because of their adherence to the Marxist ethical system.
Now, Marxism is a religion, it is not an economic philosophy, and it carries with it its own ethical system.
Marxists perceive the world in the following way:
- First, they divide mankind into two groups.
- Then they label one group as an oppressor and the other as a victim.
- Next, they claim that members of the victim group are morally superior to those of the oppressor group.
- The Marxist then associates himself with the victim group in order to convince himself of his moral superiority.
- He proceeds to use his perceived moral superiority as an excuse to say and do every evil thing he pleases to those whom he has labeled as oppressors. The Marxist does these evil things in order to enjoy the thrill of hurting another person.
And most atheists are of this type. They take the Marxist skeleton of oppressor vs. oppressed and they superimpose over it a dichotomy of Christian vs. atheist. Then they use their newly-found victim status and sense of moral superiority to mistreat Christians so that the atheists may enjoy the thrill of hurting someone.
And part of this mistreatment involves constantly mocking God.
The People Who Believe & Doubt
God has created man with free will. This allows men to foolishly reject Him and His precepts. So man may persist in error, ane he may believe himself to be free from God’s gaze. Yet the story of Noah reminds us that this is not the case.
Do you remember why God sent the flood in the tale of Noah’s Ark? It was because mankind had become so numerous and sinful that God could only save man from himself by wiping out a great swath of the population.
Yet Noah, who was the only righteous man in the world, retained his knowledge of the Lord and behaved according to His orders. The result was that mankind was saved by the actions of the one who remembered God and obeyed His will.
So let this story be a reminder of the proper attitude we Christians must adopt in the present day. Man is in error, his errors multiply daily, and it may seem as though God no longer wields influence over the world.
Yet God is still here, He still watches, He knows what the wicked are doing, and He still cares for those who follow His orders.
Remember this, and try to be one of them.
As Christ tells us,
“The one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”