In-Depth Bible Study of

LESSON 14 - The Death of the Firstborn


Posted on Wenesday, April 1

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Is God Cruel, Uncaring, and Immoral?

Atheist rail against God with accusations of injustice and cruelty, yet they themselves affirm there is no God, no moral absolutes, and no life after death. But they also approve of and promote the killing babies through abortion. It is a contradiction to condemn God for injustice when you argue there is no moral law and no one to whom we must give an account.

Richard Dawkins, the foremost atheistic spokesperson justifies his rantings and railings against the God of the Bible because God is mean:

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

On the other hand former atheist C.S. Lewis eloquently stated:

"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust...?

Of course, I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too--for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist--n other words, that the whole of reality was senseless--I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality--namely my idea of justice—was full of sense. Consequently, atheism turns out to be too simple."

What Do You Think?

Is God cruel? Is God unjust? What happens to infants that die before having a chance to respond to the Gospel? Are they lost? Or do they go automatically to heaven? What does the Bible say? Join us as we explore these questions.

    1. Introduction to Death of the Firstborn (6 min.) Opens in new larger window.

    2. What's So Great About the Firstborn? (13.5 min.) Opens in new larger window.

    3. Is God Cruel in Killing Children? (12:30 min.)

    4. John Piper - Does God Delight in Destroying Sinners? (8 min)
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